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Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
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Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
03/18/2014 | Comments 0
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Blending bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band visits OKC


Tracy M. Rogers March 1st, 2007

While most bluegrass bands have a sound that is easily identifiable, Colorado's Yonder Mountain String Band mixes elements of rock, pop, country and bluegrass with vocal harmonies and something that i...

While most bluegrass bands have a sound that is easily identifiable, Colorado's Yonder Mountain String Band mixes elements of rock, pop, country and bluegrass with vocal harmonies and something that is inexplicably theirs.
 
"We don't really have a term for it. It's just the Yonder Mountain Sound. Elvis didn't call it rock 'n' roll; somebody else did that," said Dave Johnston, the band's banjo player and vocalist.
 
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The band's fourth studio CD rocks without the benefit of amps or electricity and employs both psychedelic vibes and traditional bluegrass harmonies. It's no wonder, considering the band is a fan of such contemporary cohorts as Wilco and Son Volt.
 
"Writing is a constant thing that's there for us," Johnston said, "It's a fun thing to do together." As for where the band's trademark catchiness comes from, Johnston confided with a laugh, "I don't know where you get catchiness."
 
A new album may not be immediately forthcoming, but as with the freeform style of the band's writing process, it could happen anytime.
 
"Nothing is in the works, but things are always in the works," said Johnston. "Usually we just throw things at the wall and see what sticks." "Tracy M. Rogers

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