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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.
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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.
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Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
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What a Maroon!

Does Maroon 5 give you ‘Misery’? Does it ever! The band is one of the world’s biggest.

Joshua Boydston September 21st, 2011

Maroon 5 with Train and Matt Nathanson
6:30 p.m. Thursday
OKC Zoo Amphitheatre
2011 N.E. 50th

Pop-rock chart favorites Maroon 5 and Train have made for one of the season’s top tours. That doesn’t mean they were positive they’d get along.

“You’re always a little nervous. It’s like, ‘Man, I hope these guys aren’t dicks,’” Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine said. “But they’ve been really cool, and it’s a great combo.”

It helps that the two groups are some of the century’s biggest hitmakers. With the pair responsible for “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter,” “She Will Be Loved” and “This Love” between them, there’s a whole lot of sing-alongs on display, and Valentine thinks he knows why. Kind of.

“The secret, if there is a secret, is that it’s only about the songs, and writing songs that resonant with people.

It’s a continual challenge,” he said. “On the surface, it might not feel like there is much there. There’s lyrics about the same stuff over and over again and simple melodies, and that seems easy, but you really have to work through a lot of ideas to find that one that is memorable enough. If you don’t have the songs, you don’t have anything.”

Against the Madonna model of pop stardom, Maroon 5 has not yet opted for a total re-invention, although some more electronic moments made their way onto the band’s latest album, “Hands All Over.” There is a reason for not straying far from its poppy, neo-soul roots.

“I guess we have a pretty unique sound already. We staked our claim on that and we’re really going to own it,” Valentine said.

Hopefully, the five guys’ minds will align in time to release another record quicker than the four-year lag between previous albums.

“It’s going to be a leaner approach,” he said. “We might be going backwards, in a way, and going way more on the organic side: recording more things live, experimenting with record with tape. On the other side, we’ve talked more about programming and electronic music. There’s all kinds of directions you can go. We’re a little scatterbrained in that regard.”

Of course, time must be made for front man Adam Levine’s spot hosting NBC’s “The Voice,” as well as Valentine’s side project, JJAMZ, with ex-Phantom Planet and Rilo Kiley members.

But at the end of the day, it all comes back to Maroon 5, and Valentine doesn’t think any of them will ever get out.

“We’ve been doing this for so long, we’ve basically been institutionalized. We don’t know how to do anything else, so we’re pretty much stuck doing this,” he said. “We know that we’ve carved our niche in the world, and that if we continue to work hard, we aren’t going anywhere."

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