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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.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

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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It’s that time of year for another Christmas CD roundup. Shall you hear these on high or God rest ye merry MP3 player?

Rod Lott December 21st, 2011


Dave Koz, “Ultimate Christmas”
If your idea of an “Ultimate Christmas” entails smooth jazz, you just hit the jackpot, tiger. Koz brings his soccer mom-seducin’ sax to a disc of 18 numbers that not only wants to cozy up to Christmas lovers, but also those more attuned to black-eyed peas and broken promises, what with two New Year’s tracks. He also courts the Jewish population with “Eight Candles (A Song for Hanukkah).” Ingredients should read “dextrose, maltodextrin and sucralose,” but hey, at least he’s not Kenny G.

“Christmas with the Chipmunks”
Even without a new “Alvin and the Chipmunks” movie to tie to — in this year’s case, “Chipwrecked” — this 1961 album seems to get re-released annually, and 2011 is no exception. Who doesn’t love “The Chimpunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”? Then again, who does love any of the other 15 songs? Any toddler to grade schooler should enjoy it, but don’t give it to those whose parents are prone to migraines.

She & Him, “A Very She & Him Christmas”
No self-respecting hipster’s holiday in ’11 will be complete without the sweet, sweet sounds of newly single “New Girl” Zooey Deschanel cooing Christmas chestnuts in his ear. Even those immune to her innumerable charms may be won over by her singing voice, both genuine and unique.

Highlights include the never-not-sexy “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Remember when she sang that in “Elf”? While showering? Brrr ...


Frank Sinatra, “A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra”
I don’t know how “Jolly” this season is for a man who’s been dead for more than a decade, but there’s a reason this 1957 classic album keeps popping up in reissues: Because it’s great. They don’t call him the Chairman of the Board for nothing, and here, he belts out 14 standards that seem anything but, coming from his golden throat. Although very much a product of its happy-go-lucky era, it may never go out of style.

“A Blackwatch Christmas”
Who’d’ve guessed the best Christmas album this year would be free? That’s “A Blackwatch Christmas,” stuffed to the breaking point with gems from local indie musicians. Colourmusic is in a rare “Sentimental Mood” and Ryan Lindsey wants to “Come Down Your Chimney,” but the highlight is the Beastie Boys-esque bundle of nonsense, Hector Comancho’s “Chris Cringle.” Download it at OKSee.

“Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2”
These “12 more holiday hits from the Glee Cast!” are as abhorrent as you’d expect. At least they tackled a couple of somewhat contemporary songs, with covers of The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping” and Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (Somewhere, Bob Geldof weeps. And counts his money.) Still, this is essentially a karaoke CD, and if you buy it, you’re part of the problem.



Kenny Vance and the Planotones, “Mr. Santa”

Who are Kenny Vance and the Planotones? I didn’t know, either, but the New York-based band makes a decent first impression with “Mr. Santa,” a low-key affair so heavily influenced by the music of the 1950s and ’60s, you might mistake it for the music of the 1950s and ’60s. Don’t judge it by its poorly Photoshopped cover.


 
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