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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.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
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Let’s be Frank

What’s in a name? If you’re Frank Smith, not a lot. Behind the bland moniker is a band of Southern-charged alt-rock.

Joshua Boydston January 18th, 2012

Frank Smith with The Typist and O Fidelis
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western

Frank Smith of Austin, Texas, is an enigma, being that it’s not a person, but a band.

Naturally, front man Aaron Sinclair has had to deal with a good bit of confusion concerning the name.

“I have been called Frank by people before,” Sinclair said. “That always gets a little weird.”

There’s not — nor has there ever been — a Frank in the alternative act, but frustration with losing out on its original tag of LaGuardia compelled Sinclair to adopt the full name.

“I figured we might as well change it to something that I would never have to change again and couldn’t be copyrighted by someone else,” he said. “That was the most pedestrian-sounding name I could think of.” With Sinclair being the group’s only original member after a move from Boston to Austin, the solo-sounding moniker is somewhat fitting.

A brand-new lineup helped write and record Frank Smith’s latest album, “Before You Were Born,” which will be unveiled within the month; free downloads of select tracks are already available on its website.

“It’s definitely a different band than what played on the last record. That’s a common thread in a lot of Frank Smith records,” Sinclair said. “[In] Austin, there’s just so many players and so many bands, a lot of people move around a lot. It’s been fun and challenging to keep a group of guys together.”

Those lineup changes have been accompanied by just as many shifts in musical styles; while things have always stayed somewhat folky and Southern, “Before You Were Born” marks a more drastic move toward a more rock-oriented noise à la Dr. Dog or Delta Spirit. Hopefully, it will prove to be the secret weapon the band has been seeking over the course of eight albums, dating back to 2002.

Said Sinclair, “I’m not trying to make the same record over and over again.”

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