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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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When The Sounds asked Kids at the Bar to sidle up for a European tour, the OKC DJ duo made it a double.

Joshua Boydston February 15th, 2012

Oklahoma City DJ duo Kids at the Bar has many memories over the course of two full tours with Swedish indie rockers The Sounds, one across America and another currently in Europe. Explaining the rules of football ranks among the pair’s favorites … and weirdest.

“Watching the Super Bowl in the middle of the night with a bunch of Swedes, having to explain the rules and positions during the most important game of the year was pretty hilarious,” said Chad “Rad” Raunborg.

He and partner Matt Buckley never expected to do anything remotely like that when the act began. The Kids caught a following on the heels of standout remixes of the likes of Daft Punk and Deadmau5, all while producing their own tracks and taking a residency gig at Kamp’s Deli & XIII X Lounge’s Robotic Wednesdays.

Then The Sounds came calling last year.

“Most of the shows we do are club gigs or festivals, so playing a tour like this as our first experience is pretty crazy. When a band like The Sounds asks you to come on tour with them, it’s hard to say ‘no,’” Buckley said. “As DJs, it’s very uncommon to hit the road with a band like we have, but coming from a rock background, we were very excited.”

It’s proven fun, but also valuable. “We’ve learned so much. They’ve been doing this for over 12 years with all of the original members, so they are constantly sharing wisdom with us about life on the road and their experiences in the music industry,” Raunborg said. “We’ve played so many shows with them and every time, they nail it.”

The Kids have had a blast playing in cities like London and Paris, but look forward to returning home to warmer weather and working on more original songs (and a few remixes) to take advantage of dance music’s more local traction.

“People are starting to just get a better understanding of what we are doing as producers, and we are starting to get asked less and less to DJ weddings and proms,” Buckley said.

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