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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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Kick it

Thanks to the website Kickstarter, local musicians increasingly find it easier to fund albums before recording a single note.

Joshua Boydston March 21st, 2012

Most local musicians don’t live like rock stars. It’s usually a part-time gig, more about the passion than the luxuries it brings.

“I work two jobs, and my car doesn’t have a front bumper,” said Oklahoma City rapper Jabee Williams. “I’m a real-life person.”

But crowd-funding website gives musicians worldwide the opportunity to release the same quality product as major labels.

“Basically, it takes the place of a record label,” said Brandon Lovelace, lead singer of local pop band Theatre Breaks Loose, which used Kickstarter to raise funds for the promotion of its latest album, Stranger Places, Greater Things. “It’s enabling musicians to let fans be the record label, and what better people could you ask be behind you than the people who believe so much in you that they put their money where their mouth is?”

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Kickstarter pools money from supporters to help creative projects find financial backing to get off the ground. If the artists’ target amount is raised, they receive the money. If not, the artist receives nothing, and the backers aren’t charged for their donation.

“What I really like is the ‘all or nothing’ thing,” said Williams, who’s currently asking for $25,000 in pledges by April 21 to record a new album. “It pushes people. The reason why I aimed so high is because I budgeted for everything. I wanted it to be an industry level product.”

More than just warm fuzzies convince fans to donate. Escalating levels of support are associated with increasingly valuable prizes, going from an advanced download to a signed hard copy to sitting in at the studio during the recording and more.

For $500, Jabee will write a personalized song just for you.

“If you’re a part of it, you listen to it even more and enjoy it even more,” Williams said. “To me, that kind of thing is dope.”

Even still, musicians feel like they are getting the better end of the deal, being able to support their music and feel the love from fans.

“We gave away drumheads and stuff we used on the album, and that’s cool for fans, but they gave us a story,” Lovelace said. “We get to look a label in the eye and say, ‘Our fans supported this album. We don’t have to have you; our fans believe in us enough to make it happen.’”

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