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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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OKC's Starkweather Boys revive sounds of rock's golden age


Charles Martin March 15th, 2007

Under the umbrella of The Starkweather Boys, surf rock, Western swing, Little Richard, The Comets and even a bit of the Fifties-era Elvis Presley all find a comfy home.   The Boys show o...

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Under the umbrella of The Starkweather Boys, surf rock, Western swing, Little Richard, The Comets and even a bit of the Fifties-era Elvis Presley all find a comfy home.
 
The Boys show off that musical muscle on their new album, "Archer St. Blues." The following is an e-mail interview with lead singer Dave McPherson.
 
Oklahoma Gazette: Is it tricky to write original songs that are meant to reflect a time before you were even born?
 
DM: Well, the instrumentation reflects what we consider to be the standard for authentic rock 'n' roll, hillbilly, R&B, etc. But I've always meant for the lyrics to teeter on the edge of post-structure.
 
OKG: Why don't live music crowds dance anymore?
 
DM: Depends on where you go. West Coast people dance all the time, and here in the Midwest, people tend to get up and cut a rug later in the evening when they're a little less inhibited, if you know what I mean.
 
OKG: Which is worse when recording this kind of album: too authentic or too modern?
 
DM: You can't discount anything during the making of a record or you're limiting yourself. Art bumps against technology, and nowadays there's more equipment and techniques than ever at your disposal. I would say that there are elements on this record that definitely reach beyond a traditionalist perspective, but for the most part, sticking to the form does the trick. "Charles Martin

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