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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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Healthier and happier, but no less glam, The Darkness should shine among the three days and 40 bands of Rocklahoma.

Joshua Boydston May 23rd, 2012

Rocklahoma featuring The Darkness, Rob Zombie, Megadeth and more
1421 W. 450, Pryor

Few weren’t charmed by The Darkness’ ubiquitous single “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” when it hit stateside in 2003. The honest-to-God rock ’n’ roll stylings recalling the likes of Thin Lizzy, Queen and Kiss were hard not to appreciate. Even Lady Gaga counts herself as a fan, hand-picking the British glam band to open her upcoming European tour.

“It’s kind of crazy, isn’t it? Compared to the bill at Rocklahoma, it’s an entirely different audience,” guitarist Dan Hawkins said. “We’re blessed to be able to play for such varied crowds, really. We’re bit of a novelty, and we understand that. It’s nice to know we don’t just fit too neatly into one little niche.”

The Darkness is back — in a big way — after bickering and an excess of cocaine and alcohol derailed the group right in the midst of its second album. Things are better now: Lead singer Justin Hawkins got sober, and he and his brother subsequently got in better terms.

“To be honest, it was more of a family thing,” Dan Hawkins said. “Once Justin and I patched things up between us, it was inevitable. We’ve been in bands together since we were 8 years old. Once we became friends and brothers again, it was only a matter of time.”

The renewed bond has The Darkness on top of its game.

“I’d like to say we’re a little less petulant,” he said. “It sounds wanky, but that’s all that matters. Previously, the attention was spent on getting over your fucking hangover from the day before.”

The glam rockers’ third album, Hot Cakes, slated for release on Aug. 20, falls right in line with the rest of their catalog, according to Hawkins.

“If you are a Darkness fan, you’ll be overjoyed with this record,” he said. “If you expected us to take a left turn or incorporate a new set of values, you’re going to be disappointed.”

8 songs from Rocklahoma artists that also act as what not to bring:

1. “Pussy Liquor,” Rob Zombie
2. “Bread of Shame,” Creed
3. “Head Crusher,” Megadeth
4. “Piñata,” Chevelle
5. “Alcohaulin’ Ass,” Hellyeah
6. “T.N.T.,” Puddle of Mudd
7. “Bulldozer,” Black Stone Cherry
8. “Angelwhore,” Red

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