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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.
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So Sheik

Although not religious leaders, The Sheiks could inspire legions of followers with their alt-rock riches.

Joshua Boydston June 27th, 2012

Admittedly, the origin of The Sheiks’ name might be a tad uncouth, but the moniker suits the local alt-rockers pretty well.

“We used to jam with a Pakistani guy, so we thought we’d be The Sheiks,” lead singer Matt Milligan said, laughing. “Also, he’s a highly fashionable man. We may not be Pakistani, but we are pretty fashionable.”

The Sheiks fill a glaring void in the Oklahoma music scene left empty by the February 2009 demise of The Stock Market Crash, openly lusting for the polished indie-rock stylings of acts like The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party.

“I’ve always been a huge advocate for garage rock,” Milligan said. “I wanted to do something in that vein, and it didn’t feel like there were that many bands doing that in the local area. We wanted to come into that sound and do it in our own sort of way.”

Collaborating with multi-instrumentalist Jeb McCalmont last summer, Milligan soon found a supporting cast in guitarist Nick Rohleder and drummer Brett Scott. The band played its first show in March and has enjoyed a strong response ever since.

“I don’t feel like there’s a band that sounds like us in Oklahoma, as douchey as that sounds,” Milligan said. “I’ve heard a lot of hardcore bands and folk bands. It seems like this style has just been totally missed in the local community.”

Lately, The Sheiks have showcased their chops on exceedingly better singles released over the past few months, highlighted by the dreamy “Taking It Slow” and Interpol-esque “Faker,” boasting a hook that is radio-ready. They may be wet behind the ears, but the collective group’s ear for melody is one that bands twice as experienced only can wish for.

“I feel like we are honing in on our own sound,” Milligan said. “We derived our sound from a lot of different bands, and it seems like we are finally centering on something that sounds unique to us.”

The next few months will find the guys in transition, as college and such comes into play. But The Sheiks are more than willing to find a way to make things work, hoping that studio time and more concerts will come.

“We want to extend our fan base,” Milligan said. “It’d be great to get these songs professionally done, and try to get our music out to as many people as we can. We’d love to sign a deal and see where this can go.”

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