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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.
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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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We’ve been had

So The Walkmen aren’t just a flash in the pan like every other alt-rock band of the aughts. Who knew?

Joshua Boydston September 12th, 2012

The Walkmen with Milo Greene
7 p.m. Tuesday
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
555 Elm, Norman

Coming up in the New York garage-rock revival of the early 2000s with bands like The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Interpol, The Walkmen have stepped out of the past decade looking no worse for the wear.

Unlike most of their peers, the group has put out one critically acclaimed album after another, emerging as big in 2012 as it was in 2002. “We didn’t go in as young kids excited to be in a band. We wanted to be musicians for our lives,” said bassist Peter Bauer. “It’s not something we were ever going to give up easily.”

Not even marriages and children can get in the way. Instead, The Walkmen’s current promotional photos include family members.

“We thought it would be an anti-rock ’n’ roll idea,” Bauer said. “It’s a wonderful life. It’s a great job for having kids. We tour in our own way. We’re not this huge machine, and we can come home when we want. Our kids love it.”

Becoming fathers seemingly has given The Walkmen a sense of nostalgia heading into their latest album, Heaven. The title track’s video is a montage of old photos and early video footage of the band playing its first gigs, leading into clips from headlining massive festivals. (In the Sooner State, The Walkmen have headlined the Norman Music Festival. Tuesday’s show at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is free.)

“We wanted to make it about ourselves a little bit and see if that changed how people heard our music,” Bauer said. “I think people viewed us as very detached and serious. I liked that it showed another side.”

He said building Heaven, which was released in May, was rather, um, heavenly.

“This one came easy,” he said. “I don’t feel like the next one is going to be that simple. We don’t have nine songs written already.”

Ever the consummate professionals, the five guys are, in fact, already pondering where to go with the follow-up, even as they’re touring with this one.

If their history means anything, we can expect it to be strong as ever.

“The next is going to need to be incredibly different in some fashion,” Bauer said. “We are just trying to start to figure that out now, what record would be worth making.”

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