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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.
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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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Experimental rockers Xiu Xiu bring kitchen-sink instrumentation to town

Tory Troutman April 3rd, 2008

In the world of Xiu Xiu (pronounced "shoe-shoe"), quick blasts of electronic noise and dissonance clash with kitchen-sink folk " the only constant being the committed intensity of James Stewart's lead...

In the world of Xiu Xiu (pronounced "shoe-shoe"), quick blasts of electronic noise and dissonance clash with kitchen-sink folk " the only constant being the committed intensity of James Stewart's lead vocals. He's not a singer, exactly, but a confessional raw-nerve vocalist fronting a group emotionally reminiscent of Plastic Ono Band, although the band is often compared to Joy Division and The Cure.

The band will play The Conservatory tonight with Kill Rock Stars labelmates Thao with the Get Down Stay Down.

"We make it out there (to The Conservatory) pretty consistently," Stewart said. "We like it there."

The newest Xiu Xiu disc, "Women as Lovers," is strangely compelling, featuring a gotta-laugh-to-keep-from-crying cover of the Queen and David Bowie song "Under Pressure." The album is earning praise for its accessibility, which should bode well for Conservatory audiences.

"We're still a four-piece, and the touring band are the same people who worked on the record," Stewart said.

On the arsenal of instruments the band uses, Stewart hinted that there is a little streamlining in the live show.

"I'm mostly playing guitar and percussion," he said.  

Oklahoma City's own spacey Magnificent Bird will kick off the diverse triple bill. "Tory Troutman

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