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Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

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Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
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Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
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Prinz of tides

Local musician Dustin Prinz has postponed his album-release party, but he has a darn good reason.

Louis Fowler May 29th, 2013

Oklahoma City musician Dustin Prinz was all ready to go with an album-release party Saturday when the worst possible thing that could’ve happened did: He decided the disc needed more songs.

“The album is entitled Eleven, and it was supposed to have 11 songs, but I think it’s going to have 16 now,” Prinz said. “I’ve had more ideas, so I started writing more. I’m trying to have it done by August. That’s my goal to keep the flame under my ass, I guess.”

Originally from Nebraska, Prinz has lived in Oklahoma for four years and quickly built a fan base that has allowed him to become a “full-time professional musician,” playing coffeehouses and clubs, plus providing general atmosphere for restaurants where the audience “isn’t there to see you.”

But he’s gained most of his followers as of late from his YouTube channel, which has racked up more than 3.5 million views. He’s done it by tapping into the most humanly raw emotion of all: heartbreak.

“I always compare my music to Beck and his 2002 album, Sea Change,” Prinz said. “It’s a really, really chill kind of album and I always try to shoot for that: a really ambient, acoustic, orchestrated string-arrangements kind of sound. I’ve definitely had people go, ‘Dude, your music, it’s either going to depress the shit out of me or you’ve got some stuff that’s on the complete opposite side of the spectrum.’ I’ve got some whimsical tunes I like to throw in between the breakup stuff when I’m playing live, just to keep it interesting.”

Although his music routinely has been inspired by a few sour splits of his own, he’s quick to note that he’s “not like a man-whore who’s going around just trying to have really bad relationships just to write about.”

“Eleven covers the denial phase, the anger phase and the acceptance phase of a breakup,” Prinz said. “Some of the songs are kind of funny; others are kind of your typical breakup tunes; and others, they’re just about being grateful for going through the entire experience.”

So while his fans may be displeased that the scheduled album-release party has been postponed, Prinz still has plenty of shows lined up around the metro, including a three-day stint at Jazmo’z Bourbon St. Cafe in early June.

Album or not, Prinz just loves playing for his city.

“I live here because I really like the people. I like Okies,” Prinz said. “The people are incredibly friendly and I always get a good response when I play. It’s enough to keep me here and keep me playing.”

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