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Dustin Prinz - Eleven

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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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Whatever you love to do should be what you do, says Blue-Eyed Son. Lucky for your ears, his passion is for laid-back pop.

Stephen Carradini May 29th, 2013

Blue-Eyed Son with the Sheiks and Sierra Brown
8 p.m. Sunday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western

Andrew Heilprin might be the nicest musician working today. After half an hour of talking to the beach-pop songwriter who goes by the name Blue-Eyed Son, he asked me to sit in on ukulele at his Sunday show at The Conservatory.

Minutes later, he asked to be Facebook friends.

That friendly, easygoing style spills over into his performances: Heilprin recently became an unplanned participant at a bachelorette party in Flagstaff, Ariz.

“Her drunk maid of honor comes over and says, ‘Will you please play her a song? Please play her a song.’ So I got my guitar and went over and played her a song right at the bar,” Heilprin said with a laugh. “I wasn’t going to do it, but I’m glad I did. I made them really happy. I got a big hug.”

Will play for hugs? That chill mantra fits with the sound of Blue-Eyed Son, which falls somewhere between Jack Johnson’s beach pop (Heilprin is an avid surfer) and horn-laden indie pop. Blue-Eyed Son’s new, five-song EP, Shadows on the Son, is a bouncy, charming set of tunes that will have listeners smiling in no time.

This chipper willingness to take life as it comes has contributed to his unusual path through the music industry. After the demise of his early-aughts rock band, 40 Watt Domain, Heilprin released Blue-Eyed Son’s debut album, West of Lincoln, in 2004. The disc did well, twice landing his music on the hit TV series Grey’s Anatomy.

Then life happened. A yearlong film-editing job in Taiwan took him away from an almost-finished follow-up disc; upon his return, he scrapped the tunes for a new direction. Even during the recording of Shadows, he left his home base of Los Angeles for a job in San Francisco.

With the EP released yesterday, a tour booked and an electronic remix, Heilprin’s energies have been refocused on his main passion: music.

“If you find what you love to do, you should devote yourself to it,” he said. “What’s your passion?” It wasn’t a rhetorical question.

And so it goes with Blue-Eyed Son’s music and personality: calm, thoughtful, engaging fun, and interesting. There’s perhaps no better way to sum up the act’s ethos than with his thoughts on creating the remix to “We’re Fighting a War.”

“When you start on something, sometimes it ends up being way different than what you thought it was going to be,” Heilprin said. “And sometimes it ends up way better.”

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