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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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Experimental Norman rock act The Neighborhood makes indie sounds accessible

Lucas Ross May 1st, 2008

Its moniker might suggest suburban landscapes filled with picket fences and driveways laden with sport-utility vehicles, but Norman indie-rock band The Neighborhood are thankfully not a band necessarily interested in keeping up with the Joneses.


Rather than blend in with an increasingly homogenized community of so-called indie acts that rely on quirks and gimmicks, The Neighborhood is an amiable group of genuine musicians who exude the kind of unique talent and camaraderie that makes one wish the members lived next door and always played their music way too loud.

Already versed with many areas of the Oklahoma music scene, the band will be joined by Stillwater out-of-towners Mayola for a hometown show Friday at The Opolis.

Since forming in 2004, the local three-piece approaches songwriting with a refreshing lack of pretense and attitude often associated with artists intent on breaking musical barriers.

"We want to push the envelope and we try to experiment with a lot of different sounds and songwriting," said bassist Eric Mai, "keeping in mind that it has to be likable to be any good, you know. It has to be something people enjoy."

After spending nearly a year and a half recording with Norman producer Trent Bell, the band arrived on a formula for easy-to-swallow indie-rock experimentation clearly heard throughout its first full-length album, "Our Voices Choked with Fireworks." Deftly switching between somber acoustic melodies and all-out dance beats, the disc is packed with 14 cohesive tracks that sound as invitingly familiar as they are uncommonly exciting. —Lucas Ross

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