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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

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.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Saddle up

Arguably Oklahoma City’s fastest-rising musical outfit, Horse Thief battles anxiety and mounting expectations as it preps its debut album.

Shannon Helton April 16th, 2014

Horse Thief with Deerpeople and Pageantry

8:30 p.m. Friday

ACM@UCO Performance Lab

329 E. Sheridan Ave.




Life has been a whirlwind the past few months for Oklahoma City-based band Horse Thief. Its highly anticipated debut album, Fear in Bliss, has already received critical praise from national media doting on the Bella Union label’s new darlings.

Horse Thief is headed back to its roots for a special album release show April 18 at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab downtown. Primed and ready for the acclaim and audience growth it has gained recently, the show is sure to be a memorable one, where patrons can join the collective and experience the magic of a band on the brink of new possibility.

Guests also may purchase a limited-edition blue vinyl version of Fear in Bliss and album release posters.

“Every time we play the album live, it takes me back to when we recorded,” guitarist and keyboardist Alex Coleman said.

The album was written in OKC but recorded with Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Fruit Bats, Vetiver) in Los Angeles. After swapping demos and hashing out ideas long distance, Monahan saw Horse Thief play at last year’s Norman Music Festival to get an idea of the band’s live sound. Maintaining that live feeling is important to the band, and Monahan’s investigation paid off on the final product.

“It’s more intense. We take the mellowness and kind of amplify that,” Coleman said.

Singer Cameron Neal has said that the album is an example of his struggle with anxiety and depression.

“You put your art out there, and you never know what you’re going to get back,” he said.

Neal and bassist Cody Fowler ventured to the north from Denton, Texas to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma just two years after the program launched, eventually meeting the remainder of the Oklahoma-based band.

Neal is thankful for the flexibility and support of the program.

“It’s really great to get a college education and be able to do this,” he said.

Coleman started off as a music production major, but he was quickly influenced by the variety of the student body.

“I met a lot of people that introduced me to folk and hip-hop,” Coleman said. “There’s a lot of stylistic things that everyone brings to the pool.”

The band shares a label with other airy groups like Fleet Foxes, Department of Eagles and Beach House, but Horse Thief has the rock roots to create a deeply intense sound. Labeled as psychedelic folk rock, the band reaches beyond the bonds of the genre and provides flowing melodies that envelope the listener.

Horse Thief is unique in that it holds the listener in a mesmerizing overlay of depth and musicality that is too heady to contain on just an album. Its presence provides an experience that permeates all the senses and leaves you wanting more.

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