Tuesday 29 Jul

Planting the seed

Chelsey Cope’s new band, Elms, is as earthy and native to Oklahoma as the trees that are their namesake. The soulful folk four-piece’s debut EP, Parallel Lines, was recorded at Bell Labs Recording Studio in Norman and is on its way in September. But the band has already given us a tease, with its first single, “Burn,” going live on SoundCloud on July 14.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Downtown Tulsa 

07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Mack truckin’

9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 

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Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Joshua Boydston April 15th, 2014

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.

He does just that, capably crafting a diverse collection of songs that run the gamut of Death Cab For Cutie-leaning indie (“So Many Deserving”), polished folk pop (“Freedom”) and ’90s alt-rock (“Next Time You’ll Know”), making for a tight, acoustic-driven affair with lots of personality.

Stripped-down usually necessitates simplicity, but Prinz is so at ease with the guitar — mastering percussive-styled hybrid picking — that Eleven reads organic, relaxed and intricate all the same. He’s a better musician than songwriter, but the gap has narrowed since his Drugs EP; each and every track features a nice, radio-friendly sheen.

He has the most fun dashing in the funk-bent rock of an Incubus or Red Hot Chili Peppers, as he does in “Angry Breakup Song” or “You’ll Answer When She Calls.” But his more traditional takes (“Maybe,” “Northstar”) are more than adept.

Eleven often reads more dated than timeless, content to amble over well-traveled roads. But Prinz has the guitar and songwriting chops to carve a special niche for himself, especially if he surrenders to more ambitious, adventurous and rewarding terrain.

He does so on “Evolve,” “Radio” and closer “Broken Guitar Strings,” conquering new lands like an acoustic guitar-wielding M83.

And with the important stuff already perfected, there’s no telling where he could go.

— Joshua Boydston

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