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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.
03/18/2014 | Comments 0
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Former Clem Snide front man steps into solo spotlight

Lucas Ross June 19th, 2008

Israeli native and Nashville, Tenn.-based Eef Barzelay will play Saturday at The Opolis in Norman. When alt-country indie rock band Clem Snide called it quits in 2006 after 10 years of touring and re...


Israeli native and Nashville, Tenn.-based Eef Barzelay will play Saturday at The Opolis in Norman.

When alt-country indie rock band Clem Snide called it quits in 2006 after 10 years of touring and recording, lead singer/songwriter Barzelay seemed to have lost something big.

Fortunately, the dissolution of the group " an outfit Barzelay initially founded in 1991 " didn't turn the multitalented Israeli native and Nashville, Tenn.-based artist into the biggest loser. Instead, Barzelay is on a fresh career streak, expanding his creative horizons through extensive touring, scoring films and readying the release of the most emotionally honest and highly personal collection of songs he's ever created.

Written and recorded in the span of two weeks in late 2006, but not released until this month, the ironically titled "Lose Big" is his first album since the band's split, and his sophomore effort as a solo artist.

"The story of 'Lose Big' is that it sort of rose up through the ashes of the last Clem Snide record that I was obsessively working on for a year and a half," he said. "When the bubble finally popped, I had this kind of insane burst of creativity."

In 2007, Barzelay made his composing debut with the movie "Rocket Science," which garnered glowing reviews for its sound track, from the likes of The Hollywood Reporter and Rolling Stone.

Most recently, he provided the score for the upcoming film "Yellow Handkerchief," a road movie set in post-Katrina Louisiana, starring William Hurt.

Barzelay's involvement in the project makes sense, considering that his own life increasingly resembles a road film this year. Having just completed a tour with his longtime friend and fellow Nashville transplant Ben Folds, as well as performing some solo shows in Europe, he's now embarking on a series of club dates that includes the stop in Norman. "Lucas Ross

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