Saturday 19 Apr

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

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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

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Brothers plan performance before moving East

Danny Marroquin July 17th, 2008

The Brothers Sarmiento, Adam and Eric, are relaxed onstage and in person, as if they just wait for the truth to float to them. Maybe that's why they haven't "made it" in the consistently confusing wor...


The Brothers Sarmiento, Adam and Eric, are relaxed onstage and in person, as if they just wait for the truth to float to them. Maybe that's why they haven't "made it" in the consistently confusing world of indie rock. 

Adam Sarmiento, a drum instructor at Charlie Rayl Music Lessons in Norman, and Eric Sarmiento, a future geography grad student at Rutgers, have let music enrich lives filled with other activities. 

The Brothers Sarmiento have a Norman history stretching back to the early Nineties when they were rocking out with Mike Hosty in dance, blues and psych bands during the heyday of Rome XC and Liberty D's.

The brothers have a balanced, paced method of writing and recording. Eric said his most recent album, "Declaration of Interdependence," took four years to finish, and for Adam's upcoming "I and I" album, the songwriter whittled 30 songs down to a selection of nine.

Watching the Sarmientos is somewhat like being in a laboratory. On a hot June night at neo-hippie commune in Norman called Universe City, their subtle sounds slipped from the cracks of the basement windows. Past the stairwell with the askew Kurt Cobain poster on the wall were the Sarmientos, noodling their way through some light-headed air, with Adam drumming with brushes.

Their brisk, two-hour set navigated through differing eras and styles, including Eric vamping like a late-Sixties Lou Reed. Adam alternated between virtuoso drum work, rock-stomping and ethereal, synthesizer mood-making.

With Eric leaving for New Jersey at the end of the month, Saturday's 9 p.m. show at The 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 N.W. 51st, will be the last opportunity to see the sibling duo for quite some time. "Danny Marroquin


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