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IndianGiver - Understudies

There’s a difference between being derivative and being inspired by something, a line a lot of artists can’t seem to find — or at least don’t care to.
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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.
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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.
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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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Flickerstick's live act proves VH1 victory was well-deserved

Graham Lee Brewer April 26th, 2007

Texas rock act Flickerstick won VH1's reality show "Bands on the Run," getting a deal with Epic Records. But with newfound stardom came a stigma: being scoffed at for getting signed with...


Texas rock act Flickerstick won VH1's reality show "Bands on the Run," getting a deal with Epic Records. But with newfound stardom came a stigma: being scoffed at for getting signed without putting in the hard work most musicians have to in order to get discovered.

The truth is, the members made a name for themselves all on their own.

"We were playing shows on the weekends and working day jobs for four years before VH1 came along," lead vocalist and guitarist Brandin Lea said. "It wasn't uncommon to have a few hundred people show up to a Texas show."

But television rewards over-the-top drama " which can be frustrating when a band just wants to share its music.

"We knew it was going to be that way, but we didn't expect how right we were," Lea said. "But we always figured out a way to keep our eye on the prize, play good shows and sell records."

Now, six years, four lineup changes and three albums later, Flickerstick recently invited a couple hundred fans to join them in Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta for a live recording session.

The resulting two-day set turned into its latest album, "Live from Atlanta: Two Nights at the Tree Sound Studios."

"We just like how we sound in a live setting," Lea said. "We had the option to play two nights and record them while we were in between albums, so we took it. We ended up really enjoying it." "Graham Lee Brewer

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