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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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Tulsa's Harmonious Monk specializes in jazz, optimism


H. Barry Zimmerman January 25th, 2007

Tulsa-based jazz band Harmonious Monk is spreading the good vibes of God, Miles Davis and the hippie nature of wonderment.   "When we play, what is most important is that we are brothers sharing time ...

Tulsa-based jazz band Harmonious Monk is spreading the good vibes of God, Miles Davis and the hippie nature of wonderment.
 
"When we play, what is most important is that we are brothers sharing time and thoughts," explained drummer Andrew Owen Bones. "Jazz might crawl up inside itself like a Gollum to speak about nothing but how precious it is, but it won't die. There is so much to get out of jazz, even today."
 
NICE GUYS
Harmonious Monk (not to be confused with Melodious Thunk, a Norman-based jazz outfit of days gone by) has a rep for being friendly.
 
"First and foremost, when you play music, you have got to be great friends," Bones said. "Because without friendship, you have got nothing. So we're fine friends. We hope to tour hard this summer. We hope to be innovative every day. We want to be present. We want to change the world."
 
THANK GOD
The band's self-titled CD is a fantastic marriage of modern lounge and bop.
 
"We have so many musical heroes: Mingus, Monk, Bird, Miles Davis, of course," Bones said. "Music is music. In the end, it's all about God. "¦ So if we thank God first, we can't have forgotten to send thanks to someone that deserved it." "H. Barry Zimmerman

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