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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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Mooney Suzuki's live act reminds what rock can be


Charles Martin June 21st, 2007

New York's The Mooney Suzuki roars with high-energy, British-Invasion attitude " a hefty dose of The Kinks and The Rolling Stones with light brushes of contrasting acoustic roots. Th...

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New York's The Mooney Suzuki roars with high-energy, British-Invasion attitude " a hefty dose of The Kinks and The Rolling Stones with light brushes of contrasting acoustic roots.

The key to a great show, front man Sammy James Jr. said, is to live in the moment.

"You can't preplan it out," he said. "You might be at soundcheck, you'll look at something and say, 'It'd be cool to climb up that,' then you try it out and it's too wobbly. Then, you're playing the show and you find yourself climbing up it and hanging upside down."

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James pines for the time when artists like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles could release three albums in a year, and the songs they were singing onstage were only a couple months old, rather than a couple years. But James hopes and doubts the system will be in place much longer with bands able to make singles immediately accessible via the Internet.

"No one that I know is making money off record sales unless they're on a major (label)," he said. "A format of 11-12 songs in 45 minutes is completely arbitrary if no one is buying them." "Charles Martin

 
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