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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.
04/22/2014 | Comments 0

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.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

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
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DVDs for Dad make for a no-brainer gift


Rod Lott June 8th, 2010

Father's Day is June 20, and if your dad is like most red-blooded American males, it's a good bet that gifted shiny discs to feed into his DVD or Blu-ray player won't be met with disdain. Here are nin...

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"Royal Pains: Season 1"
Among USA's original series, "Burn Notice" gets most of the love, but "Royal Pains" shouldn't be ignored, either. Mark Feuerstein stars " and charms " as Dr. Hank Lawson, rebuilding his personal and professional life in the Hamptons, living with his quirky brother (Paulo Costanzo). The show's first 12 episodes are contained within three discs, complete with commentaries and outtakes. Mirth and medicine has never been mixed so well, so if your pop digs USA's "Psych" and "Monk," prescribe him this, too.



"Z Rock: Season 2"
It's not quite "Spinal Tap" " or even "School of Rock" " but the IFC series "Z Rock" manages its share of jokes and jams. These 10 eps center on heavy metal outfit ZO2, a real band whose members essentially play themselves, and pay the bills by gigging at kids' birthday parties by day. The laughs come from the raunch, and several name musicians cameo. If Dad has a collection of ratty concert tees, this show might punch his ticket.



"Pulling John"
Sly Stallone, you've just been pwn3d! "Over the Top" is no longer the greatest arm-wrestling movie ever made! That honor " albeit in a subgenre of, well, two " goes to "Pulling John," a documentary of undefeated world champion John Brzenk who's grappling with possible retirement at age 40. Like similar docs "Anvil" and "The King of Kong," this one will have you cheering ... and perhaps even tearing up (although your secret is safe with me if that happens). Your father may have taught you the art of arm wrestling; here's a chance to pay him back.



"The A-Team: The Complete Series"
Melinda Culea fans, represent! All five seasons of NBC
 
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