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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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Paul Skinner shakes up his pop-country sound for a grimier approach

Joe Wertz August 26th, 2010

On Thursday, Skinner is officially back with a new album and a new sound that he feels like fully supporting.

He tried, but Paul Skinner "just isn't pop-country."

The Edmond musician's 2006 debut, "Gettin' With It," was a great album, and has probably sold close to 10,000 copies, Skinner said. While writing, recording and promoting the 13-song release was a "great learning experience," it wasn't a sound or style he felt like sticking with. 

"I really fought the whole thing," he said. "It was just really produced. It sounds great, but it sounds like a Rascal Flatts record."

On Thursday, Skinner is officially back with something he feels like fully supporting. "Lost in Austin" rocks the dust of his interest in singer/songwriter storytelling, resonating with a grimier texture. 

He recorded the album at his home and a handful of other studios with his bandmates Carl Amburn, Kevin Webb and Brian Young, who also drums for popular power-poppers Fountains of Wayne.

The bridge on one particular song, "These Days," was a struggle, Skinner said, and needed specific vocal harmonies to tie the song together. Gerry Beckley, a founder of one of Skinner's favorite bands, America, helped knot those loose ends by laying down 24 tracks of vocals. Skinner gets excited just talking about it.  

"I've got America on my record," he enthused. "Right there on track one."

Skinner will debut the new disc at 8 p.m. Thursday at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth in Edmond. The show is $10. For more information, visit "Joe Wertz
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