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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.
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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Daniel Hunter buries a bummer adolescence to find happiness in an Analog Rebellion

Chris Parker November 4th, 2010

People change, often dramatically, yet when it comes to musicians, we tend to expect a consistency that's simply not realistic.

Analog Rebellion with The Appleseed Cast
9 p.m. Sunday
113 N. Crawford, Norman

People change, often dramatically, yet when it comes to musicians, we tend to expect a consistency that's simply not realistic, particularly of someone who began making music while still a teen.

After growing older and putting distance between the traumatic events that first drew him to music, Dallas singer/songwriter Daniel Hunter ditched the PlayRadioPlay! moniker that graced his first releases and re-christened his efforts as Analog Rebellion late last year.

While Hunter still draws on some of the same influences that energized the layered, upbeat, emo-tinged electro-pop of PlayRadioPlay!, the change feels appropriate, given his more varied sonic approach and darker lyrical spirit.

Since the change, he's enrolled in University of Texas at Arlington and cut back on the touring, although he'll play Sunday night at Norman's Opolis. Conversely, he's increased his output; since January, Hunter has released two full-length albums and two EPs, with another on the way.

In August , he released a disc of more-or-less acoustic tracks recorded on his iPhone.

"It's funny, because a lot of the stuff I recorded on the iPhone was higher-fidelity than stuff I record on my computer, which I make lo-fi by running it through shit to make it sound weird. It's pretty crazy how good the built-in microphone on the most common cell phone is these days," he said.

His upcoming EP, "Evaders," was recorded in a living room with one take. He described it as "really heavy and loud and Wall of Sound-ish."

Not only his sound has undergone a change, but the way he approaches songwriting. When Hunter first got into music, he'd been a pretty talented baseball player, but chucked it all after his dad's death. He joined a high school band and slipped into self-medicating with drugs and alcohol.

After going to rehab at 14, he quit the band, distanced himself from friends, and started recording music in his bedroom. That would become PlayRadioPlay!, which somehow took off on MySpace, eventually sparking a label bidding war. The resulting 2008 album, "Texas," broke into the Billboard Top 200, but he left Island Records four months later.  

Despite his tumultuous teenage life, most of the PlayRadioPlay! catalog of that time was positive, hopeful and exultant. Since then, Hunter, now 20, has openly explored his dark side.

"I actually feel like now I'm such a happier person than when I was making PlayRadioPlay! music, but that's maybe the product of me getting the bitterness out in music, rather than holding it in and pretending that everything is wonderful and beautiful or something," he said.
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