Sunday 20 Apr

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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Stray Cats strut their brand of rockabilly revisionism

Charles Martin August 2nd, 2007

Rockabilly had all but died before a trio of big-haired kids from New York named Stray Cats injected new life into the genre in the Eighties with singles like "Rock This Town" and "(She's) Sexy ...

Rockabilly had all but died before a trio of big-haired kids from New York named Stray Cats injected new life into the genre in the Eighties with singles like "Rock This Town" and "(She's) Sexy + 17."

With rockabilly enjoying a resurgence in popularity, the Stray Cats are rocking again and strutting into the Zoo Amphitheatre on Friday.

"We helped preserve an important part of American music," said Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom. "Rockabilly was in the process of fading away. Now you just say, 'They kind of sound like the Stray Cats,' and everyone knows what you're talking about."

The band is hitting the road with ZZ Top and The Pretenders, two other musical heavyweights of the Eighties, which keeps the Cats on their toes, Phantom said.     
"With Chrissie Hynde looking great and singing great, well, we aren't going cold this tour," he said. "I'm not going to let Brian see me slow down, so I'm going to jump off my drum set. None of us want to be the first one to admit we're getting older."

Phantom isn't sure what the fate of rockabilly will be, but believes it has achieved a level of stability with the help of devoted fans.

"I remember when we started there was no scene, there were the three of us. We were the only rockabilly guys I knew. It was us against the squares," he said. "Things haven't really changed that much. We're still just three knuckleheads trying to comb their hair in one mirror."  "Charles Martin

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