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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.
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

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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With new CD Of Montreal makes OKC tour stop


Charles Martin February 22nd, 2007

Of Montreal's latest album, "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?," is among the most seductive and danceable of Kevin Barnes' career, yet comes from the most painful period in his life.   "I was goi...

Of Montreal's latest album, "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?," is among the most seductive and danceable of Kevin Barnes' career, yet comes from the most painful period in his life.
 
"I was going through a really difficult time, and I was writing songs as a type of therapy to get through it," Barnes said. "The album was written and recorded in the moment, and you can see how it evolved as time went by."
 
FAMILY STRESSES
The album tracks Barnes' growth from emotional wreck to resilient and sober family man, influenced by:
" the pressures of new parenthood,
" a failing relationship with his wife, and
" a long winter in Norway.
 
"It's like a volcano: This pressure is building up, building up, and eventually there has to be an eruption," Barnes said of a song he wrote after separating from his wife. "I had to pull it all up to the surface so it's not hurting me on a subconscious level. That way, I could face it head on."
 
MUSIC AS THERAPY
As becomes evident on the album, Barnes and his wife reconciled, and the remainder of the album deals with them attempting to normalize their lives as a young family. The process of making the album was critical for Barnes in surviving the transition.
 
"It's always been escapism or a type of therapy," he said. "I kept telling myself it would be OK. You never really know, but you can hope," he said. "Hope is the most important tool we have. We lose hope, we've lost everything." "Charles Martin

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