Monday 21 Apr
CD reviews

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

VOTD: Cartoon Dick

Plus, Bells, Foxes and Josh Sallee’s birthday.

By Matt Carney January 24th, 2012

“Heaven Knows” sees Yukon’s Luke Dick branching out into some philosophizing, Randy Newman-ish territory, which I imagine he really needed in order to sort through the issues he was dealing with the last time we saw him on OKSee.

Anyhoo, this cartoon is pretty charming, considering it’s about a dead frog:

Sleigh Bells — “Comeback Kid”
And while you’re here, might as well stick around for some more music videos. With this standout new single from the forthcoming Sleigh Bells album, cutie-pie singer Alexis Krauss does a couple of the dance moves that I do when I listen to Sleigh Bells. Also, kudos to guitarist Derek Miller’s sartorial choice in that old-school Nirvana tee:

Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom — “Austin City Limits” performances
Some people my age forget that Austin City Limits didn’t begin as a music festival. It was “Austin City Limits” the television program, and it’s got a couple of freak-folk’s greatest talents on its most recent episode, which aired last weekend. Watch Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom go for austere beauty:

Josh Sallee — Birthday Rager
Miss Josh Sallee’s birthday party this weekend? OKC videographer Jimi Wonder’s got your back. Watch some clips of his performance below. And kudos to the very complimentary, apparently very inebriated young lady who declared Josh a “25” on a scale of 1 to 10. We love him, too. But probably not quite that much.

Los Campesinos! — "By Your Hand" on "Late Night with David Letterman"
I don't know I missed this after declaring "Hello Sadness" my top record of 2011, but my favorite Welsh indie-pop/rock septet Los Campesinos! stopped by "Letterman" to play a kinda awkward version of that album's infectious single. The awkwardness continues even after the song ends, when Letterman speaks aloud the condescending thoughts in his head.

Nicki Minaj — "Stupid Hoe"
Yes, Nicki Minaj has a song called "Stupid Hoe." Also yes, the video's directed by Hype Williams, who, when paired with Miss Nicki, makes stuff that's just flat-out nonsensical. But hyper-addictive eye and aural candy, nonetheless. Watch, but only if you're ready for your brain to turn to goopy pop mush.

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