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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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This week we’ve got a local rapper, some electronic dudes and one name you should know: Cohen.

By January 25th, 2012

L.T.Z. — “360 Dunk”
Oklahoma City hip-hop dude rolls with nice guys Jabee and Beetyman, and he may even be the nicest of the bunch. He and DJ Chips stopped by my office with a hard copy of this solid album last week, and I subsequently spent the entirety of my weekend listening to it. “Steeze Me Up” and “Rehab” are both standout examples of well-produced backpack rap here:



Two Suns — “Dirty Industry”
Normanite Jake Davidson is back with another new track from his forthcoming (well, sort of forthcoming) “Dream Familiar,” which he’s releasing track by track. “Dirty Industry” is true to its name, featuring some pretty scuzzy synthesizers and a wooden, skitter backbeat:



Andrew Bird — “Eyeoneye”
I’m sure glad this whistling indie dreamboat’s back. Did I just say that out loud?



Leonard Cohen — “Old Ideas”
Glad you're back, Leonard. And thanks, NPR!


Craig Finn — “Clear Heart Full Eyes”
The Hold Steady singer Craig Finn recently found some time to record a proper solo album. Give it a listen over at AOL Spinner and compare notes with me when I’ve got an album review up later in the week. Also, he’s coming to The Conservatory soon. Very excited.

Theresa Andersson — “What Comes Next”
Horns, echoing voices, a pretty lady singer and Peter, from Peter Bjorn & John? What more do you need, I ask?

Mannachine — “Ant People”
If you have yet to hear of Mannachine, then you should definitely check this oddball, post-dubsteppy act out. I caught Jonathan Martin (once an Uglysuiter) this summer when he opened for Colourmusic, and seem to remember a more rock-oriented show. Times change, I suppose; enjoy this freaky five minutes of sonic ambience:


 
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