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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
 

MPFree: Valentine’s Day edition


We heart you, Zach Winters, aDDLib and Sleigh Bells.

By Matt Carney February 14th, 2012

We’ve got an influx of fresh new tracks for your Valentine’s Day. A few of these might just make a nice soundtrack for a special evening, so listen up and download/stream away.

Josh Sallee — “R.I.P. to Regret”


The last time Josh Sallee showed up in MPFree, he brought the good stuff with an excellent, Blev-produced track that boasted a top-notch sample. “R.I.P. to Regret” follows the same format (replace “Birthday Sex” with the piano from James Blake’s really terrific cover of Feist’s “Limit to Your Love”), and Sallee really opens up with a couple of earnest, meaningful verses. Can’t wait to hear the rest of “Probable Flaws.”


Zach Winters — “They Were Longing for a Better Country”


You might recall this local folk gem from a few months back. It’s obviously not new, but Zach Winters, from the generosity of his heart and enthusiasm of his family, has put “Country” up on his Bandcamp as a name-your-price download. He calls them “heartsongs,” and I couldn’t agree more.

Garrett Dale — “House Full of Dogs”

Tom Waits much? Red City Radio’s Garrett Dale does. This new solo track sounds crusty and rusty, like it’s got as much history as a pair of worn-out boots. And it’s funny!

aDDLib — “The Rebound”

One solid Oklahoma City hip-hop track not enough for you? Well aDDLib’s got a special Valentine’s Day song for you, made complete by awesome Wilt Chamberlain artwork.

Two Suns — “Time Again”

Another week, another good Two Suns song. Halfway there, people.

Sleigh Bells — “Reign of Terror”


I got so excited listening to the very first track of this thing in my cubicle this morning that my hands were shaking as I tried to build Gazette’s online edition. Just make sure you don’t play this thing at full volume inside your office. And if that New York Times profile isn’t enough (do note Alexis Krauss’ use of the now-standardized-in-my-vocabulary term “bangover”), be sure to check out freelancer Joshua Boydston’s interview with the noise-pop power-duo from a few months back.


Tennis — “It All Feels the Same”
Whimsical, pretty indie pop/rock for fans of Cults, ’80s artwork, Florence Welch and effervescence.

The 2 Bears — “Bear Hug”
DFA act The 2 Bears want to give you a special e-card and EP for Valentine’s Day.

Cheers Elephant — “Doin’ It, Right”
Cheers Elephant is a few years behind The Strokes, but this free track for Valentine’s Day sure is a nice gesture!

 
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