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CD reviews

IndianGiver - Understudies

There’s a difference between being derivative and being inspired by something, a line a lot of artists can’t seem to find — or at least don’t care to.
04/22/2014 | Comments 0

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

SXSW: Buffalo Lounge: Desi and Cody

Fleet Foxes-style new folk!

By Stephen Carradini March 13th, 2012

Desi and Cody
Credits: Stephen Carradini

In contrast to Wink and Jesse's traditional folk sound, Desi and Cody work in that hip genre of new folk that includes Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Grizzly Bear. The duo fall closest to Fleet Foxes' sonorous, round, melodic sound, but it's not all somber beauty: they delivered a strummy gospel tune and a hilarious ode to hipsters. The latter tongue-in-cheek tune, chronicling all the elitism and pretentiousness that come with knowing more music than thee assembled masses below them, was capped off by Cody dedicating the song to "Toms Shoes. And Chuck Taylors." NICE.

The duo returned a favor by inviting the former duo up to the stage for a combined two songs; Cody said that musicians collaborate often in Tulsa, repping The New Tulsa Sound. (Aycock contributed slide guitar, Burcham played acoustic.) Suitably, the first group tune was a formal country song. Overall, though, Desi and Cody would appeal much more to the hipsters they poked fun at. Their charming set is a strong recommendation for picking their recorded music.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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