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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
 

SXSW: Buffalo Lounge: O Fidelis


Enthusiastic pop-folk that never disappoints

By Stephen Carradini March 13th, 2012

O Fidelis
Credits: Stephen Carradini

O Fidelis was the first band I ever interviewed for Oklahoma Gazette, and they hold a special place in my heart for that. Their music, which is an enthusiastic folk/rock party, builds extra rooms onto that space in my heart. Their set here did not disappoint.

They're sporting a new line-up these days, one that's less distortion and more folk-oriented: a violin takes the place of an electric guitar. But they lose no amount of energy, as favorites like "On a Mountainside" and "Happy Song #2" retain all the energy that their former renditions had. Their new songs showed a growth in rhythmic and melodic complexity, which was thoroughly interesting. The band was incredibly excited to be there, as shown in their stage banter; their music bore it out.

If you haven't seen O Fidelis live, you're missing out on a party. You need to get acquainted with the folk-pop that they put out: it's a can't-miss. Seriously, there's a ukulele in the band. I keep trying to start the hype train on O Fidelis: here's to this year being their year. They certainly are ready for it.

 
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