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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

SXSW: Buffalo Lounge: Black Canyon

Sometimes you just wanna hear a band rip it up

By Stephen Carradini March 13th, 2012

Black Canyon
Credits: Stephen Carradini

We were screaming at the top of our lungs, at the behest of Black Canyon. "I've Had a Long Day of Work" is the sort of song that requires that brand of audience participation. It's not a clapping song, or even a singing song: Participants yell at the top of their lungs. That's the chorus. That's as good a description of rock and roll as I can think of.

Black Canyon, although sporting a name that sounds somewhat like a folksy band, is a straight-up rock band. Sure, there's an acoustic guitar as the base, but the band rages like a powerhouse throughout whatever the songwriter throws at it. The rhythm section, which the lead singer noted as filling in, went after it with gusto: they kept it in overdrive the entire time. The electric lead guitar and acoustic rhythm guitar teetered on the edge of unhinged, pushed along by the rhythm section. And on top of that, roaring vocals from the lead singer (hollerer?) and us. The four-piece blitzed through the entire set in a completely satisfying manner. 

There was one exception: a "slowin' it down" moment showed off the acoustic songwriting chops, and the fact that Ali Harter (!) is on the soon-to-be-released recording is a feather in its cap.

Black Canyon's set was raucous in all the right ways and tight in all the necessary ones. A bang-up job.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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