Monday 21 Apr
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: Josh Sallee

Ever seen a mesmerizing rapper?

By Stephen Carradini March 14th, 2012

Josh Sallee
Credits: Stephen Carradini

Liveblogging is fraught with some trepidation for me, because there is no editing process. The posts, for good or ill, are direct dispatches; facts go unchecked, style goes uncultivated, worry that I'm being clear sets in. But that's all out the window for this post. All you need to know is this: Josh Sallee is very, very good at rap, and you should listen to his music regardless of what you think about rap. Read on for some effusive praise.

Sallee is the sort of rapper whose skill feeds his stage presence and vice versa for an impressive loop: The confidence he has in his ridiculously speedy rapping shows in his stage moves. Bouncing back and forth across the stage, shooting sly grins into the audience, and holding the hand of a girl in the front row were just some moves in his arsenal. I am rarely transfixed by a musical performer, but Sallee's impassioned performance commanded my undivided attention. At one point, he shoved the microphone in my face to yell the chorus of a song; I was so surprised the fourth wall had been broken that I was too stunned to say anything. (The correct answer was "That shit great!")

Sallee had a DJ and a drummer with him, and the drummer greatly enhanced both the visual and visceral appeal of the performance: the set felt more concrete with the presence of acoustic instrumentation. It gave even more punch to Sallee's already deft, kinetic backing beats.

It doesn't take much knowledge of rap to understand that Josh Sallee is incredible. His rapidfire raps, tight control of rhythm and wow-factor showmanship make him an artist not to be missed, whether you like the genre. It's simply mesmerizing to watch him go.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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