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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: The Panda Resistance

Our very own optimistic prog rockers!

By Stephen Carradini March 14th, 2012

Panda Resistance.
Credits: Stephen Carradini

Post-rock grew up out of a desire to put more artistry into "rock," and flourished with its brand of orchestration-heavy, sweeping landscapes. Recently, another wave of artists wanting to put more artistry into rock has appeared, but from a different direction. The high ideals of prog rock have been appropriated, but without the pretentiousness that much prog suffered from in its long-winded vamps: it's all optimistic, now. Bands like Fang Island, Delicate Steve, and All Tiny Creatures create frenetic, complex, but jubilant pieces of music. I dubbed it optimistic prog, but I still feel bad about that because the word prog has such terrible connotations in music circles.

Whatever the name of the genre, the three men of The Panda Resistance play wordless, beautiful music that spans the gamut from crunchy, low-end riffs to soaring melodies, with plenty of modified tones and melodies in between. The band doesn't crush with volume, as the snare is rarely used as more than something to tap against. Instead, they aim to amaze and please, playing incredible melodies in a variety of tones on the guitar. The bassist and drummer keep melodic and rhythmic consistency. (The drummer had a bell kit set up above his tom.) The band really has its mix down, as the three-piece sounded like one cohesive unit.

The songs were beautiful and well-formed; the band was genuinely excited to be playing them, as evidenced by their smiles. There was a smile on my face too. If you're a fan of progressive, unique music that doesn't conform to song structures or genre conventions, The Panda Resistance can show you a good time.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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