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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: BrotherBear

Electro-powered, haunting music

By Stephen Carradini March 14th, 2012

BrotherBear\'s vocalist visiting the audience.
Credits: Stephen Carradini

BrotherBear got inside my mind with its haunting, deep electro grooves, so much so that instead of my actual password, I typed their band name into my computer to unlock it. Such is the power of the band's unusual, off-kilter tunes.

The main instruments in BrotherBear's arsenal for this set were keyboards, a bass guitar, and drums. An electric guitar made an appearance too, but the majority of the set was covered by deep synths that produced haunting moods. Even when the band picked up the pace in an ostensibly dance-able song, the overall mood was one of dread and neurosis, instead of happy-go-lucky party music. This is all complimentary, by the way; their set was mesmerizing.

Two members of the band left the stage frequently, wandering around with the aforementioned guitar and a microphone; frantic dancing was involved for the lead singer. That these outgoing motions were backed up by a slow-moving, powerful sound instead of your regular upbeat dance fare played up the tension that BrotherBear produced. It was a fascinating set; BrotherBear is definitely working within a clearly defined vision of what they want to do (or, otherwise, doing a very convincing act). Fans of Chrome Pony and related bands will be enthused.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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