Sunday 20 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: Feathered Rabbit and Shitty/Awesome

Powerhouse rock and ferocious punk

By Stephen Carradini March 14th, 2012

Credits: Stephen Carradini

As I type this, Shitty/Awesome is currently sonically assaulting Friends. Pretty much everyone has moved back to get out of the ferocity's way. Their music is so energetic that their drummer doesn't even sit: he stands, whalloping a tom, a snare and a crash cymbal. His kick drum is behind him; every time he stomps, the kick drum hits. He stomps a lot.

The songs are short, heavily distorted, raucous, and energetic. Even the bass guitar is distorted. When they settle down a bit and do some melody, they can put together a pretty memorable one; there's a lot of times when they just blast through. For instance, I just heard one of the singers yell, "I am a modern woman!" Shitty/Awesome does what it wants. And what it wants is to blast everyone with hyper-powered punk. Get on board or get out of the way.

Feathered Rabbit.
Credits: Stephen Carradini

Feathered Rabbit, which went on directly before, plays a more nuanced rock. Their bass-heavy, low-slung sound is anchored by powerhouse female vocals; the vocalist steals the show with alto pipes, dance moves and attitude. She's the sort of vocalist that can ratchet a song up in intensity simply by increasing the volume of her voice. The command she has of her instrument means that Feathered Rabbit can have wide sweeps in emotion during songs. They employ this, creating emotive pieces that ebb and flow. They still can riff out, but they also have a lot of melodic interplay between the bass and two guitars. It's a solid band fronted by a woman who can belt it: you'll be singing and dancing along. What more do you want in a band?
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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