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: The Buffalo Lounge: The Defining Times

My first set of SXSW 2012, and it was a winner.

By Matt Carney March 14th, 2012

I’m a little embarrassed to say this was my first Defining Times show (especially after quoting the prolific (and super-friendly) Chase Kerby in my advance of the Buffalo Lounge’s SXSW activity. I’m not embarrassed however, to declare that they’ve quickly shot up to the top of my shortlist of favorite new local bands, right alongside Horse Thief. 

Kerby and company (I recognized Zach Zeller of The Non and a handful of other bands, as well as drummer Alberto Roubert) handle The Pixies loud-soft-loud formula expertly, commanding a trio of muscular guitars with a sort of nimble dexterity exhibited by professional circus performers.

There’s a ton of skill between the three guitar players — especially Zeller, the dude’s solo makes listeners look up at the sky like they’re expecting a swift armageddon — that serves as foundation for Kerby’s charisma, showmanship (bonus points for breaking out the violin bow on the guitar, dude!), and contrasting lighter vocals. It’s a winning combination. Looking forward to their first full-length, as well as the freebie EP Kerby hooked me up with.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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