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CD reviews

IndianGiver - Understudies

There’s a difference between being derivative and being inspired by something, a line a lot of artists can’t seem to find — or at least don’t care to.
04/22/2014 | Comments 0

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

SXSW: Those Nights/Canailles

Southwestern folk/ska and French-Canadian zydeco!

By Stephen Carradini March 15th, 2012
After getting some free food and drink from a barbeque sponsored by, I headed out for an evening of non-Buffalo shows.

My first stop after refueling was a street show by Those Nights. You don't have to blow a trombone too loud before I come running, so they their brass hooked me immediately. Their sound had a high-desert rumble to it, which was accentuated by the soaring vocal lines that I heard. The crowd was roped in to singing and clapping, ensuring my love for them. It's more American than Tejano music, but less American than Bon Iver folk; it exists in an extremely Texan space. I loved it.

Credits: Stephen Carradini

I heard some jubilant music coming out of the M for Montreal show, so I stopped in; they gave me a ticket for an American beer (Miller Light), spoke to me in French, and presented a zydeco band named Canailles. (Thoroughly international.) And although a zydeco band from the great white north sounds like an odd proposition, the members of Canailles can play a banjo, accordion and washboard with the best of them. The fact that they were yelling out group vocals in French only made it more charming and festive. The band taught the audience to say things in French in between the hollering and stomping; it was an absolute blast of a set. Their set will be on my end of fest bests, for sure.

Their rampant enthusiasm caused me to decide I was only going to see upbeat music the rest of the day.  
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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