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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: Pomegranates / The Black and White Years

Hyperactive rock'n'roll and thoughtful power-pop

By Stephen Carradini March 15th, 2012
The members of Pomegranates are super energetic and incredibly positive. Their rock'n'roll has no traces of anger, rebellion, or moody angst. Instead, they pinball around the stage like they're rocket-powered, dispensing riff-laden blasts of youthful glee. Several times during their set I laughed out loud because watching them made me so happy. "This song is called 'Sisters.' It's about loving the people around you," the bassist announced for one tune, and they weren't being facetious. They are genuinely amped about life. I can get behind a band like that.

Pomegranates running about the stage.
Credits: Stephen Carradini

I certainly can't stay in front of them. The three guitar-wielding members of the band were so active on stage that I couldn't keep them in the frame to photograph them. The only time I could consistently shoot pictures was when all three of them jumped up to their respective microphones to sing multi-part harmonies. Short of blowing up beach balls and throwing them into the audience, Pomegranates did everything they could to leave the crowd happier than they found it. They succeeded on me. Their new album Heaven (positivity!!!!!!) comes out soon; you should check it out if you're into love-of-life rock'n'roll.

Moustache. Crazy Hair. The Black and White Years.
Credits: Stephen Carradini

The Black and White Years started their set with a blast of similar giddiness before settling down into some thoughtful power-pop. Fans of OK Go's approach to music (aside from the videos) will appreciate TBAWY's music: witty and thoughtful enough in composition and lyric for thoughtful adults to enjoy, but with enough synth melodies and tambourine to keep the energy high. They opened with two old tunes, then launched into their newer material, which has a little more thoughtful and a little less energy. Still, they never lulled the audience to sleep, as their tunes built in energy to big finishes. Quite a satisfying end to a long evening of upbeat tunes.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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