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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: G-Eazy / TOPS


Indie-rock rap and hazy pop

By Stephen Carradini March 16th, 2012

G-Eazy
Credits: Stephen Carradini

A large part of SXSW's fun is wandering into a show that you didn't know existed. I had G-Eazy on my to-see list, but I didn't have a specific show marked out until I stumbled upon one as I was cruising shows on Sixth Street. It was happening as I stood in the street, so I headed up the stairs to the show.

TOPS
Credits: Stephen Carradini
G-Eazy's rap is most interesting to me for his beats; he flips everything from Tennis to "Runaround Sue" into beats, making his songs consistently interesting. His flow is pretty solid, heavy on the puns. A large crowd was assembled for his set, and they gave him interaction when he asked for it; they were into the set. Generationals' "When They Fight, They Fight" powered G-Eazy's tune "Make-up Sex," and Tennis' "Marathon" powered G-Eazy's "Waspy," both of which were highlights of the set.

I ducked into PopMontreal's M for Montreal stage next, because that's my go-to fallback. With all the great music coming out of Canada, it's almost a sure bet. I caught the last song of TOPS, which was a beachy, hazy, female-vocals, teen-inspired tune that felt like a less snotty Best Coast or a more solid Beach House. Rad.
 
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