Wednesday 16 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 Ettes / Sea of Bees

Female-led garage rock, female-led acoustic songwriting

By Stephen Carradini March 16th, 2012

The Ettes
Credits: Stephen Carradini

The Ettes play a no-frills, to-the-point form of garage rock that gets in, gets down and gets out. The female guitarist and vocalist, female drummer and male bassist cranked out nuggets of fuzzed-out, aggressive goodness that the audience absolutely ate up. They powered through a twenty-minute set, and had multiple audience members come up afterwards and regale them with some variation of "f*@#ing fantastic!!"

Sea of Bees
Credits: Stephen Carradini
Sea of Bees was the attitudinal inverse of The Ettes: the two-girl acoustic/electric songwriting duo cracked jokes, smiled, thanked everyone copiously, and generally charmed the audience. Their gentle, swoon-worthy tunes provided a calming agent after the rock'n'roll of the Ettes, and I thoroughly enjoyed the members' instrumental and vocal interactions. If you're into Cat Power, Samantha Crain or the like, you should check them out.  

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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