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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: Imagine Dragons / fun.


Dance rock and theatrical pop

By Stephen Carradini March 15th, 2012
Rushing down Red River Street to the MTVU Woodie Awards stage, I caught the last few songs of Chiddy Bang's set. I especially enjoyed hearing "The Opposite of Adults," which flips MGMT's "Kids" into a beat. The sound was a little low, unfortunately; this would come back to haunt us.

The first full set that I saw was Imagine Dragons, who hail from Las Vegas. They're friends with the Killers, and the influence showed in their set of dance-rock. My favorite part of the whole set was a dubstep breakdown in the middle of a tune; but instead of having the actual electronics play, they attempted to recreate the sound of the break with only their guitar/bass/drums instruments. They seemed to be getting a kick out of this idea; it was really, really funny to me.

The sound problems that plagued Chiddy Bang reoccured during fun.'s set. The theatrical, highly-ornamental pop band opened with "Some Nights," the incredibly complex title track of their recently-released album. The sound was weak throughout, until they fixed it (somewhat) by the second track, but the majestic power of the multi-part harmonies was weakened. Lead singer Nate Ruess was visibly attempting to get sound fixed throughout the tune.

But after the stage struggles, the band delivered a hyperactive set of pop that embraced the audience. Ruess got the audience singing along during several tunes, and the six-member band made all sorts of passionate racket. After "leaving" before playing their hit single "We Are Young," they returned for an "encore" and played it with gusto. Everyone in the crowd sung along. It was a rousing success. fun.'s unique sound is tough to peg, but The Format, Queen and Panic! At the Disco are all apt RIYLs.
 
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