Sunday 20 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 Men / Cloud Nothings

Optimistic rock and angry rock!

By Stephen Carradini March 17th, 2012

On recommendation from Matt and Pitchfork, I headed up to the set by The Men as the opener of the day. The four-piece was a stoic bunch, not saying much, but they cranked out a fantastic rock brew. The sound, while still distinctly and definitely rock, was grounded in optimism; although the vocalist relied mainly on yelling, the set still felt upbeat. Their sound is aggressive, but not rebellious; powerful, but not angry. It's the type of rock I'm most fond of, so I had a great time watching the non-descript four-piece hammer out their tunes. Because they didn't say much to distinguish between their songs, the set moved quickly and the crunchy tunes were over all too quickly. It was a strong set from the bunch, who have just released a new album called Open Your Heart. 

Continuing our rock day, we headed over to the stage where Cloud Nothings were banging out the last of their set. In stark contrast to The Men, their set was angry, rebellious and dissonant; it was no less engaging, but it was certainly of a different timbre. We caught the last song, but even from one tune it was easy to see that Dylan Baldi and company are a tight, hard-working group. I'd like to catch a full set of theirs in the future.

Photos by Matt Carney

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