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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: We Were Promised Jetpacks

Artsy, complex rock with pop inclinations

By Stephen Carradini March 17th, 2012

Following Cloud Nothings was We Were Promised Jetpacks, who have long had my award for the best name in rock. Their set was also tightly-constructed, riding a line directly between The Men and Cloud Nothings in mood. The bouncy, perky mood of the songs was balanced by the lead singer's soaring, keening voice. The tunes were injected with a gravitas both from his tenor and the melodic riffs that each of the guitarists and the bassist contributed.

The band also had several very long instrumental sections that banked heavily on the interplay between the three guitars and drums. These sections were especially interesting and moving, as the tension built to the breaking point before the band released it (either through vocals, a new riff, or a drop to nothing). The tunes had a turn around each corner, and the set was incredibly enjoyably because of it. If you're a fan of artsy, upbeat, complex rock, We Were Promised Jetpacks is worth your time.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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