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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: Titus Andronicus

Hysterical, historical, emphatic punk rock

By Stephen Carradini March 17th, 2012

I've previously praised the hysterical, historical, incredible punk compositions of Titus Andronicus in these pages, but seeing them live was a whole other animal. Lead singer/guitarist Patrick Stickles has a limitless amount of charisma, and the audience loved every second that he pinballed around the stage, off the stage and even into the audience. His between-song banter caused laughs, and his requests that the audience sing along were raucously approved. Titus Andronicus traffics in unusually long songs that ramble and wander all over the place at the whim of Stickles, but the tunes almost always come to a concluding phrase that can be screamed repeatedly. This was true for the phrases "You will always be a loser," "Rally around the flag," "Your life is over," "I'm going insane," and "My eating disorder."

Those last two refrains may be unfamiliar to many Titus Andronicus fans, as they are from two new songs. (The repeated phrase was the name of the song in both cases.) One of them will be released on a 7" record, and the other's release schedule was not noted. The new songs were fascinating, retaining many aspects that TA fans have become accustomed to, while introducing pop-punk tempos, Irish inflections in the melodies, and a bit of metal influence in some of the guitar solos. I and Matt are both thoroughly looking forward to the songs' releases.

The audience was whipped into a fever pitch from the first moment of the show, and their passion boiled over in the tune "Titus Andronicus." Stickles yelled, "Your life is over!" into the microphone repeatedly while he crowd-surfed through the audience; it was a near-perfect convergence of bands and fans. They delivered him nicely back into the press pit, and he climbed up on stage to break down. The audience walked away in a dazed haze. Matt and I agreed that it was one of the more impressive shows we had seen at SXSW (and Matt suggested ever, for him).

Photos by Matt Carney

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