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CD reviews

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: David Ramirez

Gorgeous, gentle fingerpicked folk

By Stephen Carradini March 17th, 2012

There is no possible segue between Titus Andronicus and David Ramirez except to say that they sound absolutely and completely nothing alike. Ramirez's gentle, fingerpicked acoustic folk was impressive, especially considering that he was saddled with one of the worst spaces to play in South by Southwest. Booked in the hotel restaurant of the Hilton, Ramirez was separated from the audience by a near-constant train of waiters who were bringing food out from the kitchen, passing in front of Ramirez and snaking through the audience. For songs that hang on every note from an acoustic guitar and voice, this was not optimal in the slightest.

However, Ramirez was a good sport about it and still played an admirable set. Even though the spaces between notes were filled with the clanking of dishes, his resonant voice, heartbreaking lyrics and deft playing shone through. He has a calming, warm voice that seems effortless; even with the noise, it was clear that he has an immense talent. "Strangetown" and "Shoeboxes" were head and shoulders above the rest of his tunes, imparting a mood to the room despite the noisy atmosphere. Fans of Joe Pug's quietest stuff, Damien Jurado and Damien Rice need to take note of David Ramirez.

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