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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
 

Fang Island is happy and it knows it


By Stephen Carradini May 18th, 2010
Happy music is often maligned for not being cool. Fang Island is all about changing that: They self-describe their music as "Everyone high-fiving everyone." When's the last time hip indie kids talked about or performed high-fives unironically? Oh, right. Never.

The five members, one of whom is also a guitarist for the decidedly-not-happy band Daughters, take their prog-rock chops and employ them to make people smile. Hand-clapping, pogoing and more ensue. When's the last time you saw a rock band play a set to a room full of kindergarteners without dumbing down anything but the volume? How about right now?



For some lolz, keep an eye on the door in the upper-right-hand corner, as well as the band members' demeanors. The bit at 2:09 and the comments on the video are also ridiculously entertaining. Okay, everything about this is entertaining. Go see Fang Island at The Conservatory tonight or there will be at least 30 kindergarteners in this world who are way cooler than you.

+stephen

 
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