Friday 18 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

'Todd P Goes To Austin' and rocks

By Stephen Carradini December 7th, 2010
I don't know if there's a music fan alive who hasn't dreamed of being in a band. Unfortunately, this dream often goes unrequited. But for those struggling to keep the embers of a dream alive, "Todd P. Goes to Austin" is a can of gasoline.

Todd P is a do-it-yourself show promoter; he describes his job as making music louder and making sure someone's at the door taking money. He waxes philosophical about the meaning of music, verbally punishes anything related to the music industry, and generally loves indie rock with all his being. Instead of dropping all of that on you at once, brilliant director Jay Buim intersperses interview footage among the tales of several vans heading down to Austin for a subversive, unofficial showcase headed up by Todd P in the middle of South by Southwest.

The bands chosen by Todd P are what make this film so excellent: the hyperkinetic and über-enthusiastic Matt and Kim get substantial camera time, the manic and incredible The Death Set own a storyline, and the attitude-filled girl punks Mika Miko take up another chunk. The final storyline is Todd P's own van, which has all the gear for the show. Oh, yes, there will be breakdowns.

The documentary does an outstanding job of capturing the frenzy and freedom of being in an underground rock band; the whole affair is painted as dramatic, romantic and enthusiastic. If you have a pulse, you will want to quit your job and form a band about halfway through the documentary. You will want to repeat the documentary as soon as it's over. You will need someone to restrain you from jumping up and down during the final montage.

The documentary is perfectly paced, beautifully shot and masterfully edited. It sprints by your eyes, stirring up endorphins and adrenaline. The only thing that the documentary does poorly is show how boring a lot of being in a band actually is. But why fixate on that crap?

"Todd P Goes to Austin" is the most entertaining music documentary I've ever seen, and high on my list of favorite documentaries. 

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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