Saturday 19 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

MP-Free Vol. 5: I can feel it coming in the air tonight

Snow in the air, summer in the ear

By Stephen Carradini January 31st, 2011

Snow’s a-comin’, y’all. I look over the top of my cubicle, and I see the wind shaking the pine (yes, pine) in front of that metal gray sky, and I can feel the snowflakes in my blood. I’ve only ever lived in temperate climes, but I was born for cold.

If I weren’t still catching up on our MP3 cache (one more day and we’ll be there!), I’d drop some wintry tunes. But today, you get this six-pack, which has only upbeat tunes in it and one track with the word “Summer” in the title. Oh, well. It’s hard to take yr iPod in the snow, anyway. Kudos to Phil Collins for the title of this post.

1. “Summer Gold” by Duke Garwood. Somewhere between talkin’ blues and Two Gallants-style minimalist indie rock, this uniquely beautiful track will stick in your mind.

2. “Whip My Hair (Drowning in Blood)” by Skull Tape. Hip-hop gets a synthy, aggressive, white-boy treatment while turning Willow Smith’s girl-power anthem into a terrifying battle cry. Super yikes.

3. “Locomocion Capillar (Solar Gambling)” by Omar Rodriguez Lopez. Mathy, erratic, international and flat-out bizarre, there’s truly no one who plays the guitar like ORL (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta).

4. “The Cake and Eating It” by Zoey Van Goey.  The band's herky-jerky pop features some neat rhythms and melodies.

5. “I Don’t Want Anyone That Wants Me” by Make Out. Sneering, New York Sound punk that makes it here mostly on the strength of their “why hasn’t anyone taken that already” awesome band name.

6. “Middle of the Road” by One Hundred Flowers. Boy/girl indie pop whose clean production and enthusiastic drums keep it from the trash pile. 

photo Skull Tape, looking suitably creepy.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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