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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

Rocky road

Rocky Votolato and Matt Pond PA play The Conservatory tonight

By Stephen Carradini March 2nd, 2011
Acoustic singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato, whom we covered last time he was in town and in 2007, is playing The Conservatory tonight. He’s bringing acoustic-based band Matt Pond PA, which is still one of the most awkward names for a band ever. The “PA” probably stands for Pennsylvania, as the band is from PA; Matt Pond is their songwriter.

Because both of these acts are awesome, here are two music videos to convince you to go. (I’ve been on a music videos kick lately, it seems.)

While you’re here, grab these MP3s:

“Barracudas” — The Devil Whale. It’s The Hold Steady’s enthusiastic, blue-collar rock ’n’ roll plus some soul and a dude who can actually sing. Rad.
“Change of Season” — Sweet Thing. Urgent melodies, brilliant background vocals and an easy swagger add up to an excellent pop song.
“Paint Your Lips” — Wake Up Lucid. I checked my watch when I was listening to this rock song, and it said 1973.

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