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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: Deerpeople

A sensory overload

By Stephen Carradini March 16th, 2011

So, I've seen Deerpeople before, and I was impressed then. But their set at The Buffalo Lounge was incredible. Like, "I feel bad that you weren't here with us" incredible.

A list of things that happened while Deerpeople played:

1. Bubble makers went nuts, filling the venue with sticky glycerine goodness.

2. A guy in a deer head fought a guy with giant tentacles made of crutches.

3. The three dancers together underwent double-digit costume changes (in a half-hour set).

4. Mardi Gras masks were worn and discarded.

5. Fans moshed.

6. A drama unfolded before our eyes.

7. A giant insect-like head was unveiled briefly.

8. Dancers morphed around in trashbags and then emerged.

9. A suit of armor was donned for the final battle (made out of arts and crafts, but impressive ones).

Yes, that all happened in (roughly) a half-hour. And Deerpeople played smashing renditions of their dance-influenced indie rock to score the whole thing. It was entirely unreal. I can't believe I witnessed it.

The last tune, with everything happening at once, was sensory overload. There's no other way to explain it. It was brilliant.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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