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

SXSW: Sleep Bellum Sonno

By Stephen Carradini March 19th, 2011

After a slow start to the day that included browsing through the Flatstock concert poster sale (There's a company named Magnificent Beard!) and getting lost looking for a Fang Island show, I serendipitously ended up standing outside a teeny tiny bar where Sleep Bellum Sonno was about to play. Having enjoyed the work of the post-hardcore band for several years, I was excited to see and meet them. 

They did not disappoint. The three-piece (guitar/bass/drums) played a merciless set of heavy music, with the guitarist and bassist trading off vocals. They occasionally would both sing and/or yell into the single mic at the same time. They played several tunes from their latest project: a split series which showcases two bands in a small run format. The songs from these releases were intense, but also personal; the tunes never devolved into mindless aggression or riffing for the sake of riffing. 

The band members, faultlessly nice, thanked everyone for coming after almost every song (including, humorously, a double entendre with a friend of theirs in attendance: "We love you, Austin!"). They played with heart in their heavy songs, which is something many bands strive for but few achieve successfully. It was a brilliant, unexpected way to start the day. 

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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