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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

SXSW: O Emperor/Lafaro/Sweet Jane/Adebisi Shank

Irish music is incredibly varied!

By Stephen Carradini March 19th, 2011

Enthused from my surprise experience of Sleep Bellum Sonno, I proceeded to strike out twice with Deer Tick (too crowded) and Typhoon (lost? again?). Having sensed a theme for the day, I turned my feet toward the venue of the band I had scoped out as a must for the day: Adebisi Shank. 

Their set was at the Music from Ireland stage, so I settled in for several Irish bands. O Emperor played lilting, breezy pop that was reminiscent of The Thrills and other charming indie pop bands. It wasn't world-changing, but it wasn't bad either. Heavy metal act Lafaro changed the mood significantly, throwing down some very impressive old-school metal. Fittingly, one of the guitarists was wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt. If you like the chugga chugga without all of the drama and theatrics that have been attached to metal as of late, you'll like Lafaro.

Sweet Jane changed the mood again, playing a set of female-fronted psych and rock. Their tunes warmed up the audience for the reason I was there. 

The three-piece Adebisi Shank (pictured) took the stage, and I mean they really took the stage. Their energetic, complex, fun instrumentals translated to the guitarist and bassist jumping around, swinging guitars, throwing their bodies across stage and making crazy faces. Their tunes sounded immaculate, which is incredible for a guitarist, bassist and drummer who were all going nuts while playing their technically difficult (but still optimistic) music. 

The band's energy and enthusiasm spilled out of the venue; the masked bassist vaulted over the railing to the outside of the building and played half of a song to the audience standing outside. It was the piece de resistance on a brilliant show; I'm sad that Ireland is across an ocean from us, as it may be a while before they grace America again. Hopefully someone can convince them to come to Oklahoma. 

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