Friday 18 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: Generationals/The Dodos/Sondre Lerche

Three excellent songwriters

By Stephen Carradini March 19th, 2011
After grabbing a delicious Korean burrito at my friend's suggestion, I headed out to catch Generationals, which I've featured on OKS before. I caught the tail end of their set, which was a ton of fun. Their perky, unassuming pop songs put everyone in a good mood, and I thoroughly enjoyed the songs I heard from them. I'm always on the lookout for good pop songwriters, and I think Generationals have the talent to be a staple, if they can last. 

Following them onstage were The Dodos, who I had heard of on recommendation but not heard too much from. The recommendation was solid; I love fingerpicking and indie-rock, so a group of guys making complicated indie rock out of two fingerpicked guitars and a bizarre four-tom and tambourine drum setup made my ears perk up. Their stage presence was static, but when you're making songs as brilliant as the ones The Dodos put out, you don't need to be moving around. Even with the interlocking guitar parts, the songs never lost their pop sensibilities; the songs would appeal to the most radio-friendly listeners (Hannah Montana fans perhaps excepted). I loved the set, and can't wait to hear more by The Dodos. 

I rushed over to Central Presbyterian Church to catch Sondre Lerche's set (pictured). I've been listening to Lerche for a long time, but this was the first time I was graced with a live show. He told the audience that he was going to play through his whole new album (which doesn't come out till June!), and he made it through eight of the tunes before he had to close the set. The new tunes fall neatly into his style; his mid-tempo, affected singer/songwriter tracks with unique chord changes and a warm sense of belonging haven't changed much since I've been listening. It's totally fine, though; it's apparently a deep mine for him to bring up gold from, as each of the songs was charming and inviting. I look forward to his record in June, and you should too. 
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