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

Magnificent seven

More free tunes for you to love

By Stephen Carradini March 24th, 2011

 It’s been a while since I dropped any MP3s on here, so I’ve got a larger-than-usual amount stacked up. Enjoy.

1.    “Tokyo” — California Wives. Four dudes, for whatever reason, play crisp pop with just enough dreaminess.
2.    “Cannons” — Little Scream. Epic-leaning, female-fronted indie rock.
3.    “Bitter Suite (Fear)” — Anti-Social Music. A chamber quartet, a guitarist, a female vocalist and a whole lot of confidence to pull it off.
4.    “Easy Peasy” — Ponytail. More happy prog rock!
5.    “Random Words” — Some Community. Charming Brazilian indie pop with attitude.
6.    “Hot Waves” — We Were the States. Raise your fist and/or your beer, and sing along to this. It’s like The National, only amped up. (pictured)
7.    “Begs Me Not to Beg” — Brass Bed. The Beatles plus more distorted guitars.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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