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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
 

Spring makes me want a Reverse Halo


A mixtape for the drive to a concert!

By Stephen Carradini April 5th, 2011
reverse halo

So it’s still cold in the mornings, but it’s hot in the evenings. This calls for a mixtape (OK, most things call for a mixtape). Here’s a playlist of great stuff that’s just come my way.

OKS’ “Spring Is the Transition Between Winter Music and Summer Music” Mix (click for 82.4 MB .zip file)

1.     “MVP” — Breathe Owl Breathe. Intricate, intimate, guileless, mellow indie pop.
2.     “Lament” — Mount Moriah. Harmony-laden and female-fronted, these veteran musicians throw down mature indie rock.
3.    “Leroy” — Hammer No More the Fingers. Splits the difference between ‘90s college rock and modern indie rock.
4.     “'Le Rallye' from Vendredi Soir” — Tindersticks. A piece from a collection of film soundtracks by one band being released, it works well as plucky, interesting post-rock without its film accompaniment.
5.    “Hippie Glue (Extreme Super Death Moon Mix)” — Charlie Blacksmoke and the Swamp Energy Mass Choir. Pop/R&B/boogie/electronic/experimental smoothness. Whoa. (NOTE: not in .zip)
6.    “Vrgn Evl” — El Obo. Nice, dreamy indie pop with Grizzly Bear leanings.
7.    “Emmanuel Road” — The Jolly Boys. Chilled-out Jamaican pre-Calypso revivalists that have been together for almost 60 years. That’s 60, with a zero.
8.    “Laugh Out Louder” — The Extraordinaires. Horn-led pop? Can’t resist.
9.     “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You” — Simple Plan. I am sucker for a pop song. I’m not even ashamed. (NOTE: not in .zip)
10.   “Les Enfants du Paradis” — World’s End Girlfriend. Prog, electropop, post-rock, spazz and more get jammed into this baffling, wonderful track. Please tour with Delicate Steve.

And you can bump these tracks as you head out to see Reverse Halo Effect’s grungy rock ’n’ roll at Norman’s The Hidden Castle tomorrow. The Nashville power trio comes from an alternate reality where Kurt Cobain never died, and Bush never gentled grunge. The show is free, so you’ll know you’re right when you get there.

 
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