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.
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.
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.
As titles go, Churches into Theatersis 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.
Who doesn’t like alliteration? It’s Music Video Monday!
I was pretty enamored with Broncho’s no-frills rock ’n’ roll before this video, but now I’m even more impressed. Their guerrilla concert tactics included made me laugh. Bonus: if you’re from Norman, you may know people in the video. I know at least two!
Minneapolis’ Jeremy Messersmith, formerly most famous for his incredible “Tatooine” music video, returns with a video for “Misunderstood Lyrics.” It’s a medley of the most famous misunderstood lyrics in rock and pop, and it’s ridiculously funny.
Atlanta folky dude Lovett made a music video for his song “The Fear,” and it’s pretty much as many parts of life as he could cram into four minutes. It’s incredible. The bit at 3:40 gives me shivers.
While you’re here, grab these free MP3s:
1. “Watch the World Go By” — Johan Agebjörn. Secret: I love kitschy techno. You stack those disco synths, Johan. 2. “Anna Sun” by Walk the Moon. Yo, The Killers: Take Walk the Moon on tour with you, if only in loving memory of “Hot Fuss.” 3. “The Endless Field of Mercury” — ANR. Who said pop music had to be simple?