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CD reviews

IndianGiver - Understudies

There’s a difference between being derivative and being inspired by something, a line a lot of artists can’t seem to find — or at least don’t care to.
04/22/2014 | Comments 0

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
 

Semi-charmed show


Third Eye Blind to play Diamond Ballroom on Friday

By Stephen Carradini May 18th, 2011
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I love the post-school quiet. The cap-and-gown thing is behind me, but I still eagerly anticipate the calm that comes over my home of Norman when college students leave town for their summer abodes. Since musicians work pretty much on college schedules, too (note the blast of shows that corresponded with the end of finals), this week is a welcome respite from the manic months of spring-release season.

But for musicians, it’s merely a pause, as summer touring/festival season soon will be upon us. Seeing as Zoo Amphitheatre is already open for business, in some regards, it’s already upon us. But I think Third Eye Blind at Diamond Ballroom this Friday will really be the kick-off.

Is there any better summer music than 3EB? I heard that if you play “Semi-Charmed Life” backward, there’s a sunshiny voice that tells you to roll down your windows and sing. Yeah. It’s that good. I’ve heard that 3EB also released some new music recently, but is anyone going to hear that? No. Let’s hear some “Jumper”! “Motorcycle Drive-By”! “Semi-Charmed Life” again!

Whether or not Third Eye Blind is up your alley, grab these free MP3s while you’re here:
1.    “Grandfather’s Gun” — Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Unsurprisingly, vintage jazz and big-band sounds play in this first taste of new album “Tulsa Race Riot Suite” by the post-everything melodic masters. (Stream only)
2.    “Milkman” — EMA. Weird, uneasy, interesting electro-pop cut from the excellently titled “Past Life Martyred Saints.”
3.    “Lost Cause” — Bird Call. This stark cover of a Beck tune is a surprisingly calm take from the usually excitable Chiara Angelicola (pictured).
4.    “My Heart’s a Cannonball” — Lelia Broussard. A shuffling, neo-country take on her singer/songwriter pop.
5.    “The Greeks” — Is Tropica. You know when bands sometimes put up a big huge sign that says “MASSIVE TECHNO BREAK COMING,” and then it happens, and it’s awesome?

 
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