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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
 

Music Video Thursday


Because I'm not coming to work on Monday!

By Stephen Carradini June 30th, 2011

Yukon’s Luke Dick makes an appropriately creepy video for his mellowed-out version of “Paparazzi.” Let’s see how many careers this song can launch!



If a fan-made, “unofficial” video is sent out by a PR company, does that make it official? Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s charming “Simple Girl” has a charming clip that tests the theory.



In just 1:26, Cerebral Ballzy (yes, really) does Las Vegas in true punk style.



Cassettes Won’t Listen’s “Perfect Day” is a head-scratcher till the satisfying end.



Punks Rise Against go all PSA, but because it’s Rise Against, it doesn’t suck.



Rarely is a video so perfectly matched with a song’s sound as with Amor de Dias’ nostalgic video and dreamy acoustic sound.

Amor de Dí­as - Wild Winter Trees from Merge Records on Vimeo.


Zorch’s hyperkinetic, synth-based experimental music makes me want to jump up and down, as well as go back to SXSW, where they played something like 16 shows.



Indie-poppers Mates of States’ new video is vintage in a “are they kidding or not?” sort of way.




While you’re here, grab these free MP3s!

Breakers” – Gem Club. If Iron and Wine had taken up piano …
Shoeboxes” – David Ramirez. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous.
Jump with a Child’s Heart” – Annie Crane. I don’t know how so much great country/folk comes out of urban settings. The vocals win here.
 
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