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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
 

Bits and Pieces


Amusing diversions and a $1 philanthropy opportunity

By Stephen Carradini July 11th, 2011

Café Plaid co-owner and Norman songwriter Farrel Droke took honorable mention with “Hard Times” in the 2011 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Competition. You can hear the track here. I wonder if he books himself at his café. I totally would.

Local songwriter JD Smith is raising money for Piedmont’s Hamil family, who lost two sons in the May 24 tornado. The country song “Close to Home” is available on iTunes.



While we’re talking about country music, I’m gonna quote this straight from the press release: “There's no summer vacation for Toby Keith, whose combination of creativity and work ethic have made him one of the most successful entertainers of his era. Most recently, Forbes has ranked him as the top earning country performer on its list of the World's 25 Highest Paid Musicians.” Moore’s favorite son (who now lives in Norman) came in 11th, behind Dave Matthews Band (10) and Justin “the Biebz” Bieber (9). U2 tops the list.

And because new Gazette website editor Matt Carney doesn’t agree with me that Cobra Starship is awesome, this might be your last chance to ever hear about the band on this blog. Here’s a new (and, admittedly, kinda skanky) video for yr summer jam “You Make Me Feel.”



At least it’s not as skeezy as this video, which sullies an also-great summer jam by Swedish pop sensation (because rarely do those phrases get separated).

 
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