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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

VOTD: Me & Julio down in the Civic Center lobby

Watch the legendary Paul Simon make lemonade out of lemons.

By November 7th, 2011
Paul Simon wouldn’t let a technical problem stop him from giving a memorable concert at the OKC Civic Center last night. The 12-time Grammy winner grabbed his guitar, band and PA, headed out to the lobby to play four of his most famous songs in a row.

Read Oklahoma Gazette copy editor Tricia Dameron’s account of the evening below:

“As we were filing to our seats, I heard an announcer say ‘in lieu of’ and ‘sorry’ and ‘lobby.’ Just as we had finally reached our seats, we found ourselves obediently shuffling out of the concert hall.

“A Civic Center usher calmed our fears and informed us that there had been problems with the soundboard, and that to make up for the delay, Paul Simon would perform a set in the lobby. Then, we would go back in the concert hall to hear the Punch Brothers and a second set from Paul. Woot!

“My friend and I claimed a perch in a staircase where we could gaze down on Paul's cute, bald head. The Civic Center ushers were attempting to keep concertgoers on their respective levels to no avail. It was clear that some belligerent, middle-aged men had enjoyed too many Horny Toads — the Civic Center serves Coop! — and wanted to get as close to Paulie as they could!

“All afternoon, I had been humming, ‘Well, I'm on my way / I don't know where I'm goin',’ so when the band opened with ‘Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,’ I started beaming. Members of the opening band, the Punch Brothers, accompanied Paul, and the lobby of the Civic Center became the stage for an enthusiastic sing-along. He followed with ‘Mrs. Robinson,’ ‘Cecilia’ and ‘The Boxer,’ and then said, ‘See ya inside.’

“Shortly after, the Punch Brothers took to the main stage and joked with the crowd, asking, ‘How many bands get to say, “Paul Simon opened for us?”’ I wasn't familiar with them before the show, but I was blown away by the way Chris Thile's sweet voice — which he twangs up when necessary — floated on top of the band's complicated arrangements of frenetic, bluegrass-inspired music.

“And then Paul Simon came out again! Since I'm not a music critic, I'll just sum it up by saying his performance — dance moves included! — was perfection!”

Here’s a bit of video of “Me & Julio,” the first selection from the lobby performance.

And for comparison, here’s the original video for “Me & Julio,” baby Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane and John Madden included.

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