OKGazette.com - Pop http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-50-1-pop.html <![CDATA[Husbands - "Aikin" - ]]> Nobody in their right mind would ever accuse Husbands of remaining stagnant. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Progress in Color — Get Well - ]]> It’s been a long, bumpy ride for Glenpool’s Progress in Color, which saw a record deal with Epic evaporate before even one record could come of it, but it’s led the outfit to where it was supposed to be. ]]> <![CDATA[Code 22 — Going Soft: The Acoustic Album! - ]]> The guys of Oklahoma City’s Code 22 seem like a likable group of fellas. Their latest release, Going Soft: The Acoustic Album!, is likable enough as well — so likable that on first listen, I took its clean, acoustic sound and clear, unstressed vocals as an alternative praise-and-worship band.]]> <![CDATA[Prettyboy — Dejvická - ]]> It's always nice to see someone come into his or her own skin. With Dejvická, Prettyboy — the new moniker of Norman singer-songwriter Jacob Abello — does just that.]]> <![CDATA[Portraiture — Real as Ritual - ]]> Portraiture, aka OKC native Nathan Siler backed by The Fellowship Students, has such a lushly melancholy and bleakly pretty sound, I’m surprised the guys aren’t from Manchester, England.]]> <![CDATA[Amanda Earhart — Tell Me What You Want - ]]> Amanda Earhart’s sound is hard to categorize. Think today’s pop, but with fewer thump-thump club beats and synthesizers, traded for more undoctored vocals and guitar. Throw in a dash of country twang and a sprinkling of piano and violin, and that’s a start.]]> <![CDATA[Laura Leighe — The Laura Leighe EP - ]]> Modern pop music is awful: vapid odes to partying, phoned-in love ballads and bastardized house beats bubbling under some flavor-of-the-moment with a prettier face than voice. ]]> <![CDATA[Sooner the Sunset — Sooner the Sunset - ]]> Oklahoma City’s own Graham Colton is one of the most formidable solo artists the Sooner state has to offer, and he’s even more impressive as half of the new duo Sooner the Sunset, having found his musical soul mate in vocalist Lindsey Ray.
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<![CDATA[The XX — Coexist - ]]> After the aughts’ rush of bands with stellar debuts they were never able to match, there’s been a refreshing trend lately of building up to the masterpiece.]]> <![CDATA[Wild Nothing — Nocturne - ]]> As clichéd as it is easy, it is nice to stop and smell the roses once in a while. Nocturne is the aural equivalent.]]> <![CDATA[Matt Stansberry & the Romance — Let’s Brighten It Up - ]]> The cover of the seven-song EP Let’s Brighten It Up is a telling one. Oklahoma City’s Matt Stansberry is midbounce, dressed in a tailored suit and black-rimmed glasses à la Elvis Costello or Buddy Holly, clutching what looks like a bright-red Les Paul guitar. Stansberry is true to form, as polished and accomplished as ever, and his new band, The Romance, adds a little pep to his step.
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<![CDATA[Sleigh Bells — Reign of Terror - 2010’s hot indie innovators return without any new bells or whistles. Thank goodness.]]> Two albums in, I’m certain that Sleigh Bells’ distinct brand of girly noise-pop was assembled in some covert lab so as to make me look as ridiculous as possible when commuting to work.]]> <![CDATA[Steve Aoki — Wonderland - Stick to running your label, Stevie.]]> Were it not for Steve Aoki, we would have no Dim Mak Records (founded in L.A. in 1996), and, therefore, possibly none of some of the most important electro dance music of the mid-2000s, including but not limited to Canadian house duo MSTRKRFT, rockers Bloc Party or possibly even New York avantists Battles, whose 2004 “B EP” was distributed by said record label. ]]> <![CDATA[The Del Toros — Young Blood Rising - ]]> If you didn’t pick up on a sense of the dramatic while listening to white boy soul-rockers The Del Toro’s 2010 full-length debut “Come Down,” then there’s probably something wrong with your audio speakers. Or ears.]]> <![CDATA[Paul Simon — One Trick Pony / Hearts and Bones / Graceland / The Rhythm of the Saints - Disclaimer: Only once had I previously listened all the way through one of these recordings.]]> Everybody over the age of 48, chill out.]]> <![CDATA[Florence + The Machine — Ceremonials - No sophomore slump for this soulful siren.]]> Pre-2008, only a few knew of Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine. After the release of “Kiss with a Fist” in June that year, followed by “Dog Days Are Over” that December, few could contain themselves awaiting the release of her first album, “Lungs.”]]> <![CDATA[Ben Folds — The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective - Deserving songwriter gets a career-spanning, three-disc collection that doesn’t overstay its four-hour welcome.]]> Drawing from his three studio albums with Ben Folds Five, three solo studio albums and piles of EPs, compilations and live albums, “The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective” is a highly convenient and well-selected exposition of the two highly developed skills of Mr. Benjamin Scott Folds.]]> <![CDATA[Paul Simon — Paul Simon / There Goes Rhymin’ Simon / Still Crazy After All These Years / In Concert: Live Rhymin’ - Only one of the four is a true reissue; but c'mon...it's Paul Simon]]> Some reissues are chock-full of new bits that entice hardcore fans to go out and buy beloved albums again. Columbia’s reissues of Paul Simon’s first three albums do not fall in that category. ]]> <![CDATA[Nik Freitas — Saturday Night Underwater - Calm, mature pop songs with a deft touch]]> We don’t have very many songwriters like Paul Simon anymore.
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