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Dustin Prinz - Eleven

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
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Def, not dumb

Still together after nearly a quarter of a century, Deftones are smart enough to keep hammering out metal that matters.

Stephen Carradini May 25th, 2011

Deftones with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Le Bucherettes
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1
Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S. Eastern, 677-9169

It’s a common storyline: Young, fervent rockers mellow with age and settle into an elder statesman role, complete with less touring.

This is not the Deftones’ storyline. “Right now, we’re just hammering it out on the road. We totally enjoy it,” said Frank Delgado, the California-based alt-metal band’s turntablist/keyboardist. “As you get older, you find ways of making it work. We enjoy each other’s company, and we enjoy making music. We’re having a really good time.”

And time flies when you’re having fun. “We’re looking forward to playing an hour-and-a-half, two-hour set,” Delgado said of Deftones’ Diamond Ballroom gig on Wednesday, June 1. “It’s hard to play a little of everything within a two-hour show, but we try to put on a good show.”

As for mellowing? They’re not really into that, either.

“I think it depends on who you ask. The franticness of youth has subsided. We’re a little smarter, a little more grown-up,” Delgado said. “We’ve never decided to be heavy.”

But heavy they are, as their latest release, last year’s “Diamond Eyes,” sees the group not letting up on the thoughtful, metal-based sound that it has maintained in 23 years of existence. The critically acclaimed album expanded on Deftones’ sonic palette, drawing in more fans.

“A lot of people like the heavy stuff. A lot of people like the prettier stuff. A lot of girls are attracted to the slower stuff,” Delgado said. “And we’re doing a better job than ever combining all of that.”

It helps that the members write collectively, each bringing their own influences to the table.

“We all listen to (music) together, from indie to dance music to metal. We all tend to try to stay current. Our pre-show music playlist is a mixture of everything we’re listening to at the time,” said Delgado, who named Seattle metalheads Black Breath and “UK electro” as his personal current favorites.

It’s those varying influences that allow the Deftones’ sound to go in new directions.

“We’re taking five different people’s input. I wish there was a formula for it, but there’s not,” Delgado said. “When we find something that works, we go with it.”

The same goes for tourmates, as Deftones are not afraid of touring with acts different than them. Female-fronted garage rockers Le Butcherettes and math-metal wizards The Dillinger Escape Plan will fill out the bill next Wednesday. Dance punks Funeral Party and the head-banging Mastodon have played shows as well.

With diverse openers, an excellent new album, and the respect of peers, what else could Deftones ask for?

“It’s a better time now for us than ever, six records in,” Delgado said. “We’re grown men, and we’re playing better than we ever have. It’s a lot of fun right now.”

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