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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.
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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.
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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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Young restless

Now towering with success after toiling for years, Young the Giant isn’t about to take a break.

Joshua Boydston May 30th, 2012

Young the Giant with Civil Twilight
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6
Diamond Ballroom
8001 S. Eastern

With just about everything going right for indie rockers Young the Giant, it was only a matter of time before something went wrong. Die-hard Lakers fans comprise the California quintet, including drummer Francois Comtois. “You guys are on fucking fire,” he said. “If it’s not the Lakers, I’m glad it’s OKC. I promise we aren’t haters.”

Thunder fans might recognize Young the Giant’s “Cough Syrup,” which closed each Fox Sports game broadcast, but that’s just one of many big things the band enjoyed this year: a song covered on Glee, performing at the MTV Video Music Awards, opening for Incubus and even gaining an endorsement from Morrissey.

“We grew up playing for, like, 10 or 15 people, and that was the highlight of our week. We never expected anything like this to happen. It’s a surprise every single day,” Comtois said. “To be able to turn that into something we can do as a career is something we feel incredibly fortunate for.”

But only a recent appearance on NBC’s Today finally got the members’ parents abuzz.

“We’ll tell them about opening for some amazing band or playing this huge festival, and they are like, ‘Oh, that’s nice,’” Comtois said. “We said we’re playing the Today show, and they lost their shit.”

Formed as The Jakes in 2004, the band changed its name in 2009, and soon recorded its eponymous debut album with Grammy-winning producer Joe Chicarelli (The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket).

“It whipped us into shape,” Comtois said. “I had to get a prescription for Xanax for [those] two months because I was having panic attacks. It was intense, but I think we came out with something we were proud of. We are so happy with it, but at the time, we were terrified.”

Gaining traction with singles “My Body” and “Apartment,” Young the Giant has set its sights on recording its sophomore effort by the New Year.

“[The debut] was scatterbrained at times,” Comtois said. “We are trying to capture this moment we are in now, embracing those pop sensibilities and making them a little more subtle. Just trying to mature.”

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