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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.
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.
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Music Made Me: Chase Kerby

The singer-songwriter and Defining Times frontman shares five albums that have proven instrumental in his own music career.

Joshua Boydston November 12th, 2013

Nick Drake, Pink Moon (1972) 

I first heard this album in 1999 on a Volkswagen Cabrio commercial. The next year, when I became a sophomore and was old enough to drive, I remember cruising around on warm nights by myself, listening to that album while being completely lost in thought. His ability to do so much with so little is what had me enthralled from the moment I pushed play.

Photo: Doug Schwarz

Jeff Buckley, Grace (1994) 

As cliché as it has become to say that you’re a Buckley fan, I’ll never stop admitting it. This was one of those records I got at the perfect time in my life. His lyrics are poetry, and his melodies are undeniably brilliant. He’s also the one who indirectly taught me how to sing.

Radiohead, Kid A (2000) 

I was late to jump on the Radiohead train, but when I finally got around to it, I knew that I would be on that train for the rest of my life. The first thing I noticed about this album was that it was unlike anything I had ever heard before (and most things since). It’s hypnotizing, dark, beautiful and mysterious from the first note of “Everything in its Right Place” to the very end. This is what I hear in my dreams. Literally.

Sigur Rós, Ágætis byrjun (1999) 

HBO used to have a show called Reverb from 1997-2001 that would showcase bands, and that’s where I first heard Sigur Rós. It was a couple months before the movie Vanilla Sky came out and their career really started taking off in the States. Listening to Jónsi Birgisson’s guitar sounded like an arsenal attacking my ears, but in the best way possible. They were my teachers of dynamic and lush soundscapes.

Red House Painters, Songs for a Blue Guitar (1996) 

Like Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, Red House Painters’ album Songs for a Blue Guitar was one of those records that was played a lot when I was alone and driving around, lost in thought. Albums like this have always been timeless and therapeutic to me. Mark Kozelek’s warm voice and beautiful melodies mixed with his fantastic song arrangements were and always will be something I enjoy. Every time I listen to this album, it’s like hearing it for the first time. That’s something I greatly admire.

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