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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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Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
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Scream queen

Don’t put labels on Screaming Females — they just want to play the best rock ’n’ roll they can.

Louis Fowler November 27th, 2013

Screaming Females with The Big Kid Show, Blast Shield Down and Dirty Dish
8 p.m. Wednesday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western Ave.

Photo: Christopher Patrick Ernst

Marissa Paternoster, leader of Screaming Females, has a message for all would-be rock journalists out there: actually listen to their music before comparing them to other female-fronted rock bands in an attempt to take a shortcut.

“When we first started playing, critics would often compare us to Sleater-Kinney, a band that I love and a band that definitely changed my life,” Paternoster said. “But I do not think we sound anything like them, and that’s really just lazy music journalism. It’s like, ‘There’s a woman in the band and, therefore, they’re going to sound like this other band that has women in it!’ That’s not true at all; it’s just wrong.”

Instead of subscribing to various labels, Paternoster said when it comes down to it, they’re a “three-piece rock and roll band [that] loves to play loud.”

That notoriety for playing loud has earned Paternoster the ranking of number 77 on Spin’s 2012 list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. But, like any other comparisons or titles she has accrued in her professional career, that’s something Paternoster has shrugged off as well.

“I honestly could kind of care less,” Paternoster said. “Those lists are made probably by some intern who’s getting paid $4.75 an hour to compile a list of bullshit they found on the Internet — and I’m just a nugget of that bullshit they found on the Internet — and they just flopped me up there, some random number. It doesn’t take away from the fact that it has garnered me some attention as a musician, which I appreciate. But at the same time, it doesn’t mean very much to me.”

But what does matter to her — along with bandmates Jarrett Dougherty and King Mike — is “playing the best gig possible,” no matter how small the room, no matter how small the town. She said it is a work ethic that hearkens back to the band’s start playing house parties and basement gigs.

“Last night, we played in Laramie, Wyo. We had never played there before, and we played for like 15 people, but everyone was really nice,” she said. “It kind of depends, geographically, where we land. In Laramie, Wyo., we aren’t popular, nobody knows who we are, but there’s still a lot of planet Earth that we haven’t covered, and there are millions and millions of people we would like to play for.”

Unfortunately, their last gig in Oklahoma — the first and only time they’ve played the Sooner State — didn’t fare so well; they ended up in a “cowboy bar” and were quickly shown the door. At a confirmed gig at The Conservatory Wednesday night, they might not be playing for millions and millions of people, but they will happily settle for a roomful of fans looking to do some pre-Thanksgiving rocking.

“Our M.O. as a band is to play as well as we can, play a good set and just sound good,” Paternoster said. “We don’t have any pyrotechnics or belly dancers, so I’m not sure what else we can bring to the table. But I hope people enjoy our music anyway.”

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