Wednesday 23 Jul

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission 

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 

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Dancing in the Twilight

Sunday Twilight Concert Series with The Wurly Birds
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 

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Next big thing

As far as songs go, few prove as challenging to sing as our national anthem.

It’s a technically demanding tune from first note to last, to be sure, beginning with a low bellow that quickly soars toward star-punching high notes, eventually swelling to a show-stopping crescendo that even the most seasoned performer can have trouble mastering.

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Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Joshua Boydston April 15th, 2014

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.

He does just that, capably crafting a diverse collection of songs that run the gamut of Death Cab For Cutie-leaning indie (“So Many Deserving”), polished folk pop (“Freedom”) and ’90s alt-rock (“Next Time You’ll Know”), making for a tight, acoustic-driven affair with lots of personality.

Stripped-down usually necessitates simplicity, but Prinz is so at ease with the guitar — mastering percussive-styled hybrid picking — that Eleven reads organic, relaxed and intricate all the same. He’s a better musician than songwriter, but the gap has narrowed since his Drugs EP; each and every track features a nice, radio-friendly sheen.

He has the most fun dashing in the funk-bent rock of an Incubus or Red Hot Chili Peppers, as he does in “Angry Breakup Song” or “You’ll Answer When She Calls.” But his more traditional takes (“Maybe,” “Northstar”) are more than adept.

Eleven often reads more dated than timeless, content to amble over well-traveled roads. But Prinz has the guitar and songwriting chops to carve a special niche for himself, especially if he surrenders to more ambitious, adventurous and rewarding terrain.

He does so on “Evolve,” “Radio” and closer “Broken Guitar Strings,” conquering new lands like an acoustic guitar-wielding M83.

And with the important stuff already perfected, there’s no telling where he could go.

— Joshua Boydston

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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