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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.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

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.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

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.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
03/18/2014 | Comments 0
 

MP-Free Vol. 4: The energizer


It keeps going and going and going ...

By Stephen Carradini January 27th, 2011
EmilyArin

Heard you liked those MP3s. Good! We’ve got — you guessed it — more, and two days’ worth on top of that. That is, if nothing new comes in, which it always does.

Our goal? System overload: more good music than you can handle. Here we go.

1.    “Breadcrumb Trail” — Buried Beds. Adventurous, charming pop music with swooning strings, jaunty piano, energetic drums and beautiful female vocals.

2.    “When You Knew Me When” — Emily Arin. You know how Jenny Lewis is cute in every way (musically, aesthetically, lyrically)? So is Emily Arin, only, like, more.

3.    "Breakneck Speed" / "Something Good Can Work" —Tokyo Police Club. The excellent “Breakneck Speed” off last year’s brilliant “Champ” gets mashed up with “Something Good Can Work” by Two Door Cinema Club, whom I don’t know enough about, in this infectious party jam.

4.    “Away Frm U” — Oberhofer. You can download Oberhofer’s enthusiastic, bizarre and uniquely life-affirming pop almost everywhere that matters musically (Pitchfork, Stereogum, Daytrotter, Altered Zones, Yours Truly, RCRD LBL). File in the “Everyone will be listening to him in 2012” category.

5.    “Not Enough” — Stacy Clark. A solid female-fronted piano singer/songwriter tune which grabbed my attention because every free download (up to number 1,000) donates a dollar to To Write Love on Her Arms, which is an incredible organization that fights against self-destructive actions.

6.    “Baby Don’t You Cry” — Fergus and Geronimo. I dislike trashy garage rock as a general rule, but the best stuff breaks through the junky haze, as this memorable track does.

+stephen

photo Emily Arin

 
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