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CD reviews

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.
04/22/2014 | Comments 0

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
 

Weekend update: Not the end of the world


Country bands, a movie and a countdown

By Stephen Carradini February 10th, 2011
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Because we’re breaking a brand-new MP3 from Purple Church tomorrow, our weekend update is coming a day early.

Collected Thread, 1705-A N.W. 16th, will be hosting a private-public viewing of “An Island,” a film by Vincent Moon and Danish indie rockers Efterklang at 8 p.m. Friday. Efterklang is a highly underrated art-rock band, and this collaboration should be a sight to behold and hear. No RSVP is necessary, just in case the movie’s website gives you pause. 

If you like The Twister, you’ll like Eli Young Band. You may have even heard of the Eli Young Band. Rascal Flatts has scared me off from ever listening to The Twister, so I have not heard of Eli Young Band until this very press release. Let the stoning ensue? But seriously, if you like country/pop, you’ll love it. Check the band out at Diamond Ballroom tomorrow. 2 Steps Back will open the show.

If Bob Wills is more your idea of country, then Hot Club of Cowtown will be right up your alley. The Western swing trio is touring behind “What Makes Bob Holler,” which is a collection of tunes made popular by Wills. If you like to two-step, hear great musicianship or wax nostalgic for an era before you were born, get yer tail out to The Blue Door on Saturday. It’s gonna be a great time. If I hit up a show this weekend, it’s gonna be this one.

Finally, Oklahoma transplants Shiny Toy Guns have a timer running on their website. As of this writing, it’s at approximately 11 hours left. I’m assuming they’re not counting down to the end of the world, because that’s what 5320 is counting down to. Just kidding! I have no idea what either of them are counting down to, which means I’m both a terrible journalist and sick of secrets. (Secrets, secrets are no fun…)
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“Socialite Death Squad” — The Idle Hands. Perfect opening track for your “slinky black dress out on the town” mixtape. Other than, you know, the lyrics. (pictured)
“Proud” — Easter Island. Perfect opening track for “Stare out the window at the melting snow and think” mixtape.
“Always Everything” — Sin Fang. Can art-damaged bedroom pop be so transparent and unassuming that it comes around the other side of the world and ends up at gravitas?

 
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