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CD reviews

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

SXSW: Trampled by Turtles

Foot-stomping, blood-pounding bluegrass/folk/country

By Stephen Carradini March 18th, 2011
It's always fun when a band opens with your favorite tune by them. When Trampled by Turtles launched into "Wait So Long" as their first tune, I knew it was going to be a blast to watch their bluegrass/folk/country amalgam. The best part about TBT is that they are the fastest turtles in the world; there was only one slow song in the set, and the rest were played at drag-race speed. There was even an instrumental that made light of this, playing the same forms faster and faster. Adrenaline levels increased with the tempo.

The vocalist is solid, and his voice sung out even over the legions of fans (which I did not expect at all) crammed into Swan Dive, whose dive-ness deserves its own post. But the band paid the venue no heed and just powered through their set, even acquiescing to screams for an encore. It's like Mumford and Sons, only three times the speed and with way less indie pretentiousness. Their fiddle player was wearing overalls; their lead singer was wearing jeans and a plain white tee. Okay, their banjo player was wearing a Run-DMC shirt, but you can't win 'em all.

If you like Mumford and Sons, you must do yourself a favor and check out Trampled by Turtles. Your dancing shoes will thank you.
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