Thursday 17 Apr
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

NMF4: Edgar Cruz

Spanish acoustic guitar virtuoso goes classic rock on yr ears

By Stephen Carradini April 29th, 2011
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The problem with Thursday festivals is that, sometimes, you have to go to work on Friday. It’s 3 p.m., and I’m just starting to recover from the revelry that was the first night of NMF4 (Health shakes! Upbeat music! Motivational thoughts!). And if the next two nights live up to the first one, I may have to skip work Monday and just sleep.

I started my fest at Brewhouse Stage, taking in the sweet sounds of Edgar Cruz. The Spanish guitar virtuoso wowed the crowd not only with classic finger-picked Spanish guitar tunes, but transcriptions of classic rock songs. If you’re skeptical, join the 13 million YouTube viewers who dropped their jaws during his complex yet faithful rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He played it during his set, and it was wildly impressive. “Paint it Black,” “Wipeout,” and the Moody Blues also made appearances in his guitar work.

Just for kicks, Cruz busted out what he called a “harp guitar”: an acoustic guitar with a bass guitar sticking out of the top of it. Just looking at it was entertaining, but the low notes that augmented his already intricate finger-style work made the performances a thing to remember. With his personable stage presence and confident skill, his set was an excellent kick-off to my festival.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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