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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

Out of school, into the pool

Ten songs for your summer-starting shindig

By Stephen Carradini May 11th, 2011

Although it’s (finally) raining, I’m really excited that it’s at least warm and summery rain. Here’s a mix of pool-party-friendly tunes, even if the current weather isn’t exactly on par.

OKS’ “Summer in Oklahoma Is Bearable for About as Long as This Mix” Mix (click for 67.7 MB .zip file)

1. “Breakin’” — Baby Baby. Mandatory opening track for all 2011 summer dance party mixes.
2. “New Year” — FM Belfast. You play that kitschy synth, Belfast FM. You play it real good.
3. “The Last Time You See Me” —Dan Hubbard and the Humadors. In an alternate universe, all country-rock is this vital and satisfying.
4. “Happy Banjo” — Dark Mean. In complete contrast to the band name, the indie-pop song is accurately titled.
5. “Bobby” — Butcher the Bar. What if whisper-folk got happy?
6. “The Woods” — Small Sur. What if Bon Iver got happy?
7. “If You Only Knew” — Kathryn Calder. Charming, clap-along indie pop from someone who thinks the above picture is a good idea.
8. “The Sun” — Pink Frost. Wide-eyed indie-popsters must have a drugged-out older brother.
9. “Little Furnace” — Jim Guthrie. Rare is the video-game soundtrack that can engage a Postal Service fan.
10. “The Big One” — Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers. Do you want to feel like Starsky and/or Hutch?

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