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Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss


Indie

Zach Hale
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.
 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Horse Thief — Little Dust

Local indie-folk band debuted a new single from its highly anticipated forthcoming album.

 
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich


Rock

Zach Hale
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.
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

RECAP: South by Southwest, day three

Tennessee rap, Fader Fort, Pitchfork day party and more.


Music

Zach Hale
Mustering enthusiasm for Thursday's events was difficult, given what happened the night before. I had planned to attend Stereogum's day party at The Mohawk Thursday afternoon. But with the ongoing investigation and the still-shaken morale of those in town for the conference, the stacked showcase (which was to feature Cloud Nothings, Fucked Up, Speedy Ortiz and more) had no choice but to cancel.
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

RECAP: South by Southwest, day two

A serious wreck dampens spirits as festival continues.


Music

Zach Hale
I didn't hear about last night's tragedy outside the Mohawk until after I was home and ready for bed. For as grand a celebration as the Buffalo Lounge was yesterday, the news put a serious damper on the day's events — and it will surely do the same for every day after.
 
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Boot Scootchin’ boogie

On his often hilarious debut album, local comedian Zach Smith demonstrates his innate understanding of what makes us laugh.


Performing Arts

Zach Hale

Of the many names to emerge from Oklahoma City’s budding comedy scene, Zach Smith is one of the biggest, and not just in stature.


 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

RECAP: South by Southwest, day one

From Parker Millsap to Chelsey Cope, Austin's SXSW fest starts strong with Oklahoma music showcase at Buffalo Lounge.


Music

Zach Hale
This is my first South by Southwest, so some rookie mistakes are to be expected on Day 1. There were a few instances, however, in which I definitely should have known better. Like, you know, sunscreen.
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Web and flow

Thanks to his unusual skillset (and a little help from YouTube), local rapper Josh Sallee is on the rise — and he’s taking OKC with him.


Music

Zach Hale
It’s a fact of life: People change. This maxim proves especially accurate in the music business — and not always in a good way.
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Her

More than just a futuristic love story, Spike Jonze’s Her is a timely, philosophical masterwork.


Drama

Zach Hale
The futuristic Los Angeles depicted in Her is hardly dystopian. Instead of war-torn landscapes and flying robot drones, director Spike Jonze offers Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix, The Master), a lonesome writer in the midst of a divorce, and the soft, affectionate voice of Samantha (Scarlet Johannson, Don Jon), a computer-based operating system with whom he falls in love.
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen brothers’ new film is a heady, heartfelt character study and period piece. In other words, quintessential Coen.


Drama

Zach Hale
The album artwork for 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was nothing if not iconic. The image of a young Dylan with then-girlfriend Suze Rotolo clinging to his side, walking down a snow-covered street in New York’s Greenwich Village embodied the early ’60s folk movement like no other. It’s also where Inside Llewyn Davis makes its music.
 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Poolboy — Soda Kids


Rock

Zach Hale
The Oklahoma City metro has a thriving garage rock scene. With seasoned acts like Broncho and Copperheads carrying the modern-day torch, the way has been paved for a flock of gritty, young, guitar-centric acts. But nascent Norman trio Poolboy has a knack for riotous hooks that few of its contemporaries can boast.
 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen's emotionally jarring biopic depicts slavery in a way that few, if any, have ever dared.


Drama

Zach Hale
Slavery was a dark and shameful time in American history — unequivocally the darkest. Yet while the era has been portrayed on the silver screen in countless films, director Steve McQueen (ShameHunger) presents it with unprecedented realism in 12 Years a Slave — one of the most profoundly gut-wrenching, visceral works of 21st-century cinema you're bound to encounter.
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

The Flaming Lips — Peace Sword


Indie

Zach Hale
The Flaming Lips’ longevity has allowed them to cover a lot of sonic terrain over the years. Yet they’ve arguably become more adventurous with age, jeopardizing a good portion of their fan base in favor of fascinatingly bleak experiments in sound, beginning with Embryonic in 2009 and, more recently, The Terror.
 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Married with music

Despite having day jobs and nightly marital duties, OKC/D.C. duo Husbands overcome odds to craft blissful bedroom pop.


Music

Zach Hale

If it wasn’t for their name, you’d never know Husbands have wives and 9-to-5s. Peruse through the many singles on their Bandcamp website and the youthful exuberance with which their music brims becomes clear: Sunlit melody is often obscured by ominous cloud cover, only to burst through in a densely layered amalgam of reverb-laced guitar and soaring harmonies dubbed to the max.

 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Brian Haas / Matt Chamberlain — Frames


Jazz

Zach Hale
Here’s an interesting fact about Frames, the new album from Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey mastermind Brian Haas and drummer Matt Chamberlain: If you pre-ordered the release, Haas — a Tulsa native — will record or play live at a show an improvisational piece based on your astrological chart.
 
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
 
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