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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

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Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
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Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
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Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

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Momma's Man' presents boring story of a man afraid of real life, growing up

Joe Wertz December 18th, 2008

Opposite the feeling most adults get after such a trip, Mikey decides his holiday visit with his parents just wasn't enough, in "Momma's Man." Lying about trouble with his flight, Mikey (Matt Boren)...


Opposite the feeling most adults get after such a trip, Mikey decides his holiday visit with his parents just wasn't enough, in "Momma's Man."

Lying about trouble with his flight, Mikey (Matt Boren) leaves the airport and heads back to his childhood home, insisting to both mom and dad " and his wife " that he'll just stay a few extra days.

Retreating inside himself, his stay ends up lasting for more than that. Eventually ignoring calls from his wife and infant daughter in California, he hunkers down for a mid-life breakdown, forgoing fast cars and shiny toys for boxes of high school memorabilia and the comfort of a mom who very much misses her son.

He defensively justifies his visit to his wife, telling her how hard it is to see his parents age, but eventually turns off his phone to avoid explaining things to her or giving her any idea when he might return, and instead sifts through letters from ex-girlfriends. Finding his guitar and a notebook of terrible lyrics, Mikey continues bathing in the past and slipping into a static state of his more careless past.

While Dad was excited to see his son for a while, he becomes understandably concerned that Mikey doesn't seem compelled to leave. The worry grows with his son's slow decent into quiet, comfy mania as Mikey regresses to the point of depression and near non-function, where he can barely leave his parent's apartment.

Most of the strengths in "Momma's Man" come from the authentic performances from Mikey's parents, writer/director Azazel Jacobs' real-life folks, Flo and Ken Jacobs. The concern and parental worry is convincing and real, warm but serious.  

The man-who-wants-to-be-a-kid-again is a more-than-well-worn trope " it's trite, and "Momma's Man" readily suffers from the convention. But Jacobs does show restraint, opting not to coax Mikey's character into a palpable "search" for himself where he has to right a past wrong or prove something to someone. Instead, Jacobs creates a man all too eager to lose himself.

Filmed in his parent's Tribeca loft apartment and produced on the most micro of budgets, the film was hailed as a breakaway indie phenomenon after its screening at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The movie has a mood and pacing that can only be imparted by a shoestring budget and a passionate director, but "Momma's Man" is little more than a character study and, minus a neatly beautiful final moment, fails to reveal or really entertain.

"Momma's Man" screens Thursday through Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. "Joe Wertz

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