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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.
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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.
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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.
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Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
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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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