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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.
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
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'35 Shots of Rum' curiously lighthearted despite the brooding

Joe Wertz January 14th, 2010

35 Shots of Rum,Thursday-Sunday, Jan 14-17 Oklahoma City Museum of Art415 Couch Drive236-3100 In "35 Shots of Rum," Joséphine and her father, Lionel, seem to need little more than each other. Employ...

"35 Shots of Rum,"
Thursday-Sunday, Jan 14-17
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive

In "35 Shots of Rum," Joséphine and her father, Lionel, seem to need little more than each other.

Employed by the metro train system, Lionel (Alex Descas), a widowed African immigrant, is able to afford a humble-but-cozy apartment in a housing project near Paris and provide a warm home life for his daughter (Mati Diop), a collegian caught in the awkward transition between studying the vast world out there and becoming part of it.

They exist in a lovely and tenuous balance underscored by emotional connection and loyalty. Their life is somewhat isolated, although their family circle is widened to incorporated two neighbors: Gabrielle (Nicole Dogue), a taxi driver and Lionel's ex-flame, who is still madly in love with him, and Noé (Grégoire Colin), a good-looking but slovenly eccentric who's desperately in love with Joséphine.

French director Claire Denis ("Trouble Every Day") is masterful at stirring a sensual stew with a slow, steady hand. The most important details are usually the subtlest, and sidelong looks, longing glances or delicate whispers by far carry the most meaning. If you're in the mood for something brooding, beautiful and curiously lighthearted, "Rum" is well worth a shot.
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