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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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'Mother' keeps the tone light while delivering a punch

Mike Robertson June 3rd, 2010

In "Mother," 20-something Yoon Do-joon (Bin Won) lives with his mom (Hye-ja Kim), still sharing a bed with her and allowing her to treat him like a boy. She watches Do-joon while she works, worries ab...

In "Mother," 20-something Yoon Do-joon (Bin Won) lives with his mom (Hye-ja Kim), still sharing a bed with her and allowing her to treat him like a boy. She watches Do-joon while she works, worries about him when he isn't home, and has generally devoted her entire being to his well-being.

Unfortunately, Do-joon is kind of a blockhead. He can't remember what he's been doing from one day to the next, and he's prone to screwing up the simplest tasks.

So when hapless Do-joon is arrested for murdering a teenaged neighborhood girl named Moon Ah-jung (Mun-hee Nah), Mother goes into crisis mode. The police don't intend to investigate any further than Do-joon, and his lawyer's best suggestion is five years in a mental institution, so she takes it upon herself to investigate Moon's death.

As we follow her fact-finding mission around her South Korean town, we begin to see through her passive, affable exterior to a woman willing to do whatever it takes to prove her son's innocence. She first accuses his friend Jin-tae (Ku Jin), and when he's cleared, enlists him as a knuckle-breaker as she tries to squeeze information from local goons.

And that's only the beginning.

"Mother" is rare in that it can be incredibly visceral at times " it contains sex, murder, vomiting, amputation and a foot-induced toothectomy " and yet manages to retain a tonal lightness that keeps the subject matter from becoming too heavy.

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