Thursday 24 Apr
 
 

Norman rock well

Norman Music Festival

6 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and noon-2 a.m. Saturday

Downtown Norman

normanmusicfestival.com

Free

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Grouplovin’ it

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.

diamondballroom.net

677-9169

$22-$24

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Hear and now

Hear the Music Tour with The Warren Brothers and Lance Miller

6-10 p.m. Friday

Rodeo Opry

2221 Exchange Ave.

songsforsound.com

$35-$50

04/22/2014 | Comments 0

Odyssey of the mind

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey 

with Culture Cinematic and ADDverse Effects

9 p.m. Friday

Twisted Root Gallery

3012 N. Walker Ave.

twistedrootgallery.com

208-4288

$10

04/16/2014 | Comments 0

Frndz with benefits

Boyfrndz with Bored Wax and The Hitt Boyz

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge

2408 N. Robinson Ave.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

04/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Mon — Goodbye September


Joshua Boydston February 12th, 2014

Oklahoma City emcee Mon is a rapper at heart, but there’s a singer-songwriter in there too. His self-aware Goodbye September plays like an open diary of slinky and saddened beats ready-made to emote over and pour into.

A wellspring of introspection, Goodbye September is a subdued record, the Sunday morning hangover to Saturday’s wild night stemming from Drake’s Take Care blueprint.

If Mon is content to color within those lines, at least he does so adeptly.

He hits puree on this soul-baring hip-hop and R&B blend from the get-go. Its confident, sensual start is presented in the opening title track, quickly devolving into an anxious swirl of toxic head games, an exciting mode revisited in “What You Know,” “The City” and the especially absorbing “When It’s Slow.”

There’s more straightforward offerings in “Right Now” and “That Talk,” while “Eaze Up” finds Mon doing a pretty effective Frank Ocean. But even the more diverse sonic touches are uniformly compressed to a sort of monotone that hedges dreary the deeper it goes.

A welcome splash of color comes with standout “Open Cuts from Broken Promises,” a shape-shifting ball of reimagined College Dropout-era Kanye cuts smashed against a deconstructed winter ballad chorus. The song is a well-placed light in a dark but consistently striking collection of tracks featuring standout production from Blev, Dom $olo, Vercetti Lake and Van.

Goodbye September is available for free at soundcloud.com/musicbymon. — Joshua Boydston

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