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Planting the seed

“We think about it as a team,” she said. “Watching so many bands for so long and standing in the audience, I was like, ‘I want to try that.’ After playing by yourself for so many years and seeing what level you can reach with so many musicians coming in, you pretty much have to.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Downtown Tulsa 

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Mack truckin’

9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 

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Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission 

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Tony Brown's Happy Hour' The Samson Mammoth

None December 2nd, 2010

Oklahoma City indie band Tony Brown's Happy Hour leans toward the stark coldness of Pink Floyd psychedelia instead of the woozy distortion of Haight-Ashbury psychedelia on its debut album, "The Samson Mammoth."

While some distorted, bright moments appear early in the record, the majority of the album focuses on acoustic guitar, piano, simple drumming and intermittent keys, best personified by the standout track, "My Demons and I." So committed are the members of Happy Hour to the space and precision of the mood that they insert a full stop of five seconds for dramatic effect. It works.

While the moods invoked are icy ones, the songs are by no means devoid of emotion. The acoustic "Sincerely L. Brown" comes off like a murder ballad, while retaining connection to the rest of the album through the heavy reverb on the low vocals. "Hit Songs of the Summer" invokes a similar mood, but with more synth backdrop.
Coldness doesn't mean slow and static, either; "Some Days I Don't Care" is propelled by a pressing bass line and relentless piano riff.  

As with almost any debut, some songs miss the mark in terms of mood. But the majority of the tunes on "The Samson Mammoth" are well-constructed and contribute to the flow of the album. With "My Demons and I" and "Some Days I Don't Care" as anchors, "Mammoth" marks an excellent hello from Tony Brown's Happy Hour to the metro music scene. "”Stephen Carradini
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