“On Stories, Hage and his bandmates—Mike Schroeder on drums and Larry Dempsey on bass—wear attachments to Weezer's Pinkerton and Foo Fighters' The Colour and the Shape on their sleeves. Luckily, they wear them well.”

“The Great American Short Stories is the debut CD from Raleigh, N.C.-based Oso Optimo and is a charming example of the variety found under the umbrella of indie rock with its passionate, mellow vocals set off by heavy guitar riffs.”

Kat Coffin - Southeast Performer