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Power Pyramid - Power Pyramid

Power Pyramid doesn’t have much patience for nonsense. That appears to be the takeaway from the Oklahoma City quintet’s last 10 months, which brought The God Drums in September, the Insomnia EP in January and its latest, self-titled effort in July.

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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

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Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
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Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
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Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
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Roping in ears

With a debut album as fresh as morning dew, Braids entangle ears nationwide with their purposeful patterns of experimental rock

Joshua Boydston February 2nd, 2011

Braids with Native Lights and Gentle Ghost
9 p.m. Wednesday Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman, 820-0951

Somewhere, an Anthony Kiedis impersonator cries.

His Red Hot Chili Peppers cover band conquered Montreal quartet Braids during a high school battle of the bands years ago, but it’s art rockers Braids who are enjoying the record deal, media mentions and an international tour, including tonight’s stop at Opolis in Norman.

“They probably deserved it if they won,” drummer Austin Tufts said, laughing. “I think it comes down to the fact that since the beginning, we were never trying to create something that was mainstream or going to win us prizes or competitions. We were just trying to hang out and have fun together, and that’s what the music has always come from.”

Braids was born in 2006, just months before the competition — three before all but Tufts would graduate from high school in Calgary — from a simple idea and a steadfast love of Animal Collective.

“From the onset of the band, it’s always been just playing what we are hearing in our heads and not worrying about what’s going to come out,” Tufts said. “We talked about not inhibiting what we wanted to express and just going for it. It took us about two years to get to that point where we could trust each other enough and trust ourselves enough to put what was going on in our heads out there.”

Ceaseless practice hardly hurt.

The chemistry and early potential convinced the others to stay out of college while Tufts finished high school.

During that year, he devoted as much time to practice as class — about 35 hours a week.

Although admittedly young, the band has put in the time to craft something worth getting excited about, a measured and mature experimentalrock sound that warps to the whims of the children within them. It’s an openended, looping style whose impact is up to the listener.

Braids was guarded and patient with the release of its proper debut, taking nine months to record and almost as much time afterward in finding the proper label to release it. “Native Speaker” hit the shelves last month to rave reviews, largely focused on the construction, structure and compositions that manifested themselves into works often registering past the six-minute mark.

“Everything is done collectively, and they take a long time to write,” Tufts said. “There comes so many ideas from us, being that all four people are writing the songs. If Bach or Beethoven were sitting around with four of their buddies, just imagine how dense they would be, you know?” Not that he’s comparing the band to the brightest musical minds of all time. Far from it. Despite all the acclaim, the four have kept amazingly level heads, accepting praise with the caution and humility of a group that seems poised to stick around for a while.

“We try to be as honest with ourselves with where we are actually at musically,” Tufts said. “You have to give yourself a reality check and realize how much incredible music is being made out there, and how much you still have left to learn.”

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