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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. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

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.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Ground floor

Going up? The Burning Hotels were when they changed their sex-punk sound. Now dancier, the act aims straight for the penthouse suite.

Joshua Boydston February 9th, 2011

The Burning Hotels with the Pretty Black Chains
7 p.m. Friday
Warpaint Clothing Co., 1710 N.w. 16th, 602-1581

Sometimes the best solution is a fresh start. Fort Worth post-punk purveyors The Burning Hotels have always had a lot going for them: an established regional fan base, numerous awards, opening slots with bands like The Toadies and Ladytron, a magazine cover and even an appearance in a feature film (2009’s teen-rock flick “Bandslam”) as themselves. Even so, the guys felt a void; despite all the success, decided to do something new.

The band had built up its audience with a sex-punk style à la Gang of Four and Bloc Party, but that no longer meshed with what it wanted to play. Reinvention can be risky, but so is going forward in something that you don’t really care about. It’s easy to forget that bands are comprised of people, and people change.

“We have been playing music together for an extended amount of time, and over the years, our views and interests changed,” said Chance Morgan, who splits vocal and guitar duties with co-songwriter Matt Mooty. “We were young, and post-punk was the first thing I think we could latch onto that was up-and-coming. It had a certain cool factor. I love the songs that we wrote, but I think if you’re not moving forward, then you’re moving backwards.”

Mere months removed from releasing its lauded debut full-length, “Novels,” the group was commissioned to write a song to accompany a music video not yet filmed. The unusual

proposition proved to be the domino that led to a complete rebuild. The result — the brooding, New Wave dance track “Allison” — lacked the signature dueling, angular guitar riffs that marked nearly all of their earlier efforts and would go on to signify a whole new direction for the band.

“We used it as an exercise to see how far we could go outside of what we normally do, but still remain true to our writing style,” Morgan said. “The experiment became a rebirth of creativity for both me and Matt, and it’s pushed us further than I think we would have gone otherwise.”

The single’s artistic success led them to changing lanes, trying to keep true to the essence of the band, while altering everything else.

“I think we have always had an attraction to dance music, but I also think we felt like we had to stay on the same path we were previously on,” Morgan said. “Then we thought, ‘Just do want you want to do.’ We started writing with a clean slate. It probably didn’t help that I was listening to ‘How Will I Know’ by Whitney Houston on repeat.”

The shift in style led to other major changes, namely the departure of drummer Wyatt Adams, but being buddies with the guys of The Pretty Black Chains — the Oklahoma City act that went through a similar lineup shake-up and plays with The Burning Hotels on Friday during Warpaint Clothing Co.’s free first-anniversary party — has helped the guys know what they are getting into.

Don’t weep if you loved the old Burning Hotels; they’re the same act, just with a new dress.

“The songs are still, at the core, pop songs with minimal arrangements that are simple, but direct,” Morgan said. “I think we have played out our old songs. We like the feeling of a fresh start.”

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