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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.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

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.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

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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Got milk?

It's a milkshake of bluegrass, classical and jazz.

Chris Parker February 23rd, 2011

More chamber quartet than string band, alt-folk act MilkDrive takes gallons of influence from bluegrass.

And why not? The Austin quartet features three champion childhood fiddlers — Brian Beken, Noah Jeffries and Dennis Ludiker — who met as children competing at Idaho’s annual National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival. That early connection would bloom years later in Austin, Texas, where the trio reconnected.

Two years ago, the three hooked up with upright bassist Matt Mefford and started MilkDrive, exploring instrumentals Jeffries had conceived. It’s an unusual sound; although inspired by traditional bluegrass, it’s played in a classical vein with a dash of jazz swing, as if “Hee Haw” had a show on NPR.

In the last six months, they’ve added vocals, a featured element of April’s forthcoming full-length studio debut, “Road From Home.”

“The reason we chose that name is where we are now’s a long way from where we started as far as being a band and our style,” said Beken.

For them, it really has been a journey; MilkDrive is really about exploration. For the first 18 months, the guys stuck to their instruments, but began switching during the recording of “Road,” and have been incorporating that into the live show, giving the material an extra spark. Check them out Tuesday at The Deli, 309 White in Norman.

“It totally makes for a whole new setting for whatever the song is,” Beken said. As for vocals, “All of us trying to sing is ... pretty much comedy.”

For more information, call 321-7048 or visit —Chris Parker

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