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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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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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Space invaders

With a name like Aliens Vs. Robots, you’d expect these Oklahoma City indie rockers to be interstellar. They are.

Joshua Boydston February 23rd, 2011

Aliens Vs. Robots with Hundredsomethings
9 p.m. Friday
VZD’s Restaurant and Club, 4200 N. Western, 524-4203

Sometimes the band name defines the band, and in others, the sound defines the name. In the case of Oklahoma City trio Aliens Vs. Robots, it’s a little bit of both.

“It came from our music, from what I thought the music sounded like,” bassist David Steele said. “We were playing our song ‘Invasions’ and I said, ‘You know what that sounds like? Aliens and robots fighting, like a space battle or something.’” Added drummer Jonathan Childress, “All of us looked at each other with wide eyes, smiling. We knew that was it.”

“The epic battle had begun,” singer/guitarist Nicholas Campbell said, as they all broke into laughter.

The longtime friends first formed as Alpha Whiskey — not all that bad of a moniker — but Aliens Vs. Robots seems to really suit the explosive garage-rock style they’d been honing since 2006.

The three had been plotting this out long before, stemming from their days as friends back in middle school when they first discovered the nowiconic New York City garage band The Strokes.

“We’d been talking and thinking about it for a really long time, and as soon as I got my drums, we had all the pieces and got started,” Childress said.

The trio learned how to play together, gritting their collective teeth through admittedly rough early sessions that often hinged on playing the same song for upward of two hours.

“None of us had been in bands before, so we had to sort of learn together,” Steele said. “It took us two years before we even felt comfortable enough to play in front of people, but I’m happy that we’ve done this all together and grown at the same pace.”

Consistency — holding two-hour practices three times a week — helped forge a more refined sound that has launched the band from Campbell’s parents’ garage to another galaxy with a distinct and original cosmic rock style.

Playing Friday at VZD’s, the nowseasoned AVR looks forward to invading more and more ears with a nearly finished album, all of five years in the making.

“We wanted the right songs and right sound,” Childress said. “We just now got to that point.”

Added Campbell, “I’m glad we’ve waited so long, though, because now we are going to put out some quality material, instead of some of the old material. It shows our beginning. We want this out here so people can have it, and then release another album real quick afterwards. This is bare-bones, then the next one is Aliens Vs. Robots cleaned up.”

We wanted the right songs and right sound. We just now got to that point.

—Jonathan Childress

Although frustrated it took so long — not for a lack of songs, but wherewithal — and how that has held them back, the future that should bring two releases in (relatively) close succession has the guys looking upward and onward, promising that the battle will never stop.

“You’ve got to think of it in the sense of ‘Terminator’ versus ‘Predators,’” Campbell said, deciding whether aliens or robots would come out victorious. “Do you think anybody would win? I don’t think anybody does; I think it’s an endless struggle.”

Said Steele, “They are always going to be fighting as long as we are playing music.”

“When that day comes,” Campbell said, “we’ll tell you.”

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