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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.

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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

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Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
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Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
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Irate feelings

It’s all good for Iration, the reggae rockers who channel the vibes of their home state of Hawaii into chart-topping tunes.

Emily Hopkins March 2nd, 2011

Iration with The Suspects
7 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western
conservatoryokc.com, 607-4805
$10 advance, $12 door

The sandy shores and clear water of Hawaii, the home state of the six members of Iration, help to bring life and inspiration to the band’s unique, reggae-rock blend.

“I would describe it as feel-good music,” bassist Adam Taylor said. “It’s all around you and fits the lifestyle well, so it was natural for us to get into it.”

Some of the guys have known each other since childhood, but all eventually met and formed the group on the largest island of Hawaii during their high school days. Taylor said they choose the name Iration, a Jamaican slang term for the word “creation,” as a testament to their goal of creating new forms of reggae music. Taking cues from genre legend Bob

Marley, as well as other acts like Black Uhuru, Steel Pulse and The Beatles, Iration forged its own sound, mixing elements of reggae, rock and pop.

“I think Micah (Pueschel, guitar) and Kai (Rediske, percussion) are inspired by their experiences,” Taylor said. “Where we come from, where we live and our travels definitely play a big part in the process.”

I would describe it as feel-good music.

—Adam Taylor

The band released its first full-length album, “No Time for Rest,” in 2007; a four-song EP, “Sample This,” followed in 2008, debuting at No. 3 on iTunes’ worldwide reggae charts.

Its third effort, “Time Bomb,” released last March, shot to the top of the reggae music charts, hitting No. 1 on iTunes and debuting at No. 2 on Billboard’s reggae album chart.

“We were so stoked,” Taylor said.

“We feel really blessed that people have really supported us and that our hard work is paying off for us.”

The success of “Time Bomb,” he said, has helped the group to hone a studio routine allowing them to create music more efficiently.

Iration unleashed its third EP last month. “Fresh Grounds” deviates from the band’s past work in that elements of various styles, from jazz to acoustic to rock, are clearly evident.

“Our first record was a lot closer to traditional roots reggae, whereas our recent albums have more of a pop/ rock feel,” Taylor said. “I like (the song) ‘Can’t Wait,’ because it’s a different style for us and definitely out of our comfort zone. I’m really happy with the way it came out.”

And although it’s too early to tell, he said, there’s a possibility the band will release a live CD or DVD. Speaking of, Iration plays Saturday at The Conservatory.

“Our live show has a lot of energy,” Taylor said. “Playing for our fans is our favorite part of being musicians. We have a lot of fun up there.”

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