Tuesday 22 Jul

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.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

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.
06/24/2014 | Comments 0

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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Walk to remember

Now in their second decade together, The Walkmen step up to headline the Norman Music Festival.

Stephen Carradini April 27th, 2011

The Walkmen
9:30 p.m. Saturday
Norman Music Festival Main Stage, Porter Avenue and Main Street

In 11 years as a band, The Walkmen has never had a man walk.

“It’s a band. It’s supposed to be a group of people doing something, not just a business or a name. If one of us left, it wouldn’t be the same thing,” said Peter Bauer, pianist and organist for the New York-based indie-rock group.

You can catch the same five members they’ve always been as headliners of Saturday’s Main Stage at Norman Music Festival.

Because they’ve been together so long, they’ve carved out a unique sound for themselves. Their spacious, elegant, indie-rock sound is punctured by lead singer Hamilton Leithauser’s vicious, damaged howl, creating a tension between beauty and ferocity.

“We’re sort of in our own little inclusive world. Once you’re with us, people enjoy themselves,” Bauer said. “We have no idea how to put ourselves in a place that’s easily digestible to everyone on Earth. I think we put on a good show. You get what you get. If you like rock music, you may like this kind of crap, or you may not. It depends on what kind of crap you like.”

Instead of pandering to a potential audience, The Walkmen just focus on improving with every album.

“Every time you do one of these things, you try to think of some way to make it new,” Bauer said.

Their most recent, “Lisbon,” deepens their experiment with the push and pull between spare and symphonic.

“Things start to sound confusing when you put instrument on top of instrument. We tend to get a bit crazy putting stuff on. We tried to not do that this time,” Bauer said. “As you get to be a better musician, you learn how to do more with less.”

In contrast to that mentality, lead single “Stranded” features a prominent horn section.

“That was one of the first songs we had, and we got sparser from there,” he said. “That was the other side of it, that we wanted to make these grand horn songs.”

Unlike some acts, The Walkmen have goals and intentions when they set out to write. Being in a band is a job, and writing music is what they do.

“We view touring as a necessity. We feel like working is writing songs. We’re pretty good about coming home, taking a few days off and then punching the clock. We get stuff done,” Bauer said. “If we don’t write, we’ll go crazy.”

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