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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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Rough life informs songs of Slow Car Crash

Bryan Mangieri November 8th, 2007

Perhaps if not for the tough times, Slow Car Crash front man Omarr Escoffie' still would be singing about wizards and dragons. The Los Angeles musician joked that his first song attempt featured th...


Perhaps if not for the tough times, Slow Car Crash front man Omarr Escoffie' still would be singing about wizards and dragons.

The Los Angeles musician joked that his first song attempt featured that type of imagery due in part, he said, to influences by bands like Iron Maiden.

But Escoffie' reaped the rewards of a hard-won life, eventually producing music that asks listeners to question the world around them. To question Escoffie' yourself, his band will be performing at Convergence tonight with:
" Ali Harter,
" Chase Kerby and
" James Garrett. 

Early in his career, Escoffie's songs focused on love and the lack thereof. He said that as he grew, so did his tendency to sing about topics bigger than himself, including drug addiction, alcoholism and socioeconomic issues.

"Hopefully the songs carry a message of hope or release from whatever it is that may be bringing people down," he said. "It's kind of a soundtrack to life."

At the tender age of 15, Escoffie' left his home of Seattle to pursue his music career. Some nights, he lived out of the backseat of a station wagon. At 18, he moved to Los Angeles and checked into a halfway home for abused and homeless teenagers.

Despite the hardships, Escoffie' remains optimistic.

"I think, man, with this life, it's a short life," he said. "If you're given something you can do, whether you're good at it or not, if it's something that can affect people, it's a pretty amazing thing." "Bryan Mangieri

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