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Power Pyramid - The God Drums

Power Pyramid doesn’t have much patience for nonsense. That appears to be the takeaway from the Oklahoma City quintet’s last 10 months, which brought The God Drums in September, the Insomnia EP in January and its latest, self-titled effort in July.

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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.
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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.
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.
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Business opportunity

J Roddy Walston went against God — or so his parents said — to pursue his heavenly brand of piano-based rock with The Business.

Joshua Boydston June 8th, 2011

J Roddy Walston and The Business
6 p.m. Tuesday
The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western, 607-4805
$10 advance, $12 door

That J Roddy Walston wanted to be a musician shouldn’t have come as a surprise, being born in a family more musical than most. Maybe it was being told at a young age that it was a sin to play music for any reason other than God or family that relegated him to privacy.

“It was kind of shocking to my family,” Walston said. “They didn’t see it coming. I had been doing all of it in secret, up in my bedroom or my friend’s basement. Then one day, I was like, ‘I have a show. Wanna come?’” Although not doing it for “the right reasons,” he realized how important music was to him at a young age.

He began writing lyrics at 10, learned guitar at 13, and piano — now his instrument of choice — a few years later by watching his grandmother.

“I guess I have a pretty deep, sentimental connection to music,” Walston said. “There are things about American music — country, soul and gospel — that kind of stirred something from way back in my childhood. I’ll play something and not know where it came from ... then it all comes back to me. It’s been fun exploring all that and digging in deeper.”

Moving from Tennessee to Baltimore, he found a group of musicians to act as his band, The Business.

The sound they formed — described as “simple rock ’n’ roll” — gave him more fits than starts; most promoters didn’t know what to do with a piano-driven rock act.

“I got put on a lot of bills full of emo bands,” he said. “The first year or two of us playing was us playing to a crowd that was there to hear something totally different from what we were putting out there. We’ve had to carve our own path, which is weird, since we are just a rock ’n’ roll band playing rock ’n’ roll.”

An infectious, near-spiritual live show helped him grind it out against the Fall Out Boy set, finally finding better-fitting audiences and a place on Vagrant Records’ roster alongside the likes of The Hold Steady. With his self-titled album released a year ago, Walston is prepping to record a batch of songs for another between summer festival dates, hoping to carry forward with what he learned to balance on the last disc.

“It’s been figuring out how to have high energy and a deeper level to it all. A lot of bands try to do both, and one of them gets in the way of the other,” he said. “The message gets in the way or the reverse of that. It took us a long time to figure out how to write that way, but I think we made a smart record that is also pretty rockin’.”

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