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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.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

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.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

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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Universal appeal

The Planets Align’s influences come from across the musical galaxy.

Joshua Boydston July 6th, 2011

The Planets Align with Mandala and Killer Gandhi
9 p.m. Friday
VZD's Restaurant & Club
4200 N. Western 524-4203

On paper, it would seem The Planets Align requires constant, near perfect balance to continue to exist. With the progressive rock act’s members busy with fledging careers in event coordinating, journalism, the automotive industry and even some part-time circus work, as well as upwards of two dozen former and current bands that the guys have contributed to over the years, it would seem the odds are stacked against them. 

It must have been written in the stars … that, and it’s more than enough fun for the four to justify making the time to do it.

“We just have a good time, hanging out, drinking a few beers and playing with our friends,” guitarist Benjamin Miller said. “I don’t know why we’d stop doing it. It’s like our social interest group. Barring a natural disaster, I doubt we’ll ever stop.”

It’s more than a good time, however; The Planets Align offers something the other acts they play in don’t: a true challenge.

“With some of the more accessible, repetitive verse-chorus-verse, there’s a lack of a challenge there. I feel like you can get burnt out, going through the version,” guitarist Richard Zenner said. “Early on with us, we had written things we couldn’t even play. We’ve had to get better as musicians just to execute what we came up with.”

The highly orchestrated, experimental but familiar style the band employs allows for plenty of opportunities to stretch musical muscle.

Influences come from all across the musical galaxy, and the guys behind The Planets Align try to pull from Black Sabbath and Rush to Isis and Pink Floyd, often in the same song. Dexterity comes from the metal sections, precision comes from classical riffs … but other times it’s not about learning anything.

“Sometimes, there’s a lot of music theory, but sometimes they are just rock songs,” drummer Chris Sanders said. “We’re a rock band, so there are times when it’s just hit the drum hard, play the big open chord, play loud. Just rock.”

It’s been half a decade since the four-piece formed, and it’s preparing to release its first bit of recorded material — a cassette tape EP due sometime by the end of the year. The Planets Align hadn’t felt the pressure to release anything prior to an increasingly vocal demand from their constantly growing legion of fans. As that pressure mounted, the band decided if they were going to do it, they’d do it properly and deliberately.

“We really had no constraints. We spent a lot of time taking stuff away, adding tracks and totally redoing others,” Zenner said. “The effort we put into it will show in the end product.”

It’s nearing completion; only mastering is left to finish. The gang is glad it banded together and hammered out this product, which is quickly becoming the center of its universe.

“I think we are all so excited about this because it’s something we did all on our own, a true team effort,” bassist Justin Combs said. “It’s something we really did together.”

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