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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.
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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Soundcheck: Klipspringer, 'The Trouble with Sebastian'

Sophomoric humor and guitar rock? Yes, please.

Matt Carney August 10th, 2011

Norman’s Klipspringer might just be the most lyrically consistent band in the history of music in this state.

Words about a girlfriend who “likes to play chess in her birthday suit” belong most anywhere in its discography, from 1996’s “The Mind of Mandy Moon” (where the line resides within the delightfully raunchy “She Likes That Shit”) to “The Trouble with Sebastian,” the pop-rock quartet’s seventh album, which it digitally released July 26 through

Now a decade and a half since “Mandy Moon,” Klipspringer’s preserved the tradition of Oklahoma power-pop (à la Dwight Tilley, The Fellowship Students and The All-American Rejects), although still infused with its signature sophomoric charm and spurts of frustrated punk. Except for last track “A-OK Big Funtime Dancing,” a catchy house dance tune that just sort of hits you without warning, that is.

“The Trouble with Sebastian” paces nicely in 10 songs, from the very Bruce Springsteen-ish anthemics of “Make the Suburbs Glow” to the raw, soft-punk guitar power in the cheeky, self-referential track “Klipspringer” (“thanks for buying our T-shirt”) and grungier, more aggressive “Don’t Touch Me.”

The group sounds very much like one that grew up on The Police, and the same band that recorded “Hottest Girl on My Block” in 2007 (a “12” Dance Remix” appears here), a hilarious, Fountains of Wayne-type ode to ... well, yeah — you’re smart enough to figure that one out. —Matt Carney

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