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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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Sweet charity

The Guilt Racket may have a short history, but the city-based band has a big heart.

Joshua Boydston September 28th, 2011

the guilt racket with Good Morning Grizzly
9 p.m. Saturday
VZD's Restaurant & Club
4200 N. Western

It took but one quick trip home for the guilt racket front man Bobby Reed to realize he wasn’t living right.

“My dad, he always did a lot of charity work, the entire time I was growing up and even still. I went home for Christmas about a year ago, and he asked what community service work I was doing, and I said, ‘None.’ He was like, ‘What the hell is wrong with you?’” Reed said. “I thought about it, and realized that with music, I could support the community a little bit.” 

The Oklahoma City-based rock outfit has made an aggressive push for charity ever since that holiday season, arranging big benefit shows with other local bands, winning new fans and raising thousands in the process. It’s more than Reed ever imagined would happen when he formed the group with vocalist/keyboardist Ethan Larsh and bassist Travis Brazeal. the guilt racket plays its first-anniversary show this Saturday at VZD’s.

“The only thing I thought we could manage in a year was an album and a steady fan base in Oklahoma City,” Reed said. “We’re seeing so much more than that.”

Call it good karma, but the charity work must be scoring points with the big guy upstairs, as the act already haswon the advice of a veteran A&R exec and recently played a California music festival with the likes of Panic! At the Disco and The Bravery.

I realized that with music, I could support the community a little bit.
—Bobby Reed

the racket takes a purposefully scattered approach to crafting its music, recalling anything from Modest Mouse to Built to Spill to The Band.

“It’s an eclectic spirit. We have a desire to not be one thing. We want to be all things,” Reed said. “There’s a multiplicity that we all want that let us know we could invest in each other.”

More so is an admiration for their forthcoming debut EP.

“Everything is polished to an almost meticulously annoying level,” Reed said with a laugh.

the guilt racket hopes its second year will bring another release, preferably a full-length album. In the meantime, plans for music videos are being made, as well as the continued charitable support of the March of Dimes and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with annual benefit concerts. Hopefully, that good karma keeps on coming.

“We want to make this work,” Reed said. “We want to spread our music, create art and not have to move on to those perilous adult things.”

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