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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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Starlight, star bright

The women and, yes, men behind indie rock’s Starlight Girls are primed to burn big in 2012.

Joshua Boydston December 28th, 2011

Starlight Girls
8 p.m. Monday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western

Despite the name, indie quartet Starlight Girls is only half female. Its first proper music video was 100-percent girlie, however, with a buffet of unicorn horns, lollipops and sickeningly cute Lisa Frank leopards.

“That video was a lot of fun,” said singer Christina B. “We shot it in about two hours, so it was a little hectic, but we were on a good sugar high licking on those lollipops.”

The charmingly modest video fits the band’s Bronx aesthetic, where creative friends are always throwing together art openings and last-minute gigs.

“Brooklyn is fun. There’s a lot happening. A lot of our friends are involved with music and the arts, so they just do shows themselves,” she said. “That DIY scene ... is more fun than playing at an established venue.”

That constant expression fuels many of the latest and greatest indie-rock acts, whether Vampire Weekend, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart or Dirty Projectors. It gets hard to catch them all before they blow up and get busy themselves.

“Being in a band, you don’t get to go out and see other bands as much as you might want, unless you run into them at shows,” Christina B. said. “It’s super-cool when someone gets big, and you have that one degree of separation from them.”

Starlight Girls are in the early stages of enjoying similar buzz for their impossibly eclectic style, crafted from a wheelhouse of inspirations ranging from MGMT to Etta James to world music.

“It’s all over the map,” Christina B.

said. “People say we’re ’60s or ’70s and ’20s or ’30s.”

That array of influences has found its way onto a steady stream of stellar singles. The group hopes to record a full-length album in the coming months, but its energy and excitement are now centered on its second national tour, including Monday’s stop at The Conservatory. An EP is due Sunday in a pay-what-you-will format, with a 7-inch single in the works.

“We worked really, really hard on it,” she said. “It turned out unique, and I’m glad we kept working on it until we were totally happy with it.”

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