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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.
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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.
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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Burns both ways

Can a metal band be beloved by Christian and secular audiences? August Burns Red proves it can, and still rock hard.

Joshua Boydston January 25th, 2012

August Burns Red with Silverstein, Texas in July and Letlive
7 p.m. Thursday
Diamond Ballroom
8001 S. Eastern
$18 advance, $20 door

Metalcore band August Burns Red is rapidly approaching a decade together with relatively few lineup changes and nothing but smooth seas in sight.

“We never blew up and exploded overnight,” guitarist JB Brubaker said. “We grew at an organic pace and amassed a following that way. That’s the difference between us and some of the bands that go away as quickly as they come.”

The Pennsylvania-based group — which got its name from a newspaper headline detailing a founding member’s unstable ex burning his dog alive — gradually garnered its devout following within secular and Christian audiences starting in 2003 with a dense, vicious noise that, in retrospect, didn’t carry much actual weight despite a spiritually informed message pinned onto its underbelly.

“When we started out, we just wanted to be a heavy mosh band. We didn’t care about anything but playing breakdowns,” Brubaker said. “At that point, we really weren’t capable of doing much else than chugging on an open C. It was fun, but it got boring.”

But 2007’s “Messengers” and 2009’s breakout “Constellations” found the band musically growing up to a certain extent, and also gave it a unique identity among the hard-core set.

“Initially, we were playing weird time signatures, and it wasn’t as cookie-cutter as a lot of what the other bands were doing. I think we kind of pioneered that — not that we invented it — but it’s something more bands are doing now,” Brubaker said. “We’ve always, especially now, been motivated to write songs that are different from the other bands in this scene. We don’t want to be the copycats; we want to be one step ahead.”

August Burns Red’s newest album, “Leveler,” has the group breaking new ground in that relative wilderness by broadcasting a sound that strikes an unfamiliar line between metal and hardcore. Crowds have responded by making the effort its highest-charting to date.

“There’s a lot more experimentation than there’s ever been. We branched into genres we’ve never explored before,” Brubaker said. “We actually sang on this record. It’s a big step for us, and I hope we can use that to build on.”

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