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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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Kick it

Thanks to the website Kickstarter, local musicians increasingly find it easier to fund albums before recording a single note.

Joshua Boydston March 21st, 2012

Most local musicians don’t live like rock stars. It’s usually a part-time gig, more about the passion than the luxuries it brings.

“I work two jobs, and my car doesn’t have a front bumper,” said Oklahoma City rapper Jabee Williams. “I’m a real-life person.”

But crowd-funding website gives musicians worldwide the opportunity to release the same quality product as major labels.

“Basically, it takes the place of a record label,” said Brandon Lovelace, lead singer of local pop band Theatre Breaks Loose, which used Kickstarter to raise funds for the promotion of its latest album, Stranger Places, Greater Things. “It’s enabling musicians to let fans be the record label, and what better people could you ask be behind you than the people who believe so much in you that they put their money where their mouth is?”

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Kickstarter pools money from supporters to help creative projects find financial backing to get off the ground. If the artists’ target amount is raised, they receive the money. If not, the artist receives nothing, and the backers aren’t charged for their donation.

“What I really like is the ‘all or nothing’ thing,” said Williams, who’s currently asking for $25,000 in pledges by April 21 to record a new album. “It pushes people. The reason why I aimed so high is because I budgeted for everything. I wanted it to be an industry level product.”

More than just warm fuzzies convince fans to donate. Escalating levels of support are associated with increasingly valuable prizes, going from an advanced download to a signed hard copy to sitting in at the studio during the recording and more.

For $500, Jabee will write a personalized song just for you.

“If you’re a part of it, you listen to it even more and enjoy it even more,” Williams said. “To me, that kind of thing is dope.”

Even still, musicians feel like they are getting the better end of the deal, being able to support their music and feel the love from fans.

“We gave away drumheads and stuff we used on the album, and that’s cool for fans, but they gave us a story,” Lovelace said. “We get to look a label in the eye and say, ‘Our fans supported this album. We don’t have to have you; our fans believe in us enough to make it happen.’”

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