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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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Bear necessities

I Wrestled a Bear Once takes a kitchen-sink approach to its raging mix of alt-metal.

Chris Parker April 11th, 2012

I Wrestled a Bear Once with Molotov Solution, Glass Cloud and more
6 p.m. Monday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western

One would be hard pressed to succinctly describe the Louisiana metal band I Wrestled a Bear Once. Its songs incorporate a pantry of sounds. Racing metal guitars pushed against adult-contemporary pop; New Wave ’80s synths punctuated with samples of the General Lee’s car horn.

The alt-metal quintet formed in 2007 from the ashes of another act while on tour in New York City. There, guitarist Steven Bradley met vocalist Krysta Cameron — the band’s secret weapon, a banshee alternating between feral growl and angelic cry.

“She wanted to sound like a dude and have people not be able to tell she’s a chick once she started singing,” said Bradley. “Same as the music: She doesn’t want to be limited to one certain thing.”

Almost immediately, they penned an EP and hit the road. It’s been going strong ever since. In 2009, they released their debut, It’s All Happening, followed up by 2011’s Ruining It for Everybody, recorded in Bradley’s basement, “just for freedom to track guitars at 4 a.m. and not have anyone complain or bitch and say we’re doing things wrong,” he said. “It’s fun to go into million-dollar studios and feel good about yourself. But at the end of the day, it’s largely unnecessary.”

Ruining It finds the members honing their ADHD attack and tightening the seams on the mutating arrangements. The parts may seem somewhat random, but Wrestled tries to connect them; the music isn’t a Jackson Pollock painting.

“We come up with a million ideas, but they don’t always work and we won’t force them. We want it to make sense,” Bradley said. “None of us claim to know what we’re doing too well, but we always at least try to make sure things flow.”

The group already has begun work on its next album. Bradley insists you can always find the members in the van or bus, headphones plugged into laptops, fooling and tooling around to make music.

“That’s the beauty of the technology that’s simultaneously killed and made possible music,” he said. “You can work on music anywhere.”

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