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Power Pyramid - The God Drums

Power Pyramid doesn’t have much patience for nonsense. That appears to be the takeaway from the Oklahoma City quintet’s last 10 months, which brought The God Drums in September, the Insomnia EP in January and its latest, self-titled effort in July.

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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.
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Book of love

Roy Book Binder plays blues, country, bluegrass, folk and even pop. Most of all, he just plays; it what he lives for.

Joshua Boydston August 8th, 2012

Roy Book Binder
8 p.m. Saturday
The Blue Door
2805 N. McKinley

Affectionately called a hillbilly bluesman, singer-songwriter and renowned guitarist Roy Book Binder has gone from star pupil to noted teacher.

“I can’t say I was self-taught. Lots of people taught me,” Binder said. “I learned from old guys who shared their knowledge and skills with me, and it’s a good thing to do. You keep the torch going.”

The torch Binder carries goes way back; his mentor was Reverend Gary Davis, the legendary blues guitarist and gospel singer born in 1896 who has inspired acts as varied as Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

“[Davis] gave guitar lessons for $5,” Binder said. “It changed my life. It was the beginning of a great adventure. I wound up playing the blues like it was destiny.”

Not long after, the grizzled blues vet asked Binder to join him on the road. With his $50 life savings, Binder made his first big tour across the country. A fire was lit, and Binder soon started writing his own songs based on those journeys, eventually finding the strength to perform them for an audience.

“I played an amateur night with a friend, and it took me a lot of courage to get up there,” he said. “I was trembling, but after the show, we went outside to smoke and I told him, ‘I’m doing this for the rest of my life.’ Here I am, 45 years later.”

Touring nearly 365 days a year, he joined Bonnie Raitt on the road in the ’80s, was a regular on TV’s Nashville Now and has released 11 albums. He’s a mere three songs away from wrapping up what will become the 12th, his first batch of original material in over a decade.

“I didn’t want to do another cover record,” Binder said. “As I approach 70, if I don’t have anything to say, there’s no point in making an album.”

He may joke about getting old, but some things only get better with age — like his 81-year-old guitar: “It’s like I’ve always said, ‘I’ve always had guitars older than me and wives younger than me.’” Only recently has he cut his time on the road in half to spend the winter and spring with his family in Florida, although he admitted he’d be more than happy to continue to spend every day touring.

“How could someone expect to make a living playing music that was never popular? It’s a miracle, and it dumbfounds me,” Binder said. “I live for the moments on the stage. The rest of the time is just waiting.”

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