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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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Unique improv concert series brings together atypical instruments

Doug Hill March 20th, 2008

No instrument or device is off limits to "sound artist" Jon Mooneyham, the one-time KGOU-FM DJ and Flaming Lips drummer who began organizing the abnormal "White Walls" concert series last year. Dise...


No instrument or device is off limits to "sound artist" Jon Mooneyham, the one-time KGOU-FM DJ and Flaming Lips drummer who began organizing the abnormal "White Walls" concert series last year.

Disenchanted with the rock club scene, he contacted Norman's Mainsite Contemporary Art gallery and proposed a regular improvisational music series utilizing a rotating collective of musicians. Mooneyham will again narrate the latest installment at 7 p.m. Saturday.

"I'm the curator and want this to be taken seriously, which is one reason we're having it in an art gallery," Mooneyham said. "But the rule is, the White Walls series doesn't have rules."

Mooneyham admitted that someone used to structured song formats might be jarred by the White Walls series, which he said can be an acquired appeal.

"It's somewhat of a tightwire act: Sometimes you fall off. But when it works, it's awesome," he said. "It's definitely not a jam-band aesthetic. I don't mind being dictatorial about that. If you want a drum circle, get a bag of pot and go somewhere else."

Each show is a unique arrangement and doesn't center around a specific tempo, melody or groove, Mooneyham said. Saturday's performance will feature an interesting mix of instruments, including:
" turntables,
" a trombone and
" an Electronic Valve Instrument, an analog synthesizer from the Seventies which is played like a trumpet.

"It's more about communication or telepathy between the musicians, and it's tricky," he said. "Much harder than it appears, and everything is unique to that moment." "Doug Hill

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