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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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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.

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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
06/24/2014 | Comments 0

Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
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White flight

The sibling duo known as White Mystery soars higher, thanks to a strong bond to garage rock.

Joshua Boydston March 6th, 2013

White Mystery with The Copperheads and Dudes of America
10 p.m. Friday
Kamps 1310 Lounge
1310 N.W. 25th

Photo: Diane White
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more tightly knit band than White Mystery. Like Jeff the Brotherhood, but with one less Y chromosome, the Chicago garage-rock duo proves that the siblings who play together, stay together.

“A brother and a sister, you kind of have this nurturing relationship,” singer and guitarist Alex White said. “There’s no alpha-male struggle or sibling rivalry. There are no politics. There’s [drummer and younger brother] Francis, and there’s me, and it’s a total 50/50 partnership. The drums and guitar are set up side-by-side on the front of the stage; visually, that illustrates how we think of this band.”

She and Francis Scott Key White were primed for lives as musicians as youths in the Windy City, enchanted with the classic-rock tunes — Rolling Stones, The Who — that poured through the family’s stereo and the limitless underground punk gigs to enjoy every night.

“Our parents had such great taste in music, it was very easy for us to fall in love with music at a really young age,” Alex White said. “When you grow up with rock ’n’ roll as part of your family life, that just becomes who you are.”

After her stints in a number of acts, the two decided to make a go of it as a brother-sister duo. White Mystery was formed on April 20, 2008 — their grandmother’s birthday, incidentally — and released its self-titled debut exactly two years later, then a follow-up on that same date in 2011; its third album, Telepathic, drops this April 20.

“It was kind of serendipitous,”said Alex White. “That wasn’t what we planned to do from the start. It just naturally evolved, and it’s kind of like clockwork now.”

Telepathic represents a step forward in quality after two boisterous, fun, but relatively simplistic records.

“We’ve grown a lot, fortunately, as musicians and songwriters,” she said. “There’s interesting sonic textures; whereas we used to be in our early 20s, playing as loud and fast as we could, we really put some thought into this production-wise. We’ve come a long way, but it’s that same visceral feeling as all our music has ever had.”

The title is a nod to the unwavering mental link the sibs share, one that goes deeper than just being bandmates.

“There is quite a bit of subconscious communication that happens in terms of anticipating one another,” she said. “When we are playing, we rarely stop, and most of the time, we don’t have a set list. We just know what to play next. We are very, very close, and Telepathic is a representation of that. It is the culmination of our 25-year friendship.”

Hey! Read This:
The Copperheads interview  
Jeff the Brotherhood interview 

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