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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.
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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.
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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.
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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Blue valentine

Whatever you love to do should be what you do, says Blue-Eyed Son. Lucky for your ears, his passion is for laid-back pop.

Stephen Carradini May 29th, 2013

Blue-Eyed Son with the Sheiks and Sierra Brown
8 p.m. Sunday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western

Andrew Heilprin might be the nicest musician working today. After half an hour of talking to the beach-pop songwriter who goes by the name Blue-Eyed Son, he asked me to sit in on ukulele at his Sunday show at The Conservatory.

Minutes later, he asked to be Facebook friends.

That friendly, easygoing style spills over into his performances: Heilprin recently became an unplanned participant at a bachelorette party in Flagstaff, Ariz.

“Her drunk maid of honor comes over and says, ‘Will you please play her a song? Please play her a song.’ So I got my guitar and went over and played her a song right at the bar,” Heilprin said with a laugh. “I wasn’t going to do it, but I’m glad I did. I made them really happy. I got a big hug.”

Will play for hugs? That chill mantra fits with the sound of Blue-Eyed Son, which falls somewhere between Jack Johnson’s beach pop (Heilprin is an avid surfer) and horn-laden indie pop. Blue-Eyed Son’s new, five-song EP, Shadows on the Son, is a bouncy, charming set of tunes that will have listeners smiling in no time.

This chipper willingness to take life as it comes has contributed to his unusual path through the music industry. After the demise of his early-aughts rock band, 40 Watt Domain, Heilprin released Blue-Eyed Son’s debut album, West of Lincoln, in 2004. The disc did well, twice landing his music on the hit TV series Grey’s Anatomy.

Then life happened. A yearlong film-editing job in Taiwan took him away from an almost-finished follow-up disc; upon his return, he scrapped the tunes for a new direction. Even during the recording of Shadows, he left his home base of Los Angeles for a job in San Francisco.

With the EP released yesterday, a tour booked and an electronic remix, Heilprin’s energies have been refocused on his main passion: music.

“If you find what you love to do, you should devote yourself to it,” he said. “What’s your passion?” It wasn’t a rhetorical question.

And so it goes with Blue-Eyed Son’s music and personality: calm, thoughtful, engaging fun, and interesting. There’s perhaps no better way to sum up the act’s ethos than with his thoughts on creating the remix to “We’re Fighting a War.”

“When you start on something, sometimes it ends up being way different than what you thought it was going to be,” Heilprin said. “And sometimes it ends up way better.”

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