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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.

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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?

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"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.
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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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Deborah Benjamin April 24th, 2008

With a lineup that resembles a sports team more than a band, the choral pop act The Polyphonic Spree could be charged with producing music that leans toward indulgence. But, if anything, the Spree nev...

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With a lineup that resembles a sports team more than a band, the choral pop act The Polyphonic Spree could be charged with producing music that leans toward indulgence. But, if anything, the Spree never comes across as affected, with deep song arrangements and layers of sonic effluvia that mingle together much like old friends.

The band will play at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Norman Music Festival on the West Main Stage.

Formed by Nineties Dallas alt-rock act Tripping Daisy's former front man Tim DeLaughter, bassist Mark Pirro and drummer Bryan Wakeland, the inspiration for The Polyphonic Spree was death " more specifically, the drug overdose passing of Tripping Daisy guitarist Wes Berggren.

Using The Polyphonic Spree to channel emotions, DeLaughter and company have created a sound that has been described as "optimist syrup" by music Web site Pitchfork.com. "The Fragile Army," the dozen-plus-member band's third and most recent release, was dubbed "a call to arms orchestrated as psychedelic rock opera" by The Boston Globe.

'DARKER' TONE
The "darker" tone of "The Fragile Army" wasn't an attempt to bow to the criticism of the Spree's "happy" songs " and its happy-go-lucky sound took some predictably critical backlash " but instead more of an attempt to coerce together all of the elements of its studio work and stage performances.

"We just wanted to capture our live show " the energy and directness. In every show since the beginning, there's been some digging around in an emotion of light and dark," DeLaughter said. "We've always enjoyed all the critics take on the Spree. I'll leave it at that." " Deborah Benjamin

 
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