Wednesday 30 Jul

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.

07/29/2014 | Comments 0

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
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RECAP: South by Southwest, day two

A serious wreck dampens spirits as festival continues.

Zach Hale March 13th, 2014

I didn't hear about last night's tragedy outside the Mohawk until after I was home and ready for bed. For as grand a celebration as the Buffalo Lounge was yesterday, the news put a serious damper on the day's events — and it will surely do the same for every day after.


The Avenue on Congress — where the Buffalo Lounge was held — is several blocks from The Mohawk, where the dozens of people were injured by a drunk driver, two of them fatally. In retrospect, I remember hearing the sirens around the time everything went down, and I didn't think for a moment that it might have been as bad as it was. Sometimes you get so wrapped up in a moment that you can't even fathom something that terrible happening, but I'll try to recapture what was going through my head before everything changed.

Wednesday ushered in, thankfully, cooler temperatures than the day before. I was a little better prepared for round two, with sunscreen in tow, even if my ears were still ringing from Tuesday.

Shortly after I arrived, I saw Bowlsey lugging their organ up a couple flights of stairs. At the time I felt somewhat sorry for them, offering to help lift the heavy load. They politely declined. These guys are dedicated to their craft. 

Their genre-defying mix of hip-hop, jazz, pop and lounge music was easily the day's most unique confluence of sounds. Organ, horns, instruments I had never seen before — they were all present during the quaint Oklahoma City four-piece's set. 

Meanwhile, Skating Polly put on a lovely acoustic set downstairs, a more intimate — yet still potent — rendition of their abrasive ugly-pop than they had treated us to the day before. Shortly thereafter, electro-crooner Colin Nance gave those who came indoors a moody, tone-setting mixture of atmosphere and balladry.

Back upstairs, Rachel Brashear put on perhaps the most intriguing set of the day. The diminutive ACM@UCO product proved herself as an incredibly solid songwriter, which, coupled with some splendid guitar work, conjured alt-rock ghosts of decades past.

The official evening ACM@UCO showcase, however, belonged to Tallows. After witnessing the band play at VZD's a few days prior, I somewhat knew what I was getting into, but most people in attendance did not. The rising Oklahoma City band sounded as polished as ever — even their hiccups worked — and it had the increasingly larger crowd going bonkers on numerous occasions.

It must be said: Few bands at all of South by Southwest are as good at what they do as Tallows. But the scary thing? Their new material would indicate that these guys aren't slowing down any time soon.

The subsequent sets by Horse Thief and Jabee were nothing if not rousing, and Colourmusic closed the night with a their defiantly abrasive blend of noise rock primed for the closing slot. It was fitting that an Oklahoma luminary would be slotted for the Buffalo Lounge finale. And by the looks on peoples' faces, it was a successful two days. It's hard to imagine that we were only a few blocks away from tragedy.

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