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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

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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.

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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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Gettin’ Weird

The second year of the Make Guthrie Weird summer block parties kicks off with the sultry talents of singer-songwriter Valerie June.

Shannon Helton May 28th, 2014

Make Guthrie Weird featuring Valerie June, John Moreland and Stranded at the Station

6:30 p.m. Friday

Downtown Guthrie



Photo: Susan Riddle Duke

Valerie June is a rarity among younger artists; she combines a wide range of genres to form an edgy, sultry and soulful whole. She was born and raised in Tennessee, so naturally, she has always loved music.

“Making music hasn’t been easy,” she said. “But you gotta do something with this life. You might as well try.”

The singing came naturally to her. The instrumental portions, on the other hand, have taken a lot of dedication on her part, often making her feel like “the most offbeat cheerleader.”

“I knew I wanted to do something creative,” June said, “but all the odds are against you.”

June persevered, moved to Memphis, and kept playing gigs and learning instruments.

“I believe we are here to achieve our dreams,” she said.

Success has not come overnight for her; it has come after many years of hard work and dedication. Recently, though, she has teamed up with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and Grammy Award-winning musician Booker T. Jones.

“I’m completely in awe of the whole process,” June said of the transformation. “I hope that I’m able to inspire other little girls.”

June is one of those people who truly feels the music. When she speaks about it, she simply can’t get the words out fast enough. To share the joy she finds in the notes and words is truly lovely and endearing. It’s not enough to casually speak about her love of the music of Elizabeth Cotten; she wants you to know her life, her struggle. She wants to envelope you in the music, whether it’s hers or someone else’s — as long as it speaks to the soul.

“There is other music that breaks us open,” she said.

While she is currently on tour through September in support of her critically acclaimed 2013 release Pushin’ Against a Stone, June intends to spend some quality time with her family this fall. She also has plans to head back to the studio in the latter half of this year to work on her follow-up album.

June is set to perform at the first of the 2014 Make Guthrie Weird summer block parties at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The series began last year when Shirley Clifford, owner of Guthrie gift store Prairie Gothic, teamed up with other local businesses and the City of Guthrie to start a summer block party series. It started with the band Escondido headlining the inaugural event, and soon, several more block parties followed. Now they’re hoping to keep the easygoing and fun atmosphere alive in 2014.

“Everything has something they can do to pitch in, and it makes it all the more interesting,” Clifford said, recalling how vendors and additions are added each time they put on a show. “The City of Guthrie has been very encouraging and helpful.”

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05.27.2014 at 05:13 Reply
Oh Man! I'm so excited! Those folks at Pairie Gothic really know how to put together a great show!!