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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. 

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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.

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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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The Pleasure Kills set to blast with female-fronted New Wave

Lucas Ross August 21st, 2008

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the mall, the Eighties are, like, totally back. Just look around: Elements of the Reagan era are popping up faster than you can say "voodoo economics," ...

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the mall, the Eighties are, like, totally back. Just look around: Elements of the Reagan era are popping up faster than you can say "voodoo economics," and music most noticeably seems to be where the decade is being culturally mined.


If the threat of a looming New Kids on the Block reunion has you bunkering down inside of a cultural fallout shelter, San Francisco's The Pleasure Kills are certain to blast you out of hiding with power pop and punk that is, like, unabashedly fun.

"I had never even heard of power pop until (I read our first review)," said the group's lead singer, a former Oklahoma City resident who calls herself Lydiot. "I guess I always thought we were punk, but now I've come to realize we're something different."

Guitarist James Jameson said, "After we started going online and finding out about the bands we were being compared to is when we started hearing the term 'power pop.' I don't even know if we sound like those bands as much as they all sound like each other, but through that, we figured out we are power pop and we stuck with it. We couldn't make it as punks."

Like Blondie, The Go-Go's and Joan Jett before them, The Pleasure Kills are a female-fronted five-piece that deliver a pop-perfect combination of bubblegum hooks and punk grit. Lydiot, for example, may appear to pack all the makings of a quintessential teenage fantasy pop queen, but underlying the sticky sweetness is an undeniable edginess. To borrow and paraphrase Bart Simpson's description of Milk Duds, The Pleasure Kills are "sweet on the outside, poison on the inside."

The daughter of a sushi chef,  Lydiot was introduced to her band mates outside of traditional band-breeding grounds. Instead of a garage or small club, the origins of The Pleasure Kills can be traced back to a sushi restaurant.

"I moved from OKC to the Bay Area off and on for about five or seven years," Lydiot said. "Me and (bassist) Adachi (aka A-Dutch) have been working in the sushi bar industry for a long time and James was a bartender. "

The group later found organist Jeffrey Ject through an Internet posting and soon began recording music together. The act released its first single, "Smash Up the Radio," last year and received accolades from a variety of indie pundits, airplay on numerous college radio stations, and a position in the Top 30 chart at the University of San Francisco's pioneering, student-run KUSF-FM.

Although the group jokingly accredited couples counseling for helping the male musicians function better with their female lead, The Pleasure Kills are definitely working well together. With a debut full-length scheduled for release sometime in 2009, the band is set this month to release its second single, "Mission Boy." The group's Southwest tour brings it to The Conservatory on Sunday for its first OKC show.

"Nobody has fallen off the stage in four shows," James said, jokingly. "We try to have less cocktails before we go on and more cocktails after."

The Pleasure Kills seem so enthusiastic about playing in Lydiot's hometown, however, one anticipates that their stage safety record might be in danger. "Lucas Ross

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