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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.
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.
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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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Charlie Louvin, Narvel Felts introduce themselves to new generations

Tory Troutman October 16th, 2008

When Charlie Louvin sings now, his voice carries the dry Old Testament gravity of Johnny Cash without as much bleakness. He's blunt, like classic George Jones, but twice as sober and without the blu...


When Charlie Louvin sings now, his voice carries the dry Old Testament gravity of Johnny Cash without as much bleakness.

He's blunt, like classic George Jones, but twice as sober and without the bluesy phrasing.


There's no use comparing the 81-year-old singer's current country to the legacy he created in the Fifties and Sixties with his late brother, Ira. Louvin's self-titled 2007 comeback album proved he still had the goods, but the release was marred by unfortunate pandering to the hip set with ill-advised feedback and incompatible duets.

Although Louvin had some reservations about the September release of "Steps to Heaven," stylistically, the gospel album " with sparse instrumentation and backup vocals from The McCrary Sisters " is a much stronger piece of work.

"I didn't use my band on it," Louvin said. "But, I will have my band with me in Durant."

Saturday's 6 p.m. show at the Choctaw Events Center is billed as a tribute to the Louisiana Hayride. Louvin will headline the show, which features several acts, including a performance by former Sun Records recording artist and Seventies country star Narvel Felts.

Although Louvin and Felts generally work different sides of the street, their paths have crossed regularly throughout the decades, and there is clear camaraderie between them.

"We worked Branson together. We've traveled to Inverness, Scotland to play a show," Felts said. "I really like Charlie Louvin. He's done so much for country music."

What the two have in common is that both are being rediscovered by generations unborn during the pair's heyday.

"I'm thrilled to death to be playing to the great-great-grandchildren of the people who listened to those early Louvin Brothers records," Louvin said.

Felts agreed. "I've aged 30 years, and the crowd stays the same, especially the rockabilly crowd," he said. "They dress like the Fifties and they look like the Fifties."

Louvin is especially proud of the attention, and named popular groups like Cake and Cheap Trick and other acts he's recently performed with.

"Soon, I'll be on the road with Old 97's," he said.

Louvin's primary tour concern is securing a bus so he doesn't have to use his own RV.

"These pickers will ruin a mobile home," he warned in a voice both fatal and funny.

Felts said he tailors each tour performance, focusing on rockabilly or country, depending on the crowd and his backing band. Those at Saturday's show can expect a country calling from Felts, who's best known for songs like "Reconsider Me" and "Lonely Teardrops." Louvin said he is willing to adjust the length of his set to suit the suits, but won't change much else.

"I'll probably do two Louvin Brothers tunes," he said. "I do what I want. There's no smut. I do fast, slow, gospel. If they don't like it, I can't help it."

The singer also mentioned a new album he's recorded, a thematic bookend to the Louvin Brothers' down-with-people masterpiece, "Tragic Songs of Life." He said Saturday's audience might hear a cut from the upcoming album "¦ if he feels like it. "Tory Troutman

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