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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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Japan band Melt-Banana out to make noise

Graham Lee Brewer May 24th, 2007

We are Melt-Banana from Tokyo, Japan! Now imagine that phrase being yelled at you by a tiny Japanese woman fronting one of the heaviest, loudest and most pugnacious rock bands you've e...


"We are Melt-Banana from Tokyo, Japan!"
Now imagine that phrase being yelled at you by a tiny Japanese woman fronting one of the heaviest, loudest and most pugnacious rock bands you've ever seen. That's the way every Melt-Banana show starts.

"I think it is a normal way to introduce ourselves as a band, isn't it?" asked lead singer Yasuko Onuki.

She might as well be screaming, "We are here to kick your teeth in and make your ears bleed," because Melt-Banana is arguably the premier eardrum-shattering group the Far East has available for export.

"We always try to make a show that people enjoy as much as possible," Onuki said.

Melt-Banana's sound is often categorized as "noise rock," as the band incorporates a lot of unorthodox sounds and effects in its music. The Japanese noisemakers have become known for their extremely high-energy shows and frequent, extensive tours.

"It's a kind of fun thing to do. We can do every day what we like," Onuki said. "We had come to USA many times for the tours now, so we don't feel much difference between Japan and USA. Food is different, though. We usually miss Japanese food during long tour even if we sometimes visit Japanese restaurant in USA. Japanese restaurants in USA are different from home food." "Graham Lee Brewer


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