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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.

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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.

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Norman's one-man rock spectacle insists new album marks final chapter

Charles Martin August 20th, 2009

Few metro musicians have the rock shtick down better than one-man-band Mickey Reece, known musically as El Paso Hot Button. From exhaustingly energetic and charismatic live shows to the poli...


Few metro musicians have the rock shtick down better than one-man-band Mickey Reece, known musically as El Paso Hot Button.

From exhaustingly energetic and charismatic live shows to the polished style of his press-kit images, Reece knows how to attract attention and is just as consistently diligent in cultivating his image as an enigmatic rock icon. The Norman musician has insisted his 2007 album, "When I Needed Sympathy," was penned as an ode to a newfound faith in Scientology, so when he announced in a recent interview that his latest, "Keep Your Eyes Quiet," was to be the last EPHB album, it was a revelation met with a fair amount of skepticism.

"Now that I've said this is the last album and you didn't know that before, does that make it sound like a different album?" Reece asked.

There is a bit more pensiveness deep within the torrential waves of echo, feedback and the cocky swagger of his vocals, and his angular guitar often settles into an almost wistful dreaminess. As with previous EPHB albums, Reece's grandmother pops up in the interlude, this time bidding him farewell and announcing her departure to "Never Never Land, where people play cards and dominoes and they never worry about anything."

The closing song, "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye," has Reece's bare-boned voice backed by a gloomy piano, perhaps the most hauntingly beautiful track in the EPHB catalog. Those quiet moments are rare, however, as the disc is more often a sharp, eclectic and consistently fun listen.

So is Reece really pulling the ripcord on his music career to, as he insists, focus more on his budding interest in filmmaking? It's hard to know for sure, and there isn't anything on the EPHB MySpace page to suggest he will close shop after the momentum of "Keep Your Eyes Quiet" slows.

"Well, I'm still going to play shows for at least a year to sell records and pay back the label," Reece said. "But with film as an art form in general, you can do more with it than music. I've always gone off what motivates me in the media so if there are some really cool bands out, I say, 'Hey, yeah! I'm going to make music.' But there haven't been that many cool bands come up lately, but there have been some cool movies."

Reece eventually qualified his farewell address by saying he hasn't ruled out starting another band, and hinted that he might just be done putting out full-length albums, which sees as becoming increasingly obsolete.

"There are still plans. I have a whole 'nother year of touring for this album at least and I'm sure I'll have some farewell shows and maybe a last show at some point," he said. "Everything I do, I like to put my whole body and soul into, and now its time to move into phase two."

El Paso Hot Button with Colourmusic, The Pretty Black Chains and Gentle Ghost perform at 9 p.m. Friday at The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western. "Charles Martin

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