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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.
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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Batrider reins in sound, darken sky with frustrated album that wallows with dissatisfaction

Chris Parker November 5th, 2009

For those interested in punk rock without a Y chromosome, selections have long been lacking, making the arrival of overseas import Batrider that much more welcome. Led by the disgruntled fer...


For those interested in punk rock without a Y chromosome, selections have long been lacking, making the arrival of overseas import Batrider that much more welcome.

Led by the disgruntled feral croon of singer/guitarist Sarah Chadwick, Batrider marshals noisy, writhing post-punk that sounds like P.J. Harvey with a head cold. Hazy with Chadwick's deep, throaty vocals, the band's jagged guitars crash like test dummies, sending shards in all directions, and the music's lumbering pulse suggests those elongated slow-motion moments before impact.

Formed eight years ago in New Zealand, the group moved to Australia and then London while undergoing lineup changes that have left Chadwick as the sole original member. Although often grueling, the frequent moves have helped shape the band.

"In London, we were relatively isolated in terms of being surrounded by people in bands we like," she said. "But I think that was amazing in retrospect, too, as it gave us the chance to get our heads around a new lineup with no pressure and no critique, which I found quite stifling in Australia."

Batrider is supporting its third album, this summer's "Why We Can't Be Together." Ever prolific, Batrider recorded the album in two sessions, distilling 38 songs into the 14-track album. The trio has already recorded the tracks for the next album as well.

"We work really fast. We are generally a three-take band, with more emphasis on vibe and feel, rather than musicianship," Chadwick said. "We are pretty relaxed when we record. I seem to always be extremely hungover whenever we do, which seems to make it way better in that I'm so busy just concentrating on staying alive, that I forget to stress about how it sounds."

Chadwick says the title of the current album isn't so much about a breakup as it is a come-on.

"It was kinda meant to make someone fall in love with me, but it didn't " not even a little bit," she said. "It's about wanting what you can't have, not being satisfied with what you do, wanting more than your fair share. It's about wanting who you have, but also who you don't. It's about never feeling good enough and wallowing in that, and not wallowing in that. Someone's face lighting up your mind. Feeling guilty. Being stuck. Knowing what you have to do, even though you really don't want to. Knowing what's right, even though what's not could be so much better."

Batrider with El Paso Hot Button perform at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Opolis, 113 N. Crawford in Norman. "Chris Parker

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