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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.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

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.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

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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Where metal meets punk, Municipal Waste comes collecting, does own heavy lifting

Chris Parker November 12th, 2009

Metal kids and punk kids spent a couple decades eying each other warily, but lately, those differences seem to have melted away, as bands have crossed the mosh pit mixing liberally from hardcore...


Metal kids and punk kids spent a couple decades eying each other warily, but lately, those differences seem to have melted away, as bands have crossed the mosh pit mixing liberally from hardcore's adrenalized rhythms and metal's bottom-end breakdowns.

Municipal Waste is hardly a product of these slackening "standards." Founded in 2000 in Richmond, Va., the quartet's combination of steely, hard-racing riffs and machine-gun drumming harkens back to thrash's earliest days and bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Pantera and Slayer. But while singer Tony Foresta recognizes the growing comity between camps, he's also seen the ugly underside of that coin while touring with Lamb of God.

"There were those who were stoked we were on that tour and then there's young kids who are screaming, 'This isn't metalcore.' Yes it is," he said. "It's what metalcore used to be called, when you were in diapers or didn't even exist. Now it's swoopy hair, shitty band ex-screamo-core."

Younger metal audiences aren't familiar with clean vocal leads like Municipal Waste's, Foresta said, and clearer delivery is essential if fans can hope to understand his over-the-top sensibility, which has moved away from the party anthems of recent albums for a more varied approach on its latest, "Massive Aggressive."

"Our older stuff was kind of a hilarious take on getting everyone riled up into destroying something in a good way where it was like 'Woo!'," Foresta said. "We would come up with ridiculous things, but it seemed like so many bands started doing what we do and cheapening it to where I was sick of hearing it. It made it cheesy, but in a good way, because it inspired me to write about something different."

Municipal's new material draws fresh blood as well. Over the course of the new album, the group maintains an even flow that manages to avoid the droning common on many metal/hardcore albums.

"We usually try to kick you in the balls right off the bat, and this one kind of builds up. Honestly, I like the second side of the record more than the first side. It hits a pace and just goes," Foresta said. "The metalheads like the first side; hardcore kids like the second side."

Municipal might be too old to find passage on any bandwagons, and all the musicians expect are opportunities they open on their own.

"We come from the punk, DIY ethos side of things," Foresta said. "For us, it was like we're going to start playing music and if we get noticed, cool. If not, we don't really care. We're just going to do what we do, anyway."

Municipal Waste with Goatwhore, Phobia and Cauldron perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Tthe Conservatory, 8911 N. Western. "Chris Parker

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