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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. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

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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Mr. Gnome hits road with trippy new album it hopes will 'Heave Yer Skeleton'

Chris Parker November 26th, 2009

Self-released last year, Mr. Gnome's debut LP, "Deliver This Creature" is a distinctive blend of arty, face-melting guitar shred and billowing space-psych, propelled by drummer Sam Meister's mus...


Self-released last year, Mr. Gnome's debut LP, "Deliver This Creature" is a distinctive blend of arty, face-melting guitar shred and billowing space-psych, propelled by drummer Sam Meister's muscular backbeat and guitarist Nicole Barille's willowy croon.

The Cleveland duo ebbs from an airy, shambling shimmer to gut-busting thunder, transiting moods like a roller coaster. But for all the promises the album fulfilled, last year's tour got off to an auspicious start.

"We bought this new van and were pulling out of the driveway, waving goodbye and it broke down at the edge of the drive," Barille said. "It was pretty funny, but a shitty feeling, and then it started raining outside on top of it. So we had all our stuff, ready to go, standing in the rain, waiting for the AAA guy."

Their stuff spent most of last year in storage, as they hardly spent enough time off the road to justify an apartment. Mr. Gnome was essentially homeless during the recording of "Deliver This Creature," contributing to the disc's claustrophobic feel.

"Making that album, there was almost more of a desperation hanging over the whole thing because we were living on the West Coast, kind of couch surfing. It was just a different vibe, whereas this one was like us hibernating all winter and getting intoxicated," she said.

"This one" is "Heave Yer Skeleton," a more eclectic record traversing an even wider expanse of emotions from the pretty, piano-driven title track which recalls early Björk, to the bounding "Vampire," which bites with an off-kilter twee.

"I definitely listen to some poppy stuff every once in a while, and it started creeping into the writing," Barille said. "We actually have a couple more songs like that, but shied away from putting them on there, because we didn't want to go too far into left field."

The duo's mesmerizing blend of fluffy, elongated textures and sharp, visceral crunch stands out among their peers. The musicians' skill extends beyond technical wizardry or monumental riffage; there's an evocative flow to their style-mashing sound.

"We've always been big fans of psychedelic, as well as bands like Portishead " just hitting that total spaced-out sound," Barille said. "But we also love The Stooges' gritty rock 'n' roll style. I just don't think we've ever shied from missing them both."

Mr. Gnome has already begun work on a new album for next year. Barille is very excited by the process, which has found their disparate influences coalescing into something different and even more uniquely their own.

"It's almost becoming a combination of both of our past albums. I've been going off on little tangents where maybe before we were a little afraid to, and just didn't go into that territory," she said. "It's an exciting time. We'll just see what happens."

Mr. Gnome with EOTO, Old Canes and Vangough perform at 8 p.m. Sunday at The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western. "Chris Parker

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