Tuesday 22 Jul

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

Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
06/24/2014 | Comments 0

Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0
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Guitar-shredding phenom Marnie Stern delivers high energy

Kevin Bogle June 28th, 2007

Marnie Stern plays the guitar. Not just plays, but destroys it. Super-fast, two-handed, finger-tapping rock guitar lines that prickle the hair on the back of your neck the first ti...


Marnie Stern plays the guitar. Not just plays, but destroys it. Super-fast, two-handed, finger-tapping rock guitar lines that prickle the hair on the back of your neck the first time you hear it.

Stern is currently on her "Bye Bye iPod!!" summer tour through the United States and United Kindgom, and bringing their brand of propulsive anarchy to The Conservatory on Saturday night.

Previously, all of Stern's shows have been solo with musical backing tracks provided only by her iPod. This time, however, she's ramping things up with a full band.

"We're doing a good job recreating the album, but more importantly, recreating the presence and the impulsiveness of the record. We're going to keep the energy level really high," Stern said.

The words the New Yorker attaches to her music are "intelligent and cryptic," not surprising given that, while recording, she would visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art weekly to look at Egyptian artifacts. Song titles and lyrics reference Plato, Marcel Duchamp and Arthur Rimbaud.

"This album is a tryst into my world " the movies, music, and art that I like," she said. "Kevin Bogle

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