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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.
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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Arlo Guthrie recalls growing up as Woody's son

Jim Newsom July 12th, 2007

Arlo Guthrie, son of legendary Oklahoman folksinger and songwriter Woody Guthrie, will take the stage Saturday at the 10th annual Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, his father's hometown....


Arlo Guthrie, son of legendary Oklahoman folksinger and songwriter Woody Guthrie, will take the stage Saturday at the 10th annual Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, his father's hometown. Dozens of singers, songwriters and performers are scheduled to play the event, which starts Wednesday and ends Sunday.

"He wrote about 3,500 songs that we have," Guthrie said of his father's prodigious output. "He's written so many kinds of songs " peace songs, war songs, murder ballads, the history of things, songs for kids. I've always tried to get some of the more obscure songs out there that I liked."

What, one wonders, was the impact of having the composer of "This Land Is Your Land," a man revered as an American icon, for a father?

"It wasn't just my dad," Guthrie said. "I think it was my dad's world that I was born into. You get born into not just a family, but a circle of people: family, friends, relatives. I loved it; I felt like I was on a pirate ship and we were sailing around meeting all these weird characters and having some fun with them."

Woody Guthrie spent most of the last 13 years of his life hospitalized with Huntington's disease, a degenerative and incurable nerve disorder. He died in 1967, just after his 20-year-old son's first album was released.

"It wasn't as bad as some of the books and stories make out," Guthrie said of his father's lengthy hospitalization. "We went to see him every week and brought the fiddles and the banjos, the mandolins, the guitars and the harmonicas, and we sat down on the grass and played music for hours." "Jim Newsom

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