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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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Stray Cats strut their brand of rockabilly revisionism

Charles Martin August 2nd, 2007

Rockabilly had all but died before a trio of big-haired kids from New York named Stray Cats injected new life into the genre in the Eighties with singles like "Rock This Town" and "(She's) Sexy ...

Rockabilly had all but died before a trio of big-haired kids from New York named Stray Cats injected new life into the genre in the Eighties with singles like "Rock This Town" and "(She's) Sexy + 17."

With rockabilly enjoying a resurgence in popularity, the Stray Cats are rocking again and strutting into the Zoo Amphitheatre on Friday.

"We helped preserve an important part of American music," said Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom. "Rockabilly was in the process of fading away. Now you just say, 'They kind of sound like the Stray Cats,' and everyone knows what you're talking about."

The band is hitting the road with ZZ Top and The Pretenders, two other musical heavyweights of the Eighties, which keeps the Cats on their toes, Phantom said.     
"With Chrissie Hynde looking great and singing great, well, we aren't going cold this tour," he said. "I'm not going to let Brian see me slow down, so I'm going to jump off my drum set. None of us want to be the first one to admit we're getting older."

Phantom isn't sure what the fate of rockabilly will be, but believes it has achieved a level of stability with the help of devoted fans.

"I remember when we started there was no scene, there were the three of us. We were the only rockabilly guys I knew. It was us against the squares," he said. "Things haven't really changed that much. We're still just three knuckleheads trying to comb their hair in one mirror."  "Charles Martin

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