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CD reviews

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

SXSW: Buffalo Lounge: O Fidelis

Enthusiastic pop-folk that never disappoints

By Stephen Carradini March 13th, 2012

O Fidelis
Credits: Stephen Carradini

O Fidelis was the first band I ever interviewed for Oklahoma Gazette, and they hold a special place in my heart for that. Their music, which is an enthusiastic folk/rock party, builds extra rooms onto that space in my heart. Their set here did not disappoint.

They're sporting a new line-up these days, one that's less distortion and more folk-oriented: a violin takes the place of an electric guitar. But they lose no amount of energy, as favorites like "On a Mountainside" and "Happy Song #2" retain all the energy that their former renditions had. Their new songs showed a growth in rhythmic and melodic complexity, which was thoroughly interesting. The band was incredibly excited to be there, as shown in their stage banter; their music bore it out.

If you haven't seen O Fidelis live, you're missing out on a party. You need to get acquainted with the folk-pop that they put out: it's a can't-miss. Seriously, there's a ukulele in the band. I keep trying to start the hype train on O Fidelis: here's to this year being their year. They certainly are ready for it.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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