Monday 28 Jul
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: Black Canyon

Sometimes you just wanna hear a band rip it up

By Stephen Carradini March 13th, 2012

Black Canyon
Credits: Stephen Carradini

We were screaming at the top of our lungs, at the behest of Black Canyon. "I've Had a Long Day of Work" is the sort of song that requires that brand of audience participation. It's not a clapping song, or even a singing song: Participants yell at the top of their lungs. That's the chorus. That's as good a description of rock and roll as I can think of.

Black Canyon, although sporting a name that sounds somewhat like a folksy band, is a straight-up rock band. Sure, there's an acoustic guitar as the base, but the band rages like a powerhouse throughout whatever the songwriter throws at it. The rhythm section, which the lead singer noted as filling in, went after it with gusto: they kept it in overdrive the entire time. The electric lead guitar and acoustic rhythm guitar teetered on the edge of unhinged, pushed along by the rhythm section. And on top of that, roaring vocals from the lead singer (hollerer?) and us. The four-piece blitzed through the entire set in a completely satisfying manner. 

There was one exception: a "slowin' it down" moment showed off the acoustic songwriting chops, and the fact that Ali Harter (!) is on the soon-to-be-released recording is a feather in its cap.

Black Canyon's set was raucous in all the right ways and tight in all the necessary ones. A bang-up job.
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