Tuesday 22 Jul
CD reviews

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

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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