Thursday 24 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: Deerpeople

Everything, pinballing at warp speed

By Stephen Carradini March 13th, 2012

Deerpeople, with audience participation on maracas.
Credits: Stephen Carradini

Several times a set, the lead singer of Deerpeople will descend into the audience, contort his body so that his shoulder is aimed at the audience like a battering ram, then throw himself at people. It looks bizarre, because it is far more calculated that most moshing: it looks a lot like a drunken stagger, but it's done for a very particular result.

It's a perfect analogy for Deerpeople's music. Their music encompasses piano-pop, dance-rock, indie-rock and acoustic instruments (violin, accordion) into an ever-evolving mishmash that attacks the audience. The stops and starts of Deerpeople's songs are jarring, but intentionally so: the vocals are often harsh, but for effect. Deerpeople is in the business of making wholes out of things that are usually not whole. This conceptual framework is what the best bands do today: they don't just mash up genres, they make consistent things out of lots of pieces of other things. Deerpeople doesn't have a genre, and that's to the better for the listener. It's way more fun to listen to them, because there's a turn around every corner.

It also helped that the Buffalo Lounge was a hometown crowd, and Deerpeople are on the brink of major success. (The band has somewhere between 7 and 12 shows to play this SXSW, and that's an easy indicator that a lot of people are listening to what Deerpeople's doing.) This was a victory lap before the hard work of SXSW comes, and they enjoyed it for all it was worth. The band interacted with the fans, the fans sung along, the band smiled. It was a festive atmosphere, which only enhanced the jubilation of the tunes.

Deerpeople are onto something big with their ideas: you should check them out before they don't play around here that often anymore. They're from Stillwater, so I'm putting them in the Other Lives/Colourmusic category at the moment: Band Most Likely to Not Have to Play SXSW Next Year Due To Being Famous. 
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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