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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: Josh Sallee

Ever seen a mesmerizing rapper?

By Stephen Carradini March 14th, 2012

Josh Sallee
Credits: Stephen Carradini

Liveblogging is fraught with some trepidation for me, because there is no editing process. The posts, for good or ill, are direct dispatches; facts go unchecked, style goes uncultivated, worry that I'm being clear sets in. But that's all out the window for this post. All you need to know is this: Josh Sallee is very, very good at rap, and you should listen to his music regardless of what you think about rap. Read on for some effusive praise.

Sallee is the sort of rapper whose skill feeds his stage presence and vice versa for an impressive loop: The confidence he has in his ridiculously speedy rapping shows in his stage moves. Bouncing back and forth across the stage, shooting sly grins into the audience, and holding the hand of a girl in the front row were just some moves in his arsenal. I am rarely transfixed by a musical performer, but Sallee's impassioned performance commanded my undivided attention. At one point, he shoved the microphone in my face to yell the chorus of a song; I was so surprised the fourth wall had been broken that I was too stunned to say anything. (The correct answer was "That shit great!")

Sallee had a DJ and a drummer with him, and the drummer greatly enhanced both the visual and visceral appeal of the performance: the set felt more concrete with the presence of acoustic instrumentation. It gave even more punch to Sallee's already deft, kinetic backing beats.

It doesn't take much knowledge of rap to understand that Josh Sallee is incredible. His rapidfire raps, tight control of rhythm and wow-factor showmanship make him an artist not to be missed, whether you like the genre. It's simply mesmerizing to watch him go.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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