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: The Panda Resistance

Our very own optimistic prog rockers!

By Stephen Carradini March 14th, 2012

Panda Resistance.
Credits: Stephen Carradini

Post-rock grew up out of a desire to put more artistry into "rock," and flourished with its brand of orchestration-heavy, sweeping landscapes. Recently, another wave of artists wanting to put more artistry into rock has appeared, but from a different direction. The high ideals of prog rock have been appropriated, but without the pretentiousness that much prog suffered from in its long-winded vamps: it's all optimistic, now. Bands like Fang Island, Delicate Steve, and All Tiny Creatures create frenetic, complex, but jubilant pieces of music. I dubbed it optimistic prog, but I still feel bad about that because the word prog has such terrible connotations in music circles.

Whatever the name of the genre, the three men of The Panda Resistance play wordless, beautiful music that spans the gamut from crunchy, low-end riffs to soaring melodies, with plenty of modified tones and melodies in between. The band doesn't crush with volume, as the snare is rarely used as more than something to tap against. Instead, they aim to amaze and please, playing incredible melodies in a variety of tones on the guitar. The bassist and drummer keep melodic and rhythmic consistency. (The drummer had a bell kit set up above his tom.) The band really has its mix down, as the three-piece sounded like one cohesive unit.

The songs were beautiful and well-formed; the band was genuinely excited to be playing them, as evidenced by their smiles. There was a smile on my face too. If you're a fan of progressive, unique music that doesn't conform to song structures or genre conventions, The Panda Resistance can show you a good time.
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