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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: Feathered Rabbit and Shitty/Awesome

Powerhouse rock and ferocious punk

By Stephen Carradini March 14th, 2012

Credits: Stephen Carradini

As I type this, Shitty/Awesome is currently sonically assaulting Friends. Pretty much everyone has moved back to get out of the ferocity's way. Their music is so energetic that their drummer doesn't even sit: he stands, whalloping a tom, a snare and a crash cymbal. His kick drum is behind him; every time he stomps, the kick drum hits. He stomps a lot.

The songs are short, heavily distorted, raucous, and energetic. Even the bass guitar is distorted. When they settle down a bit and do some melody, they can put together a pretty memorable one; there's a lot of times when they just blast through. For instance, I just heard one of the singers yell, "I am a modern woman!" Shitty/Awesome does what it wants. And what it wants is to blast everyone with hyper-powered punk. Get on board or get out of the way.

Feathered Rabbit.
Credits: Stephen Carradini

Feathered Rabbit, which went on directly before, plays a more nuanced rock. Their bass-heavy, low-slung sound is anchored by powerhouse female vocals; the vocalist steals the show with alto pipes, dance moves and attitude. She's the sort of vocalist that can ratchet a song up in intensity simply by increasing the volume of her voice. The command she has of her instrument means that Feathered Rabbit can have wide sweeps in emotion during songs. They employ this, creating emotive pieces that ebb and flow. They still can riff out, but they also have a lot of melodic interplay between the bass and two guitars. It's a solid band fronted by a woman who can belt it: you'll be singing and dancing along. What more do you want in a band?
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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