Friday 25 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: The Buffalo Lounge: The Defining Times

My first set of SXSW 2012, and it was a winner.

By Matt Carney March 14th, 2012

I’m a little embarrassed to say this was my first Defining Times show (especially after quoting the prolific (and super-friendly) Chase Kerby in my advance of the Buffalo Lounge’s SXSW activity. I’m not embarrassed however, to declare that they’ve quickly shot up to the top of my shortlist of favorite new local bands, right alongside Horse Thief. 

Kerby and company (I recognized Zach Zeller of The Non and a handful of other bands, as well as drummer Alberto Roubert) handle The Pixies loud-soft-loud formula expertly, commanding a trio of muscular guitars with a sort of nimble dexterity exhibited by professional circus performers.

There’s a ton of skill between the three guitar players — especially Zeller, the dude’s solo makes listeners look up at the sky like they’re expecting a swift armageddon — that serves as foundation for Kerby’s charisma, showmanship (bonus points for breaking out the violin bow on the guitar, dude!), and contrasting lighter vocals. It’s a winning combination. Looking forward to their first full-length, as well as the freebie EP Kerby hooked me up with.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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