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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

Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
06/24/2014 | Comments 0

Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0

SXSW: Those Nights/Canailles

Southwestern folk/ska and French-Canadian zydeco!

By Stephen Carradini March 15th, 2012
After getting some free food and drink from a barbeque sponsored by, I headed out for an evening of non-Buffalo shows.

My first stop after refueling was a street show by Those Nights. You don't have to blow a trombone too loud before I come running, so they their brass hooked me immediately. Their sound had a high-desert rumble to it, which was accentuated by the soaring vocal lines that I heard. The crowd was roped in to singing and clapping, ensuring my love for them. It's more American than Tejano music, but less American than Bon Iver folk; it exists in an extremely Texan space. I loved it.

Credits: Stephen Carradini

I heard some jubilant music coming out of the M for Montreal show, so I stopped in; they gave me a ticket for an American beer (Miller Light), spoke to me in French, and presented a zydeco band named Canailles. (Thoroughly international.) And although a zydeco band from the great white north sounds like an odd proposition, the members of Canailles can play a banjo, accordion and washboard with the best of them. The fact that they were yelling out group vocals in French only made it more charming and festive. The band taught the audience to say things in French in between the hollering and stomping; it was an absolute blast of a set. Their set will be on my end of fest bests, for sure.

Their rampant enthusiasm caused me to decide I was only going to see upbeat music the rest of the day.  
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04.14.2012 at 03:24 Reply - Check it out!