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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: Pomegranates / The Black and White Years


Hyperactive rock'n'roll and thoughtful power-pop

By Stephen Carradini March 15th, 2012
The members of Pomegranates are super energetic and incredibly positive. Their rock'n'roll has no traces of anger, rebellion, or moody angst. Instead, they pinball around the stage like they're rocket-powered, dispensing riff-laden blasts of youthful glee. Several times during their set I laughed out loud because watching them made me so happy. "This song is called 'Sisters.' It's about loving the people around you," the bassist announced for one tune, and they weren't being facetious. They are genuinely amped about life. I can get behind a band like that.

Pomegranates running about the stage.
Credits: Stephen Carradini

I certainly can't stay in front of them. The three guitar-wielding members of the band were so active on stage that I couldn't keep them in the frame to photograph them. The only time I could consistently shoot pictures was when all three of them jumped up to their respective microphones to sing multi-part harmonies. Short of blowing up beach balls and throwing them into the audience, Pomegranates did everything they could to leave the crowd happier than they found it. They succeeded on me. Their new album Heaven (positivity!!!!!!) comes out soon; you should check it out if you're into love-of-life rock'n'roll.

Moustache. Crazy Hair. The Black and White Years.
Credits: Stephen Carradini

The Black and White Years started their set with a blast of similar giddiness before settling down into some thoughtful power-pop. Fans of OK Go's approach to music (aside from the videos) will appreciate TBAWY's music: witty and thoughtful enough in composition and lyric for thoughtful adults to enjoy, but with enough synth melodies and tambourine to keep the energy high. They opened with two old tunes, then launched into their newer material, which has a little more thoughtful and a little less energy. Still, they never lulled the audience to sleep, as their tunes built in energy to big finishes. Quite a satisfying end to a long evening of upbeat tunes.
 
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