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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: G-Eazy / TOPS


Indie-rock rap and hazy pop

By Stephen Carradini March 16th, 2012

G-Eazy
Credits: Stephen Carradini

A large part of SXSW's fun is wandering into a show that you didn't know existed. I had G-Eazy on my to-see list, but I didn't have a specific show marked out until I stumbled upon one as I was cruising shows on Sixth Street. It was happening as I stood in the street, so I headed up the stairs to the show.

TOPS
Credits: Stephen Carradini
G-Eazy's rap is most interesting to me for his beats; he flips everything from Tennis to "Runaround Sue" into beats, making his songs consistently interesting. His flow is pretty solid, heavy on the puns. A large crowd was assembled for his set, and they gave him interaction when he asked for it; they were into the set. Generationals' "When They Fight, They Fight" powered G-Eazy's tune "Make-up Sex," and Tennis' "Marathon" powered G-Eazy's "Waspy," both of which were highlights of the set.

I ducked into PopMontreal's M for Montreal stage next, because that's my go-to fallback. With all the great music coming out of Canada, it's almost a sure bet. I caught the last song of TOPS, which was a beachy, hazy, female-vocals, teen-inspired tune that felt like a less snotty Best Coast or a more solid Beach House. Rad.
 
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