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 Ettes / Sea of Bees

Female-led garage rock, female-led acoustic songwriting

By Stephen Carradini March 16th, 2012

The Ettes
Credits: Stephen Carradini

The Ettes play a no-frills, to-the-point form of garage rock that gets in, gets down and gets out. The female guitarist and vocalist, female drummer and male bassist cranked out nuggets of fuzzed-out, aggressive goodness that the audience absolutely ate up. They powered through a twenty-minute set, and had multiple audience members come up afterwards and regale them with some variation of "f*@#ing fantastic!!"

Sea of Bees
Credits: Stephen Carradini
Sea of Bees was the attitudinal inverse of The Ettes: the two-girl acoustic/electric songwriting duo cracked jokes, smiled, thanked everyone copiously, and generally charmed the audience. Their gentle, swoon-worthy tunes provided a calming agent after the rock'n'roll of the Ettes, and I thoroughly enjoyed the members' instrumental and vocal interactions. If you're into Cat Power, Samantha Crain or the like, you should check them out.  

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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