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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

Kyle Reid & the Low Swinging Chariots - “When I Was Young”

Every artist should be the star of their own creative life, which makes Kyle Reid’s steps out of the shadows of the many ensembles and supporting roles he has played in Oklahoma bands over the years to front and center on stage feel like a just journey.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0
 

SXSW: Imagine Dragons / fun.


Dance rock and theatrical pop

By Stephen Carradini March 15th, 2012
Rushing down Red River Street to the MTVU Woodie Awards stage, I caught the last few songs of Chiddy Bang's set. I especially enjoyed hearing "The Opposite of Adults," which flips MGMT's "Kids" into a beat. The sound was a little low, unfortunately; this would come back to haunt us.

The first full set that I saw was Imagine Dragons, who hail from Las Vegas. They're friends with the Killers, and the influence showed in their set of dance-rock. My favorite part of the whole set was a dubstep breakdown in the middle of a tune; but instead of having the actual electronics play, they attempted to recreate the sound of the break with only their guitar/bass/drums instruments. They seemed to be getting a kick out of this idea; it was really, really funny to me.

The sound problems that plagued Chiddy Bang reoccured during fun.'s set. The theatrical, highly-ornamental pop band opened with "Some Nights," the incredibly complex title track of their recently-released album. The sound was weak throughout, until they fixed it (somewhat) by the second track, but the majestic power of the multi-part harmonies was weakened. Lead singer Nate Ruess was visibly attempting to get sound fixed throughout the tune.

But after the stage struggles, the band delivered a hyperactive set of pop that embraced the audience. Ruess got the audience singing along during several tunes, and the six-member band made all sorts of passionate racket. After "leaving" before playing their hit single "We Are Young," they returned for an "encore" and played it with gusto. Everyone in the crowd sung along. It was a rousing success. fun.'s unique sound is tough to peg, but The Format, Queen and Panic! At the Disco are all apt RIYLs.
 
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