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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: 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.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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