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CD reviews

Power Pyramid - The God Drums

Power Pyramid doesn’t have much patience for nonsense. That appears to be the takeaway from the Oklahoma City quintet’s last 10 months, which brought The God Drums in September, the Insomnia EP in January and its latest, self-titled effort in July.

07/29/2014 | Comments 0

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

SXSW: David Ramirez

Gorgeous, gentle fingerpicked folk

By Stephen Carradini March 17th, 2012

There is no possible segue between Titus Andronicus and David Ramirez except to say that they sound absolutely and completely nothing alike. Ramirez's gentle, fingerpicked acoustic folk was impressive, especially considering that he was saddled with one of the worst spaces to play in South by Southwest. Booked in the hotel restaurant of the Hilton, Ramirez was separated from the audience by a near-constant train of waiters who were bringing food out from the kitchen, passing in front of Ramirez and snaking through the audience. For songs that hang on every note from an acoustic guitar and voice, this was not optimal in the slightest.

However, Ramirez was a good sport about it and still played an admirable set. Even though the spaces between notes were filled with the clanking of dishes, his resonant voice, heartbreaking lyrics and deft playing shone through. He has a calming, warm voice that seems effortless; even with the noise, it was clear that he has an immense talent. "Strangetown" and "Shoeboxes" were head and shoulders above the rest of his tunes, imparting a mood to the room despite the noisy atmosphere. Fans of Joe Pug's quietest stuff, Damien Jurado and Damien Rice need to take note of David Ramirez.

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