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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: Talking to Turtles / Mother Falcon

Twee, romantic indie-folk and orchestral majesty

By Stephen Carradini March 17th, 2012

After a break to rest those tired feet and catch up on writing, we stepped into Bethell Hall in St. David's Episcopal Church to watch Talking to Turtles and Mother Falcon.

German twee-pop duo Talking to Turtles performed charming tunes that relied heavily on hummable melodies, romantic lyrics and twinkling arrangements. The eclectic array of unusual instruments and configurations ensured that the set was full of surprises. The resonant hall elevated the strength of these tunes, much to the audience's delight. After a full day of rock'n'roll, it was a wonderful surprise to be treated to some delicate, considerate tunes. The male singer often took lead, but the female singer sung true counterpoint instead of simple harmony; it was just as interesting to listen to her vocal lines as it was his. I thoroughly plan on finding some of their music when I get home from SXSW; the melodies and lyrics were moving and memorable.

One member of Mother Falcon joked that the band was probably as tired as we were at their 1 a.m. set, as it was the fourth performance of the day for them. Despite the herculean effort required to get 18 people to four different places on time in the same day, they showed no signs of fatigue while performing a majestic set. The resonance of the hall only added to the towering quality of their songs; it truly sounded like an orchestra performing instead of a folk band with orchestral arrangements. They played four or five songs that they weren't able to fit into the previous set of theirs that I saw, and I was thoroughly glad I saw them a second time because of that. I will echo my previous recommendation: if you like strings or horns in your music, you need to know Mother Falcon. It was a beautiful way to end the very long day.

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