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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: Megafauna / Vox and the Hound

Shreddin' rock'n'roll and indie-country/punk

By Stephen Carradini March 19th, 2012

Credits: Stephen Carradini

The Austinites in Megafauna should not to be confused with Wisconsin psychedelics in Megafaun, because if fans to the latter ended up at a show of the former, they would come away baffled. Megafauna plays a riff-heavy, shred-friendly rock/punk/metal blend that was incredibly impressive. The power trio cranked out incredibly technical work that still retained melodic and rhythmic strength; this is rare for the genre, and made my ears perk up almost immediately.

The female guitarist/vocalist's instrumental chops were counterpointed excellently by the bassist's frantic bass runs, and the drums held it all together with a furious pound. The vocals were the least integrated part of the sound, used sparingly; I was mesmerized by their incredible instrumental interactions, and therefore didn't bother too much with the vocals. This seems also to be the band's strategy. I don't normally listen to this style of music, because it becomes monotonous quickly to me, but Megafauna kept the set varied and interesting for the duration. I highly, highly recommend them to fans of loud, heavy rock.

Vox and the Hound was the last band on my SXSW schedule for the week, and they sent me out on a high note. The band plays a mix of indie-rock, country and punk that makes for a varied set. What doesn't vary is the high quality of the tunes, which are excellently arranged to take advantage of the listener's uncertainty of what Vox will do next.

Vox and the Hound
Credits: Stephen Carradini

The lead vocalist snarled and howled with fervor, and the band responded in a passionate-yet-precise way that enabled their set to be more than punk singalongs and country drink-alongs. They're high on my list of bands to watch, as their songwriting and arranging is among the best I've heard of its style. Fans of Old 97's and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit will find much to love in Vox and the Hounds.

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01.07.2014 at 12:52 Reply

Hermosa is one of my favorite Vox and the Hound tunes.  I love the ambient start and finish with the cowboy riding a horse western feel with the cowbell addition.