Thursday 24 Jul
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

Fang Island is happy and it knows it

By Stephen Carradini May 18th, 2010
Happy music is often maligned for not being cool. Fang Island is all about changing that: They self-describe their music as "Everyone high-fiving everyone." When's the last time hip indie kids talked about or performed high-fives unironically? Oh, right. Never.

The five members, one of whom is also a guitarist for the decidedly-not-happy band Daughters, take their prog-rock chops and employ them to make people smile. Hand-clapping, pogoing and more ensue. When's the last time you saw a rock band play a set to a room full of kindergarteners without dumbing down anything but the volume? How about right now?

For some lolz, keep an eye on the door in the upper-right-hand corner, as well as the band members' demeanors. The bit at 2:09 and the comments on the video are also ridiculously entertaining. Okay, everything about this is entertaining. Go see Fang Island at The Conservatory tonight or there will be at least 30 kindergarteners in this world who are way cooler than you.


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