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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: Deerpeople

A sensory overload

By Stephen Carradini March 16th, 2011

So, I've seen Deerpeople before, and I was impressed then. But their set at The Buffalo Lounge was incredible. Like, "I feel bad that you weren't here with us" incredible.

A list of things that happened while Deerpeople played:

1. Bubble makers went nuts, filling the venue with sticky glycerine goodness.

2. A guy in a deer head fought a guy with giant tentacles made of crutches.

3. The three dancers together underwent double-digit costume changes (in a half-hour set).

4. Mardi Gras masks were worn and discarded.

5. Fans moshed.

6. A drama unfolded before our eyes.

7. A giant insect-like head was unveiled briefly.

8. Dancers morphed around in trashbags and then emerged.

9. A suit of armor was donned for the final battle (made out of arts and crafts, but impressive ones).

Yes, that all happened in (roughly) a half-hour. And Deerpeople played smashing renditions of their dance-influenced indie rock to score the whole thing. It was entirely unreal. I can't believe I witnessed it.

The last tune, with everything happening at once, was sensory overload. There's no other way to explain it. It was brilliant.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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