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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

Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
06/24/2014 | Comments 0

Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0
 

SXSW: Pretty Black Chains


Guitar and vocal heroics abound

By Stephen Carradini March 17th, 2011
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It's been a long few years for the guys in The Pretty Black Chains. After The Stock Market Crash broke up (TSMC is still emblazoned on at least one guitar case that I noticed), the guys formed TPBC. After finding some success with their new band, they decided to drastically retool their sound from pop-rock oriented tunes to Led Zep-era hard rock. They finally make it down to Austin to spread their new sound on the world, and their van breaks down. In Texas. 

But if all this chaos had them down, they didn't show it. Their riff-heavy, old-school hard rock set had people excited. Lead singer Kellen McGugan was enthusiastic as always, stalking around the stage before breaking into wild dance moves. The only time he shared vocal duties was when Jabee came to the stage, making his second cameo appearance in the day. The rapper threw down an electrifying rap on top of the rock'n'roll, and people responded to his cry of "Put your hands up!" The atmosphere was triumphant. 

From the vocal heroics to the guitar heroics, The Pretty Black Chains threw it down. 
 
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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