Monday 28 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

SXSW: Graham Colton

Catchy adult contemporary pop

By Stephen Carradini March 17th, 2011

I remember the exact place and circumstances under which I bought "Dizzy Up the Girl," so when I say Graham Colton could and should be opening for the Goo Goo Dolls, know that I mean it in the best way possible. Still, there are people who are currently running for the hills after that sentence, as some people find adult contemporary pop to be everything they're fighting against. No matter. Leave if you must.

"It's emotive. I'm emoting," Colton said from the stage, explaining his newest tunes. No way to better explain it than that. He knows how to work the adult contemporary pop sound, from the guitar settings to the lyrics to the song structures to the emotions. He knows his stuff, and he delivered a solid set to very appreciative fans. His new album comes out April 5, and he's doing an April 2 CD release at VZD's (one of the first bands to namecheck something in Oklahoma from the stage that wasn't the Thunder!).

If you're a fan of Colton's previous work, you're going to love his new stuff. It's catchy as all get out, especially "1981." Look for his new album "Pacific Coast Eyes" soon.

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