Wednesday 23 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: Trampled by Turtles

Foot-stomping, blood-pounding bluegrass/folk/country

By Stephen Carradini March 18th, 2011
It's always fun when a band opens with your favorite tune by them. When Trampled by Turtles launched into "Wait So Long" as their first tune, I knew it was going to be a blast to watch their bluegrass/folk/country amalgam. The best part about TBT is that they are the fastest turtles in the world; there was only one slow song in the set, and the rest were played at drag-race speed. There was even an instrumental that made light of this, playing the same forms faster and faster. Adrenaline levels increased with the tempo.

The vocalist is solid, and his voice sung out even over the legions of fans (which I did not expect at all) crammed into Swan Dive, whose dive-ness deserves its own post. But the band paid the venue no heed and just powered through their set, even acquiescing to screams for an encore. It's like Mumford and Sons, only three times the speed and with way less indie pretentiousness. Their fiddle player was wearing overalls; their lead singer was wearing jeans and a plain white tee. Okay, their banjo player was wearing a Run-DMC shirt, but you can't win 'em all.

If you like Mumford and Sons, you must do yourself a favor and check out Trampled by Turtles. Your dancing shoes will thank you.
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