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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: Sleep Bellum Sonno

By Stephen Carradini March 19th, 2011

After a slow start to the day that included browsing through the Flatstock concert poster sale (There's a company named Magnificent Beard!) and getting lost looking for a Fang Island show, I serendipitously ended up standing outside a teeny tiny bar where Sleep Bellum Sonno was about to play. Having enjoyed the work of the post-hardcore band for several years, I was excited to see and meet them. 

They did not disappoint. The three-piece (guitar/bass/drums) played a merciless set of heavy music, with the guitarist and bassist trading off vocals. They occasionally would both sing and/or yell into the single mic at the same time. They played several tunes from their latest project: a split series which showcases two bands in a small run format. The songs from these releases were intense, but also personal; the tunes never devolved into mindless aggression or riffing for the sake of riffing. 

The band members, faultlessly nice, thanked everyone for coming after almost every song (including, humorously, a double entendre with a friend of theirs in attendance: "We love you, Austin!"). They played with heart in their heavy songs, which is something many bands strive for but few achieve successfully. It was a brilliant, unexpected way to start the day. 

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