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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: O Emperor/Lafaro/Sweet Jane/Adebisi Shank


Irish music is incredibly varied!

By Stephen Carradini March 19th, 2011
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Enthused from my surprise experience of Sleep Bellum Sonno, I proceeded to strike out twice with Deer Tick (too crowded) and Typhoon (lost? again?). Having sensed a theme for the day, I turned my feet toward the venue of the band I had scoped out as a must for the day: Adebisi Shank. 

Their set was at the Music from Ireland stage, so I settled in for several Irish bands. O Emperor played lilting, breezy pop that was reminiscent of The Thrills and other charming indie pop bands. It wasn't world-changing, but it wasn't bad either. Heavy metal act Lafaro changed the mood significantly, throwing down some very impressive old-school metal. Fittingly, one of the guitarists was wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt. If you like the chugga chugga without all of the drama and theatrics that have been attached to metal as of late, you'll like Lafaro.

Sweet Jane changed the mood again, playing a set of female-fronted psych and rock. Their tunes warmed up the audience for the reason I was there. 

The three-piece Adebisi Shank (pictured) took the stage, and I mean they really took the stage. Their energetic, complex, fun instrumentals translated to the guitarist and bassist jumping around, swinging guitars, throwing their bodies across stage and making crazy faces. Their tunes sounded immaculate, which is incredible for a guitarist, bassist and drummer who were all going nuts while playing their technically difficult (but still optimistic) music. 

The band's energy and enthusiasm spilled out of the venue; the masked bassist vaulted over the railing to the outside of the building and played half of a song to the audience standing outside. It was the piece de resistance on a brilliant show; I'm sad that Ireland is across an ocean from us, as it may be a while before they grace America again. Hopefully someone can convince them to come to Oklahoma. 

 
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