Friday 25 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: Generationals/The Dodos/Sondre Lerche

Three excellent songwriters

By Stephen Carradini March 19th, 2011
After grabbing a delicious Korean burrito at my friend's suggestion, I headed out to catch Generationals, which I've featured on OKS before. I caught the tail end of their set, which was a ton of fun. Their perky, unassuming pop songs put everyone in a good mood, and I thoroughly enjoyed the songs I heard from them. I'm always on the lookout for good pop songwriters, and I think Generationals have the talent to be a staple, if they can last. 

Following them onstage were The Dodos, who I had heard of on recommendation but not heard too much from. The recommendation was solid; I love fingerpicking and indie-rock, so a group of guys making complicated indie rock out of two fingerpicked guitars and a bizarre four-tom and tambourine drum setup made my ears perk up. Their stage presence was static, but when you're making songs as brilliant as the ones The Dodos put out, you don't need to be moving around. Even with the interlocking guitar parts, the songs never lost their pop sensibilities; the songs would appeal to the most radio-friendly listeners (Hannah Montana fans perhaps excepted). I loved the set, and can't wait to hear more by The Dodos. 

I rushed over to Central Presbyterian Church to catch Sondre Lerche's set (pictured). I've been listening to Lerche for a long time, but this was the first time I was graced with a live show. He told the audience that he was going to play through his whole new album (which doesn't come out till June!), and he made it through eight of the tunes before he had to close the set. The new tunes fall neatly into his style; his mid-tempo, affected singer/songwriter tracks with unique chord changes and a warm sense of belonging haven't changed much since I've been listening. It's totally fine, though; it's apparently a deep mine for him to bring up gold from, as each of the songs was charming and inviting. I look forward to his record in June, and you should too. 
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