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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
 

SXSLeftovers


Bands coming out of the smorgasbord to our town

By Stephen Carradini March 21st, 2011
miriamswellMiriam's Well

Although I didn’t end up in a riot at SXSW, my body thinks I did. I’m not sure how bands do SXSW and then continue to tour, but many of these apparently superhuman musicians are doing just that.

Miriam’s Well is one of them, and they’re hitting The Blue Note tonight at 8 p.m. The band is fronted by Miriam herself, delivering vocals that sit ably atop the Counting Crows-esque alt-pop they churn out. Whirring organs, snappy strumming and gritty melodies call up the ‘90s fondly; if you were or still are into the alt-pop scene from that era, you need to check out Miriam’s Well. Cover is $5.

Pop/rockers Crown Point are on their way west after SXSW, and they’ll be stopping in at JJ’s Alley before kicking it out to Colorado, Wyoming and other points over the edge of the world. Their pop/rock would fit in neatly with Lifehouse’s sound, so if you’re still “Hanging by a Moment” (oh, yes, I went there), you should check Crown Point out tonight. 

Morose Portland folksters Dolorean are headed back home after their SXSW jaunt, and they’re stopping at The Conservatory with Castanets and Holy Sons tonight. The really pretty music comes from their new album “The Unfazed." If something’s got you down, well, these guys can be the soundtrack to that sadness.

And, finally, rapper Sims is headed east, via Minneapolis, from SXSW. His raps call up comparisons to Eminem, but his funky beats are much more full and melodic than the most prominent white rapper ever. Also Sims’ raps are dramatically more positive than the aforementioned. He’s hitting up The Conservatory with Astronautilus tomorrow.

If you didn’t make it out to SXSW, or you’re already missing the live music smorgasbord, its effects are still being felt here in the metro. Head on out.  

 
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