Thursday 24 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

NMF4: Edgar Cruz

Spanish acoustic guitar virtuoso goes classic rock on yr ears

By Stephen Carradini April 29th, 2011
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The problem with Thursday festivals is that, sometimes, you have to go to work on Friday. It’s 3 p.m., and I’m just starting to recover from the revelry that was the first night of NMF4 (Health shakes! Upbeat music! Motivational thoughts!). And if the next two nights live up to the first one, I may have to skip work Monday and just sleep.

I started my fest at Brewhouse Stage, taking in the sweet sounds of Edgar Cruz. The Spanish guitar virtuoso wowed the crowd not only with classic finger-picked Spanish guitar tunes, but transcriptions of classic rock songs. If you’re skeptical, join the 13 million YouTube viewers who dropped their jaws during his complex yet faithful rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He played it during his set, and it was wildly impressive. “Paint it Black,” “Wipeout,” and the Moody Blues also made appearances in his guitar work.

Just for kicks, Cruz busted out what he called a “harp guitar”: an acoustic guitar with a bass guitar sticking out of the top of it. Just looking at it was entertaining, but the low notes that augmented his already intricate finger-style work made the performances a thing to remember. With his personable stage presence and confident skill, his set was an excellent kick-off to my festival.

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