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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
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Def, not dumb

Still together after nearly a quarter of a century, Deftones are smart enough to keep hammering out metal that matters.

Stephen Carradini May 25th, 2011

Deftones with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Le Bucherettes
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1
Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S. Eastern, 677-9169

It’s a common storyline: Young, fervent rockers mellow with age and settle into an elder statesman role, complete with less touring.

This is not the Deftones’ storyline. “Right now, we’re just hammering it out on the road. We totally enjoy it,” said Frank Delgado, the California-based alt-metal band’s turntablist/keyboardist. “As you get older, you find ways of making it work. We enjoy each other’s company, and we enjoy making music. We’re having a really good time.”

And time flies when you’re having fun. “We’re looking forward to playing an hour-and-a-half, two-hour set,” Delgado said of Deftones’ Diamond Ballroom gig on Wednesday, June 1. “It’s hard to play a little of everything within a two-hour show, but we try to put on a good show.”

As for mellowing? They’re not really into that, either.

“I think it depends on who you ask. The franticness of youth has subsided. We’re a little smarter, a little more grown-up,” Delgado said. “We’ve never decided to be heavy.”

But heavy they are, as their latest release, last year’s “Diamond Eyes,” sees the group not letting up on the thoughtful, metal-based sound that it has maintained in 23 years of existence. The critically acclaimed album expanded on Deftones’ sonic palette, drawing in more fans.

“A lot of people like the heavy stuff. A lot of people like the prettier stuff. A lot of girls are attracted to the slower stuff,” Delgado said. “And we’re doing a better job than ever combining all of that.”

It helps that the members write collectively, each bringing their own influences to the table.

“We all listen to (music) together, from indie to dance music to metal. We all tend to try to stay current. Our pre-show music playlist is a mixture of everything we’re listening to at the time,” said Delgado, who named Seattle metalheads Black Breath and “UK electro” as his personal current favorites.

It’s those varying influences that allow the Deftones’ sound to go in new directions.

“We’re taking five different people’s input. I wish there was a formula for it, but there’s not,” Delgado said. “When we find something that works, we go with it.”

The same goes for tourmates, as Deftones are not afraid of touring with acts different than them. Female-fronted garage rockers Le Butcherettes and math-metal wizards The Dillinger Escape Plan will fill out the bill next Wednesday. Dance punks Funeral Party and the head-banging Mastodon have played shows as well.

With diverse openers, an excellent new album, and the respect of peers, what else could Deftones ask for?

“It’s a better time now for us than ever, six records in,” Delgado said. “We’re grown men, and we’re playing better than we ever have. It’s a lot of fun right now.”

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