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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. 

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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.
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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.
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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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No dummy

The man behind alt-rock act Jack’s Mannequin knows what it takes to dress up his piano-pop tunes: freshness.

Stephen Carradini July 13th, 2011

Jack's Mannequin with Steel Train, Lady Danville and River James
6 p.m. Friday
Diamond Ballroom
8001 S. Eastern, 677-9169
$19 advance, $24 door

Although Jack’s Mannequin won’t be touring behind a new album this summer, listeners can get excited for fresh tunes at its show Friday at Diamond Ballroom show. The piano-pop group will debut tracks from its upcoming third release, “People and Things” all season long, even if the disc won’t be in hand for a while.

“We just got done doing three weeks of rehearsing really hard. We learned the whole record, so we’ll be playing at least a few a night,” said Andrew McMahon, the group’s leader and chief songwriter. “We’ll trade certain songs from night to night.”

This includes the “stripped-down” acoustic number “Restless Dream,” proving the alternative act’s versatility and growth since its 2004 inception.

“It’s the natural next step,” McMahon said.

But it shouldn’t be too much of a departure for fans acquainted with the artist’s arc, from the snarky, piano-based punk of Something Corporate through the bright, shiny piano pop of early Jack’s Mannequin work. Even within Jack’s discography, McMahon sees variation.

“All of the records have been pretty dissimilar in a sense,” he said, noting that his opinion of the albums is not what’s most interesting to him. “I want to hear what other people would hear in the records.”

But first, people have to hear “People and Things.”

“We’re close to having a timeline,” McMahon said. “Before the end of the year, no doubt. Hopefully late summer or fall.”

When it came time to record, the band worked with Grammy-winning producer Jim Scott (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty) and Rob Cavallo, chairman of Warner Bros. Records. The album sports several contributions from a well-known songwriter McMahon just happens to know: Relient K’s Matt Thiessen.

“He and I did a couple writing sessions together. We were good friends before we did the sessions,” McMahon said. “There were two days in Nashville, and a couple more in L.A. They were super-prolific sessions. It just so happened that I was writing for my record, so we put our heads together.”

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