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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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Star bright

Nearly 13 years later, Oklahoma City’s Thirteen Stars still shine with a sparkling new album.

Joshua Boydston July 20th, 2011

Thirteen Stars with They Stay Dead
10 p.m. Friday
VZD’s Restaurant & Club
4200 N. Western, 524-4203

Many things have changed during Thirteen Stars’ nearly 13 years as a band: lineups, relationships, jobs and everything else under the sun. It’s come at a cost to its formerly rigorous touring and recording schedule, but with all these changes, its members have plenty to say on their upcoming album, “The Price of Progress.”

“It’s been a while since we’ve had an album out. Literally, like the album title says, it was the price of progress,” said lead singer Scott Starns. “Everyone in the band has had a lot of life in general going on. We’ve gotten married or had kids or both, and a lot of that has taken up a lot of time, in a good way. It’s made us more mature and gave us a little more substance behind our writing.”

Starns started the Oklahoma City-based group with bassist Annatomik in 1999 before adding guitarist Jason Deal, drummer Mike Mosteller and keyboardist Ryan Lassiter over time. Two full-length records and two EPs came, as did spots supporting like-minded power poppers including Maroon 5, The All- American Rejects, Blue October and Cheap Trick.

The one thing that had stayed relatively unaffected over time is the Stars’ catchy — but maybe too steady — pop-rock sound. “Progress” brought an end to that, giving into every style that showed its face. One track is built upon a synth-pop foundation; others delve into a bit of a country influence.

“In the past, we always tried to write under the assumption of what Thirteen Stars is supposed to sound like,” Starns said. “When we started with this album, we threw everything Thirteen Stars was out the window, and wrote in any style that came out, with no borders.”

He noted that the transformation won’t alienate old fans, but the disc will give listeners — and the band itself — something fresh and different to enjoy, which was an important step for the members to take. They debut it Friday at VZD’s.

“There’s still some of the old sound in there, but I enjoyed not having any limits,” he said. “You don’t want to sound the same. You want to grow as an artist and not feel stuck into a certain style of song. Opening that gate allowed us to grow a lot more.”

Thirteen Stars hopes to find a little more time for touring between family and work lives in the coming months, and the album is the perfect vehicle to do just that.

“It’s an excuse to get out and play again more. Getting out and playing live, it’s why we do what we do,” Starns said. “To have new songs ... and eventually having people learn to sing along with you, that’s the sort of thing that means the world to me.”

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