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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

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Boare - "playdatshit"

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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.
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Manmade Objects - Monuments

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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

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So and so good

No need to go nuclear, now that Nuclear is coming to you — the uncompromising Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, that is.

Joshua Boydston May 30th, 2012

Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s with Dinosaur Feathers and Whispertown
9 p.m. Thursday
113 N. Crawford, Norman

Credit: Stephanie Bassos

When Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s emerged in the mid-2000s with the brilliant chamber-pop record The Dust of Retreat, major labels saw the band as the next Arcade Fire, The Shins or The Decemberists.

Too bad chief songwriter and lead singer Richard Edwards never planned on sticking to one sound, turning his relationship with Epic Records sour when it came time to release a follow-up.

“It was a rough situation, but when you are fighting for your record the way you want it to be, it’s going to be a worthwhile fight,” he said. “I’d do the same thing all over again.”

Margot ended up releasing two versions of the result: Not Animal and Animal!, respectively the label’s cut and Edwards’ cut. The deal evaporated soon after, and the group has been independent ever since.

“Obviously, you don’t have to deal with bullshit from people. That’s nice,” he said. “You can do what you want. We always did that, anyways, but there’s roadblocks whenever you are working with other people’s money. The downside is not having the budget to do some things.”

Edwards has used his freedom to strip down the orchestral-pop sound to something more in line with ’90s altrock legends Pavement and Dinosaur Jr., as heard in 2010’s Buzzard.

“Nothing prompted it. It just felt like the natural thing to do,” he said. “That tendency had always been there. It was just overshadowed by all the instrumentation.”

The group’s brand-new record, Rot Gut, Domestic, follows suit, if even more bristling and unpredictable than the last.

“I think it’s a punchy pop record, the kind of record I’ve wanted to make since I was a teenager,” Edwards said. “In that regard, I’m very happy with it.”

He has already written the next one, possibly more aligned with Margot’s earlier material, describing it as “not quite as distorted and not quite as punchy … a little more mellow and breezy, but that can change.”

With few obstacles in the way, Edwards said he hopes to have the record out in 2013, but “real life gets in the way sometimes.”

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