Tuesday 22 Jul

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.

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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

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Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
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Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
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Heating up

Denver-based garage-rock outfit Sauna rides the wild surf with a new album and summer tour.

Joshua Boydston July 17th, 2013

Sauna with Moloko Litso
8 p.m. Wednesday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western

Denver garage rockers Sauna dreamed that meeting one of its musical heroes would lead to a record deal. And it kind of did, if not in the way the four members had expected.

“We were 16, just a few months after the band formed,” said guitarist CJ Macleod. “We saw Hunx and His Punx were coming to Denver. Naively, we thought if we gave him a tape, he’d love it and it would open so many doors for us.”

He didn’t.

“He was kind of like, ‘Oh. Thanks,’” Macleod said, laughing. “It’s so heartbreaking when someone you were so excited to see and meet just kind of tosses the thing you made for them into a box with an air of disgust.”

But someone even more important traveling with the band discovered the DIY effort sandwiched between layers of T-shirts, popping it into the tape deck on the way to the next gig, and fell in love. Lee Rickard — co-owner of record label and store Burger Records — was acting bus driver on that tour, and he soon emailed Sauna, requesting more of the tapes to sell in his shop.

The label — which has put out material from Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall, Nobunny, Thee Oh Sees and more on cassette tape — has sold more than 100,000 copies of the once-deemed-extinct format since being founded in 2007. Burger Records will put out Sauna’s first full-length album, Cheap Date, in the coming months.

Not bad for a band that formed back in 2010.

“I was enamored with cool DIY shows, because that’s what you do when you’re 15,” Macleod said. “A friend asked if I had a band that could play a show that hers was. Absentmindedly, I said yes, even though it wasn’t exactly true. We put a band together in a week, workshopping songs about five hours a day. It was kind of rushed, but it was fun.”

The crossroads that is the summer after high school graduation nearly tore the band apart last year, as its members went off to different colleges. But then a reunion over winter break fostered new tunes that became Cheap Date, and Sauna is touring in support.

“We decided it was fun, and that we just had to keep doing it,” Macleod said. “It felt weird to stop, so we opted not to.”

Playing tonight at The Conservatory and touring the West Coast this August with Oklahoma City punkers — and fellow young guns — Skating Polly, Sauna is armed with songs that reach far beyond the humble surf-rock ditties found on that fabled, handmade cassette tape.

“The band has that stigma of being a surf-pop band, and that was my intention when we started out. I wanted that reverb-soaked, fun sound,” Macleod said. “As we grew up and started listening to more music, it’s evolved. It’s so much better than our old music. It shows our changes and different paths we’ve taken.”

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