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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

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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.
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Manmade Objects - Monuments

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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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Southern drawl

Country music is still relatively new to Cody Bryan, which makes his songwriting proficiency all the more remarkable.

Kevin Pickard May 7th, 2014

Cody Bryan Band

7 p.m. Saturday

Wormy Dog Saloon

311 E. Sheridan Ave.


Cody Bryan is the frontman for the eponymously named Cody Bryan Band, but he hasn’t always played country music. Bryan’s dad brought him a guitar from a pawnshop when he was seven or eight years old and taught him the basics, and his father was qualified to do so.

“My dad was a musician himself. He played in a high school band,” Bryan said. “He played more rock. He was more [into] Led Zeppelin and stuff like that.”

Since this is the music he heard growing up, naturally, he gravitated toward it.

“He would crank up Lynyrd Skynyrd and Pink Floyd, the classics. So that was a big influence of mine growing up,” Bryan said.

However, his music tastes changed freshman year of high school.

“I really, honestly, didn’t start getting into the country music thing until I was a freshman in high school. That’s when I would start going out to the concerts, this little free series of concerts they had in Austin,” he said. “I was turned on to Texas country immediately. After my first concert, I was hooked.”

Coincidentally, that was the same year he began to progress as a guitarist. Having not had the attention span to give that pawnshop guitar much love before then, something clicked for him musically that year.

The band now consists of Zach Lynch on lead guitar, Casey Conway on the drums and Miles Barker on the bass. However, this was not the original lineup.

“My dad was one of the original members of my band,” Bryan said. “He played bass in the band.”

They both knew his dad wouldn’t be able to play bass with his band forever, so Conway suggested they give Barker — who happened to live on Conway’s street at the time — a tryout.

“We brought him in to practice, and Miles was amazing,” Bryan said. “I had to call my dad one day and tell him, ‘Hey, Dad. Sorry, but I found a guy that’s a little better than you. I’m going to have to get rid of you.’ That was one of the hardest phone calls I have ever made in my life.”

One final change was necessary for the band’s members to become who they are today. At that time, they still weren’t playing country music. Strangely, the person who saw Bryan’s potential as a country musician was the band’s producer, Matt Noveskey, the bassist for alternative rock band Blue October.

Given the confidence to play the genre of music that he was drawn to all along, Bryan and Noveskey wrote what became Cody Bryan Band’s first record, Wreck Me. Since the band had just come out of a breakup, that became the album’s guiding theme.

“Pretty much everything I write is from real-life experiences,” Bryan said. “I try to pull from that. I feel like people can really connect to those types of things.”

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