Broka's Bliss, Autovaughn, Electric Church, Bang Bang Bang

Friday, July 27, at the Rockyard

These days, modern rock—and by that, we mean straight-ahead bass-drums-guitar—has taken a strange and often irritating turn. A genre that once frightened parents has grown tepid, plagued by hookless guitar work and excruciatingly boring, anthemic, off-key vocals that sound more like Christian rock than the devil's music. And let's not forget the overly slick production that only an editor of Guitar World could love.

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Friday, July 27, at the Rockyard

In such a context, Dallas' Broka's Bliss is worth a listen. The group has its drawbacks—namely, decent but uninspiring melodies sung by a decent but unspectacular voice—but there's something attractive about the group. If you listen closely, you'll hear some nicely fuzzed-out guitars, intricate little licks weaving between power chords, thick bass distorted just so. They fly way, way under hipster radar—which is a good thing—but as far as modern radio-friendly rock goes, Broka's Bliss' set makes for a splendid, if unchallenging, evening.

 
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