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Flyover Spillover

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Every year around the middle of March, Fort Worth – and probably every other alleged flyover town in the Southwest – gets spillover from SXSW, the music conference and festival that takes place in Austin every year....


Burning Celluloid

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The folks at Walden Media were having a helluva time finding the right Texas band to play a small performance bit in one of their upcoming movies, a film called Will, being shot in Austin and starring Friends’ Lisa Kudrow...



Grazin’ in the Grass

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The jaunty trad-bluegrass standard “We’ve Got Franklin D. Roosevelt Back Again” is one thing (i.e., awesome), but young folks playing it today is a whole ‘nother something altogether (i.e., totally aweso...


Kind of Blue

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High times for jazz are here apparently. Last week, legendary composer Herbie Hancock won the Grammy for Album of the Year.



Jazz Week

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For every great movie Spike Lee serves up, he drops a clunker or two. For every Do the Right Thing (1989) or Summer of Sam (’99), there’s a Girl 6 (’96), Bamboozled (’00), or Crooklyn (’94). But on...


Super Groups

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It doesn’t happen very often, a veteran singer-songwriter hooking up with a veteran band to form a new, um, solo band. But over the past couple of weeks, not one but two veteran singer-songwriters have hooked up with two ...



Fair Warning

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Here’s all I have to say about Van Halen: If you’re a fan, don’t go to the legendary hard-rock band’s show this Saturday at the American Airlines Center. If you are fortunate enough to have seen them per...


Doctor’s Blues

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He’s feeling fine, he’s been cancer-free since undergoing treatment several months ago, and he’s still playing, writing, and producing. But last week, legendary Fort Worth native and current Austin resident St...



Newness En Route

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Anglophilia here in the States usually – and annoyingly – takes the form of obsession with the royal family. Prince William washed his hair today, OMFG! Tell me more! Seriously, I don’t get the attraction, but...


Looking Back

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Here are some of the best and worst things, I think, that happened this year, starting with the worst: 1.) The closing of the Wreck Room. A veritable Fort Worth institution, the likes of which we have never seen and may never s...