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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...



Red Herrings, Kerrang

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When they started out about a year ago, the Red Herrings were three guys with some moderately respectable indie cred – bassist Coby Queen, for one, was late of The Burning Hotels, the Fort Worth band with probably the mos...


New CDs For My Men!

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Two new albums from two sweet local bands are on the way, and both have been a long time coming. One of the groups, Goodwin, has been relatively quiet, while the other, Darth Vato, has been playing a lot of gigs – as usual.



Black Tie Rising

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Black Tie Dynasty’s Cory Watson is happy with his band’s debut, 2006′s Movements. As he should: It’s been short-listed for five Grammy nods, including pop song (“I Like U”) and album of the y...


Ch-Ch-Changes

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Depending on the night of the week, the Cuban-themed nightclub Embargo is a lot of things: speakeasy, place for live world music, regular ol’ bar, a required stop on weekend tours of the handful of swanky joints that have...