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The Pearl and the Bird

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Every year since she passed away in 2002, blues giant Lady Pearl has been honored by the blues community in the form of a performance by the BTA Band, her old backing group fronted by her brother and bandleader Ray Reed and now...


Radio, What’s New?

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I know I’m going to get a raft of shit from my boys at The Good Show (Sundays 9 p.m.-midnight, 88.7-FM/KTCU), but as a devout listener of terrestrial radio (commercial and public alike), I gotta give props to The EdgeR...



Chart Movements

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Every once in a blue moon, a successful local band may find one of its singles in the Billboard Hot 100, a weekly chart of songs whose rankings are based on both airplay and sales.


Fort Worth in Sundance

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And, no, we don’t mean the square downtown. In addition to Californian-via-Fort Worth filmmaker Jesus “Chin” Beltran (see our story last week, “Sundance Kid”), whose short film, The Grass Grows Gre...



Bleeding Hearts, Possibly Noses

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Local rockers are generally good about helping one another out. When in serious need, I mean. Not when one of them needs a Tuaca shot.


The Village Voice

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For the past 15 years, the voice of local music for Star-Telegram readers has been Malcolm Mayhew. He was here when The Toadies and The Old 97′s blew up in the early ’90s, and up until the past couple of years, when...



It’s Hip to Be Square

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I love hipsters, I really do. I know I make fun of ‘em a lot, saying they’re too cool for school, that they’re way too predictable, and that they’re really just grown-up mama’s boys.


Packing Gatts, Clocking SAT’s

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Nerdcore reached its nadir, to use a geeky term, a few years ago, with the debut c.d. from novelty act MC Hawking. The make-believe gangsta rapper took his handle from the theoretical physicist and Lou Gehrig’s Disease su...



Breaking In, Out

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Several weeks ago, when local musician John Zaskoda opened Sessions Music, a boutique guitar store on White Settlement Road near downtown, he had grand, good intentions: Offer intense private instruction, sell affordable gear a...


PlayJazzPlay

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Just when you thought the days of major labels’ swooping down from above and plucking obscure bands from the bowels of local music scenes were gone, along comes the news that one-man straight-edge softcore band PlayRadioP...