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Ben Folds

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Humorous pianist-popster Ben Folds became critical darling when he broke out in the early 1990s with his trio, appropriately and oddly named the Ben Folds Five. In the late 1990s, he made his initial foray into solo work, 1998â...


Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

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Under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has become a vital musical force in the Southwest, challenging even the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for primacy.



girlsRISEwithHEAT

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As the technology of musical production keeps progressing, so do the opportunities for artistic experimentation, and some artists continue to mix aspects of different genres into wholly new yet oddly familiar types of sounds.


Kelly

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If you want to listen to middle-of-the-road music with nice production values that seldom really takes you anywhere, it’s OK to stop by the local Wal-Mart and buy some top-10 songs produced by a major label in a fancy studio....



Smile Smile

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Intentionally simple, the Dallas duo Smile Smile spotlights each discrete element of a song, enabling the plainspoken emotion of harmony to speak for itself.


Sufjan Stevens

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Indie songsmith Sufjan Stevens may be known more for ambition than follow-through.



Kate Campbell with Spooner Oldham

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On For the Living of These Days, Kate Campbell sings slow, contemplative songs of hope in troubled times and of a sort of populist religion that distrusts earthly authority. Known as a literate musical storyteller with a respec...


Michelle Mayfield

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The title of Michelle Mayfield’s most recent c.d. comes from a Ralph Waldo Emerson line: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” What’s within Mayfield seems to b...



Regina Spektor

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While half-dozing on the couch recently, I faintly overheard Jay Leno introduce his night’s musical guest. Never heard of her.


Jason Boland & the Stragglers

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Jason Boland & the Stragglers promote themselves as country outlaws, but if their new c.d. is any indication, they might be in a transition period.