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Bob Margolin

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As with most blues, feel and sound matter more than lyrics. The words don’t always matter because the emotion in every real blues song is, in some way, about stumbling down an alley and hitting a wall you didn’t know was th...


Rob Baird & the Whiskey Reunion

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Having a country-rock scene as thriving as the Fort’s spells great news for musical connoisseurs and not-so-great news for artists just emerging into it. In many cases, talent alone doesn’t cut it.



Aimee Mann

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When an interminably melancholic and arty rock singer-songwriter like Aimee Mann releases an album of yuletide tunes, you have to wonder: Whatever happened to Christmas?


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, 1998...



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.



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...


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.