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Micky and the Motorcars

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Micky and the Motorcars are an able bunch with an invigorating live show. They’ve killed at the White Elephant Saloon and Central Market outdoor stage this summer. The Austin-based band writes catchy melodies and lyrics and i...


Brett Dennen

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Brett Dennen has a distinctly feminine but not particularly high voice, and on his latest folk-pop c.d., So Much More, his vocal instrument shakes up preconceptions of the genre.



Dirty Dozen Brass Band

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On What’s Going On, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band applies its unique mix of soul, hip-hop, and New Orleans-style funk to a classic R&B album to make a statement on Hurricane Katrina. The inspired, similarly named remake of ...


Andy Fairweather Low

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Andy Fairweather Low’s first “solo” c.d. in 26 years, Sweet Soulful Music is obviously influenced by his long association with Eric Clapton and his love of the early Beatles, though he mimics neither.



The Chemistry Set

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With ample support from Josh Hoover, Cory Helms, Meredith Knoll, and a cast of thousands drawn from a deep pool of Golden Triangle musicians, melancholy pop rocker Steve Duncan has crafted a neatly arranged, soulful bakers’ d...


Various artists

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In regularly exploring politics and American culture, Randy Newman’s best songwriting often walks a sardonic line between humor and insight. On the tribute album Sail Away: The Songs of Randy Newman, even his material from ea...



Amistad

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Combining traditional Mexican/Colombian folk styles cumbia and vallenato with bits of reggae, calypso, rock, rap, and turntable mixing and scratching, Fort Worth-based Amistad’s six-song, self-named c.d. is party music and a ...


White Whale

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White Whale’s bio reads like a parody of the worst press releases. In a few hundred words, the band is compared to a seemingly random assortment of groups, from Badfinger to Black Sabbath to Big Star. The reader is then treat...



Elvis White

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On Promise, a seductive reggae album with strong hip-hop elements, Elvis White urges listeners to think positively — and then urges himself to seduce that woman whose body (or maybe it’s all of her) he just wants to love.


Pretty Girls Make Graves

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“Pop!” goes the hot Seattle-raised quintet Pretty Girls Make Graves, and their fans seem pretty divided. PGMG always resembled a more canny, if less ballsy, version of Sleater-Kinney, and on Elan Vital, they sound poised to...