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Sufjan Stevens

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Writing a definitive Sufjan Stevens review is almost as ambitious as Stevens’ intent to write, record, and release 50 albums themed after each U.S. state. So far, with Michigan and Illinois, the singer-songwriter and multi-in...


Randy Rogers Band

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Every decade or so, a new regional renegade comes along to symbolize Texas Music’s swaggering side, a la Jerry Jeff Walker in the 1970s, Robert Earl Keen in the ’80s, and Pat Green in the ’90s. Who will we look back on an...



Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

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Anybody who’s ever seen old black-and-white cartoons and paid any attention to the background music understands the joyous appeal of jazz swing, especially its fun, frenetic vibe. Made in the sophisticated American cities whe...


Valient Thorr

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Remember nü metal, that genre of suck-ass Jock Jam bands like Korn and Godsmack? When they weren’t busy making huge, multi-zippered, idiot-pants fashionable, they were supposedly breathing life into the tired, leathery lungs...



Cex

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The pseudonym for songwriter/producer Riyan Kidwell, Cex works from a palette of moody atmospherics; tinny, loud, and occasionally funky drums; and a harmonic swirl of calling-and-responding male and female voices.


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...