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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...



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 ...


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.



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 ...