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Jessica Lure Ensemble

KEN SHIMAMOTO
Seattle’s all-woman Tiptons Sax Quartet was originally called the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet in honor of the big-band musician who lived as a man for half a century but was posthumously discovered to be a wom...


Unknown Instructors

Ken Shimamoto
Sorry, kids. This isn’t the resurgence of unsung and never-properly-recorded Dallas outfit Funland. Rather, it’s the third installment of a poetry-rock project with punk rock-turned-experimental musos, helmed by Ohi...



Vijay Iyer & Fieldwork

Ken Shimamoto
The hype surrounding jazz pianist Vijay Iyer is frighteningly reminiscent of the ocean of ink that greeted the arrival of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the “young lions” back in the ’80s. But Iyer delivers the...


X

Ken Shimamoto
Talking records with an Aussie chum recently, I professed to be impressed that the Beatles’ first album was recorded in just 10 hours. “That’s nothing,” he said. “X made X-Aspirations in just five....



Iris Leu

Ken Shimamoto
Dallas-based singer-songwriter Iris Leu waited until after college to start her musical career, but she’s making up for lost time. Hitting the boards in 2005, she garnered early praise from the Dallas Songwriters Associat...


BeauSoleil Alligator Purse (YepRoc Records)

Tom Geddie
Cajun music is spirited, social, soulful stuff filled with fiddles, accordions, washboards, guitars, bass, drums, and other percussion. People party to the music. And dance: fast waltzes, two-steps, shuffles, reels, and stomps,...



LSD March

Ken Shimamoto
Formed in 1996 in Himeji, Japan, and named after a song by ’70s German psych-rockers Guru Guru, LSD March is the latest in a line of Japanese noisicians that also includes Makoto Kawabata of Acid Mothers Temple and Keiji ...


BeauSoleil Alligator Purse (YepRoc Records)

Tom Geddie
By Tom Geddie BeauSoleil Alligator Purse (YepRoc Records) Pine Leaf Boys Homage Au Passe (Lionsgate Music) Cajun music is spirited, social, soulful stuff filled with fiddles, accordions, washboards, guitars, bass, drums, and ot...



LSD March

Ken Shimamoto
Under Milk Wood (Important Records) By Ken Shimamoto Formed in 1996 in Himeji, Japan, and named after a song by ’70s German psych-rockers Guru Guru, LSD March is the latest in a line of Japanese noisicians that also inclu...


Fontaine Brown

Tom Geddie
Listening to Fontaine Brown’s Tales from the Fence Line is almost like plugging in an old AM radio and picking up some ghost station playing early 1960s roadhouse R&B, with the emphasis on the blues. It’s kinda ...