Music Feature

Heaven Sent

CAROLINE COLLIER
Being assertive and open-hearted is a challenge to any singer-songwriter who wants to write about his — or especially her — life. (Rock is and probably will always be mostly a boy’s game.) Deaf Angel frontwoma...


In the Spotlight

JIMMY FOWLER
Pop music is filled with male vocalists, sincere dudes who favor attitude over ability and affect all kinds of little stylistic touches — weird mumbles, growls, and eccentric nasal tones — to distract the listener f...



Pride and Glory

JIMMY FOWLER
Last month, Jason Manriquez got to fulfill a longtime dream: He performed a set with his band, Fate Lions, at a local drag show. The 36-year-old lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, so v...


Pissed, Off

CAROLINE COLLIER
A real punk-rocker is totally DIY or Do-It-Yourself, according to the punk outfit Unit 21. He doesn’t go to or play shows in clubs, with their codes and restrictions. No, he parties off the beaten path. Like at somebody&#...



Shadow in Blue

JIMMY FOWLER
Several years ago, veteran bass player Guthrie Kennard was strolling through one of the Virgin Megastore locations in London. Suddenly, an idea occurred to him: He wanted to see how many of the countless albums on which he̵...


Power Psych

CAROLINE COLLIER
Life started revolving around music early for brothers Danny and Ben Hance. While still in elementary school in southern Johnson County, older brother Danny was given a guitar and Ben a bass by their guitar-playing father. Befo...



Joshua T’s

JIMMY FOWLER
Unsurprisingly, YouTube features a bumper crop of fan videos that hold forth on the oh-so-’90s genre of “emo rock.” Many of the posters seem to agree on what “emo” is (annoying) and what it isnR...


Gritty

CAROLINE COLLIER
Having released a third full-length album, XY, late last year, the local singer-songwriter who goes simply by Dirt feels “confident” about where he is now — he and his band, Earthy Vibes, are probably the only...



No Reason to Fall

JIMMY FOWLER
Like most artists starting out, Texas Music singer-songwriter Jeremy Martin does whatever he must to pay the bills. And that sometimes means being a wedding singer, as it did last Saturday night, though in this case the couple ...


Space is the Place

CAROLINE COLLIER
Since he started producing records about five years ago, Will Hunt has worked with some big regional names, including The Polyphonic Spree, Green River Ordinance, and The Burning Hotels, and he’s currently writing and rec...