Music Feature

Cross Canadian Ragweed

Back to Tulsa: Live and Loud at Cain’s Ballroom (Universal Records South)
Listen Up
This four-piece band from Oklahoma kills at live shows, especially for listeners hoisting beer bongs and sucking reefer.


Present Tense

Don’t call Ornette Coleman’s Sound Grammar a comeback.
BRENT BURTON
Many folks will no doubt mistake Ornette Coleman’s new Sound Grammar for a comeback — and with good reason. For starters, its creator — the alto saxophonist who, in the ’50s, more or less invented free jazz — is now 7...



Garage Rock

Everybody knows Fred’s Texas Café has great food, but live music? Believe it.
CAROLINE COLLIER
About a year ago, when Terry Chandler and his wife, Jennifer, bought Fred’s Texas Café from Terry’s parents, the gourmet greasy spoon was known simply as a great, interesting place to get a home-cooked or fusion meal. Fred...


Why the Hell Not?

As two new c.d.’s indicate, Kinky Friedman’s music may prove too complicated for our simple-minded voting blocs.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Although he’s made his name as a novelist and humorist, and may soon be known as Mistuh Guv’ner, Kinky Friedman, as many of y’all may be unaware, is a musician at heart — and a helluva innovative one at that. During his...



Howl

With its Sheep Amidst the Wolves project almost finished, Addnerim concentrates on developing its signature experimental, heavy, poetic sound.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Growing up on the outskirts of Fort Worth, Addnerim singer/guitarist Tyrel Choat imagined his life as a movie. Now in his mid-20s, he’s confident he can direct that film. “Especially in music, we like to carve our own niche...


The Man From Uncle (Tupelo)

Whither Jeff Tweedy and Wilco’s less severe side?
EMERSON DAMERON
It’s 2006. Pop music, even the stuff with guitars and drums, isn’t going away. And yet music lovers continue to split into increasingly arcane special-interest groups. SoulSeek and MP3 blogs draw us ever more seductively in...



Boho Blast

Locals Stella Rose are at the vanguard of a new musical movement, day jobs be damned.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Songwriters find inspiration both from within themselves and from others. Rather than sifting through c.d. bins or navigating cyberspace for the next big thing, Stella Rose frontman Stephen Beatty simply attended shows in his W...


Magical Mystery Tour

Jimmy Fowler
Nathan Schneidewent, Titan Moon co-songwriter and guitarist, has just driven back from a Saturday night gig in Shreveport, and, boy, is his voice tired. It’s a grateful weariness, at least for the moment, born of the knowledg...



Hunters, Forests, and Porridge

ANTHONY MARIANI
Midlake is another in a long line of famous indie rock bands from Denton. Other wildly successful non-mainstream acts that also hail from our little sister city include: heavy metal accordionist Corn Mo; the greatest band in th...


Right on Time

CAROLINE COLLIER
Nestled between the College of Emotional Engineering and the Bureau of Synthetic Voice and Music, The Hourly Radio broadcasts propaganda across Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. More than 70 years after the novel’s publicati...