Music

Oliver Future

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Oliver Future maybe may be the hardest-working unsigned band around. They’ve committed themselves to the stage, the road, and the studio as ferociously as groups and performers with 10 times the budget and resources.


Various artists Duets: A Prairie Home Companion

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Prairie Home Companion is such a good radio show that you’d expect songs from the show to be special too. But the choices on Duets: A Prairie Home Companion and When I Get Home — Songs are, as a whole, ordinary. Recorded di...



Song of Himself

Though he’s never penned a poem-poem, singer-songwriter Steven Fromholz will be named Texas’ new poet laureate.
Jeff Prince
The next time Texas balladeer Steven Fromholz performs here, you might be snapping your fingers rather than applauding. “I will be dressing all in black and wearing a beret at all my gigs in the next year,” he said, with hi...


Modest Mouse

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Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock is probably the most unassuming hero in modern rock, an idea he wouldn’t scoff at but would more than likely shrug off in silent bewilderment.



The Broken West

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Somewhere in the atom-splitting genre distinctions that music critics like to confer, it got lost that pop can be punk and punk can be exuberant.


Prodigal Picker

Fort Worth native Brad Davis has played with Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Billy Bob Thornton, Steve Earle, Warren Zevon, and Willie — where’s he been hidin’?
Jeff Prince
Few native sons have ridden their guitar as far as Brad Davis, who went from taking ax lessons in Fort Worth as a kid in the 1970s, to playing the Grapevine Opry in the 1980s with a bluegrass duo, to touring with the likes of M...



John Denver

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John Denver was a consistently — some would say mercilessly — sweet and upbeat-sounding performer, even on his sad songs.


Made Men

Hearsay
As the demise of West Seventh Street approaches, West Berry Street appears to be picking up some of the slack.



Electric Mountain Rotten Apple Gang

The Show
Despite two fires and a burglary over the past several months, Fred’s Texas Café keeps on keepin’ on.


Tin Men

With its debut album, Tame ... Tame and Quiet makes a strong case for ragged, Pavementian pop.
CAROLINE COLLIER
After more than two years of tightening and polishing songs, Tame … Tame and Quiet finally has an album, Tin Can Communicate.