Music

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...



Hello, Fort Worth!

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If Texas Music is the new classic rock, then the Stephen Pointer Band is the new Journey, a solid outfit that delivers no-nonsense, no-frills, melodic bombast: a lot of technical flash coupled with a lot of substance.


Chris Knight

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Songs pour from Chris Knight like good whiskey from a bottle. He’s an independent-spirited chronicler of existential life in American small towns where there’s little to do and less to do it with.



Son Volt

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With anger over the war in Iraq escalating and next year’s presidential election looming, there seems to be a lot of politically charged music coming out, though it could just be the enormous presence of the new Arcade Fire a...


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.



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.


Radiant

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It’s not so rare that a band claims to have formed out of inspiration from a single album as it is unusually honest. Most musicians want to be considered eclectic and well-listened even if only a handful of tunes truly served...



Prodigal Sons

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I’ve tried to hate Oliver Future. I really have.


Rickie Lee Jones

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For her first new collection of original material in almost four years, the quixotic melody-making virtuoso Rickie Lee Jones doesn’t need a personal savior so much as a producer willing to rap her knuckles at the piano and sa...