Music

Watermelon Slim & the Workers

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Watermelon Slim is an ex-reporter, ex-sanitation truck driver, ex-lots-of-jobs bluesman and Vietnam vet who quit the “real world” after a heart attack in 2002 to play the blues all the time.


Everyday People

The sometimes soulful, sometimes funky, sometimes folky rhythms of life Rise and Fall throughout Keite Young’s stellar new album.
Jimmy Fowler
Singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Keite Young doesn’t waste a lot of time thinking about labels.



For the Children

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Last Saturday at 6th Street Live, some marquee rawkers piled into the Westside club to do that thing they do and also to raise money for Rock’n For a Cure, a recently created charity organization devoted to funding the fi...


Anjani

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“There’s perfume burning in the air / Bits of beauty everywhere,” sings jazz pianist-vocalist Anjani on the opener to Blue Alert, her third album. “Shrapnel flying / Soldier hit the dirt / She comes so close, you feel h...



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...


Made Men

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



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.


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.