Music

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.


The Von Ehrics

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If you listen to any Dropkick Murphys album, you get a sense that Boston, their hometown, is largely made up of blue-collar punks who are as enamored with their union cards as they are of Guinness pints. There are plenty of Yan...



Various Artists

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Taking its name from revolutionary rebels in Nicaragua, Sandinista!, The Clash’s groundbreaking album from 1980, is “an exciting, sprawling mess,” according to writer Jimmy Guterman, who put together The Sandinista! Proje...


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.



It’s Time to Party

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Several years ago, a solo singer-songwriter with long, greasy hair, a five o’clock shadow – and a body frame that otherwise would have qualified as skinny if not for the presence of a baby beer gut – made a hu...


It’s Time to Party

Hearsay
Several years ago, a solo singer-songwriter with long, greasy hair, a five o’clock shadow — and a body frame that otherwise would have qualified as skinny if not for the presence of a baby beer gut — made a huge national ...



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...


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...



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...