Still Somber

In their melancholia, Collin Herring and Titanmoon reluctantly sit atop a bounty of excellent new CDs.
Alot of big local bands tend to put out new stuff this time of year.

Kind of Blue

High times for jazz are here apparently. Last week, legendary composer Herbie Hancock won the Grammy for Album of the Year.

Cowgirl Poet

Though traditional C&W singer-songwriter Ginny Mac has just graduated from college, she’s old-school Old West.
Ginny Mac is a throwback of sorts. The slight, shy twentysomething Fort Worthian lives somewhere between her laptop and the vintage Western wear she finds at secondhand stores.

Bullet For My Valentine

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Bullet For My Valentine’s Scream Aim Fire is either a disastrous attempt by a Welsh metal band to sound as Californian as possible or a brilliant example of a Welsh band posing as a California band posing as a Welsh band.

Randy Brown

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Stumble into Pearl’s Dancehall & Saloon some night to catch a show by Randy Brown, the Insiders, or Tommy Alverson, and you’ll experience the sound and feel of a gin-yoo-wine Fort Worth honkytonk.

Randy Thompson

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Further On is an often dreary, often satisfying mix of traditional and modern country with deep folk influences, despite the grunge-tinged electric guitar that thunders through most of the songs. Here on his third release since...

Jazz Week

For every great movie Spike Lee serves up, he drops a clunker or two. For every Do the Right Thing (1989) or Summer of Sam (’99), there’s a Girl 6 (’96), Bamboozled (’00), or Crooklyn (’94). But on...

Total Pandemonium

The Show
If anyone in town knows how to think big, it’s Smoothvega.

Slowly But Surely

New muddy-rock trio Vincent’s got a lot of buzz — and promise.
Here’s a timeless image of a twentysomething bassist in a new band: Coby Queen answers his cell phone for a 1 p.m. interview, then asks for a few minutes’ reprieve.

Jazz Week

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Russian-born Dallasite Manya Repnikova writes songs that manage to capture the electricity of moments like those just before a Texas-sized thunderstorm unleashes its payload.