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Handclaps and Harmonies

The Show
Decked out in scandalous tight “weans” (white jeans), plus matching white neckties and suspenders, Handclaps and Harmonies are as squeaky clean as they look.


Magnet

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Any record that opens with foot stomps, handclaps, and humming can’t be bad.



Fort Worth Got Next

Tired of our second-class city status? So is the Royal South crew.
ANTHONY MARIANI
One of the first stories I ever wrote for the Weekly was about local hip-hop. Most of the artists I talked to lived in the 817 but said they were from Dallas. Maybe they were ashamed of their hometown. Or afraid that no one out...


Ch-Ch-Changes

Hearsay
Depending on the night of the week, the Cuban-themed nightclub Embargo is a lot of things: speakeasy, place for live world music, regular ol’ bar, a required stop on weekend tours of the handful of swanky joints that have...



John Zaskoda

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John Zaskoda is a staunch believer in grassroots music. The former lead guitarist for local singer-songwriter Scott Copeland and local band The Merchants opened his own music store not too long ago.


With a Bullet

Ransom does it All 4 You.
CAROLINE COLLIER
For local mod-rock trio Ransom, everything has happened fast.



Randy McAllister

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Randy McAllister’s eighth album, the soulful, roadhouse-bluesy Dope Slap Soup, is solid all the way through, with a couple of standout songs.


Observe the Revolving Door

Hearsay
Another year, another music editor for the Dallas Observer. Last week, Jonanna Widner was reportedly fired, making her the third Observer music chief in about as many years to go and the second, along with Sam Machkovech, to ge...



Andy Timmons

The Show
Dallasite Andy Timmons, the fourth horseman of the instrumental-electric-guitar apocalypse — along with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson — is the aggregate of the first three.


Ryan Scroggins and The Trenchtown Texans

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Listen, elitist music bloggers, we get it.