Music

Cute is What We Aim For

The Show
This week, thousands of bands will be crisscrossing the Metroplex on their way to and from the annual SXSW Music Festival in Austin.


Norah Jones

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Norah Jones has done a lot to quash the expectations established by her first album, 2002’s Come Away With Me.



Coupe de Fiddle

Fort Worth bluegrass masters Cadillac Sky take the traditional route but make pit stops for pop.
JIMMY FOWLER
Although he’s a professional Nashville songwriter who’s had material covered by the likes of Brad Martin, George Strait, and Kenny Rogers, Cadillac Sky’s lead vocalist and mandolin player Bryan Simpson didn’t wander the...


More Cowtown at South-by

Hearsay
Two other Fort Worth acts that I’ve neglected to tell you about are scheduled to perform sanctioned showcases at SXSW. The first is R&B crooner and multi-instrumentalist Keite Young.



Secret Devil Sign

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A million years ago, Black Sabbath, heavy metal’s original Saurians, electrocuted the blues to invent an ominous breed of devil-courting, mom-scaring music.


Bright Future

With some national exposure and a superlative new record under their belt, the Radiant boys can only go up.
Jimmy Fowler
Daniel Hopkins, 26-year-old drummer for the North Texas synth-pop outfit Radiant, talks in almost spiritual terms about the group’s performance before a million-plus plus live spectators at Times Square’s New Year’s Eve 2...



Radio (Finally) Opens the Airwaves to Indies

Hearsay
On Monday, the FCC and the four major commercial radio conglomerates reached an agreement that will result in more airtime for independent artists.


LaLaLand

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In 2004, as Austin singer-songwriter James McMurtry was barricading himself behind a career iron curtain over the Iraq War, a more obscure musical entity from the state’s capital made its recording debut with a bright-eyed, c...



On the One

The Show
Establishing supernatural, groove-oriented funk on a nightly basis would prove an exhausting task for your average musician, but San Diego’s On The One manages to crisscross the country and deliver earth-shaking, soulful inte...


More Than a Feeling

The Kül is a classic rock act for the ’00s.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Before Dallas’ blues-rock outfit The Kül take the stage, drummer Ross Martinez spins some vinyl to set the mood. His favorite choices are classic rock’s finest: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and especially Jimi Hendrix. One n...