Music

Arcade Fire

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With Neon Bible, Arcade Fire’s second effort and the follow-up to 2004’s hugely successful Funeral, the Canadian septet doesn’t just avoid the proverbial sophomore slump but completely obliterates it.


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...



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...


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.



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...



The Shins

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Wincing the Night Away, The Shins’ new album, picks up quickly where the band left off four years ago with Chutes Too Narrow.


Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

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More Behind The Picture Than The Wall is a c.d. filled with “leapers and weepers” — a mix of upbeat, banjo-laced, toe-tapping hillbilly dance tunes and slow, sentimental songs about loss — from one of today’s most hon...