Music

Willard Grant Conspiracy

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An ambitious, musically sophisticated album that should be played loud to catch all of the nuances, Willard Grant Conspiracy’s Let It Roll could be labeled orchestral rock. Together, the 10 songs on this moody, mostly molasse...


The Next Big Thing

Hearsay
HearSay slept in this week (that’s right, all week), so staff writer Jeff Prince agreed to pinch-hit – and immediately seized the chance to give himself some free publicity.



West Berry Breakdown

A country-punk band in the heart of indie-rockdom? Holy Moly, indeed.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Childhood friends Joe Rose and Danny Weaver have tried a couple of projects before, notably Trampolean and The Action.


The Cut*off

The Show
You gotta love a band that delivers a collection of new music to the local newspaper on a plain silver c.d. with the title — “Demos 2007” — scribbled in Marks-a-Lot, inside a homemade sleeve fashioned of pages cut from ...



Stealing the Show

The area’s only independent music store for rockers, Sessions Music slowly recovers from a robbery.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Almost a year ago, when Sessions Music first opened on White Settlement Road, owner John Zaskoda and a rotating cast of his music instructors would stand outside their door and watch doves circle and dive.


Ghostcar

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Blending some of the finest players from some of North Texas’ most formidable — and departed — bands, Ghostcar is an achievement of out-of-the-box experimentation. The group dabbles in body-moving groove as well as Latin ...



Bandmates

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The sound of The Bandmates’ The Buddha and the Alien is genteel psychedelic straight out of the 1960s and early 1970s. Self-produced by songwriters and vocalists Kimberly Cody and Susan Carson, the result is a bit self-indulg...


Bill Kirchen

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A c.d. with the title Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods, by a guitar player as hot for so many years as Bill Kirchen seems like it ought to rock out loud. That this one is also soulful and contemplative and still works is a tribute...



Shaolin Death Squad

The Show
There are concept albums, and then there’s Shaolin Death Squad’s Intelligent Design.


The Pearl and the Bird

Hearsay
Every year since she passed away in 2002, blues giant Lady Pearl has been honored by the blues community in the form of a performance by the BTA Band, her old backing group fronted by her brother and bandleader Ray Reed and now...