Music

girlsRISEwithHEAT

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As the technology of musical production keeps progressing, so do the opportunities for artistic experimentation, and some artists continue to mix aspects of different genres into wholly new yet oddly familiar types of sounds.


Patrice Pike

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Let’s hear it for the girl! No, scratch that. Let’s hear it for the woman!



Kate Campbell with Spooner Oldham

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On For the Living of These Days, Kate Campbell sings slow, contemplative songs of hope in troubled times and of a sort of populist religion that distrusts earthly authority. Known as a literate musical storyteller with a respec...


Kelly

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If you want to listen to middle-of-the-road music with nice production values that seldom really takes you anywhere, it’s OK to stop by the local Wal-Mart and buy some top-10 songs produced by a major label in a fancy studio....



Smile Smile

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Intentionally simple, the Dallas duo Smile Smile spotlights each discrete element of a song, enabling the plainspoken emotion of harmony to speak for itself.


Sufjan Stevens

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Indie songsmith Sufjan Stevens may be known more for ambition than follow-through.



Eisley

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Eisley’s second, as-of-yet-unnamed album, the follow-up to their 2005 major label debut, Room Noises, should be out this spring.


Bleeding Hearts, Possibly Noses

Hearsay
Local rockers are generally good about helping one another out. When in serious need, I mean. Not when one of them needs a Tuaca shot.



Still Going Apey

Local alt-rockers Baboon are getting older, but their new album may be their spunkiest yet.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Everyone knows Baboon. The local rockers have been around for nearly 16 years, and they’ve toured with The Toadies, experienced some national success, and, surely to the envy of every other North Texas band, appeared on an ep...


Regina Spektor

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While half-dozing on the couch recently, I faintly overheard Jay Leno introduce his night’s musical guest. Never heard of her.