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....
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.
Intentionally simple, the Dallas duo Smile Smile spotlights each discrete element of a song, enabling the plainspoken emotion of harmony to speak for itself.
The Red Herrings do right by raw, loud punk-blues.
The label “garage band” may have fallen out of fashion years ago, but that doesn’t mean rockers no longer practice the art.
The Burning Hotels often get compared to The Killers. But the local quartet does the disco-rock darlings somewhat differently, chiefly by stressing melancholy over angry arrogance and by stripping glam of its cocksure poses to ...
The title of Michelle Mayfield’s most recent c.d. comes from a Ralph Waldo Emerson line: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” What’s within Mayfield seems to b...
While half-dozing on the couch recently, I faintly overheard Jay Leno introduce his night’s musical guest. Never heard of her.
For the past 15 years, the voice of local music for Star-Telegram readers has been Malcolm Mayhew. He was here when The Toadies and The Old 97′s blew up in the early ’90s, and up until the past couple of years, when...
Local post-punk rockers deliver a master class in controlled chaos on their new, eponymous album.
The five guys in Red Monroe think of themselves primarily as a live act — they say that onstage is where their bombastic post-punk has room to breathe. But their studio work sure hasn’t suffered.
Urizen is a local metal quartet, though “metal” may be too limited a word to describe exactly the kind of racket Urizen makes. Their music also has touches of jazz, Threepenny Opera, and pianistic lounge, among other stuff....