Music

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.


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...



Sufjan Stevens

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


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.



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.


Dirty Diversion

The Red Herrings do right by raw, loud punk-blues.
JIMMY FOWLER
The label “garage band” may have fallen out of fashion years ago, but that doesn’t mean rockers no longer practice the art.



The Village Voice

Hearsay
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...


The Burning Hotels

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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 ...



Michelle Mayfield

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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...


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.