Music

Packing Gatts, Clocking SAT’s

Hearsay
Nerdcore reached its nadir, to use a geeky term, a few years ago, with the debut c.d. from novelty act MC Hawking. The make-believe gangsta rapper took his handle from the theoretical physicist and Lou Gehrig’s Disease su...


Coal Fever

Fort Worth’s James Michael Taylor goes and tells it on Slaughter Mountain.
ANTHONY MARIANI
In James Michael Taylor’s new album, Slaughter Mountain, the singer-songwriter persuades us to walk a country mile — and then some — in his scuffed work boots; through coal mines, rivers, and cotton fields; alongside ghos...



Nina Simone

Listen Up
The very concept is a bit jarring: Take one of the most socially conscious, independent, folk-jazz, whatever-style-she-wanted-to-sing artists from the 1960s. Ask some of today’s top DJ’s, producers, and new voices to remix ...


Bonnie “Prince” Billy

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Multitalented artist Will Oldham has kept busy over the past couple of years.



The Evangelicals

The Show
Any band that opens an album with a minute-long instrumental prelude of squiggling, squealing synth guitar lines — and calls it “Mouthful of Skeletons” to boot — is either A) dangerously smitten with Radiohead, or B) to...


Magic

By some strange alchemy, ‘semi-dub-folk’ rockers Dove Hunter wring familiarity from the new.
CAROLINE COLLIER
A “dove hunter,” or “Southern Unknown,” is a mythical, winged scorpion. Dove Hunter is a relatively new North Texas band. What the two have in common is a sense of the startlingly novel tempered by familiarity.



The Wastedland

A local rocker contemplates the beer-stained and resin-dusted glory of The Me-Thinks.
STEVE STEWARD
If you head east on Belknap, you’ll end up in Haltom City. You’ll know because the scenery turns into a seemingly never-ending loop of pawnshops, used-car lots, and shade-tree mechanics.


Breaking In, Out

Hearsay
Several weeks ago, when local musician John Zaskoda opened Sessions Music, a boutique guitar store on White Settlement Road near downtown, he had grand, good intentions: Offer intense private instruction, sell affordable gear a...



Cross Canadian Ragweed

Back to Tulsa: Live and Loud at Cain’s Ballroom (Universal Records South)
Listen Up
This four-piece band from Oklahoma kills at live shows, especially for listeners hoisting beer bongs and sucking reefer.


Michelle Malone

Listen Up
Sugarfoot is one of those c.d.’s that can be inserted in the space between the blues and rock without really adding anything new to the pile.