Music

Slayer

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Since forming the early 1980s, Slayer has always been a big black cloud hovering over the music industry. Brutal and agile, precise and cold, bloodied but clean in conscience, the band hasn’t had to kowtow to commercialism to...


Denton’s Good / Bad art collective’s Rock Lottery

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Take 25 North Texas musicians, wake ’em up early, throw their names into a hat, mix ’em up, pick ’em out, then divide them into five groups of five. In addition to a band name, give each group 12 hours to come up with thr...



The Man From Uncle (Tupelo)

Whither Jeff Tweedy and Wilco’s less severe side?
EMERSON DAMERON
It’s 2006. Pop music, even the stuff with guitars and drums, isn’t going away. And yet music lovers continue to split into increasingly arcane special-interest groups. SoulSeek and MP3 blogs draw us ever more seductively in...


Jim Lauderdale

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Jim Lauderdale has been one of Nashville’s most respected songwriters for a long time, but the corporate brass never considered him much of a singer. Oh, sure, he’s performed for years and recorded for Warner Bros., Atlanti...



In Fair Verona

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The audience for Christian hardcore bands probably isn’t that large. There’s just something about singing to Him in the kind of gravelly, loud, guttural voice normally reserved for bloody murder. Gives a whole new meaning t...


The Roots

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The Roots’ live prowess and artistic versatility have never been fully harnessed on any of the hip-hop band’s several studio albums. Taken together, the records are a chronology of an evolving, maturing group. Still, while ...



Boho Blast

Locals Stella Rose are at the vanguard of a new musical movement, day jobs be damned.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Songwriters find inspiration both from within themselves and from others. Rather than sifting through c.d. bins or navigating cyberspace for the next big thing, Stella Rose frontman Stephen Beatty simply attended shows in his W...


Various artists

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Kinky Friedman’s songs are known more for their titles than what the music sounds like. “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore” and “Get Your Biscuits In the Oven & Your Buns In The Bed” appear in article...



Avant-Garde, um, Explosion

Hearsay
Fort Worth isn’t normally thought of as a progressive arts town. Yes, there are a few folks here who do some amazing, edgy stuff. But most Cowtowners, artists and fans alike, would instinctively opt for classical or popul...


Magical Mystery Tour

Jimmy Fowler
Nathan Schneidewent, Titan Moon co-songwriter and guitarist, has just driven back from a Saturday night gig in Shreveport, and, boy, is his voice tired. It’s a grateful weariness, at least for the moment, born of the knowledg...