Music

Right on Time

CAROLINE COLLIER
Nestled between the College of Emotional Engineering and the Bureau of Synthetic Voice and Music, The Hourly Radio broadcasts propaganda across Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. More than 70 years after the novel’s publicati...


The Byrds

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Arguably one of the most influential bands of the 1960s and early 1970s, The Byrds were also occasionally mediocre and derivative as they wandered through folk, psychedelia, light rock, and country toward spirituals, the blues,...



Randy Rogers Band

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Every decade or so, a new regional renegade comes along to symbolize Texas Music’s swaggering side, a la Jerry Jeff Walker in the 1970s, Robert Earl Keen in the ’80s, and Pat Green in the ’90s. Who will we look back on an...


Sufjan Stevens

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Writing a definitive Sufjan Stevens review is almost as ambitious as Stevens’ intent to write, record, and release 50 albums themed after each U.S. state. So far, with Michigan and Illinois, the singer-songwriter and multi-in...



Ghetto Fabulous

Hearsay
In my column last week about PPT’s new full-length, Tres Monos in Love, I (ever the diligent reporter) failed to mention that along with the 12 tracks, the album also comes with a DVD. What’s on it, you ask? Music videos, n...


Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

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Anybody who’s ever seen old black-and-white cartoons and paid any attention to the background music understands the joyous appeal of jazz swing, especially its fun, frenetic vibe. Made in the sophisticated American cities whe...



Valient Thorr

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Remember nü metal, that genre of suck-ass Jock Jam bands like Korn and Godsmack? When they weren’t busy making huge, multi-zippered, idiot-pants fashionable, they were supposedly breathing life into the tired, leathery lungs...


Red Dirt Roundup

The Show
Sundays can be mighty painful after some hardcore bingeing on Friday and Saturday, but Texas Music fans are a strong-livered bunch. It takes more than a lethal hangover to slow down these party dogs, and so Labor Day weekend is...



Cex

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The pseudonym for songwriter/producer Riyan Kidwell, Cex works from a palette of moody atmospherics; tinny, loud, and occasionally funky drums; and a harmonic swirl of calling-and-responding male and female voices.


All In

MICHAEL ROBERTS
In a story about SXSW for Rolling Stone last year, veteran crit David Fricke called the Denton-based Riverboat Gamblers “the best band without a major-label deal” at the festival. In the past, similar raves spawned music-in...