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A Music-Lover’s Manifesto

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I’m worried. There’s this book out now by famed socio-economist Francis Fukuyama that confirms everything I’ve feared about hipster retro-culture.


Fair to Midland

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During the first notes of “Dance of the Manatee,” the opening track on Fair to Midland’s new disc, Fables from a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True, the Texas band states its clear intent: to be extremely, umm, i...



The Black Keys

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The bloozy garage-rock duo known as The Black Keys — singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney — are town-proud: specifically, of their hometown of Akron, Ohio, where they’ve known each other since grade sc...


Black Light Burns

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Ex-Limp Bizkiteer Wes Borland still is trying to outrun his rock-rap past, and with his new outfit, Black Light Burns, he manages to distance himself a little.



Wayyy Back Home

Thanks to a solid work ethic and catchy tunes, Green River Ordinance creeps, one mile at a time, ever closer toward rock stardom.
Jimmy Fowler
The five members of the Fort’s hyper-melodic and grooving Green River Ordinance are all in their early 20s, and three of them dropped out of college (at TCU, UTA, and TCC) last year.


Coping in Cow-land

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It’s been a while since I’ve seen Scott Copeland. I don’t know if the longtime singer-songwriter’s playing the Wreck Room on a regular basis like he once did back in the day, but every time I drop in on ...



Earl Musick

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Earl Musick’s fourth album, Duck & Cover, is made possible by the convergence of local talent with modern technology available to almost anyone with the few bucks needed to cobble together a studio.


The Mag 7

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There’s this one episode of Beverly Hills 90210 in which Brandon, Brenda, and the gang bring their rayon shirts, sideburns, and bi-level eye sockets, and go see some surf band at the Peach Pit.



The Frontier Brothers

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It’s not typical that a record would contain one song called “Jump Blues” and another called “TechnicalElectronicSupersonicRobot,” but then The Frontier Brothers are into blending styles and surprising ears: ‘80s Eu...


Dale Watson

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About 10 years ago, at a Texas Music festival that featured a dozen bands, the musical group that interested me most was Shaver — back when Billy Joe’s son, Eddy, was playing all those tasty chops on guitar.