Music

It’s Hip to Be Square

Hearsay
I love hipsters, I really do. I know I make fun of ‘em a lot, saying they’re too cool for school, that they’re way too predictable, and that they’re really just grown-up mama’s boys.


Red Scare

Local post-punk rockers deliver a master class in controlled chaos on their new, eponymous album.
CAROLINE COLLIER
The five guys in Red Monroe think of themselves primarily as a live act — they say that onstage is where their bombastic post-punk has room to breathe. But their studio work sure hasn’t suffered.



Doug Sahm

Listen Up
Maybe Doug Sahm never became a household name because he wasn’t an easy-to-categorize, one-note musician.


Sunday Drive

Listen Up
Sunday Drive’s Needle/Eye has a solid, guitar-based indie rock vibe, but the Dallas band’s third studio album does generic indie one better by being inventive on the skins. The disc chugs along quickly, with lots of snare d...



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

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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.