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Brett Dennen

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Brett Dennen has a distinctly feminine but not particularly high voice, and on his latest folk-pop c.d., So Much More, his vocal instrument shakes up preconceptions of the genre.


Dirty Dozen Brass Band

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On What’s Going On, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band applies its unique mix of soul, hip-hop, and New Orleans-style funk to a classic R&B album to make a statement on Hurricane Katrina. The inspired, similarly named remake of ...



Double Happiness, Double Fun

Hearsay
To celebrate its return to good health from a recent fire, Fred’s Texas Café is hosting two appropriately Fred-ish bands on the patio tomorrow (Thursday). Part Southern rock, part Son Volt, and all Pabst Blue Ribbon, Dou...


Stella Rose

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Stella Rose is the best new grunge band you’ve heard but tough where others are just loud, and spacey where others are just gratuitously prog-rockish.



Shadow Bound

ANTHONY MARIANI
Even though The February Chorus moves effortlessly through different shades of rock — from driving yet airy to seductive yet noisy — the band just can’t seem to shake its penchant for melancholy dread. The stiff spine of ...


Andy Fairweather Low

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Andy Fairweather Low’s first “solo” c.d. in 26 years, Sweet Soulful Music is obviously influenced by his long association with Eric Clapton and his love of the early Beatles, though he mimics neither.



The Chemistry Set

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With ample support from Josh Hoover, Cory Helms, Meredith Knoll, and a cast of thousands drawn from a deep pool of Golden Triangle musicians, melancholy pop rocker Steve Duncan has crafted a neatly arranged, soulful bakers’ d...


Various artists

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In regularly exploring politics and American culture, Randy Newman’s best songwriting often walks a sardonic line between humor and insight. On the tribute album Sail Away: The Songs of Randy Newman, even his material from ea...



The Backsliders

ANTHONY MARIANI
Funny how a lot of melodic rockers seem to require an angsty outlet. When he’s not with The Burning Hotels, bassist Coby Queen spends some time with The Red Herrings, a garage-based R&B band that’s raw and ragged where...


Thrash, Not Trash

Justin Press
In 1987, Gammacide guitarist and co-founder Rick Perry (definitely not the governor) said his band was “built on the premise of ecological warfare and destruction.”