Music

Various artists

Listen Up
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...


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...



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 ...


Stella Rose

The Show
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.



Amistad

Listen Up
Combining traditional Mexican/Colombian folk styles cumbia and vallenato with bits of reggae, calypso, rock, rap, and turntable mixing and scratching, Fort Worth-based Amistad’s six-song, self-named c.d. is party music and a ...


Wonderful — Façades and Metal

Hearsay
Don’t know if you got a chance to catch Wonderful Façade and Associate Editor Anthony Mariani on CBS-11′s morning show late last month, but here’s what happened. The band was great.



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.”


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...



White Whale

Listen Up
White Whale’s bio reads like a parody of the worst press releases. In a few hundred words, the band is compared to a seemingly random assortment of groups, from Badfinger to Black Sabbath to Big Star. The reader is then treat...


Russell, Russ, and Fletcher

Hearsay
All this angry music is making me … angry. “You broke my heart, you lousy whore of Babylon!,” “You stole my money, you mindless lothario!,” “I’m gonna kill your iguana, you heartless mi...