Music

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...


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

Listen Up
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

Listen Up
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...



Sorta

The Show
Until recently, Sorta was one of those bar bands whose music never quite lived up to the hype. When you asked people what they thought of the Dallas-based sextet, they uniformly replied, “Oh, yeah, man. I love Sorta. Danny Ba...


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...



The Tribe Has Spoken

Hearsay
After recording off and on since spring, Spoonfed Tribe has an e.p. all pressed and ready to bust out at upcoming shows. The three songs on the disc will appear on the band’s forthcoming full-length, tentatively titled Pu...


Cex

Listen Up
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.



Micky and the Motorcars

Listen Up
Micky and the Motorcars are an able bunch with an invigorating live show. They’ve killed at the White Elephant Saloon and Central Market outdoor stage this summer. The Austin-based band writes catchy melodies and lyrics and i...


In the Fry-ing Pan

LESLIE WIMMER
I’m a senior journalism major at the University of North Texas, and like a lot of undergrads in Denton, I’ve taken to Fry Street as a comfortable home away from home.