Music

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...



Doug Sahm

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


Sunday Drive

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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...


Cross Canadian Ragweed

Back to Tulsa: Live and Loud at Cain’s Ballroom (Universal Records South)
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This four-piece band from Oklahoma kills at live shows, especially for listeners hoisting beer bongs and sucking reefer.



Yo La Tengo

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After dropping a slew of compilations and covers albums (one by caller-request for a radio station pledge drive), and being met with varying reviews, Yo La Tengo is back to form on a seamlessly style-shifting album.


Motley Crue

The Show
Aerosmith and Mötley Crüe are in town tonight at the Smirnoff, and if the pairing seems a little odd, realize that the bands have more in common than decades of drug use.