Music

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.


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.”


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 ...



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...


Valhalla

The Show
Most rock bands develop respect not by fancy book-learnin’ but by playing holes-in-the-wall for peanuts.



Elvis White

Listen Up
On Promise, a seductive reggae album with strong hip-hop elements, Elvis White urges listeners to think positively — and then urges himself to seduce that woman whose body (or maybe it’s all of her) he just wants to love.


Time Out of Mind

Jeff Prince
Playing bass with Black Oak Arkansas, Rocky Athas, “Smokin’” Joe Kubek, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rocky Hill, Marc Benno, and many other musicians has given Guthrie Kennard a lifetime of adventure, carrying him across the United...



Pretty Girls Make Graves

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“Pop!” goes the hot Seattle-raised quintet Pretty Girls Make Graves, and their fans seem pretty divided. PGMG always resembled a more canny, if less ballsy, version of Sleater-Kinney, and on Elan Vital, they sound poised to...


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...