Music

Teen Scene, TTF, Ornette

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A few years ago, retro indie label Norton Records released a three-volume c.d. called Fort Worth Teen Scene.


The Great Tyrant

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Like pimpin’, in the immortal words of Big Daddy Kane, noir prog-rock ain’t easy. One intentionally ironic note or pose could turn an entire song — possibly an entire performance — into shtick. But when taking an artist...



Ray LaMontagne

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Ray LaMontagne was a critic’s favorite two years ago upon the release of his debut album, Trouble, a largely acoustic, bucolic paean to desperation and love. The singer-songwriter was aptly likened to a wide slew of ’60s an...


Slayer

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Since forming the early 1980s, Slayer has always been a big black cloud hovering over the music industry. Brutal and agile, precise and cold, bloodied but clean in conscience, the band hasn’t had to kowtow to commercialism to...



MacHenry’s Moves … Again

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Have you ever known a friend who was dating a manipulative, loser chick, and then goes and falls in love with her, and then he says to you, “Isn’t she awesome, isn’t she great?” and you just want to slap...


Denton’s Good / Bad art collective’s Rock Lottery

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Take 25 North Texas musicians, wake ’em up early, throw their names into a hat, mix ’em up, pick ’em out, then divide them into five groups of five. In addition to a band name, give each group 12 hours to come up with thr...



The Man From Uncle (Tupelo)

Whither Jeff Tweedy and Wilco’s less severe side?
EMERSON DAMERON
It’s 2006. Pop music, even the stuff with guitars and drums, isn’t going away. And yet music lovers continue to split into increasingly arcane special-interest groups. SoulSeek and MP3 blogs draw us ever more seductively in...


Avant-Garde, um, Explosion

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Fort Worth isn’t normally thought of as a progressive arts town. Yes, there are a few folks here who do some amazing, edgy stuff. But most Cowtowners, artists and fans alike, would instinctively opt for classical or popul...



Jim Lauderdale

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Jim Lauderdale has been one of Nashville’s most respected songwriters for a long time, but the corporate brass never considered him much of a singer. Oh, sure, he’s performed for years and recorded for Warner Bros., Atlanti...


In Fair Verona

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The audience for Christian hardcore bands probably isn’t that large. There’s just something about singing to Him in the kind of gravelly, loud, guttural voice normally reserved for bloody murder. Gives a whole new meaning t...