Music

Valhalla

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


Elvis White

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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.



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...


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

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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...


Red Bull

CAROLINE COLLIER
Making bold moves hasn’t been hard for Josh Weathers. When he was younger, the Fort Worthian blew off his aunt’s suggestions, and an early gift of a guitar, and instead of going into music became an amateur bull-rider. Now ...



The Show

The Show
During their acceptance speech two weeks ago for winning best jazz artist in the Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards, the guys from Confusatron acted a little, um, confused. Of the category over which they’ve reigned these past tw...


Soledad Brothers

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Judging from the sleeve inside The Hard Walk by Detroit’s Soledad Brothers, you’d think you’d be in for something really special. The list of instruments includes such exotic specimens as fuzz piano, sitar, and vibraslap....



The Ho Chi Men

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Just when you thought nu metal was dead (and it is), along come The Ho Chi Men, trying to resurrect it.


Firehouse and the Station

Hearsay
Before I even write the words “experimental music,” allow me to defuse any knee-jerk objections. No, not all experimental music is good. The kind I normally choose to write about, however, is. “Wha-?!,” ...