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Gunslingers

When this debut disc by a trio from the unlikely birthplace of San Pedro, France, arrived in a blaze of hype from muso-rockcrit-historian Julian...

Bob Margolin

As with most blues, feel and sound matter more than lyrics. The words don’t always matter because the emotion in every real blues song...

Jazz Week

Russian-born Dallasite Manya Repnikova writes songs that manage to capture the electricity of moments like those just before a Texas-sized thunderstorm unleashes its payload. The...

Matt Wilson Quartet

Coming up for air in the middle of a period of obsessive listening to the 1964 Charles Mingus band with Eric Dolphy, I slipped...

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan’s buzzing drone of a voice is a little deeper today but remains oddly effective. His songs are still what count. Many people...

Various artists

Kinky Friedman’s songs are known more for their titles than what the music sounds like. “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore” and “Get...

Died Pretty

Free Dirt(Aztec Records) By Ken Shimamoto Australian record labels have long been ahead of the curve in terms of providing bonus materials to soften the sting...

Unknown Instructors

Sorry, kids. This isn't the resurgence of unsung and never-properly-recorded Dallas outfit Funland. Rather, it's the third installment of a poetry-rock project with punk...

Watermelon Slim & the Workers

Watermelon Slim is an ex-reporter, ex-sanitation truck driver, ex-lots-of-jobs bluesman and Vietnam vet who quit the “real world” after a heart attack in 2002...