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Tyshawn Sorey

Vijay Iyer & Fieldwork

Thom Schuyler

Bapharet Vessel’s The Good Kind of Mushroom

Jon Irabagon

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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...

Charlie Musselwhite

Delta Hardware is hard-edged, harmonica-laced, electric blues from the bottom of Charlie Musselwhite’s roots (Mississippi Delta via Memphis and Chicago). Musselwhite, who recently settled...

Ben Folds

Humorous pianist-popster Ben Folds became critical darling when he broke out in the early 1990s with his trio, appropriately and oddly named the Ben...

Larry Joe Taylor

The guy who coined “coastal-and-western” has learned a thing through the years. Larry Joe Taylor’s annual Texas Music festival has grown from 100 fans...

Dolly Parton

One of a dozen children from a poor family in rural eastern Tennessee, Dolly Parton left for Nashville the day after she graduated from...

Nice Major’s California Colors

Fort Worth-based rapper Nice Major’s California Colors is a sonic collage of West Coast-style synth, slow-riding beats, droning, mind-bending notes, and intricate rhymes with...

The New Amsterdams

Before launching The New Amsterdams six years ago, Matt Pryor fronted the Get Up Kids, an almost-famous indie-rock manufacturer that recently shuttered its hometown...

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

Anybody who’s ever seen old black-and-white cartoons and paid any attention to the background music understands the joyous appeal of jazz swing, especially its...

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...

Bill Kirchen

A c.d. with the title Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods, by a guitar player as hot for so many years as Bill Kirchen seems...