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Haale

Influenced almost equally by mystic poets and American rock and psychedelic music, Haale's full-length debut, No Ceiling, isn't quite inner-directed "trance" music, but it...

Meg & Dia

In today's saturated music market, formula means everything. A flim-flam here or a stop-time there might be the difference between fame and obscurity. Most...

James McMurtry

Fort Worth-born James McMurtry continues to display a wickedly sharp sense of right and wrong on his new Just Us Kids. One of the songs,...

Dirt&Earthyvibes

As their name suggests, Dirt&Earthyvibes rely on some down-home growling and rowdy hippie-style hand drums. Surprisingly, though, on the Grapevine foursome's second album, Messages 2...

Egypt Central

When you name your band after one of Iron Maiden's favorite themes but sound like Limp Bizquick, you're just asking to get your ass...

Corb Lund

On the redundantly titled Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!, Corb Lund tackles historical subjects that still resonate with the sorts of sentiments that lead young...

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine's Scream Aim Fire is either a disastrous attempt by a Welsh metal band to sound as Californian as possible or...

Randy Brown

Stumble into Pearl's Dancehall & Saloon some night to catch a show by Randy Brown, the Insiders, or Tommy Alverson, and you'll experience the...

Randy Thompson

Further On is an often dreary, often satisfying mix of traditional and modern country with deep folk influences, despite the grunge-tinged electric guitar that...

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...