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Hogpig

It wasn’t all that long ago when the guys in Hogpig were splitting time between two stellar North Texas bands: Little Grizzly, cut from...

Future Clouds and Radar

Have you ever gone out on a first date with someone, hit it off immediately, enjoyed unexpected hours of heartfelt conversation and some sizzling...

Charles Mingus

Legacy churns out many reissues from Columbia, RCA, and smaller, “swallowed-up” labels. Occasionally, greatness surfaces, such as Tijuana Moods by Charles Mingus and the compilation...

Ghostcar

With no identifiable tracks — or limitations — North Texas improvisationalists Ghostcar’s Too Strong/The Art of Transition is a paradox in polycarbonate. Recorded at Denton’s...

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...

The Von Ehrics

If you listen to any Dropkick Murphys album, you get a sense that Boston, their hometown, is largely made up of blue-collar punks who...

Various Artists

Taking its name from revolutionary rebels in Nicaragua, Sandinista!, The Clash’s groundbreaking album from 1980, is “an exciting, sprawling mess,” according to writer Jimmy...

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...

Anjani

“There’s perfume burning in the air / Bits of beauty everywhere,” sings jazz pianist-vocalist Anjani on the opener to Blue Alert, her third album....

Oliver Future

Oliver Future maybe may be the hardest-working unsigned band around. They’ve committed themselves to the stage, the road, and the studio as ferociously as...