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The Dangits

I’d resigned myself to the fact that nobody around the Metromess plays real, unhyphenated rock ’n’ roll anymore — you know, that blues-based music...

Nels Cline Singers

A musician I know put it thus: “Nels Cline is a warlock!” While I doubt the Wilco guitarist is conversant in the dark arts,...

The Slack

On The Deep End, The Slack offers a little something for every pop-rock fan. No matter what your favorite band is, it’s probably sonically...

Johnny Butler

While solo saxophone recitals are a time-honored tradition in the avant-jazz field (think Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell), the addition of looping technology — long...

Tobias Gebb and Unit 7

Tobias Gebb is a Manhattan-born-and-bred drummer who leads a band in the style of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. That long-lived, drummer-led unit that was...

Transient Songs

This full-length debut effort by a Seattle-based ensemble built around Haltom City expat and former Hasslehorse member John Frum marks a significant step forward...

The Burning Hotels

A maelstrom of cymbals and aggressive, feverish guitars, Novels sets a hectic pace from the get-go. A chaotic feeling pervades the 37 minutes and...

The Juke Jumpers

When I first hit the Fort back in '78, Robert Ealey's New Bluebird Night Club seemed like a hipster utopia, where TCU kids and...

Drug Mountain

One wonders if Lester Bangs was foreseeing this when he wrote that rock 'n' roll is a "raw wail from the bottom of the...

Staff Benda Bilili

Read the backstory on these guys, and you'll think they're superheroes. Paraplegic street musicians who tool around the streets of Kinshasa in the Democratic...