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The Panic Basket

Here’s the first recorded result of a collaboration between electronics wizard Darryl Wood (ex-Confusatron and ex-Parasite Lost) and Darrin Kobetich, solo acoustic guitar virtuoso...

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...