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Valient Thorr

Remember nü metal, that genre of suck-ass Jock Jam bands like Korn and Godsmack? When they weren’t busy making huge, multi-zippered, idiot-pants fashionable, they...

Cex

The pseudonym for songwriter/producer Riyan Kidwell, Cex works from a palette of moody atmospherics; tinny, loud, and occasionally funky drums; and a harmonic swirl...

Micky and the Motorcars

Micky and the Motorcars are an able bunch with an invigorating live show. They’ve killed at the White Elephant Saloon and Central Market outdoor...

Brett Dennen

Brett Dennen has a distinctly feminine but not particularly high voice, and on his latest folk-pop c.d., So Much More, his vocal instrument shakes...

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

On What’s Going On, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band applies its unique mix of soul, hip-hop, and New Orleans-style funk to a classic R&B...

The Chemistry Set

With ample support from Josh Hoover, Cory Helms, Meredith Knoll, and a cast of thousands drawn from a deep pool of Golden Triangle musicians,...

Various artists

In regularly exploring politics and American culture, Randy Newman’s best songwriting often walks a sardonic line between humor and insight. On the tribute album...

Andy Fairweather Low

Andy Fairweather Low’s first “solo” c.d. in 26 years, Sweet Soulful Music is obviously influenced by his long association with Eric Clapton and his...

Amistad

Combining traditional Mexican/Colombian folk styles cumbia and vallenato with bits of reggae, calypso, rock, rap, and turntable mixing and scratching, Fort Worth-based Amistad’s six-song,...

Elvis White

On Promise, a seductive reggae album with strong hip-hop elements, Elvis White urges listeners to think positively — and then urges himself to seduce...