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Rocky Mountain High

When local folk-rocker Daniel Katsük decamped for Boulder, Colo., a year ago, he was looking forward to a new start. After adjusting to the thin...

Five Times August

Brad Skistimas, the 24-year-old Dallasite who operates under the sweeping moniker Five Times August, recently released his second full-length effort, Brighter Side. And for a...

The Soft Parade

I hate noise pollution. Dogs barking all damn day long, hoopties pumping bass drums, loud office chatter when I'm trying to compose my spellbinding...

Big Bertha

The last time I saw local fusion pioneers Bertha Coolidge play, I admit, I was a little underwhelmed. Could have been the venue: the...

Scorched Earth

We are survivalists. Quickly and accurately, we must use our eyes and ears (and sometimes noses) to separate the people who will happily pick...

Sound, Art

Last spring, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth did a trés cool, trés New York City thing and produced an outdoor concert, in...

Flying Solo

Admittedly, the four members of Soulever Lift realize they're just another local band following every possible avenue to achieve some sort of success in...

David “Honeyboy” Edwards

David "Honeyboy" Edwards is no longer in his prime, but he's still got the feel for the old-time, acoustic blues. Born into a sharecropper family...

Samuel James

Samuel James' version of the blues mixes tradition, sly humor, and a knowing wink with a steady, almost hypnotic acoustic beat. On Songs Famed...

Big Dans and Mikes

Say what you will about Rolling Stone's hero-worship, staunchly leftist sympathies, arbitrary lists, and relatively recent descent into fetishizing celebrities a la People magazine,...