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  • Navigating MySpace’s Musical Wilderness

    published Dec 28, 2007

    Tokyo Pudding: Like Devo, but Japanese I resisted MySpace like I resisted the World Wide Web, seat belts, unleaded gas, Barry Goldwater… but I digress. Since familiarizing myself with MySpace’s... More >>

  • Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raising Sand

    published December 13, 2007

    On the surface, the imagination boggles when confronted with a musical collaboration between two such seemingly polar opposite talents as... More >>

  • Big Smith

    published December 13, 2007

    Get over the Deliverance bib overalls and the Ozark ax-killer faces. The five guys in Springfield, Missouri, outfit Big Smith have long... More >>

  • Peter Case, Jon Dee Graham

    published December 6, 2007

    Peter Case has come a long way since he and his band The Plimsouls rocked the club for Nicolas Cage and his crowd in 1983's Valley Girl,... More >>

  • Red Stick Ramblers

    published November 29, 2007

    Hailing from the swamp country between Lafayette and Baton Rouge, the Red Stick Ramblers are leaders of the Cajun New Wave. The quintet can... More >>

  • Chuck Prophet, Soap and Water

    published November 22, 2007

    Leave it to the ever-interesting, never-­sitting-still Chuck Prophet to begin a record with the wonderfully suggestive line, "I like the... More >>

  • Anne McCue

    published November 15, 2007

    In her relatively short career, Aussie blueswoman Anne McCue has played all over the world, veering in such seemingly opposing directions as... More >>

  • Last Night: King Khan & BBQ at Rudz

    published Nov 08, 2007

    King Khan & BBQ Rudyard’s November 7, 2007 Better Than: Sitting home watching the CMAs. Download: “Treat Me Like a Dog” I’m sure the more sanctimonious members of our little burgh woul... More >>

  • Darrell Scott

    published November 8, 2007

    No less an icon than Guy Clark once scolded a Rockefeller's audience for being rude to his opening act, who also happened to be his guitarist... More >>

  • Last Night: Bukka Allen at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

    published Oct 31, 2007

    Bukka Allen McGonigel’s Mucky Duck October 30, 2007 Better Than: Other Texas Music son acts. Much, much better. Download: “Behold What You Found” or “Confidante” at www.screendoormusic.... More >>

  • Carol Fran Benefit

    published November 1, 2007

    Houston pianist Carol Fran, who recently suffered a stroke, has been a fixture on the Gulf Coast blues scene for more than 50 years. Not only... More >>

  • Mary Gauthier, Between Daylight and Dark

    published October 4, 2007

    Mary Gauthier's Between Daylight and Dark is filled with insightful, exacting storytelling, from broken-but-unbowed tribute "Last... More >>

  • Cabildo

    published September 20, 2007

    With its presentation of Amy Beach’s Cabildo in the lush gardens of Miss Ima Hogg’s Bayou Bend estate, the Museum of Fine... More >>

  • Brandi Carlile, A Fine Frenzy

    published September 20, 2007

    Small-town Washington girl Brandi Carlile's career has been the stuff musical dreams — and sometimes actual musicals — are made of.... More >>

  • Corb Lund & the Hurtin' Albertans

    published September 20, 2007

    I love pickers who leave vapor trails behind wherever they go. Corb Lund and his crew sound like a jazz band that accidentally grazed in the... More >>

  • James Hunter

    published September 13, 2007

    Any fan of Alan Parker’s movie The Commitments, about unemployed Irish kids trying to form a soul band, should rejoice upon hearing... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published September 13, 2007

    The songs of Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection read like a badass juke-joint jukebox: "Big Boss Man," "Boom Boom," "Duke of Earl," "It... More >>

  • Magnolia Electric Co.

    published September 13, 2007

    Musician and painter Jason Molina is one prolific artist. His most recent release, Sojourner — most recent as of this writing,... More >>

  • Raul Malo

    published September 13, 2007

    Former Mavericks lead singer Raul Malo is one of the few reasons to listen to mainstream country music these days, thanks to his choice of... More >>

  • Arthur Alexander

    published September 6, 2007

    It's impossible to listen to John Lennon without hearing a direct connection to Arthur Alexander — provided you know who that is.... More >>

  • Terry Allen

    published September 6, 2007

    If you think Uncle Tupelo, the Jayhawks and their ilk invented alternative country, get better headphones — and a history book. Way back... More >>

  • Max Stalling, blacktopGYPSY

    published September 6, 2007

    Since giving up his corporate day job two years ago, Max Stalling has hit the road hard and built a loyal following well outside the narrow... More >>

  • Last Night: Randy Weeks at the Mucky Duck

    published Aug 29, 2007

    Randy Weeks The Mucky Duck August 28, 2007 Better than: Having a wrecker tow your new black Jaguar out of high water, like I saw on the way to the show. Download: Summertime rocker “Transisto... More >>

  • Aimee Bobruk, Hilary York

    published August 30, 2007

    Aimee Bobruk, originally from Huntsville, is another in what seems like an endless assembly line of femme folksingers struggling around Austin... More >>

  • Joe "King" Carrasco

    published August 30, 2007

    For more than 25 years, Dumas native Joe Teusch has lived his life as Joe "King" Carrasco, the perpetual center of a good-time Mexican-rock... More >>

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