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2006 Stories by Darryl Smyers

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  • No Kidding

    published December 21, 2006

    Most parents find it difficult dealing with the sounds emanating from their young child's room. The yearly onslaught (especially during the... More >>

  • Wayne Hancock

    published December 21, 2006

    If not for his cantankerous personality and eccentric behavior, it would be easy to label Wayne "The Train" Hancock's complete approximation of... More >>

  • King Cone

    published December 21, 2006

    Dallas' own Thomas King Cone IV distills the sounds of such disparate acts as Dwight Yoakam and Dire Straits into radio-friendly retro-country... More >>

  • Montrose, Jevette

    published December 14, 2006

    Thankfully unrelated to the heavy-handed '70s hard rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, this is actually Montrose Cunningham, a Dallas... More >>

  • Blinded by Ambition

    published December 7, 2006

    Speaking from Northern California on the eve of an American tour, Thomas Dolby sounds energized, ready to bring out machines old and new, to dress... More >>

  • Applicate This!

    published November 30, 2006

    Sabrina Ewing, singer of Austin's all-female punk revivalists The Applicators, is a single mom with an attitude. Speaking from her kitchen, Ewing... More >>

  • Paul Brill

    published November 30, 2006

    New Pagan Love Song, Paul Brill's wonderfully skewed neo-pop confection from 2004, established the New Yorker as a singer-songwriter of... More >>

  • The Silos

    published November 30, 2006

    For two decades Walter Salas-Humera and his Silos have been one of the leading lights of Americana music. Sadly underappreciated, the New... More >>

  • Children of Bodom

    published November 30, 2006

    Henkka Seppala, bassist for Children of Bodom, Finland's favorite death metal export, does his best (in broken English) to explain why his band... More >>

  • John Gorka

    published November 30, 2006

    John Gorka "I'm not afraid of drums," says John Gorka, one of contemporary folk's most accomplished songwriters, discussing the... More >>

  • The Clash

    published November 23, 2006

    Although there have been many attempts to properly anthologize The Clash, most efforts became bogged down in trying to cherry-pick tracks off of... More >>

  • The Walkmen

    published November 23, 2006

    Of all of the albums a band might choose to re-create, Pussy Cats, Harry Nilsson and John Lennon's drunken incursion into the bowels of New... More >>

  • Back to the Source

    published November 16, 2006

    When asked about having an e-mail address, Amy Muncy, a 32-year-old employee at CD Source, one of the area's best and most unusual music shops,... More >>

  • Feel the 'Burn

    published November 16, 2006

    A devout Christian who writes defiantly leftist songs, Bruce Cockburn is both a phenomenal guitarist and an acclaimed lyricist. Cockburn has been... More >>

  • Stairwell Sisters

    published November 16, 2006

    While certainly overrated in rock 'n' roll, instrumental virtuosity gains a bit more credence in bluegrass and folk circles. San Francisco's... More >>

  • Tom Freund

    published November 9, 2006

    If there is such a genre as ambient Americana, then Tom Freund is its standard bearer. First gaining attention as a touring member of pioneering... More >>

  • Past Their Prime

    published November 2, 2006

    Les Claypool has always understood that without a good dose of humor, instrumental virtuosity can produce music as empty as Eddie Van Halen's... More >>

  • John Lee Hooker

    published November 2, 2006

    Because he recorded for countless labels over the course of seven decades, John Lee Hooker's hugely influential brand of blues and boogie has... More >>

  • Taj Mahal

    published November 2, 2006

    Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, better known by his stage name, Taj Mahal, is less a traditional blues artist and more a cross-cultural musicologist... More >>

  • Chin Music

    published October 26, 2006

    Chin Up Chin Up performs with Oxford Collapse on Thursday, October 26 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio in Denton. More >>

  • Gaelic Storm

    published October 26, 2006

    Thursday, October 26 at Gypsy Tearoom More >>

  • Birds of a Different Feather

    published October 19, 2006

    Fred Eaglesmith performs Saturday, October 21, at the Granada Theater. More >>

  • Sparklehorse

    published October 19, 2006

    Mark Linkous is a perfect anomaly, a literate, slightly seedy songwriter whose best work exposes an aching beauty which triumphs over his darker... More >>

  • Steve Reich

    published October 19, 2006

    Known as one of the pioneers of minimalism, Steve Reich has been a major influence on neo-classical, jazz, avant-garde, rock and electronic... More >>

  • The Briefs

    published October 19, 2006

    California's the Briefs provide punk rock with just the kind of kick in the ass the genre has needed for so long. With the continued regurgitation... More >>

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