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2006 Stories by Darryl Smyers

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  • Hokum or Yoakam?

    published April 13, 2006

    With the recent passing of his chief influence and mentor, Buck Owens, it should prove interesting to witness Dwight Yoakam's mood during his... More >>

  • Maria Taylor, Zykos

    published April 13, 2006

    At 29, Maria Taylor has experienced a musical passage equivalent to folks twice her age. While barely in her teens, Taylor was part of Little Red... More >>

  • Safe and Sound

    published April 6, 2006

    "I can hear a collective rumbling in America." This line on "Be Good to Them Always," one of the best cuts on the Books' third and most... More >>

  • Tommy Keene

    published April 6, 2006

    With his reedy voice, exceptional guitar chops and classic good looks, Tommy Keene should have been a star in the late '70s when his career first... More >>

  • Eddie Money

    published April 6, 2006

    One-time New Jersey cop Eddie Mahoney stopped walking his hometown beat in order to pursue his dream of rock stardom. In the late '70s, he changed... More >>

  • Sounding Off

    published March 30, 2006

    "The U.S. is more of a continent than a country," says Fredrik Nilsson, drummer of the Sounds, Sweden's latest attractive source of '80s new wave... More >>

  • Freak Scene Revisited

    published March 23, 2006

    Last year's return of Dinosaur Jr.'s classic lineup was one of the least expected reunions since John Lydon reanimated the Sex Pistols. After... More >>

  • Mott the Hoople

    published March 23, 2006

    In 1972, David Bowie gave Ian Hunter a song called "All the Young Dudes" and talked the reclusive, bitter Hunter into resurrecting the literate... More >>

  • Jon Langford

    published March 23, 2006

    Whether a Mekon, a Waco Brother or solo, Jon Langford's three-decade commitment to the proletarian aesthetic of punk and roots has never wavered.... More >>

  • The Appleseed Cast

    published March 16, 2006

    Rarely does a band continue to adjust its vision in more creative ways than the Appleseed Cast. After growing out of the confining emo genre, this... More >>

  • Wade Bowen

    published March 16, 2006

    It's a long way from Lubbock to Nashville, but Wade Bowen has made the trip with integrity and roots unharmed. His latest, Lost Hotel, is... More >>

  • Backyard Tire Fire

    published March 16, 2006

    Ed Anderson leads this Illinois alt-country outfit with the same kind of weary optimism that Brent Best once did with the late, great Slobberbone.... More >>

  • Blackalicous, Lifesavas, Fatlip, Pigeon John

    published March 9, 2006

    With a deep appreciation for legends of jazz, soul and funk as well as a keen eye for contemporary talent, Timothy Parker (aka Gift of Gab) and... More >>

  • Dogme 95

    published March 9, 2006

    Former Dallasite Nick Wright is the odd duck behind Dogme 95. Songs on his recently released thematic gem The Regal Beagle are the... More >>

  • Too Long in Exile

    published March 2, 2006

    Van Morrison has been called many things: mystical poet, New Age guru, reclusive genius. Above all those, he's a guy who doesn't bother with the... More >>

  • Slightly Stoopid

    published March 2, 2006

    Signed while still in high school, Slightly Stoopid's Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald were probably the "raddest" of all dudes "gnarly," smoking... More >>

  • Looking at America

    published February 23, 2006

    Flogging Molly's "Screaming at the Wailing Wall" may be the best real punk song in half a decade. A blazing rush often accompanies the best... More >>

  • Proficient Slackers

    published February 23, 2006

    "If I could make enough with this band to buy a house, some beer and a dog, I'd be happy," says Jake Webster, drummer of the Cut*Off, Cowtown's... More >>

  • Kevin Fowler

    published February 23, 2006

    Amarillo native Kevin Fowler may look like a generic country bumpkin, and sometimes his music is just a brain cell above hayseed, but looks do... More >>

  • Smoking Popes, Bayside

    published February 23, 2006

    After a seven-year hiatus, Chicago's Smoking Popes reunited and recorded the live album At Metro in November 2005. A gloriously loud and... More >>

  • Calling Back

    published February 16, 2006

    Gerard Dirkx fidgets in his chair, dancing around any questions about his age. Obviously annoyed, he finally declares, "I'm 35 but extremely... More >>

  • Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3

    published February 16, 2006

    Inevitably linked to the semi-legendary Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn has spent the better part of two decades running away from the legacy of his... More >>

  • Starlight Mints

    published February 16, 2006

    Norman, Oklahoma's Starlight Mints are a perfect example of why bigger isn't better. Beginning in 2000 as a seven-piece, complete with orchestra,... More >>

  • 45 Grave

    published February 16, 2006

    Mary Sims (aka Dinah Cancer) formed this cheesy gothic punk quartet in the early '80s. Best remembered for the "Partytime" single that was... More >>

  • Sonata Arctica

    published February 9, 2006

    You might expect a Scandinavian band to revel in the standard death-metal throes of unintelligible caterwauling, exaggerated tempo shifts and... More >>

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