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2007 Stories by Darryl Smyers

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  • Bob Seger

    published February 8, 2007

    At 60, Bob Seger should be enjoying his later years riding his Harley across Michigan, content to live on his reputation as one of the best rock... More >>

  • Tortured

    published February 1, 2007

    "I ask myself every day if depression is necessary for creativity," says Mark Linkous, sounding characteristically withdrawn, speaking from his... More >>

  • Loomer

    published February 1, 2007

    Scott Loomer, namesake and leader of this Canadian sextet, is a songwriter of unqualified vision. Like Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy and Blue Rodeo's... More >>

  • The Matches, Escape the Fate, I Am Ghost, The Higher Road Ready

    published February 1, 2007

    Finding quality among the seemingly endless parade of faceless emo bands parading their oh-so-hip bangs and pronounced use of eyeliner is not an... More >>

  • Simple Exercises

    published January 25, 2007

    "Electronica with mistakes," says Dosh, describing his own music. "I record everything and then take an accident and turn it into a song." His... More >>

  • World Turning

    published January 25, 2007

    When talking about Under the Skin, his first solo effort in 14 years, Lindsey Buckingham sounds like a man discussing a memoir. "There... More >>

  • Sunny Sweeney

    published January 25, 2007

    Hailing from Longview, Sunny Sweeney is exactly the kind of old-school country singer that gives Texas its good reputation. Possessing a booming... More >>

  • Backyard Tire Fire

    published January 18, 2007

    Ed Anderson leads this alt-country trio from Illinois, and it's on their fourth full-length release that he moves beyond the standard blue-collar... More >>

  • Vanessa Peters and Ice Cream on Mondays

    published January 18, 2007

    Born in Dallas but now an Austin resident, Vanessa Peters is the best kind of singer-songwriter: astute enough to explore the deeper recesses of... More >>

  • Trent Summar, Two Tons of Steel

    published January 18, 2007

    Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, the sophomore effort from Trent Summar, is a rough-hewn, shit-kicker's delight, an effort that mocks the... More >>

  • The War at Home

    published January 11, 2007

    Sitting in an IHOP in East Dallas on a dreary day, just over a month removed from the death of her older brother in Iraq, Kristy Kruger pops a... More >>

  • No Regrets

    published January 11, 2007

    When asked how he feels about the claims that he started the singer-songwriter movement nearly four decades ago, Tom Rush answers with... More >>

  • 2006 TOP 10

    published January 4, 2007

    TOP 10 ALBUMS, by Darryl Smyers 1. Centro-matic, Fort Recovery 2. Kristy Kruger, Songs From a Dead... More >>

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