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2008 Stories by Darryl Smyers

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  • Charlie Sexton

    published May 22, 2008

    When a 16-year-old Charlie Sexton released his debut, Pictures for Pleasure, way back in 1985, most predicted that the singer-songwriter... More >>

  • Utah Saints

    published May 22, 2008

    Jez Willis and Tim Garbutt, the two DJs collectively known as Utah Saints, are the antithesis of prolific. Though the pair has scored numerous... More >>

  • Murry Hammond

    published May 15, 2008

    Every Old 97's album features a couple of tunes written and sung by bassist Murry Hammond, the George Harrison of the group. And, for some... More >>

  • Tiger Moth

    published May 15, 2008

    Brothers Derek and Glenn Jackson dissolved their last band, the atmospheric, new-wavy Until They Arrive because they wanted to pursue a more... More >>

  • Pennywise, Strung Out, Authority Zero, Saboteur

    published May 8, 2008

    After Green Day made punk acceptable to middle-class kids who bought their CDs at the mall, there was a void of product that was filled by an... More >>

  • Airline

    published May 8, 2008

    Robert Holley, lead singer and principal songwriter of the retro-indie quartet Airline, possesses a dry, off-the-cuff delivery that makes even... More >>

  • Roger Waters Returns to Pink When in Need of Green

    published May 1, 2008

    When Roger Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985, he insisted that the band had dissolved due to irreconcilable differences. As with any divorce, that... More >>

  • Bonde Do Role, The Death Set

    published May 1, 2008

    Reinventing an old warhorse like "Rock You Like a Hurricane" is no easy task, but Bonde Do Role, a hip-hop collective from Brazil, succeeds by... More >>

  • Eleven Hundred Springs

    published May 1, 2008

    Years ago, when he was leading Lone Star Trio, Matt Hillyer was the cutest guy this side of Rhett Miller, a rocker in hick's clothing who... More >>

  • Steve Earle Continues Speaking His Mind Even When It Gets Him Into Trouble

    published April 24, 2008

    If you want to get roots rocker Steve Earle's attention, just mention W. Then sit back and wait for the fireworks. "Bush has left us a... More >>

  • THe BAcksliders

    published April 24, 2008

    Led by Kim Pendleton, former singer for Vibrolux (who actually cut a decent album for Polygram in 2001), the typographically challenged... More >>

  • Marc Broussard

    published April 24, 2008

    Louisiana-based troubadour Marc Broussard has soul in his genes. The son of acclaimed guitarist Ted Broussard (of the Boogie Kings), Marc has... More >>

  • After 25-plus Years of Debauchery, Al Jourgensen Has Decided to Shut Down His Ministry

    published April 17, 2008

    The end was sadly inevitable. After nearly three decades of bashing any Bush who has happened to be president and helping create an entirely... More >>

  • Bob Schneider Just Needs a Good Cup of Coffee and an Audience Full of Women

    published April 17, 2008

    Bob Schneider isn't completely awake at the moment. It shows too. As he drives through Seattle, the Austin-based singer-songwriter... More >>

  • New York Dolls, American Fuse

    published April 17, 2008

    When legendary punk forebears The New York Dolls reunited in 2004 with three surviving original members (including singer David Johansen),... More >>

  • The Cut*Off

    published April 10, 2008

    While still worshipping at the altar of Frank Black (with a menacing snarl a la famed '60s psycho Sky Saxon), Kyle Barnhill, the frontman for... More >>

  • Birds of Avalon

    published April 10, 2008

    North Carolina's Birds of Avalon is on a roll. Bazaar Bazaar, the band's 2007 full-length debut, has garnered critical kudos while... More >>

  • The Decemberists' Colin Meloy Tries His Hand at American Soul

    published April 3, 2008

    Colin Meloy, the Anglophile frontman for indie rock darlings The Decemberists, hardly tops the list of the people you'd expect to hear singing... More >>

  • Collin Herring CD Release Show

    published April 3, 2008

    Fort Worth's Collin Herring is temporarily residing in Austin, trying to keep his life in order. After releasing his brilliant sophomore... More >>

  • Haste the Day, Sick Puppies

    published April 3, 2008

    Indianapolis-based Christian metalcore band Haste the Day is the headliner for this show, but it's the Australia-native Sick Puppies who are... More >>

  • Roger Clyne On His New CD, Music's Future and Daylight Savings Time

    published March 20, 2008

    Talking with Roger Clyne is a lot like playing a slot machine. Boisterous and colorful, Clyde speaks so rapidly that you never know what you... More >>

  • Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan Offers a Different Take on His Band's Sound

    published March 13, 2008

    Ira Kaplan, leader of the indie rock institution Yo La Tengo, isn't afraid to mix things up. Just look at his band's upcoming venue booking: Yo... More >>

  • Legendary Punk Band X Returns With Original Lineup

    published March 13, 2008

    With all four original members of legendary punk/roots band X back together and touring, it's almost like the band is going through a mid-life... More >>

  • The Gospel According to Hymns

    published March 6, 2008

    The ramifications of a band name can never be overstated. Just ask Hymns. The New York by way of North Carolina band has had its share... More >>

  • Urizen

    published March 6, 2008

    Invigorating avant-metal is how these boys from Fort Worth label themselves, and despite the pretense inherent in all things metallic, Urizen... More >>

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