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2011 Stories by Darryl Smyers

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  • Robert Earl Keen

    published December 29, 2011

    With his 56th birthday quickly approaching, one might think Robert Earl Keen would be happy to just coast along on two decades of music.... More >>

  • Brandin Reed

    published December 8, 2011

    The Dallas-Fort Worth area always seems to have an inexhaustible supply of country and alt-country singer/songwriters. Some, like the vastly... More >>

  • Still Burning

    published December 8, 2011

    In the end, it's nearly always about the money. Just ask David Yow, singer for Austin's legendary '80s noise rockers Scratch Acid. "We... More >>

  • And the Winners Are ... You

    published October 20, 2011

    A few years ago, you'd hear the happy-go-lucky, impossibly supportive local music fans shout their rallying cries, and you'd smile because,... More >>

  • The Night Nirvana Played Trees

    published September 29, 2011

    Although it was October, the weather was unseasonably warm and humid. Inside Trees, the air conditioner that was set on high was having little... More >>

  • Handsome Furs

    published August 25, 2011

    Formed in 2006, the Handsome Furs have released three albums, each one a bit more seedy that the last. The recently issued Sound Kapital... More >>

  • Mister Heavenly Is More Than a Celebrity Bassist

    published August 25, 2011

    Nicholas Thorburn, leader of the indie-rock band Mister Heavenly, is one of those classic West Coast slackers. His answers to the simplest... More >>

  • Dntel: Brought To You By The Postal Service

    published August 18, 2011

    Soft-spoken to a fault, Jimmy Tamborello comes across like some kind of computer nerd who's checking out porn, afraid of waking his... More >>

  • The Red 100's

    published July 21, 2011

    Playing heaving and heavy psychedelic rock, the power trio known as The Red 100's is an anomaly on the local music scene. Decidedly unhip,... More >>

  • OK Sweetheart

    published July 14, 2011

    OK Sweetheart's Erin Austin possesses one of those amazing voices, the kind that oozes both desperation and sweetness. Austin can convey plenty... More >>

  • Bravo, Max!

    published July 14, 2011

    Even though Dog's Light is Bravo, Max!'s debut full-length effort, it seems that the band has been around for years. And, in a way, it has.... More >>

  • Face to Face, Strung Out, Blitzkid

    published June 2, 2011

    Although not as well known as, say, Green Day or Blink-182, two other bands that emerged at about the same time, California's... More >>

  • Dredg, The Dear Hunter, Balance of Composure, The Trophy Fire

    published May 26, 2011

    They may boast a name that suggests a death metal band that just can't spell, but California's Dredg are actually an experimental rock... More >>

  • Greg Dulli Comes To Terms With His Past. Kind Of.

    published May 26, 2011

    Although it's been more than a decade since former Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli was hospitalized in Austin after an altercation with a... More >>

  • Primus, Dirtfoot

    published May 19, 2011

    Amazingly popular for a band that lists Frank Zappa and The Residents as influences, Primus have somehow sold a ton of... More >>

  • My Chemical Romance Shed Their Emo Roots

    published May 19, 2011

    Call My Chemical Romance anything you like. Talented. Petulant. Even sell-outs. Just don't call them emo. "All emo means, to... More >>

  • Mogwai's Hidden Sense of Humor

    published May 12, 2011

    With his thick Scottish accent and humorous remarks, Stuart Braithwaite, leader of the post-rock instrumental band Mogwai, comes across as a... More >>

  • Dengue Fever

    published May 5, 2011

    Very few bands have the convoluted but fascinating history of Los Angeles' Dengue Fever. Inspired by a trip to Cambodia, brothers... More >>

  • Pete Yorn, Ben Kweller

    published April 14, 2011

    Musicforthemorningafter, the recently reissued debut effort from singer-songwriter Pete Yorn, still sounds as fresh today as it did a... More >>

  • The Von Ehrics

    published April 14, 2011

    Robert Jason Vandygriff has led some form of The Von Ehrics for more than a decade now. In that time, the band has released four full-length... More >>

  • The Demigs

    published April 7, 2011

    Way back in 2007, Denton's The Demigs released Yardling, a howling and thunderous debut that channeled Chris Demiglio's Pixies fascination into... More >>

  • W.A. Fite

    published April 7, 2011

    W.A. Fite is the pseudonym for Dustin Blocker, best known about town as the frontman for the local rock outfit Exit 380. But that, more than... More >>

  • There's More to Arlo Guthrie Than Protest Songs

    published March 24, 2011

    For a singer-songwriter often associated with protest songs such as "Alice's Restaurant" and "Coming into Los Angeles," Arlo Guthrie comes... More >>

  • Say Hi's Happy Sounds Come From A Dark Place

    published March 17, 2011

    For a guy crossing Missouri in a ragged van in the middle of winter, Eric Elbogen sounds fairly chipper. And happy he should be: Elbogen's... More >>

  • Mike Watt and the Missing Men, Eli "Paperboy" Reed

    published March 10, 2011

    If known solely for his work with the legendary punk rock trio The Minutemen, Mike Watt's rock 'n' roll reputation would be... More >>

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