Tom Murphy

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  • 4 years ago

    Zach Condon's backstory, in which he left a small city to travel around Europe with his older brother, absorbing the indigenous music of the eastern part of the continent, reads like something that might have happened 50 years ago at the height of...

  • 4 years ago

    If you were to make a short list of the greatest bass players of all time, Bootsy Collins would surely be included. After firing his backing band in the late '60s, James Brown hired Collins and his brother Catfish's band, the Pacemakers, to back h...

  • 5 years ago

    Guitarist George Lynch auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne before hooking up with Don Dokken to form Dokken in 1980. Throughout that decade, the band's output was lumped in with the kind of hook-laden hard rock that some derisively called "hair metal." B...

  • 5 years ago

    Formed in Austin in 2004, Ghostland Observatory has evolved its sound from the raw, noisy electro-funk of its earlier releases into something more danceable. Equal parts electro, psychedelia and glam-rock, the group's songs pivot on Aaron Behrens'...

  • 5 years ago

    Band of Heathens is technically from Austin, but the band comes off like it might have spent a great deal of time in New Orleans learning the rich mixture of sounds that mark that city's eclectic scene. In moments, this outfit is reminiscent of Th...

  • 6 years ago

    When the critically acclaimed dream-pop band Absinthe Blind broke up in 2003, four of its members started a band called Orphans that would ultimately become Headlights. Under its current moniker, the foursome largely departed from the drifty, mela...


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