There's a case to be made that Alternative Country, or Alt-Country as it's more often called, hasn't ever really been a legit genre. One will be hard-pressed to get any of the artists lumped in with the moniker to claim it as their sonic home, and even the original journalistic voice of the hard-to- ... More >>
For touring musicians, the ease and profitability of living-room concerts prove there is no place like someone else's home.
Editor: Our friends at Houston Press' Rocks Off music blog are tackling the first weekend of Austin City Limits, and they're bringing us these dispatches. THE CURE The Cure was one of the acts, if not the act, that I was really looking forward to seeing in Austin. They're, dare I say, legendary. Th ... More >>
Whether solo or in Uncle Tupelo or Son Volt, singer/songwriter Jay Farrar has created a canon of alt-country and Americana music that may be unrivaled. Brooding and intense, Farrar's songs chronicle the darker side of human emotions and like his songs, Farrar isn't the most upbeat guy on the block. ... More >>
Not much has changed about Bobby Patterson since his dismissal from KKDA-AM 730 this past May. Strolling into a Pappadeaux in Duncanville for this interview with one of his favorite walking sticks in hand, the 68-year-old cracks jokes and flirts with all the women in sight. The one-liners come and g ... More >>
Fifteen years ago this month, the Old 97's released their major label debut, Too Far to Care. Last week, frontman Rhett Miller released his latest solo record, The Dreamer. Darryl Smyers and Eric Grubbs sat down and talked about the legacy of Too Far to Care, and whether or not it's a bigger deal th ... More >>
When Shepard Fairey speaks his eyes go someplace else. They squint and look beyond you, alternating left and then right, scanning the entirety of his surroundings. It isn't posturing and he isn't searching for a more interesting person to flag down. The fact of the matter is that Fairey has the eyes ... More >>
Woody Guthrie and Will Johnson kinda look alike, amiright?As far as collaborations go, it's hard to imagine that Centro-Matic's Will Johnson would be able to top his stint in Monsters Of Folk, with whom he backed up Conner Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward and Mike Mogus, on the drums. But this morning ... More >>
Welcome to Staff Trax, the weekly feature here on DC9 where we shed some light on the music we've been enjoying of late, regardless of the touring or album release schedules that tend to bear the focus of most of our coverage. Consider it a chance for you readers to get some more insight into ou ... More >>
Noah W. Bailey The Baptist Generals' Chris Flemmons at the Sub Pop Showcase.Band: Baptist GeneralsWhere: Sub Pop Showcase at Radio RoomWhat It Was Like: If you're ever seen the Baptist Generals play one of their "rug shows" then you know what a special experience these all-acoustic sets can b ... More >>
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