If the title of Charlie Robison's brand-new album, High Life, is to be taken literally, it would make a great deal of sense. The Bandera-raised Robison continues to do things on his own terms. With a dedicated fan-base and a stellar album yet again reminding people as to why he's one of Texas' belov ... More >>
This is not your everyday Billboard chart. Each week, we'll tell you which bands are selling in the fine record shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where we consumers of music have impeccable taste. Tyler, The Creator features several artists on his new album, and according to CD Source owne ... More >>
Best Texas songs, #100-80 Best Texas songs, #79-60 The Spotify playlist for songs #59-40 59. Tum Tum, "Caprice Music" For years, the Dallas hip-hop community's had a love affair with the Chevy Caprice Classic. Tum Tum's "Caprice Music" was an ode to that car culture, illustrating the unique trend ... More >>
Best Texas songs, #100-80 The Spotify playlist for songs #79-60 79. Lift to Experience, "Falling From Cloud 9" From one of the best albums of any North Texas act in recent history, "Falling From Cloud 9" is one of the more accessible songs on 2001's The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. It's probably t ... More >>
Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest IISaturday, July 28, at Granada TheaterIn its second year, Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest has (smartly) shortened things a bit, thus giving more breathing room to the bands, which included Glass Candy, Chromatics, Twin Sister, Chromatics, Taken By Trees, Laurel Halo, A.Dd and DJ Sober.
Jonathan Byrd's got Texas on his mind, Carolina in his heart.
Richardson venue welcomes all, from bards to belly dancers.
The Jayhawks.Last Night: The Jayhawks, Jolie Holland Granada Theater November 16 Better than: rummaging through closets for dubbed copies of Crossroads episodes. Looking only at The Jayhawks' set list from last night, you could think the show was more for a hardcore fan than a casual one, b ... More >>
Scott ToepferChuck Ragan.Gainesville, Florida's Chuck Ragan is one of those dudes who just can't go wrong. His more-than-a-decade's work with the still-revered punk act Hot Water Music is often cited by younger punk bands as a key motivator for their own punk-ish endeavors. In the more recen ... More >>
Grant JonesRegular readers of DC9 and regular drinkers at just about any North Texas honky-tonk are likely familiar with Grant Jones & The Pistol Grip Lassos by now. Between celebrating a great victory in the 2009 Shiner Rising Star Contest (where they won a recording contract) and suffering ... More >>
For 17 years now, Richard Buckner has been one of the most unique singer-songwriters going. Eschewing choruses, Buckner writes in a stream of consciousness matter that resembles free verse poetry set to a fascinating musical backing. Although Buckner was erroneously marketed as a hunky country go ... More >>
The headliner list for the 35 Conferette is incredibly impressive this year, with big names like Mavis Staples, Big Boi and !!! highlighting the bill. But, among the 200 and counting bands that are playing the festival, there's also a pretty great lineup of local talent. In fact, almost 100 of 22 ... More >>
Better than: Seeing the Flatlanders at the Wyly or the Granada, where they've played their last two shows. The ballroom at the Sons of Hermann Hall is their natural element, as dusty and real as the colorful West Texas characters that populate the band's best songs.Will Van OverbeekThe silver-hai ... More >>
Greg ReichelRaised in Oklahoma, but now a resident of Dallas, Greg Reichel is the best kind of alt-country songwriter, one who enjoys both the old-school, rural soul of Townes Van Zandt and the snotty genius of Ryan Adams.Reichel released his debut album back in 2007 and he's been skimping and sa ... More >>
All photos by Patrick MichelsFox & The Bird kept things in line at La Grange on Saturday night.Boys Named SueLa Grange10 p.m.What can be said now about the Boys Named Sue that hasn't been said already over their rabble-rousing course of recent history? Not much, really, but we'll give it a sh ... More >>
We spent 2009 sorting through piles of folk and Americana releases, revising this list in our heads till the bitter end and failing repeatedly to understand the hype behind the Avett Brothers in the process. While a year of listening brought no shortage of pleasant surprises, our hands-down favorite ... More >>
Texas music looks great. It provokes the imagination and illustrates the intangible. For years, we've been providing the necessary flavor to help filmmakers tell their stories. It's what we do; we're obviously good at this kind of thing. And it goes both ways: Movie soundtracks are the kind of thin ... More >>
Little Grey Sheep (Waterbug Records)
Dylan Sneed left the corporate rat race to embrace his talent and his faith
Jesse Sykes spreads the joy of melancholy
How Jim Schutze forsook his hippie-dippy days and learned to love the snout house
Music tidbits from the Big D
Guy Clark remains an understated statesman of true country
Marah is back in fighting form on If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry
Smog's Bill Callahan discovers new sounds and voices...and cleans up with Chloe Sevigny
Feels Like Home (Blue Note)
Shelley King has been up and down The Highway, looking for a home for her music
The Hag brings his songs to Fort Worth this week
RCA unearths 100 "lost" Elvis recordings, just in time to celebrate his death day
Billy Joe Shaver has a stunning new album in stores. But he can't enjoy it.
Willis Alan Ramsey's cult keeps growing, 28 years after cutting his first--and final?--record
From punk to rock to country, Alejandro Escovedo has weathered the push and pull of family and music
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Tary Owens helped rescue the early roots of Texas music. Then those songs saved Owens from himself.
Lucinda Williams' Car Wheels roll on a perfect road
Tom House's backwoods sound carries essential sparks
The Big Gundown squints into the sun, throws its serape over its shoulder, and makes its play
Mary Cutrufello's music is full of country heartache. But Texas' most unlikely honky-tonk star is about to become her own boss.
South by Southwest '97: Will guitars give up the ghost? Yes and no, but mostly no
Cowboy Junkies drone and moan toward brilliance