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Experimental Dental School strikes noisy nerve with fresh moves, free album


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Chris Parker
A writhing, offbeat, art-punk act prone to bursts of noise amidst sneaky melodies, the Portland act could be the illegitimate stepbrother of Deerhoof, its tour mates last time through. Like Deer...
 
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Candy Coburn readies for takeoff from 'Nashville Star' to Oklahoma State Fair


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Chris Parker
For every star that crosses the sky as though shot out of a cannon, there's a dozen scrambling to make a little light. Country rocker Candy Coburn is one of the latter, fueled by no-surrender...
 
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tumbledown translates punk-pop passion into more mature twang


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Chris Parker
Maybe because country music has long been inhabited by outlaws, or perhaps it's the newfound credibility the form's enjoyed among hipsters over the last decade or so. Either way, aging punk rock...
 
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Guy Forsyth finds way back to spotlight with re-recorded cuts, new song backlog


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Chris Parker
It's hard not to think of Guy Forsyth every time the FreeCreditReport.com commercial set at the Renaissance fair flickers across the television. EARLY CAREER LESSONS ...
 
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sidelined by fickle finances, rehab, Yourself and the Air figure out things


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Chris Parker
The life story of textured indie-popsters Yourself and the Air would make a great coming-of-age flick " maybe a low-budget, art-house romp about a couple of buddies who gather their friends into...
 
Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ian Moore stakes out new territory, returning to electrified Austin roots


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Chris Parker
Ian Moore came out of the box swinging. He emerged from Austin as a young blues prodigy in the early '90s heyday of Stevie Ray Vaughan, later playing guitar for Joe Ely's band and opening for th...
 
Thursday, September 3, 2009

As Tall as Lions roars with new self-confidence, introverted new album


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Chris Parker
Although some bands do emerge fully realized with a debut release, most need time to find and refine the sound. The members of Long Island quartet As Tall as Lions have endured some growing pain...
 
Thursday, September 3, 2009

Folk-rock darlings Fruit Bats bite back with solid lineup, new album


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Chris Parker
Ever live in a shadow? For Fruit Bats, it's been The Shins, who have hovered over Eric Johnson's band like an older brother. Both signed to Sub Pop in the early aughts, and the two groups expres...
 
Thursday, August 27, 2009

O Pioneers!!! features flurry of upcoming releases


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Chris Parker
Houston's O Pioneers!!! cook up jagged, fevered, punk-rock convulsions that rattle and thunder like it might fly apart at any moment. Front man Eric Solomon's hoarse, hectoring scream presid...
 
Thursday, August 20, 2009

Legendary grunge act still makes waves its own way


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Chris Parker
King Buzzo speaks a truth that's self-evident. "I'm always interested in doing something weird, whatever it may be," said the singer/guitarist for musical iconoclasts the Melvins. ...
 
Thursday, August 20, 2009

Chimaira forges on with ferocious album


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Chris Parker
When Chimaira burst onto the scene with 2001's "Pass Out of Existence," the band cast a unique alloy of writhing hardcore and a molten metal slurry forged with an eerie ribbon electro-industrial luster.
 
Thursday, August 20, 2009

theSTART shows no signs of slowing


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Chris Parker
Nothing's come easy for theSTART, and the members are fine with that. One of the first groups to reach back into New Wave and blend it with a chunky rock crunch, its trendsetting style hasn'...
 
Thursday, August 13, 2009

Awesome Color shoehorns rainbow into gutbucket of fuzz, distortion


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Chris Parker
Awesome Color is a throbbing, distortion-drenched trio drawing deeply on the rich rock heritage of its Michigan home, channeling the propulsive thunder of Detroit acts like The Stooges and MC5, ...
 
Thursday, August 6, 2009

Walter Trout is back and swimming in American circles, including OKC


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Chris Parker
It's been a long ride, but Walter Trout's made up for a lot of lost time. He's gone from blues sideman to hit European rocker to American blues guitar staple in the course of 30 years, building ...
 
Thursday, July 30, 2009

Curtis Peoples works to balance harder rock interests with coffeehouse style


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Chris Parker
The thing people often forget about musicians is that they don't always choose their audience; sometimes, it picks them. SOLO SHOWS FOUR WEDDINGS ...
 
Thursday, July 30, 2009
 
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