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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

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Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
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Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Texas troubadour Wayne Hancock wanders into metro with classic country sound

Tory Troutman September 3rd, 2009

Despite all the permutations and possibilities of what is dubbed country music, the wrong hands just can't make it work. For Texas native Wayne "The Train" Hancock, being the real deal while...

Despite all the permutations and possibilities of what is dubbed country music, the wrong hands just can't make it work.

For Texas native Wayne "The Train" Hancock, being the real deal while not sitting still is what it's about. At times a dead ringer for Hank Williams vocally, Hancock could parlay a novelty act at carnivals and classic car shows if the singer/songwriter didn't have such timeless tunes and a guitarist talented enough to be a Texas Playboy. While he may strike the casual as retro, his is more of an alchemy brewed before the musical apartheid, when country, jazz and blues could all play well together.

"I grew up listening to my parents' music " the '40s and '50s style " but we don't call it country. If you tell people you play country music, they think you're part of that yee-haw bunch out of Nashville," Hancock said. "Top 40 country songs today are all about falling in love at the city park and getting really, really drunk. Those are legitimate subjects, but that's not where I'm coming from."

Where he's coming from involves near-perfect murder ballads and tales of alcoholic despair and road life.

"You've gotta be careful when you write about real situations," he said, citing the domestic violence that inspired his 2001 song "Route 23." "I don't want people to think I'm morbid, but a lot of times, I do write about ugly things I've seen."

His darker tales dissipate at his live shows, where good-natured rowdiness rules the day. He will perform 9 p.m. Sunday at The Conservatory.

"Recordings are nice, but the audience interaction is better. We never use a set list; we play off-the-cuff for two-and-a-half to three hours. You'll burn out if you stay home, but if you drive to a show, you might as well stay and play," he said. "We line up in a row, all four of us. Everybody up there is a gunfighter. We don't use drums, so I'm playing chunk rhythm."

While Hancock, guitarist Izak Zaidman and the rest of his band keep things down-home for the most part, the singer said he and his fellow musicians have slipped the surly bonds of Earth on at least one occasion.

"'That's What Daddy Wants' was played on one space shuttle mission to wake up the astronauts. The guys from mission control brought a signed picture of the shuttle to one of my shows in Houston. At the time, I didn't even know what it was for," he said. "My folks always said I was out in space, though." 

Wayne 'The Train' Hancock with Bloody Ol' Mule and the East Dallas Shufflers perform at 9 p.m. Sunday at The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western. Tickets are $12. "Tory Troutman

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