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Charlie Robison bangs out bittersweet, hopeful breakup album


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Chris Parker
A star athlete and self-confessed hell-raiser, Charlie Robison is the brash, larger-than-life character you'd expect to hear singing Texas country. He's got a folksy, forthright manner; likes hi...
 
Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Veils' Finn Andrews, 'Sun' gang will shine from Norman stage


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Chris Parker
The problem with having a legacy or looks that open doors is that you might be asked to step through before you're ready. As the history of child stars attests, entertainment is an industry that...
 
Thursday, July 16, 2009

Australia's Sick Puppies go from Free Hugs to cold shoulders with 'Tri-Polar'


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Chris Parker
Lightning struck for Sick Puppies in the form of a video that became a viral YouTube hit three years ago. The trio received the kind of publicity you can't buy when footage of singer/guitarist S...
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Junior Brown paints country-colored rockabilly with humor


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Chris Parker
He possesses a deep, throaty voice rich as dark chocolate and a nimble knowledge of the fretboard. He plays a double-necked device that's part six-string electric and part steel guitar, and he's...
 
Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Greencards opens up with 'Fascination,' a broad new album


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Chris Parker
There isn't as much opportunity to make it as a musician in Australia as in the United States. It's just one of those things that comes when a performer lives on a continent with 1/15th the pote...
 
Thursday, June 25, 2009

New York punkers The Casualties refuse to die


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Chris Parker
Mohawk-sporting shout-along punk rockers The Casualties aren't so much a nostalgia act as a throwback. It's the difference between visiting and living there. The Big Apple quartet has remained t...
 
Thursday, June 25, 2009

German DJ's music remixes electronic genre's meaning


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Chris Parker
Paul van Dyk may never live down his association with trance music, which has stuck like gum to the bottom of his shoe for years. In a 2003 interview, he told me, "The worst electronic music...
 
Thursday, June 11, 2009

New York Dolls rediscover old fire with new members


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Chris Parker
Disregard your preconceptions about nostalgia tours and comeback albums, because this ain't Fleetwood Mac or the Eagles. It's the New York Dolls.
 
Thursday, May 28, 2009

Folk finger picker Jeff Hanson wrings hearts with womanly vocals


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Chris Parker
One day, Jeff Hanson will be able to begin interviews by talking about something other than his falsetto voice or the delicate, folk-trimmed melodies that adorn his wistful songs " characteristi...
 
Thursday, May 28, 2009

Telekinesis! journeys to Norman with vivid visions of trips, travels


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Chris Parker
One of the most intriguing discoveries of the year is Michael Benjamin Lerner, the 22-year-old pop genius behind Telekinesis!, which released its self-titled debut last month. ...
 
Thursday, May 21, 2009

Robert Gomez steals spotlight in wild circus


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Chris Parker
Ask anyone who's been in the music business for a while, and they'll tell you it's a three-ring circus filled with clowns, magicians, high-wire acts and animals that have no problem biting the h...
 
Thursday, May 21, 2009

TV on the Radio tightened its programming for 2008's 'Dear Science'


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Chris Parker
TV on the Radio is one of the most critically adored acts in the underground, since it burst on the scene with its 2004 full-length debut, "Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes," and the group a...
 
Thursday, May 14, 2009

West Coast foursome The Willowz offer songs for 'Everyone'


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Chris Parker
Sometimes it takes a while to figure out what you want to become. Fortunately for The Willowz, rock 'n' roll is a profession that allows for on-the-job training. It's taken four albums for singe...
 
Thursday, May 7, 2009

Rowdy Danish rock trio happy to kill, kiss, thrill or punch


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Chris Parker
The members sport their own rebellious fashion, pen pop culture-biting songs with hot-blooded punk rhythms, and "horror" is right in the name, but please don't deem the Danish act HorrorPops as ...
 
Thursday, May 7, 2009

South Texas country siren writes what she wants, goes where the spirit takes her


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Chris Parker
If I had a daughter, singer/songwriter Terri Hendrix offers on the song of the same name, "I'd tell her it's better to be out there on the field of life taking hits and making touchdowns, than...
 
Thursday, April 30, 2009
 
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