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Taking cues from Nashville and Stoney LaRue, Dallas roots-rock quartet Somebody's Darling gets ready for a bluesy life on the road


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Chris Parker
Like a relationship that just feels right, Somebody's Darling came together quickly and hit it off well. The quartet hit the ground running, playing its first show during its first month together.
 
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Funk-reggae musician and activist Michael Franti advocates the simple joys of life on 'The Sound of Sunshine'


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Chris Parker
It was a strange place for Michael Franti to find himself. In a quarter-century of making provocative, thought-provoking music, he had never enjoyed a top 20 single.
 
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Vicious thrash act Anthrax is always virulent, but the infection is more severe with its sickest front man, Joey Belladonna


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Chris Parker
It's one of thrash metal's signature acts, alongside Slayer, Metallica and Megadeth.
 
Thursday, September 23, 2010

After 30 years of struggle, singer/songwriter Phil Lee finally found the key to his kingdom


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Chris Parker
Phil Lee blew through plenty of opportunity and spent more than 30 years pursuing fortune and fame before getting his first record deal in 2000.
 
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Zac Brown Band readies its next release and group mantra, 'You Get What You Give'


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Chris Parker
With the chart-topping single "Chicken Fried," and a Grammy-winning album, "The Foundation," the Zac Brown Band is a well-oiled machine poised to take over the world.
 
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kind of Like Spitting's Ben Barnett takes things a little easier with Blunt Mechanic


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Chris Parker
If you haven't heard of Blunt Mechanic founder Ben Barnett's old band, Kind of Like Spitting, don't feel bad.
 
Thursday, September 9, 2010

Things old, new and borrowed are all a part of Eric Sardinas' blues


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Chris Parker
While he's a dedicated lover of the blue, he's not a purist, employing all the idioms to create his own, reverent pidgin blues.
 
Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Mynabirds make up for breakup as Laura Burhenn's baroque-gospel call soars high above 'Fire,' 'Flood'


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Chris Parker
Burhenn wrote the disc while recovering from a breakup (or, more precisely, two). Not only had a romance ended, but her band Georgie James had also run its course.
 
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Deadstring Brothers relocate and recharge their engines with renewed touring vigor


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Chris Parker
Those who like rawk with a serving of twang will appreciate the Deadstring Brothers.
 
Thursday, August 26, 2010

The members of Nashville country quartet Gloriana are 'Wild at Heart' and well on their way


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Chris Parker
The members of country-pop group Gloriana had been chasing the dream for years individually when they slowly discovered each other.
 
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Messy and mesmerizing rock 'n' roll noisemakers Season to Risk survived 'The Shattering' and reunites for random pandemonium


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Chris Parker
Listening to Missouri's Season to Risk, it's hard not to scratch your head and wonder what Columbia Records was thinking when it signed the band in the early '90s.
 
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Heavy California quintet Atreyu renews its dark faith by leading a 'Congregation of the Damned'


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Chris Parker
In its dozen years of existence, Atreyu has risen to the top of the melodic hardcore heap.
 
Thursday, August 12, 2010

No longer knotted by familial fame, Shooter Jennings cuts the ambitious 'Ribbons' to comment on bleak times


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Chris Parker
Taking a break from country and southern music to explore some sci-fi and electronic music, Shooter Jennings is creating his own path.
 
Thursday, August 5, 2010

Zydeco queen Rosie Ledet's life took a left turn at 16, and she's followed the road ever since


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Chris Parker
Her entire world changed after attending a zydeco " roots music with Creole roots " performance by the legendary Boozoo Chavis.
 
Thursday, August 5, 2010

After getting 'Lost in the Sound of Separation,' Christian metalcore act Underoath reaffirms its allegiance to a new sound


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Chris Parker
Underoath's grand march to their current state was packed full of change.
 
Thursday, August 5, 2010
 
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