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The Dead Revolt - Vanixer [local]
October 31, 2011 – 11:16 am | No Comment
The Dead Revolt – Vanixer [local]

By Jack Daniel Betz
Chugging diligently away, The Dead Revolt have already released their second album and it sounds markedly wiser and more disciplined. Still working within an aggressive prog rock framework, the …

M83 - Hurry up we’re dreaming
October 27, 2011 – 1:05 pm | One Comment
M83 – Hurry up we’re dreaming

By Jack Daniel Betz
While lacking the concise hits of “Saturdays=Youth”, M83’s new album succeeds because it is so thoroughly listenable is its own musical universe. There aren’t any real standouts on this LP because it …

DJ Shadow - The Less You Know, The Better
October 10, 2011 – 2:00 pm | No Comment
DJ Shadow – The Less You Know, The Better

By Jack Daniel Betz
From a critical standpoint, this my favorite DJ Shadow album thus far. “Entroducing..” has now of course reached legendary status in the music world and it was a strong …

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
October 3, 2011 – 1:36 pm | No Comment
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

By Jack Daniel Betz
The echoes of St. Vincent’s days as a member of the whacky Polyphonic Spree are not yet gone from her recordings. In fact, on “Strange Mercy” they’re more sonorous than …

SuperHeavy - SuperHeavy
September 30, 2011 – 1:18 pm | No Comment
SuperHeavy – SuperHeavy

By Jack Daniel Betz
We haven’t had a good super-group in a long time. And it looks like we’ll have to keep waiting because when members of SuperHeavy collaborate they end up sounding more …

Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
September 13, 2011 – 1:41 pm | One Comment

By Jack Daniel Betz
Girls’ 2009 debut “Album” was not a bad start but it was hard to tell the direction for the future. They stuck to a palatable, low-fi, rock sound with a …

Wire Road Studios arrives in Houston Heights
August 2, 2011 – 11:31 pm | No Comment
Wire Road Studios arrives in Houston Heights

By Jack Daniel Betz
It sits in an inconspicuous location on a rough stretch of West 20th flanked by a series of aging dive bars, ice houses, and warehouses to its right and Apple pest control …

Come and “Listen to the King of the Surf Guitar”
June 8, 2011 – 12:27 am | No Comment
Come and “Listen to the King of the Surf Guitar”

By Jack Daniel Betz
The venerable Dick Dale is visiting H-town tonight, once again, but this time he’s playing at a far less annoying venue: The Continental Club. The last time Dale visited was about a …

Some words from Thurogood Wordsmith
May 10, 2011 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

-Jack Daniel Betz
Lyrically-driven, Houston hip-hop artist, Thurogood Wordsmith is active once again after taking a short hiatus. Last week I sat down and asked him a few questions about his past, his present work, and …

Rewind: SXSW Overflow Mar. 21-22
March 28, 2011 – 12:13 pm | No Comment
Rewind: SXSW Overflow Mar. 21-22

By Jack Daniel Betz
Although not nearly as well-attended as Austin’s SXSW festival, The Super Happy Fun Land SXSW Overflow series has been providing bands from all over the world gigs here in Houston for the …