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Live at Kokernot Field (Alpine, TX)
"Live at Kokernot Field (Alpine, TX)"

What an opening act! Mike and the Moonpies performed immediately following the Pecos League matchup between the hometown Alpine Cowboys and the visiting Roswell Invaders. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Alpine was down by one run with one out and runners…

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Sweetheart of the Music Hall
"Sweetheart of the Music Hall"

Sweetheart of the Music Hall screams out of the gate at 100 miles per hour with "New Mercedes," a classic Bryan Dunn power-pop gem. He perfected this songwriting craft years ago, with his consistently witty lyrics, tight arrangements, and hooks…

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"No Less Days"

Inspired by the likes of Yes, Rush, and The Alan Parsons Project, Francis McGrath has created in his solo album, No Less Days, an intricate amalgam of genres, moods, and instrumentation. From the opening notes of the ominous instrumental "Megalopolis…

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"Restore Us"

TaylorWise is an Austin-based group whose musical past travels across progressive, rock, folk, and even children's music genres. Their debut album, "Restore Us," is praise album that touches on their diverse musical styles, but is based firmly in a single,…

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"so far"

Bryan Gorsira's new album so far brings together his original songs, new and old, in a collection that features the singer/songwriter-styled aspects of his repertoire. Where past efforts have moved swiftly across genres and moods reflective of…

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Cold Drink
"Cold Drink"

Sybil's debut album Cold Drink is full-frontal, non-apologetic rock 'n' roll. From the vocal harmonies of "All I Like" channeling a bit of King's X, to their ode to Austin's defunct all-nude Show Palace, Sybil's songs cater to a crowd who enjoy…

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Siskabush Tales
"Siskabush Tales"

Siskabush /sees-ka-bush/ - a Cree/English pidgen word referring to those who gather at the edge of the woods to feed their addictions

Rarely does one come across as eye-opening a first line of an artist…

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Vicious Waltz
"Vicious Waltz"

The danceable groove of "Television Song" introduces Bryan Dunn’s latest release, Vicious Waltz. The 10-song album constitutes Dunn's best recording to date, with regard to his songwriting, production, and musical maturity. While his lyrics…

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"Live at Flipnotics (Austin, TX)"

December 18th brought to Flipnotics Coffeespace Café the last of a seven-date residency by singer/songwriter Claire Small. Originally from Nashville, Claire relocated to Austin a year or so ago after a visit sold her on Austin's music scene, friendly…

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"Amid The Crash"

Amid The Crash is an eponymous debut album built upon a two impressive pillars: the phenomenal musicianship of the band's members and the indomitable spirituality of lyricist/guitarist/vocalist, JR Taylor. The album is clearly inspired by Taylor's…

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"The Best Years"

Bryan Gorsira has written songs for decades, and twelve of them from his recent and distant past comprise his latest effort, The Best Years. The album ranges as greatly in style as it does in date-of-composition, including aspects of singer/songwriter…

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"Frailty"

I first met SkinGod's singer/songwriter/spiritual-guide Ronnie Shingelo in the summer of 2003, as he assembled an early version of the band to play a daytime slot before one of Bruce Springsteen's 10 sold-out concerts at The Meadowlands. As the drummer…

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Static and Scripture
"Static and Scripture"

A Brief History

Having followed Bryan Dunn's career intimately close for the better part of two decades, something readily apparent throughout those years has been listeners' quick identification with his songwriting, both musically…

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