"Shotgun," the latest from Austin, Texas' Band of Heathens, reveals the veterans in a reflective and melodic mood, facing disappointment, finding new ways to move on, and discovering a memorable country-rock hook along the way.
Analog loops, field recordings and psych-rock swash and swirl together in "Everyone Who Knows You" by Austin, Texas band Royal Forest. Think Dr. Dog meets Animal Collective -- and then think, and listen, again.
In music writing, as with anything worth doing, there's always the pull of undeniable predilections, the force of personal bias and pure subjectivity. And then there's the way I feel about the music of Ray Wylie Hubbard.
On the track "Fall," Austin, Texas band Boy + Kite makes post-rock sound fresh again, with some muscular guitar licks and some sugary harmonies. Fans of the Pixies and Wussy take note and play loud.
In his own cagey yet warm-hearted way, Gurf Morlix has amassed the accomplishments befitting an icon of American music. The superlative guitarist, producer and songwriter isn't living in the past. His latest album is very much in the present tense.
With well-crafted songs and his plaintive, road-worn tenor, Austin-based Jimmy LaFave is one of the best veteran singer-songwriters that you haven't heard yet.
Seth Walker does what he does best on "Time Can Change" -- the blues. Walker slows things down and makes his mark on America's own musical pastime with his own musical experiences.
With the voice of a junk yard dog, the guitar chops of blues maestro and the songs of a dirt road poet, James McMurtry has become a Texas songwriting legend. He visited KDHX for a solo acoustic live performance.