Erstwhile rock frontman, playwright and filmmaker, Eric Steele has returned to music with The Great Plains, a country album set in the broad core of America in a post-pandemic world. It’s a continuation of Steele’s captivation with the terra firma at the so-called heart of America, finding a new voice, literally and figuratively, to explore […]Read More Eric Steele – The Great plains
A few months ago, two of Christian music’s weirdest teamed up for a Steve Albini produced EP. This new work from Steve Taylor and Daniel Smith may be a one-off, but it offers a chance to stop and appreciate two genius outcasts of a historically buttoned-down industry.Read More A Collaboration Between CCM’s Chief Weirdos
For the past four years, Daniel Markham has been establishing himself as a serious artist in DFW. Disintegrator is the third of a trio of albums in that span and another stone Markham has laid in a musical career that continues to impress. It validates Markham’s status as an excellent songwriter and serves as a marker of a promising […]Read More Album Review: Disintegrator by Daniel Markham
After a decade hiatus, the locally beloved Pleasant Grove has returned with a new album, The Heart Contortionists. It is their first in 12 years. Fans of the group have enjoyed the recent reunions and one-off shows. But can an album so far removed from its predecessors recapture the allure once generated by a band […]Read More Album Review: The Heart Contortionists by Pleasant Grove
Hank Williams, Jr. has been drawing lines in the sand for a long time. His more recent history of political cable TV ad hominem has gained him the wrong kind of visibility, but the fact is Bocephus (his lifelong nickname) has been going down swinging for the last 25 years. His latest effort, It’s About Time, […]Read More Album Review: It’s About Time by Hank Williams, Jr.
For the better part of a decade, Jacob Metcalf has been hovering below the Dallas radar. You probably know him as one of the members of the very likable folk act The Fox and the Bird, for whom he has sung and played banjo, guitar, spoons, really anything that can make a noise. You may have […]Read More Album Review: Fjord by Jacob Metcalf
There is one sense in which Kanye West’s latest album, Yeezus, resembles the story of Jesus. Within its tracks, West makes bold claims about his primacy and lineage. And while many critics accepted those claims almost a priori, Yeezus is far less stalwart when examined apart from its celebrity creator.Read More Kanye West’s Yeezus: The False Messiah
It is tough to watch people age, particularly if they are very close to you. It is common for one to watch his or her unreasonable expectations run, nose-first, into the brick wall of reality. To watch the strong father you thought would never diminish struggle to tie his shoes. To watch men and women […]Read More Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania