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Albums to check out

March 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Some of the music I have been enjoying so far in 2008:

Sleepercar, West Texas
This is an alt-country-ish side project from former ATDI member and current Sparta frontman Jim Ward. It rocks in a Tom Petty-ish sort of way and hits stores in April. You can read my review in the April issue of Envy, my last as music editor of the magazine. More info here.

Austin Collins, Roses Are Black
Austin musician Collins has always made great music but this new album should bring him national attention. It’s a powerhouse from start to finish, with songs that range from mellow country tunes to The Replacements-style rockers. More info here.

British Sea Power, Do You Like Rock Music?
I’ll admit this album was a grower for me, but it’s quickly become one of my 2008 favorites. The first half of the album is among the band’s best work. They’re playing at Numbers on April 13th (and after seeing them play twice during SXSW, I couldn’t care less who the opening acts are…). I will see you there. More info here.

Mando Saenz, Bucket
Former Houstonian Saenz wowed me with this. I wasn’t sure what to expect after his move to Nashville, but this batch of songs has already gotten him on the Americana charts–deservedly so. More info here.

The Prairie Cartel, Long Nights, Impossible Odds EP
Electronic/guitar-based dancey fun from the lead singer/guitarist of Local H and former members of Fig Dish/Caviar. I know you’re intrigued, so check them out. More info here.

Enjoy–and let me know what you’ve been listening to lately.

Tags: Miscellaneous · Music · Reviews

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jeff // Mar 31, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Good stuff, David. I am really enjoying both the new Raconteurs CD as well as the new Black Crowes. I like what I heard of the one’s you listed.

  • 2 mary beth shipley // Apr 2, 2008 at 12:58 am

    I love the Old 97’s from Dallas. They are coming to Cactus Music on May 15 and to the Meridian on May 30th. Great Texas Band!!

    Looking forward to reading your archives

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