Carlton Zeus "Padre 12"
A single about South Padre in the dead of winter? Not a bad idea to Carlton Zeus. Both a personal aural doc of last summer and a preview of the forthcoming...
Daddy Yankee: 'Prestige'
At this point, he’s bigger than God. Reggaetón galvanizer Daddy Yankee co-releases his sixth studio LP alongside his Cartel tequila, joining a line of Azad watches...
Trip the Light: 'Galactic'
Less than a year after his debut EP, Anthony Burchell — aka Trip the Light — returns with Galactic. Where 2011's Fantastic painted TTL as intelligent dance...
Buho: 'Beggar's Teeth' EP
Beggar's Teeth, Búho's second EP since their 2011 reunion, is surprisingly straight-forward and brief (this is the latest of several upcoming EP releases by...
El-P: 'Cancer for Cure'
For 10 years, El-P has kept tabs on the background radiation of the post-9/11 U.S., not by writing blatantly political rap, but by alluding to the state of the...
Pep Squad on the genre's merits
Fun Fact: Carlos Herrera, sonic architect of smartypants dance outfit PepSquad, is greatly inspired by the professional lives of his sisters.
Pep Squad: 'Get Outrageous'
Overdosed on retro-futurism? Pep Squad is not for you. But that’s what makes this debut so interesting.
The Texas Weather: 'The Fall, The Winter'
Nick Mery may have a rep for being his own biggest fan, but The Fall, The Winter (the album title was changed from the original Pluck) demonstrates his...
Mex Step and MNOLO: 'Machine People'
Machine People marks the first of at least two 2012 releases from Mexican Stepgrandfather (here credited as Mex Step, Marco Cervantes in real life).
LaJIT: 'Black Sun'
LaJIT is John Isaac Torres, a 21-year-old SA resident who spent his high school years on fixed income living with with an alcoholic uncle after...
Zammuto's second act pays homage to his past
Nick Zammuto has been many things in his life: an entry-level grunt at an L.A.-based pharmaceutical company, an Appalachian Trail hiker (literally, not figuratively), and...
Yoshimoto: 'Lemmings to the Sea'
The press release for Yoshimoto's debut Lemmings to the Sea describes the album as a "portentous loadstone." Releases seldom get it so right...
2012 Best Hip-Hop Band: Chisme
Chisme vocalist R.E.L. (real name Ariel Faz, owner of Acquired Taste Preferred Records, established 1999) describe the sound of Chisme as "that sad shit."
2012 Best Hardcore Band: Sohns
According to drummer Lawrence Mercado, Sohns isn't necessarily "looking for it" when it comes to accolades from press and academics. Last year, we learned their fans will demand it for them...
Nedry: 'In a Dim Light'
It's expected that any new electro-pop group is going to produce Portishead comparisons (no one wants to be compared to Moby or The Supreme Beings...
Mrs. Howl: 'Lovie & a Yellow Lamp'
It’s not difficult to see why Girl in a Coma’s Nina Díaz might take an interest in producing Dallas-to-SA transplants Mrs. Howl. The Elastica and Blondie comparisons aren’t unwarranted, but the debu...
Piñata Protest: "Plethora 'Reloaded'"
In January 2010, Piñata Protest went through the last of five years of lineup changes: bassist Omar Nambo departed for L.A. to pursue other musical interests...
Common: The Dreamer, The Believer
Common has always walked a tightrope. His "I Used to Love H.E.R." is a love song (a rap rarity in '94) that charted his love's spiritual and moral decline...
Live & local: Sons of Sancho
Sons of Sancho had a topical moment at the fourth annual Official First Saturday Art Show at Rebar last weekend. Before launching into the reggae-tinged slow-burner...
Houston's Chamillionaire rides free
Everything that's great about Houston rapper Chamillionaire can be found in a single video he posted to Ustream last January. On the streaming service...
Echocentrics: Echoland EP
Consider for a moment the task of releasing a Brian Eno retrospective, one that celebrates not his solo recordings, but the artists he has produced since 1974.
The best local albums of 2011
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Live & local: Muldoon
"We're here to remember a time before text messaging, before skinny jeans, when it was OK to be a local band ripping off Cursive," Jerid Reed Morris, guitarist/vocalist for Muldoon and...
The Roots: undun
The Roots have delivered increasingly poignant and thematically focused records on life's trials.
Trip the Light: Fantastic EP
This album is further proof that we live in a time when all genres bleed, where the experimental indie rock of Panda Bear heavily borrows
the music theory of '90s trance, two styles once thought to be in different hemispheres.
Pillow Talk: Faux Fur EP
There's no shortage of country/Americana acts coming out of Saytown, with a few trying to appropriate the indie label to cut away from the pack.
Bryan Hamilton: Welcome to Dreamland
Local producer Bryan Hamilton has described Welcome to Dreamland as a "bunch of angels talking to each other." The ethereal quality of the description gets at the heart of Dreamland.
BeerFace and Pointing Fingers: (7'' Split Single)
Songs about gettin' trashed are hardly original, but BeerFace's "Number One" is a slick late '80s party rap retread. Anchored with a mean funk bass line, slow drum break, and a wealth of booze-themed foley, BeerFace (operating as Louie Dollars in other proj
Bryan Hamilton's trials with modernity
Producer Bryan Hamilton sleeps on the floor. He has no job and only a few months left in his unemployment benefits. But he's optimistic. "Money's really not that big of a deal to me," he said in a recent phone interview. "It comes when I need it to come."
Live & Local: Pokell and Dooley at Creeps and Ghosts
Oh, rap shows. Why are you so strange? Do we just live in a world that belongs to rock ‘n’ roll or have I been brainwashed into believing that a show must feature guitars and drums in order to be evocative?
The new Terrordome: Why Public Enemy still matters
Things have cooled somewhat for Public Enemy, the self-proclaimed “Prophets of Rage.” They made five albums post-2000, all of which failed to match the impact of their first turn-of-the-’90s dynasty.
Live & Local: Yes, Inferno at Limelight
“Something just died, no clue,” said Richard Garcia, one of two guitarists for heavy math rockers Yes, Inferno, after their album release set on Friday, June 17, at Limelight.
Richard, always one to banter since his earliest days as solo artist Romeo Gol