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'Friday Night Lights' Still Burns Bright

Despite the uninspired packaging in this complete series set, Friday Night Lights remains an outstanding TV show; one of the best in the current golden age of television.

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Defining Spiritual Sequel in 'Everybody Wants Some!!'

The powerful timing of Richard Linklater’s take on '80s competitiveness in Everybody Wants Some!!

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Trip Lee: Rise

With prudent messaging, excellent delivery, and slick production, there are plenty of reasons to smile while listening to Rise.

Music

Centro-matic: Take Pride in Your Long Odds

Take Pride in Your Long Odds adds further talking points to Centro-matic’s esteemed canon.

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Los Lonely Boys: Revelation

Los Lonely Boys deliver some of their best work, exhibiting exceptional musicianship on the eclectic yet consistent Revelation.

Music

The Anti- SXSW: A Festival for the Disheveled at Couch By Couchwest

A no-cost counterpoint to SXSW one can enjoy at their leisure, Couch By Couchwest is a festival where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you.

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Jamestown Revival: Utah

Jamestown Revival turns out a collection of songs that truly lives up to the country-rock label, confidently toeing the line between genres.

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Texas: The Conversation

After an extended hiatus, the Scottish band return with their best, most beguiling album since their late '90s heyday.

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Texas to Release New Album, 'The Conversation'

This year is the 25th anniversary of Scottish pop band Texas' founding and the group is returning (finally!) with a new album.

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Goodnight, Texas: A Long Life of Living

Two members a country away come together to provide one of the most unique and original Americana records of the year.

Steven Spoerl
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My Jerusalem: Preachers

For My Jerusalem, it's not merely about writing and performing songs, but imbuing them with atmosphere and taking the listener on a trip into a nocturnal setting where the most torrid and primitive emotions can flourish.

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Amy Cook: Summer Skin

The singsong rhythms, light syncopation, and gently sung lyrics belie the violence of the cruel world. The result can simply be called weird.

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Radney Foster: Del Rio, Texas, 1959: Unplugged and Lonesome

Foster lets the passage of time reshape his debut album.

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The Ripe: Into Your Ears

Psychedelic Texas threesome loves the '60s so much, they sometimes forget who they are.

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Cotton Mather: Kontiki (Deluxe Edition)

The Austin-based band’s tracks sound like George Harrison leftovers from the Sgt. Pepper era.

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'Texas Killing Fields' Is Murder!

When you feel sorry for the bad guys in a serial killer flick, you know there's something wrong.

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Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward: Live in the Living Room

Texas outfit's full power revealed at last.

Jedd Beaudoin
Music

Hayes Carll: KMAG YOYO & other American Stories

Carll has a Texas sense of humor, by which I mean he often writes BIG songs to emphasize the outrageousness of human situations. When he sings of love, he means lust, between a man and a woman so mismatched that only sex and booze can make the relationship work.

Books

More Smarts Than a Rattlesnake Whip: 'Heroes of a Texas Childhood' & 'What Would Kinky Do?'

With two of his latest books, Kinky Friedman: Heroes of a Texas Childhood and What Would Kinky Do? How to Unscrew a Screwed-up World, we find Kinky in his roles, respectively, as historian and Texas Cultural Ambassador to the Rest of the World.

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He's In Search of the Blues, and Lord Does Bill Minutaglio Find Them

This is an emotive, compelling, and enlightening collection of essays thanks as much to Bill Minutaglio's writing as the inherent human interest in the topics he chooses.

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White Rabbits + Here We Go Magic: 14 April 2010 - Austin, TX

White Rabbits soon return and wind up being joined by every member of Here We Go Magic for a memorable jam that displays the vibrant camaraderie between the two bands.

Greg M. Schwartz
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Marshall Ford Swing Band: It's About Dam Time

The old material has been renovated rather than modernised.

Books

It Will Come to Me by Emily Fox Gordon

Deadly funny, this is immensely enjoyable, a welcome addition to a genre some of us cannot get enough of.

Television

Independent Lens: Tulia, Texas

As Tulia, Texas follows the many turns of the Drug Task Force case, from the initial convictions to investigations of undercover agent Tom Coleman, it becomes a cautionary tale.

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At the Death House Door

In At the Death House Door, Reverend Carroll Pickett's inspiring conversion story is balanced by Rose Rhoton's complicated response to her brother's wrongful execution.

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Playradioplay!: Texas

The album should be judged with grace and an attempt to look forward into the bright sunlight of the career that awaits the young Texan.

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Could Denton, Texas, be the nation's next hot spot for indie rock?

When it comes to Texas and music, Austin typically grabs all the glory. But the "live-music capital of the world" might need to watch its back.

Cary Darling and Preston Jones
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Sir Douglas Quintet: Live from Austin, Texas

Doug Sahm died in 1999, but the 17 songs here reveal his charisma and considerable talents as a singer and guitar player.

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Texas: Red Book

Almost 20 years on, Texas is still the best pop band American hasn't discovered.

Adam Besenyodi

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