Foxtrot Uniform Forge Their Own Brand of Rebel Country on Cisco

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Baily Mize

When Kenny Uptain and Kelly Test started Foxtrot Uniform, they were looking to rebel. They'd become disillusioned by the strictures of recording session tradition. Hailing to the unflinching producer's demands, most of the Texas country scene was obligated to be "clean" for radio play. But for this pair, that just didn't sit right.

"Artists for the most part just want to make a clean record for the radio and they are willing to do anything that any semi-successful producer tells them...including using all session guys," says guitarist Uptain. "Kelly and I always seemed to leave the studio with a feeling that we were making a sub-par product all for a ridiculous goal."


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Robert Cray on Being a Blues Legend: "At the End of the Day, You Have to Play Tomorrow"

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Robert Cray

Prior to 1986, Robert Cray was just another talented blues guitarist wondering where his next gig was going to be. But after the Strong Persuader album and the hit single "Smoking Gun," Cray became a viable commercial proposition across several genres. Cray has parlayed that success into a four- decade-long career that has earned him four Grammys and a spot in the Blues Hall of Fame.

Speaking from a hotel room while on tour and in anticipation of his performance on Sunday, August 31 at the Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival, Cray spoke with DC9 about his love for the blues, his cameo in the film Animal House and how he's maintained such a loyal following for all of these years.

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Lance Lopez Brings the Blues to Coach Joe's Hat Tricks Each Week

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Lance Lopez brings the blues to Coach Joe's Hat Tricks
Lance Lopez knows the blues. The Dallas native has been sharpening his blues' slinging chops since he was a child. He can feel it in his bones, through his fingertips as they slide across the fretboard. Lopez's guitar skills sometimes seem otherworldly as he bends his strings to create something soul-wrenching in songs such as "Mr. Rattlesnake," "El Paso Sugar" and "2 Cigarettes." It echos the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan, a Dallas native whose legend is immortalized in Austin with a bronzed statue.

Now Lopez is bringing his blues magic to Coach Joe's Hat Tricks in Lewsiville, hosting an open mic live Blues jam session every Thursday evening. It's a night filled with Texas beer, Texas BBQ and Texas blues.

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Micky and the Motorcars on Performing with Their Brothers and Writing with Friends

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Micky and Gary Braun of Micky and the Motorcars have long lived under a formidable shadow. These two brothers are the younger siblings of Willy and Cody Braun, who make up the core of the stellar Austin-based roots-rock outfit Reckless Kelly. Born into a musical family in Idaho, performing has long been in the brothers bloodlines. But even with a handful of albums to their name, including a fantastic new one called Hearts From Above, and a recently completed tour with their older brothers' band, Micky and Gary are out to define themselves and their music on their own terms.

Micky and the Motorcars are swinging through town this weekend for a show at Hank's Texas Grill in McKinney to celebrate the release of their new baby, and we had achance to chat with Micky about life on the road, the limitations of writing country-rock songs and how happiness has helped his creativity.

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Volume Dealer Live the Heavy Metal Dream at the Ride for Dime

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Volume Dealer won the Battle for the Bands for this year's Ride for Dime
In North Texas, Ride for Dime is the best of the best for metal gigs. It's an event that not only showcases a lineup of killer metal bands at two of the top venues -- Trees and The Rail Club -- for metal in the DFW area but also pays homage to local legend Dimebag Darrell Abbott, one of the most influential metal guitarist ever to wield a Dean guitar (or any guitar, for matter).

This year's Ride for Dime, the 10th anniversary of Dime's tragic passing, saw co-founder Rob Eichelberger bombarded with more than 100 bands wanting to join the bill with headliners Texas Hippie Coalition and Kill Devil Hill. Being the nice guy that he is, Eichelberger wanted everyone to play, but that would have turned Ride into more of a weekend metal festival like Woodstock. (Not a bad idea, mind you. He could call it "Dimestock" or something like that.) So he decided to hold a Battle of the Bands.

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Soundgarden's Kim Thayil: "We Have Never Made a Record That Sucked"

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Along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Soundgarden completed the classic grunge rock trifecta that emerged from Seattle in the mid-'80s. Fronted by the hunky Chris Cornell and featuring the blistering guitar work of Kim Thayil, Soundgarden found a large audience on the strength of intense and brooding songs such as "Black Hole Sun" and "Jesus Christ Pose."

From a tour stop in Boston and in anticipation for Sunday's performance with Nine Inch Nails at the Gexa Energy Pavilion, Thayil spoke with DC9 at Night about Soundgarden's 30-year career and how even a decade-long hiatus couldn't diminish the band's fanbase.

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Death Cab for Cutie Turn a New Page as They Headline KXT's Summer Cut

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KXT's Summer Cut could be your last opportunity to see this lineup of Death Cab for Cutie
Hooking up on the phone Tuesday afternoon, Nick Harmer is happy to report that life as the bassist for Death Cab For Cutie remains "a gravy train with biscuit wheels". Harmer is an animated conversationalist, and rattles off his rationale without pause. "We're still getting along, we're making music we are proud of, and we are making music that people are still interested in listening to," he declares. Hard to shoot holes in that logic, right?

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Austin's the Ugly Beats Celebrate Brand New Day at Doublewide Friday

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Hailing out of Austin, the Ugly Beats have been making their garage rock-inspired racket for a little over a decade. In that time, they've released four killer albums, the most recent being Brand New Day. The band's unwavering dedication to '60s rock and '70s power pop is both commendable and convincing.

Speaking from his home in Austin in anticipation of the Ugly Beats visit to the Doublewide on Friday, founding member Joe Emery spoke to DC9 at Night about why his band stays so true to its roots and how the Austin music scene is doing just fine.

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Bukkake Moms Bring The Chronic To The East Coast

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Rick Eye, one of the newest members of Bukkake Moms, remembers the first time he played with the band he joined in 2013. Fans tend to throw all sort of crazy things to performers while they're on stage. That night Eye got to experience objects getting thrown at him, but it wasn't quite what he had in mind.

"While we were playing our song 'Scrotum Caught in a Propeller' for 30 minutes straight, this guy threw his whiskey glass at me and then he threw his Grammy at my face." Eye jokes about publicly shaming that person in this interview but he decided he wants to keep the name off the record. The only clue we can give you is that his attacker is the violin player from the band Seryn. "He was just drunk, there were people cheering us on and some people wanted us to get us off. We played for another 15 minutes," Eye says.

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Tori Amos: "Being 50 Has Been a Huge Inspiration"

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Born Myra Ellen Amos, singer/songwriter/composer Tori Amos changed her name at 18 and embarked on a three-decade-long musical journey that has been fascinating to say the least. Amos' music can be filled with as much pretension as beauty, but it is always interesting. After a few neo-classical releases, Unrepentant Geraldines, Amos' most recent effort, returns the singer to more pop-friendly territory.

From a tour stop in San Francisco and in anticipation of her show this Tuesday at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Amos talked with DC9 about changing her name, challenging her father's religion and mellowing out, a little, at 50.

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