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“Under The Radar” is a regular feature on the Texas Music Scene where our official blogger, singer/songwriter/journalist Mike Ethan Messick, shines the spotlight on a deserving but lesser-known artist. Some of these subjects are just getting started and might be tomorrow’s headliner (or Texas Music Scene star); some are music veterans who’ve earned admirers around the state and around the world while taking the road less traveled. All of them well worth a look &

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If that literal cloud is hanging over your Memorial Day … right there with ya, chief.  Might as well hit the iTunes (or wherever you find those sweet, preferably legal downloads) and try on some new songs.  Here’s 20 recommendations, at various levels of obscurity, to keep you calm until the rain moves on and you can talk one of your rich friends into loaning you the JetSki.  If I was DJ’ing for you this is

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  Unless the artist in question is a total mercenary – a been-there-done-that studio pro, a reluctantly manufactured pop star, etc. – making music is a labor of love almost by definition.  Especially down in the trenches of any sort of independent music, where making a living is less than assured and selling 5000 records would be reason for celebration (as opposed to reason for a label’s boot in an artist’s ass), it’s very much

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In “The Essentials” series, our official blogger, singer/songwriter/journalist Mike Ethan Messick, dives into the catalog of one of the Texas Music Scene’s brightest stars or biggest legends and comes up with a handful of essential songs to recommend. Alternately he might tackle a theme, regional scene, or subgenre and list off just enough highlights and personal favorites to fill up your next mix CD.   THE ESSENTIALS – 15 Great Cover Versions Rodney Parker &

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“Under The Radar” is a regular feature on the Texas Music Scene where our official blogger, singer/songwriter/journalist Mike Ethan Messick, shines the spotlight on a deserving but lesser-known artist. Some of these subjects are just getting started and might be tomorrow’s headliner (or Texas Music Scene star); some are music veterans who’ve earned admirers around the state and around the world while taking the road less traveled. All of them well worth a look &

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