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Lone Star Sounds: New music from Pinkish Black and more

Posted 2:34pm on Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013

The local music scene has a little something for everyone, no matter your genre preference. Here are three new releases worth spinning, from doom-laden rock to head-spinning hip-hop.

Pinkish Black, ‘Razed to the Ground’

Less than a year after its self-titled debut, Fort Worth duo Pinkish Black, now signed to influential metal label Century Media Records, has returned with its sophomore LP, Razed to the Ground. Vocalist and synthesizer wrangler Daron Beck and drummer Jon Teague are as uncompromising as ever — opener She Left Him Red, with its hellish chorale and ominous bass notes, conjures years of nightmares in less than four minutes — although this record favors a bit more melody, if only to help ameliorate the anxiety pulsing beneath every track. Produced by the duo along with Matt Barnhart at Denton’s Echo Lab, Ground is a ferocious accomplishment, and one suggesting Pinkish Black will continue its dispatches from the depths for years to come.

Online: facebook.com/pinkish blackband

Sam Lao, ‘West Pantego’

For all the talk about DFW’s exploding hip-hop scene (hey, even Complex magazine is taking notice), women aren’t often in the conversation. Not because there aren’t talented female MCs — there are; Snow Tha Product and Viktoria Vox, among others — but, fairly or not, they get lost in the shuffle. Dallas’ Sam Lao, who has aligned herself with the Brain Gang collective, makes sure you won’t forget her with this stunning debut EP. The core tracks — F.H.S., Nirvana and the gorgeous Haze — showcase an ambitious sonic sensibility (she boldly reworks Coldplay’s Paradise) and Lao’s blazing skills, with words tripping off her tongue faster than seems possible. Keep an eye out — this is a talent, who describes herself as “artist, alchemist, outlier” destined for big things.

Online: samlao.bandcamp.com

The Unlikely Candidates, ‘Follow My Feet’

This Keller quintet, which signed to Atlantic Records this year, joining fellow Fort Worthian Snow Tha Product, makes a polished first impression with this five-track effort. Vocalist Kyle Morris, guitarist Cole Male, drummer Kevin Goddard, lead guitarist Brenton Carney and bassist Jared Hornbeek fit snugly within the pop-rock landscape circa 2013, favoring hooky choruses and densely packed tunes layered with chiming guitar lines. The Unlikely Candiates will spend October opening up, appropriately enough, for Blue October, while also working on a full-length debut.

Online: facebook.com/TUCBAND

Preston Jones, 817-390-7713 Twitter: @prestonjones

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