This may be the best reason since the Rudy Schwartz Project to keep up with the local tape section at Sound Exchange. Brown Hornet crams a relentless gumbo up your ears that hops around from frantic punk to space rock to well-mannered groove. Their approach is reminiscent of Chrome's bombardment of the aural means, and their abrupt musical eclecticism could be interpreted as a logical follow-up to early Butthole Surfers or even Meatjoy. - Greg Beets
PAM MAYOLooking for Alex
Alternately sexy and spooky, sometimes both at once, Pam Mayo's new disc (produced by Arthur Brown) places her edgy, little-girl voice in the service of a diverse batch of smart tunes. Alex veers from the Beatlesque pop of "Officials" (complete with trumpet flourishes) to piano balladry, funk, and some darker, less identifiable stuff, but it all hangs together nicely. - Lee Moore
TRUE INFIDELSBabel (Tarantula)
This group lends a warm studio sound to the kind of country-folk that Bob Dylan was making in his John Wesley Harding period. Singer Mikael Martin follows through on this promise with the same kind of raspy guttural that characterized Mr. Zimmerman's singing in that era, but a lot of the songs are uninspired spiritual quests. Despite its competence, the group mainly flogs a studio strategy that's a three-times removed echo of the Traveling Wilburys. - Eric Rasmussen
I must ask Denim the same question I've asked Scott Hoyt and some guy from Round Rock whose name I've already forgotten - why are you still in Austin? Your Alabama-imitator, Eagles-style country is frowned upon here, but would probably be a hit in Nashville. You can take that as an insult, a compliment, or advice, whichever you prefer.
- Lee Nichols