Bonus Tracks


DEL DRAGONS

Trash &Tears

Having spent most of the Seventies with my head in the sandbox, I missed the first wave of Stones-influenced bands and got stuck with Stone Temple Pilots. Thankfully, the Del Dragons are 100 percent grunge-free, skipping a generation to marry songs called "Crazy 'Bout Tori" to those staggering, restrained Keith Richards riffs. Pearl who? -- Christopher Gray


DIANA JONES

Imagine Me (New Shoes)

Diana Jones has a smooth, pleasing voice in the Carole King/Joni Mitchell vein. With its shimmering strings, often lavish arrangements, and flawless production, this CD has a feel that harkens back to the days when those ladies were getting copious airplay. Yet the subject matter is very current, putting Jones in a league with Catie Curtis and a cut above Ani DiFranco. -- Joe Mitchell


SANDBLASTERS

Space Bar-B-Q (Music Harmless Music)

The Pulp Fiction soundtrack didn't merely jolt a tidal wave of interest in surf music, it also tied the genre in with B-movie schtick, tribal rhythms, and twang -- three things to which this Austin trio pledge their allegiance over the course of their full-length CD debut. It's not Man or Astro Man? just yet, but rather a Mexican bullfight in the sand, and that's still plenty Tarantino for me.
-- Raoul Hernandez


POI DOG PONDERING

Electrique Plummagram (Bar None)

Okay, I'll admit it's been a few years since I've been to the dance clubs, and maybe that means I don't know what's up, but when I hear one of my favorite bands being sucker MCs -- remixing three songs from Pommegranite and doing the rave thing on four new ones -- I get confused. This isn't Poi Dog, it's Eighties throwback synthesizer music. Yuck. -- Louisa C. Brinsmade

"Bonus Tracks" reviews all local and Texas-related releases commercially available: Send to "Bonus Tracks," The Austin Chronicle, POB 49066, Austin, TX 78765

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle