In Sunday's New York Times, after helpfully pointing out that it's "not all twang" down here (gee, thanks), senior pop critic Jon Pareles goes to church on Explosions in the Sky's new The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place, calling the local instrumentalists "the American answer to Sigur Rós." Pareles, who had to wait in line with all the other peons at Explosions' SXSW Mercury show, later salutes the Dixie Chicks' new live album and DVD. Meanwhile, a recent Village Voice credits the Spiders with inventing the new genre "metalglam." "The advantage of being metalglam is that you can take it as a given that you're to be stagy, showy, and ridiculous," writes Voice scribe Frank Kogan. And that's the way it is.