Author: April Kinser

Mason Jennings

Minneapolis-based Mason Jennings has developed a strong grassroots following by putting out consistently strong records full of inquisitive lyrics and simple melodies. Mason impressed Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock enough during an opening stint for Brock to sign him to his Glacial Pace label, on which he released 2006’s “Boneclouds.” He then moved to Jack… Read more »


Chicago power poppers OK Go had a small hit with “Get Over It,” from their 2002 self-titled record, but exploded onto the scene thanks to an impeccably choreographed video for “Here It Goes Again,” from their 2005 follow-up “Oh No.” They returned early this year, dropped from their label but with one of their strongest… Read more »

The Beaten Sea

This folk duo, comprised of Benj Pocta and Jamie Wilson has emerged as one of the pieces of Dallas’ neo-folk scene, loosely organized under the umbrella of the Dallas Family Band. Their first, self-titled release mines folk, alt-country, and old-time music to create a sound that is at once haunting and beautiful. The Beaten Sea… Read more »

The Hope Trust

The Hope Trust makes thinkers rock in Denton, Texas. Channeling a blend of Americana, timeless pop, and rock n roll that hooks lovers of Neil Finn (Crowded House), Wilco, and The Wallflowers, frontman Kelly Upshaw pens songs that steadily unfold, leading captive listeners through a field of sonic space. With his brother Michael on pedal… Read more »

The Buck Pets

Formed in the late 1980s in Dallas, Texas, The Buck Pets were clearly influenced by earlier bands such as The Replacements, The Buzzcocks and The Jesus and Mary Chain but incorporated better production values and more overt nods to classic rock than their college rock/punk predecessors. The band got little support from their record label… Read more »

Trey Johnson

After a decade of fronting the Dallas-based band Sorta, Trey Johnson released Mount Pelèe, a mix of piano ballads, love songs, and pop tunes. Arranged and produced by Don Cento and Stuart Sikes, Mount Pelèe is clever, and at times despairing. Video: Trey Johnson performs at KXT Audio: Trey Johnson interview and performance at KXT… Read more »

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, an Alabama band fronted by the former Drive-By Truckers guitarist brought their soulful country-rock sound to the KXT studios and played a couple songs from their latest self-titled album. Video: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit perform at KXT Audio: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit interview and performance… Read more »

Andrew Tinker

Andrew Tinker brought his eclectic pop sound to the studio November 10. A founding member of the Polyphonic Spree, Tinker released his debut album, It Takes The World, earlier this year. Video: Andrew Tinker Performs at KXT Audio: Andrew Tinker Interview/Performance at KXT