MARCH 2012 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 7
The year 2008 was, in many ways, a watershed year for both Denton rock music and the national hip-hop scene. The rise of “hip-hopreneurs” prompted Forbes to create its yearly “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” list and note that “rap’s focus has shifted from beef to cake — making money, that is.” But as hip-hop’s profile increased nationally at a seemingly exponential rate, and even as the Denton rock scene received a great deal of exposure with a flagship music festival now entering maturity, the city’s equally eclectic hip-hop community has been growing and developing a voice of its own, and is only just now beginning to be noticed. Story by Dave Sims
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keyes unlocked Houston native Eric Keyes made his way to Denton in the early ’90s to
study music at the University of North Texas. It’s clear that music has been the constant in his life from a very young age, and whether he developed his unique take on sound on his own or at UNT, Keyes certainly plays on his own terms.
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their mighty pen If anyone still thinks of Baruch the Scribe as the folky, twangle-dangle group of kids from next door, they’ve got it all wrong. The group’s newest album, Intentions — scheduled for release March 2 at Dan’s Silverleaf — is all grown up.
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the alchemist A bonny wee glass of Irish coffee.
try this at home Homemade stompbox from an old cigar box.
flavor junkie Cardo’s Farm Project gives us some steady beets.
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