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Fox and the Bird gets notice on USA Today music blog

Dallas-Denton indie folk-pop outfit Fox and the Bird premiered its latest song on the USA Today music blog recently.

The band — which includes busy Denton fiddler Petra Kelly — will release its next album, Darkest Hours, next year. PopCandy, the USA Today music blog, posted the song “No Man’s Land.”

The song is an uptempo jig with mariachi-inspired horns joining in during the verses. If the track is a preview of the album at all, Darkest Hours won’t be a total downer of a record. In fact, “No Man’s Land” portends tight harmonies, rock-meets-choir flourishes and danceable choruses. Think Polyphonic Spree with smoother changes and Irish drinking-song sadness.

Fox and the Bird is Dan Bowman, Jacob Metcalf, Paul Grass, Sarah Scott and Kelly, who is best known as a singer-fiddler in Denton’s danger-folk band Hares on the Mountain.

Local artists part of ‘Commission’ exhibit in Dallas

Several local artists are part of a group exhibition at Gray Matters Gallery in Dallas.

“The Artist’s Commission” examines a number of legacies of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The show examines cultural violence, mourning, collective denial, identity and celebrity.

University of North Texas art faculty member and painter Annette Lawrence has work in the exhibition, as does Vance Wingate, who owns Gray Matters and is the director of the Texas Woman’s University East and West galleries.

Other participating artists are Mary Wallings Blackburn, Christopher Blay, Celia Eberle, Heyd Fontenot, Ann Glazer, Susan Magilow, Louis Mallozzi, Francisco Moreno, Kurt Mueller, Ruben Nieto, Savannah Niles, Laray Polk, Ryder Richards, Vincent Ramos, Carolyn Sortor, Noah Simblist, Susan Teegarten and Terri Thornton.

Gallery hours are by appointment by calling 214-824-7108. The exhibit runs through Dec. 14. Gray Matters is located at 113 N. Haskell Ave. in Dallas.

Zedidiah Word puts out EP after delay by injury

Denton artist Zedidiah Word was working on music he planned to use in making his sophomore album, a follow-up to his debut The Transmigration of Zedidiah Word, released in February.

Then he tried to fix a blender.

A surgery later delivered a prognosis of a full recovery; Word had nearly severed the tip of a finger. But the artist decided to compile an EP, Where Wolves Wait for Weaker Sheep, while letting his finger heal.

The EP includes a brand-new original and a cover of 1960s icon Jackson C. Frank. There are also some acoustic versions of songs from his debut.

Word’s work is moody and tuneful, brooding and reflective. Fans of the Hope Trust and Sundress would take a shine to the fuzzed-out guitars and overcast meditations.

Stream the EP for free, or name your price for a digital download, at

Center ends semester with concert of ensembles

Students from the University of North Texas Center for Chamber Music Studies will perform a fall concert at 8 p.m. today at Voertman Hall in the Music Building, at Avenue C and Chestnut Street. Admission is free.

The Center Woodwind Quintet will play Irving Fine’s Partita for Wind Quintet. The Center Bancroft Quartet will perform Charles Edward Ives’ String Quartet No. 1, From the Salvation Army. The Center Brass Quintet will play Eugene Joseph Bozza’s Sonatine for Brass, and the Center Piano Quartet will perform Gabriel Faure’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Opus 15.

Photography exhibit follows the path of JFK

Photographs Do Not Bend, a gallery in the Dallas Design District, will open an exhibit that retraces the path John F. Kennedy took in Dallas on the last day of his life.

William Greiner’s “Leaving Love Field” traces Kennedy’s historic path from Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963. Greiner’s photographs were taken in the last few years.

His lens finds a number of morbid remnants of the assassination: an “X” on the road where Kennedy’s car passed when he was shot, a spring garden of pink tulips across from the Texas Schoolbook Depository and a small Parkland hospital emergency room sign surrounded by an abstract field of colors, among other images.

The exhibit opened Saturday and runs through Jan. 4. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

For more information, visit or call 214-969-1852.

The gallery is owned and run by Denton residents Burt and Missy Finger.

— Lucinda Breeding

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