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Now that some of the well-deserved publicity surrounding DJ Sun's first-ever full-length release, One Hundred, has subsided a little, his true accomplishment on the disc seems even more impressive. In the span of 70 minutes, he pours his 20-plus-year career as one of Houston's most in-demand DJs into a seamless work that never lulls, never lags and maintains an unshakably mellow groove throughout.
But then, One Hundred's intricately laid-back latticework should come as no surprise to anyone lucky enough to have met the man. Among his multitude of weekly gigs, Sun's long-running Monday residency at the Flat is probably the most chill environment to glimpse this true turntable craftsman at work.
Earlier this year, John Egan competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where the Houston kinda-acoustic bluesman advanced to the semifinal round of 28 -- so by that reckoning, Egan is one of the Top 30 solo acts of his kind in the world. "Perhaps I was too edgy for the finals?" Egan quipped on Facebook. "All in all it was a great trip and a lot of fun."
He won't be too edgy for his Monday-night residency, which has already allowed him to whip up a new batch of songs to go along with the ones on last year's excellent Phantoms. On April 20, Egan will join like-minded local guitarist the Mighty Orq at Cactus Music for a Record Store Day tribute to the late Lightnin' Hopkins in conjunction with the late Timothy J. O'Brien and David Ensminger's new book on Hopkins, Mojo Hand.
Under the Volcano, April 3
Mike Stinson is dangerous, the kind of songwriter who can upend the way you see the world with a single line, and whose lean, mean rock and roll machine of a band usually starts at a Chuck Berry gallop and goes from there. They can crank it so hard, in fact, it's entirely possible to miss all the diamond-tipped rejoinders, double entendres, aphorisms and the occasional outright burn that litter Stinson's songs, and make him one of the wickedest lyricists around today.
Stinson is also equally prolific, so while he sorts out what to do about releasing his first album since 2010's The Jukebox In Your Heart, more recently written tunes such as "City I Love" (an equally enamored sequel to "Died and Gone to Houston," his mash note to his adopted hometown) and "You Don't Get Nothin' Done" have been showing up on YouTube not long after his gigs.