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MERCH - "tothethingsthemselves" Tee
MERCH - "Lights Out for the Territories" Tee
VINYL - DARIUSTX V. The Angels of Goliad
ALBUM - Lights Out for the Territories
ALBUM - The Revelator and the Twilight
ALBUM - tothethingsthemselves
ALBUM - Open Letter
VIDEO - "In the Shadow of the Death-Bird's Wing"
VIDEO - "Lonely Days" - Live at the Kessler
VIDEO - dariustx txrio live on the television
VIDEO - The Damn Well Please Organ Trio

Open Letter
This is the very 1st solo album from dariustx, made in a house in Denton, TX with just the engineer, Ryan Rees, directly after disbanding the popular Texas funk/rock outfit Dr. Teeth. It's weird and full of angst - give it a spin!

$10 for physical copy (plus s+h)
$9 for digital download + digibooklet
stupid parade
fall of 88
mint julep on monday
sgt. mcgee
when swallows homeward fly

The Metroplex music scene is nothing new to musician Darius Holbert. He's been a big part of it for 5 years as the frontman for the successful Denton band, Dr. Teeth. But this time around it's different. Darius is taking hold of the reigns, all of them.

The product is an an intelligent, ecclectic mix of gospel, country, blues, rock and maybe a little more pop than the musician expected. Darius moves from bluesy piano to new-wave keyboard without hesitation, only pausing with slight humorous anecdotes that allow his audience to catch up with him.

"The only rhyme and reason to it is that it's all the amalgamation of all the stuff I grew up on," he said. "I'm into everything from Lousiana rock to southern R & B to English pop to modern classical."
Deriving material from personal endeavors, darius produces thoughtful, sometimes humorous, sometimes dreary, but always soulful melodies. You have to listen carefully, but songs that sound superficially upbeat and funny are, in fact, deep and meaningful.

"Wives of the Circle Five," a song Darius describes as a "sweeping ballad to trailer-park women", is really a song about trying to overcome being a small-town boy - still wanting to be comfortable, yet wanting to know what else the world has to offer.

"Stupid Parade" is a song that takes a painful personal look at being powerless over certain aspects of love. The song is purely honest - reflecting Darius' emotional, yet ever-witty personality.

Songs such as "Fall of 88" and "Angola", named after a maximum security prison outside of Baton Rouge, La., bring out the gospel soul in Darius, exposing Darius' full adaptability to any style of soulful music.

Jennifer Robertson
Entertainment Chronicle