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The boys from Bedhead wipe the sleep from their eyes with Beheaded (Trance Syndicate), a volume of 1995 recordings that serves as the band’s second album. The brainy Dallas quintet’s three-guitar setup shimmers and creeps, foreshadowing the hypnotic bursts of woozy but assertive riffs and unassumingly catchy tunesmithing… . Fellow Metroplexer The Reverend Horton Heat tries preaching beyond the converted with It’s Martini Time (Interscope), which finds his psychobilly trio enhancing its usual cacophony with juke joint horns and hillbilly strings. Still, the Rev is best heard live, preferably while you’re sweaty and choking on stale smoke.   Jason Cohen

Earthy and sentimental, textured and spare, loose in spirit and tight in execution, 4 Aces (Reprise) is arguably the reunited Texas Tornados’ most irresistible album yet, all whirling accordions and organ, multicultural Lone Star rhythms, and purposeful guitars and horns. Freddy Fender turns the country

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