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Exit 380 / Press

“WINNER: "Comeback Band of the Year" Exit 380 - Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards 2012”

“I see these guys so infrequently that I really forget how amazing they are. ... Blocker’s voice was nothing short of superb this night (and that can also apply to pretty much every other show they do). And while the Alt/Country sound is a big departure from the bands previous material, they still pull it off with ease, and it really came in handy in this scenario, since so much of the “Townies” record can translate perfectly into acoustic songs.”

“Call it artistic maturity, or simply call it the product of more than a decade making local music. The Townies CD was recorded in Dallas and Fort Worth studios, so it’s totally homegrown. But tracks such as “Run for the Gold” and “Soul Burning Train” fit beautifully in the current roots-driven, hand-harvested national indie rock scene.”

“What both Eleven Hundred Springs and Exit 380 share is a commitment to the true soul of country music — what Steve Earle calls real music. ...It's all about honesty and lack of pretense.”

“...the guys have mastered the alt-gothic roots vibe and, even more impressively, have managed to make the sound distinctly their own.”

“...frankly, this is overall the best E380 album ever. All of the songs have a top notch quality about them and none of them seem lacking like you typically find on records.”

“...I’ve heard some of Exit 380’s forthcoming album, Townies, and … wow. My fascination is not due to the obvious factor: the shelving of the hard, driving guitars for a semi-folky approach. No, the material –– the ins and outs of the songs themselves –– is what has floored me.”

“Check out the first single “Soul Burning Train,” on which Blocker’s lingering vocals are answered by bluesy acoustic guitar lines and a gentle banjo rhythm.”

“For over a decade, Dustin Blocker has led some form of Exit 380, one of the most intriguing local bands. (...) Unfortunately, drummer Bobby Shoes decided to leave Exit 380 last year and the more rocking Cities side of the project had to be set aside. Thankfully, Blocker and crew persevered and finished Townies, a solid collection of country-influenced rock and folk.”

“Nominated "Best Pop Act" Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards 2011”

"Exit 380 are currently working on the follow-up to last year's excellent effort Cities Townies,... Hopefully, fans will get to hear quite a bit of new material from this increasingly interesting local outfit...(read more)

“Exit 380 might be the quintessential local rock band. They play, play, play and unabashedly pay homage to their favorite grunge-era bands while maintaining a quirky, idiosyncratic edge.”

“The song ("Moonshiner Run"), which will also appear on the band's planned 2011 release, Townies, is among the best offerings we've yet heard from the band.”

“EXIT 380 just gets better with time. They have a track, and they are staying that track, with a little subtle experimentation. This is what drives a band up and keeps them fresh.”

“Nominated "Best Rock Act" - FW Weekly Music Awards (2007, 2008, 2010)”

“They continue their musical tour with Cities/Townies, a 5-song EP they're releasing later this month. Think of Cities/Townies as half rock, half country-folk. And don't be surprised if the band expands this idea to a double-disc release down the line.”

“Cities Townies, the band's new EP, is a rock record through and through—and a darn good one at that. Sure, a few cuts feature a nice acoustic riff, but songs like "Street Trash View" and "Caught in a Lie" are much closer to Led Zeppelin than the Old 97's.”

“*5 Out Of 5 Stars* Live Show Review: Exit 380 @ The Scout Bar (Houston)”

“WINNER "Song of the Year - 'Alexander Stone' " - FW Weekly Music Awards 2009”

“...it’s as though the boy has grown into a man and Exit 380 has developed and matured into more. Much more…”

"Top Local Shows" Exit380 @ Lola's Saloon (5/28/10)

"TOP LOCAL SHOWS" Exit 380, Traffico, the Orange, Elkhart, Saturday at 9 p.m. at Hailey’s Club. Denton, Tx.

“Then, this week, the band's frontman, Dustin Blocker, emails along the above video for another song on the EP, this one called "Run For The Gold". And, even if for nothing else, the video would stand as an impressive clip just because it's a single shot.”

“Exit 380 is a typical rock band, though you wouldn't know it from recent gigs.”

“THIS WEEKS PICKS: Saturday offers a random sampler of local greatness, including Exit380, American Werewolf Academy, and RTB2.”

“...there's no denying the hypnotic groove and solid, alternative rock chops that Exit 380 continues to exhibit. Conceptual or not, this is music that doesn't shy away from intensity.”

“EXIT 380: Touting an interesting and different indie rock concept album.”

"...Denton's own Exit 380 brings innovative rock stylings to a raucous live show."

“Exit 380 has reached a new technical level with Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Stone. After years of giving over their sound to producers and engineers, Blocker and company self-produced, -engineered, and -mixed the entire CD during a nine-month period at the Fort Worth home of guitarist Borden.”

“Nominated "Best Hard Rock Act" - Dallas Observer Music Awards 2007”

“Alexander aside, the writing of this song was pure genius. We've all either lived through this or observed it in others while we smirked and knew that this teen in front of us was in for some rude awakenings. In all the years I've done radio, I've not seen a song written about it until now.”

“Lead singer-songwriter Dustin Blocker is the mind behind much of Exit 380's surprising success. They regularly pack clubs throughout the Southwest and have sold thousands of CDs via their web site and at their raucous, fan-friendly live shows.”

“Nominated "Rock Album Of The Year 'The Life & Death Of Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Stone' " FW WEEKLY Music Awards 2009”

“Exit 380's concept album The Life and Death of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Stone. The new songs -- about the ups and downs of a fictional 1930s couple -- allow Blocker and the guys to move beyond the '90s-influenced alt-rock they've done in the past.”

“Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Stone is Exit 380's fourth full-length effort, and it's by far the Denton band's most intricate and innovative piece of work.”

“I also bet that more than half of the guitarists and drummers in allegedly progressive local bands (read: Denton post-punks) couldn't sit in with some of Fort Worth's most exemplary mod-rock outfits, including Merkin, In Memory of Man, and Exit 380, bands that are loud, in tune, and tight as hell.”

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