Northeast Texas is not a place from which most people are likely to say that the finest of American music is coming these days. Denton, Texas, however was a town named by Paste Magazine in 2008 as America’s best music scene, boasting the homegrown talent of the irrepressible indie songcrafters Centro-matic (and sister group South San Gabriel) along with the bar-sodden country rock should-be-superstars Slobberbone. Another group out of Denton is Midlake, and their star is currently on the rise—more so perhaps than almost any other in the American underground set, particularly in Europe, where they regularly sell out theater engagements. Their latest, The Courage of Others, offers further proof. With their breakthrough, 2006’s The Trials of Van Occupanther, Midlake was pegged as an outfit at some offbeat crossroads of Radiohead’s epic, modern, and internalized art rock and mid-period Fleetwood Mac revelry of dusty-eyed American minor-key pop majesty.