The Dust Devils (formerly the Cosmic Dust Devils, now acquiescing to the common shortening of their name) may just be the best thing going in Texas' progressive country music arena today. Alt-country, progressive country, whatever you want to call it, this brand of music remains vibrant even as the indie flavor-of-the-month indicators sweep across the dial to the Modest Mouses of the world. And nobody's writing it any better than Kevin Higgins, or singing it with more lights-out ferocity and passion than Barbara Malteze. Their latest release, Gathering Dust, underscores the point. It's all over the map in terms of sound and content, more a patchwork quilt than a focused theme, but man oh man, what a quilt it is.