Moon Rocks

Alt-rock band Moon Grave has a new name and a new album in the works.
Edward Brown @EJB0017
Moon Grave has seen the good, bad, and ugly sides of a name. Until last May, the Fort Worth alt-rock trio went by the moniker American Holocaust. Everyone in the band felt it had a cool, gritty ring to it –– frontman Andrew...

Ill Smiths: “Drake is thought about, talked about more in this band than anyone else.”
Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

A Quick Buzz

Ill Smiths have a new record and outlook — and, soon, a new name.
For a band that technically didn’t form until the summer of 2015, Ill Smiths have quickly become one of the buzziest acts in the 817 and the 214. Despite a press kit consisting of only three songs on


Smile! Leon’s on SNL!

That’s me. I’m the guy on Facebook posting that selfie with Leon Bridges at the Chat Room Pub above the caption: “So proud of Leon! We’ve been best friends for two weeks, even though I’m not sure he remembers my name,...


New Local Music

Steve Steward
Raven Charter’s Reset The first thing that jumps out at me from Reset, North Texas prog-rock outfit Raven Charter’s third record, is its sonic perfection: perfectly played, perfectly recorded, with time signatures switching...

Squanto’s Color TV Death represents a new paradigm.

Squanto’s Spear of Density

There’s new music, and then there’s this Fort Worthian’s dark electro-pop.
Anthony Mariani
Squanto is highly recommended, especially for fans of early-’90s trip-hop, early Beck, glitchwerks, the poetry of John Ashbery and Jorie Graham, and music as people 30 and older probably treasure it. “Ten was the last great...



Can a body criticize a festival that’s only in its fourth year? Because that’s what I’m fittin’ t’do. (But not really.) The fest in question is Fort Worth Rock Assembly, in which North Texas original bands (most from ...

Photo by Viktor Villanueva

Hate Your Friends Love Music

To this pop-punk-driven quartet, whining is for babies.
Steve Steward
An all-time classic “band dudes” conversation is the one that starts with “We should totally start a band together.” Usually there’s lots of complimentary banter bandied back and forth about mutual affinities for guit...


Welcome, Wayside Ballroom

Right now, The Wayside Ballroom is a mess. Electrical cables dangle from the “ceiling,” machinery and tools are strewn across the dust-and-debris-covered floor, and at least 10 metric tons of musical gear weighs down the st...

Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

Vodeo’s Auspicious Debut

This yacht-rocking Fort Worth quartet’s self-titled EP is already a classic.
Anthony Mariani
These guys must get laid a lot. Not that having acrobatic sex with as many attractive people as possible is every musician’s dream, but … wait. News flash: It is. Anyway, not since The Hanna Barbarians or maybe even the Joh...


New Local Music

Two pop-punk bands and a rocked-out songstress dropped new material.
Fort Worth Weekly
Jessie Frye’s Boys’ Club Jessie Frye has balance working in her favor. Her rich voice could easily work in the hands of a dance-pop producer, but she chooses a much more organic, rock-oriented approach. Following up her acc...