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South-by’s Complete Only When …

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OK, South by Southwest. You’ve made your point. We get it. I’m an ass. I never should have ragged on you in the mid-aughts for booking Complete two years in a row, arguing that the infamous Fort Worth heavy metal trio that...


Bummer Vacation played at the final show at the Where House. Kayla Stigall

The End of an Ear-a

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I want to be sentimental, but I also want to keep things in perspective. I am well aware that life is full of serious heartbreak and serious trauma. And death. (Google “Nigeria attack 2,000.” It’ll make you want to punch ...



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Marinating in Creamy Melodies

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Big props to Chingalotus. Vocalist/bassist Charles Marchbanks, vocalist/guitarist Denver Williams, and drummer Josh Garcia definitely have a lot of chutzpah. Their newish sophomore album basically puts the listener inside the a...


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Caliche Burnout: Hurts so Good

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So you’re expecting another ho-hum New Year’s Eve. As usual, right? There’s always so much pressure to have big fun on the last night of the year that even if you have a good time, you still feel depressed the next day fo...



The Hanna Barbarians -- all current and past members; most of them are shown here -- will be dearly missed. Come send them off in style Friday at Lola's and Saturday, Jan. 17, at The Grotto. Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

Fallen Empire

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Though the loud, raucous, Stones-esque Hanna Barbarians recently announced they were breaking up, they essentially broke up the day they formed in 2009. “We had this barbaric attitude, if you will,” guitarist Alex Zobel sai...


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Local Songs of the Year

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Now that the year is coming to a close, let’s look back at some of the great songs that came to us from the 817 or thereabouts. In celebration of 2014, below are my favorite 14 local tunes of the year. I’ll share my 14 fave...



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Merry Metamodern Christmas!

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Some idiot chatterbox on a local sports talk radio station –– which is like saying “some idiotic idiot,” I know –– proclaimed his hatred for Christmas music the other day, spewing something to the effect of: It all ...


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EPIC RUINS

(Slight Return)
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Don’t get your hopes up. EPIC RUINS is not a thing anymore. Well, for now. The music –– face-melting, stoner-rocking psychedelia from some of Fort Worth’s most creative musicians that launched in 2009 –– had to happ...



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And Boom Goes the Oil

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When Dallasite/Fort Worthians Oil Boom arrived a couple of years ago, they were doing the electro-blues thing that was popular at the time, thanks in no small part to the success of The Black Keys and, a tad earlier, The White ...


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CovFort Worth

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Musicians from originals-only bands getting together to pound out entire sets of often-obscure cover songs or to honor underground heroes onstage has really picked up over the past few months. Don’t laugh. For Modern ’til M...