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Hip-Hop Coup

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A huge hip-hop concert is happening on Friday, but it’s not being put on by either of North Texas’ giant commercial hip-hop radio stations. Instead, the Southern Fried Summer Jam — with Bun B, Paul Wall, and S...


Festival Wrap-Up

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This past weekend was our 12th annual Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards Festival downtown, and by most accounts the shindig went off without a hitch and may have been the highlight of lots of people’s weekend. Easily more th...



The Phuss ‘Bout Ken, Ben

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It’s not ’cause he’s one of our regular scribes that we’re bragging on him, but Ken Shimamoto deserves a lot of props for bringing together the 817′s out-there crowd: He fronts  the experi-improv ...


Celebrate the Locals

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Dearly departed Cadillac Fraf (né Chad Percy) left behind a trove of songs. Though primarily a solo performer, Fraf also fronted a band, The Mockingbird Cartel, basically an ensemble vehicle for his songs about life in the Gre...



The F-Dub

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The echoing, splintering reggae-inflected beats coming from outside Lola’s Saloon-Sixth were definitely not anything I would have attributed to Dove Hunter, a nominee for best alt-country in our 12th Annual Fort Worth Wee...


Year of the Kat

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Daniel Katsük finally seems to be getting back into the swing of Fort Worth things. Couple-a years ago, the psych-folk singer-songwriter decamped for verdant Colorado, then came back, then started a band that soon fell apart, ...



Skard Souls

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There’s a lot to be said for running customers off. Running ‘em off in a good way, that is. Just plain sucking is not cool, no matter how shaggy your hair is. I’m sure we all, at one point or another, have wal...


My Hollow Leg

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I admit. I don’t go to as many local shows as I used to. I’m lazy, 1.), and 2.) I’ve seen pretty much every must-see band at least twice. But I still go out. I like drinking. A lot. And one of the perks of han...



Bards

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We’ll miss alt-country singer-songwriter Rob Baird, who’s relocating to Austin soon and has just signed with a big indie label in Nashville. (I’m withholding the name until the deal is finalized.) “It...


Going Up

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Roky Erickson & The 13th Floor Elevators might be the most popular band that no one’s ever actually listened to. Pages upon pages have been written about the influential psych-rockers from Austin. And for good reason:...