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Phantom Sensation’s Blackgrass Express

Fort Worth Weekly
Phantom Sensation Blackgrass Express (Self-released)   By the end of Blackgrass Express, the debut album by the Fort Worth-by-way-of-Burleson husband-and-wife folk outfit Phantom Sensation, you can tell their songwriting h...


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Bapharet Vessel’s The Good Kind of Mushroom

Edward Brown
Bapharet Vessel The Good Kind of Mushroom (Self-released)   Does sophisticated songwriting and a mature sound come only with age and years of experience? Teenagers Julian Cedillo (guitar, vocals) and Adam Tunnard (drums, v...



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The Me-Thinks’ “Mr. Dude,” “Rock Deaf”

Steve Steward
The Me-Thinks “Mr. Dude,” “Rock Deaf” (Indian Casino Records) If you ask me, the whole notion of “songwriter” as a type of music is meaningless. Even the person who wrote the lyrics to “Louie Louie” is technical...


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Big Red Ants’ Last Year’s Big Fall

Madelyn Edwards
Big Red Ants Last Year’s Big Fall Big Red Ants’ debut album, Last Year’s Big Fall, is a 10-song collection of catchy alt-rock tunes. Occasionally, the musicians rely a little too much on lyrical clichés. But then again, ...



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Summer Dean’s Unladylike

Eric Grubbs
Summer Dean Unladylike (Self-released)   Summer Dean has been working on her solo material for years, playing shows frequently (including opening for notable country stars Sam Outlaw and Lindi Ortega) and she’s finally p...


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VVOES’ Get Your Life

Jasun Lee
VVoes Get Your Life (Self-released) Shortly after debuting its demos online in 2015, Fort Worth-based Ill Smiths began generating a solid amount of buzz around the region and decided it was time for a more proper release. Front...



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Alexandria Rhea’s Naked Soul

Audrey Rodriguez
Alexandria Rhea Naked Soul (Self-released) “Naked” is the obvious adjective used to describe Alexandria Rhea’s debut EP. The 27-year-old Cleburne native not only appears bare-skinned from the waist up on the cover with m...


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Stumptone’s Spark

Steve Steward
One thing I noticed while listening to Stumptone’s brand new album: Chris Plavidal and company really know how to shift the mood of a song. I’m not talking in terms of a weird key change or the band laying into some clunky,...



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Signals & Alibis’ Looks Like Rain

Jasun Lee
It is impossible to listen to Signal & Alibis’ Looks Like Rain without immediately being swept back to the early’90s Scene that Celebrates Itself: the first wave of shoegaze. But the Fort Worth duo of Rebecca Jozwiak on...


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Siberian Traps’ Stray Dogs

Steve Steward
I don’t want to say that Siberian Traps have finally found their sound, because that would suggest that the five-piece’s previous material, watermarked by the countrified twang frontman Seth Reeves inherited from his stint ...