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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 ...


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Nice Major’s California Colors

Dimitrius Jones
Fort Worth-based rapper Nice Major’s California Colors is a sonic collage of West Coast-style synth, slow-riding beats, droning, mind-bending notes, and intricate rhymes with superior pop sensibilities. The production quality...



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Krum’s Bare Knuckle Gospel

Jeremy Hallock
What a difference a name makes. The new joint by Tarrant County rapper Krum (formerly known as Playdough) and producer DJ Rob Viktum is a first-person saga of redemption, faith, and identity told over soulful, haunting samples ...


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Luke McGlathery

Life Ain’t Hard (Self-released)
Jasun Lee
Luke McGlathery has been a musical pillar around Fort Worth for the past few years. Whether it’s with his former bluegrass outfit Big City Folk, hosting weekly open-mic nights at Lola’s Saloon, or grabbing his violin and ho...



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Tony Ferraro

A Parrot Buys a Hotel
Jasun Lee
Tony Ferraro has spent the past few years firmly placing his thumbprint all over the North Texas music scene. From his days fronting indie-pop darlings Eaton Lake Tonics, to the role-swapping he has engaged in via various proje...


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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...



Fort Worth pop-jazz-blues singer-songwriter D. Anson Brody will release a song a week for a year.

D. Anson Brody: A Song a Week for a Year

ANTHONY MARIAN
Now that major record labels have become the sole province of mega-stars, local musicians are coming up with creative ways to release new music. For example, instead of putting out an album per year or less frequently, the root...


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There’s a Man in the House (Dada Drumming)
Ken Shimamoto
The ominous mood is established by the cover art: a sepia-toned ’20s photo, which seems haphazardly attached to a piece of stained cardboard, depicting a child with a ribbon in her hair descending a staircase. In one hand, sh...