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Music Awards Festival 2015

Fort Worth Weekly
BY EDWARD BROWN, ERIC GRIFFEY, ANTHONY MARIANI, JEFF PRINCE AND STEVE STEWARD PHOTOS BY VISHAL MALHOTRA Welcome to the Fort Worth Weekly’s 13th Annual Music Awards Festival (and 15th Annual Music Awards). And, in an indirect ...


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Songbird Jones Soars

The words come first for country singer Matt Jones.
Edward Brown
If you asked Songbird Jones frontman Matt Jones what he wanted out of life 10 years ago, the 34-year-old would have said a career in professional baseball. The Fort Worth native’s father, Mark Jones, played for the Boston Red...



Rahim Quazi is saying more with less on his new album. Photo by Serkan Zanagar.

Rahim Quazi: New Ghosts

The singer-songwriter simplifies his music — and his life.
Edward Brown
Singer-songwriter Rahim Quazi has hit a sweet spot of sorts. Sure, he’s seen higher highs, like sharing equal billing with The Strokes at New York City’s Mercury Lounge and receiving props from ’N Sync frontman Chris Kirk...


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Soft and Fuzzy — and Loud

After a lot of heartache, psyche-rockers Year of the Bear emerge with their monstrous debut album.
Steve Steward
A lot of the time, if there is a good garage- or psyche-rock show in town, Year of the Bear is on the bill. They’ve supported Austin’s Ancient River and Oklahoma City’s Stardeath and White Dwarfs multiple times. And now, ...



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New Local Music

Hares on the Mountain, The Road Soda, and Dove Hunter lead the hit parade.
Fort Worth Weekly
Hares on the Mountain’s Lambs Musically, there haven’t been many major transformations made between Hares on the Mountain’s 2012 It Will Only Hurt Forever and their newest album, other than Lambs sounds markedly better an...


Sit back and relax with Missing Sibling before the band hits the road.

Commiserate with Missing Sibling

Expanded ranks make for a bigger, fuller sound on the indie-rockers’ new EP.
Jimmy Fowler
Anyone who gives a listen to Commiserate, the infectious new EP from noise-pop practitioners Missing Sibling, is likely to hear echoes of bands like Guided By Voices and Camera Obscura, specialists in warm vocal harmonies ridin...



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New Local Music

A Fort Worth rapper returns to the game while some Denton rockers come into their own.
Fort Worth Weekly
Before Fort Worth’s rap scene blossomed into the vibrant, talent-rich rhyme factory it now is, Smoothvega, a.k.a. Lorenzo Zenteno, stood atop the hip-hop hierarchy and looked poised for big things. The buzz around him was pal...


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New Local Music

Chucho, The Ape Hangars, and Toy Gun lead the hit parade this month.
Fort Worth Weekly
Chucho’s Monotonic Tailpiece Fronted by singer-songwriter Kenny Uptain and compromising musicians from Foxtrot Uniform and The Longshots, the audacious country-blues outfit Chucho is named after a legendary Mexican bandito wh...



Tornup (left) and DJ Berto G have become a force for socially conscious hip-hop in North Texas.

Tornup’s Righteous Rap

Along with DJ Berto G, this 22-year-old Fort Worthian is the anti-bling king.
Jimmy Fowler
Torry Evan Finley may be best known as bassist/frontman of the psychedelic sludge-metal band Spacebeach. The 22-year-old Fort Worthian also is a frequent presence at the Near Southside DIY space 1919 Hemphill, booking shows and...


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Rachella Parks Is Back

After a long battle with illness, the 53-year-old Fort Worth saxophonist has finished her debut album
Edward Brown
Multi-instrumentalist Rachella Parks is slowly regaining her strength after a 10-year battle with sarcoidosis, a rare and incurable disease that caused her fatigue, pain, joint degeneration, and memory loss. The symptoms began ...