Music Feature
Hennessy: “I own a house in Fort Worth, and I’m not selling it.”

Bull’s-Eye

Even during work training, Richard Hennessy focuses on Henry the Archer.
JIMMY FOWLER
When singer-songwriter Richard Hennessy came to Fort Worth because of a job transfer in early 2013, he expected to dislike Texas. But in reality, the 33-year-old New Jerseyan said, Fort Worth became the home he thought he’d n...


Napier: “I’m big on the ethos of putting musicians in the best environment you can. Some guys will just drop everyone into the same room for a few hours and expect them to be great.”

Everything’s Coming Up Green Audio

Producer/musician Ben Napier’s new studio is legit.
JIMMY FOWLER
Last year was a period of major professional and creative growth for Ben Napier, the veteran green-haired producer, sound engineer, and musician. In April, the TCU alum, who’s worked in the studio and onstage with The Hanna B...



Unger: “The reason I love [this group] is because there’s no ego here.” Allyson V. Williams

On the Flipside

No chords, no problem for this Fort Worth/Dallas jazz trio.
EDWARD BROWN
Flipside has had the same lineup for 12 years, but there’s little else about the jazz trio that can be called predictable. At a late-night gig at Scat Jazz Lounge in November, Flipside bassist Paul Unger began a hard-swinging...


The Ape Hangars simply looks like a party (courtesy of artist Keenan Nichols).

Hang 10

The Ape Hangars and Dreamy Soundz reanimate surf-rock.
JIMMY FOWLER
In early 2012, Ryan Coplen and Hank Tosh of the Fort Worth surf-rock quartet The Ape Hangars decided it was time to record their debut album. They knew they wanted to work with producer Jennifer Rux, co-founder with husband Rob...



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Killer or Filler?

A tribute, a garage tape, and a Christmas EP make up this month’s critical darlings.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Now that we’ve named our favorite albums, EPs, and songs of the past 365 days or so, let’s march right into 2015 with this batch of recordings. –– Anthony Mariani   Various artists’ Safely Down: The Songs of Jaso...


The Orbans’ Vedere was noteworthy for multiple reasons.

Top Local Albums of ’14

(Well, they’re one dude's faves.)
HEARSAY
1.) A couple of years ago, as I was interviewing Calhoun songwriters Tim Locke and Jordan Roberts, the discussion turned to The Orbans’ tremendous debut album, When We Were Wild. I don’t remember exactly how Locke put it, b...



Kitchens (left) and Dub have segued into pure metallic improvisation.

Churning Urn

Though still full of doom and sludge, Stone Machine Electric is embracing the chaos.
JOEY KEETON
In the most redeeming sense of the term “typical,” Stone Machine Electric is truly atypical. The Arlington metal duo of drummer Mark Kitchens, an architect and the father of two young children, and guitarist/singer William ...


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Killer or Filler?

Bitch Bricks, Maurice Davis Band, and The Paychecks have got new recordings for your earholes.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS
Punk attitude goes a long way in defusing listeners’ bullshit detectors. And you don’t have to play loud, clanging guitars at breakneck speeds to manifest that punkitude. But punk is easy, right? Just grab your instrument a...



(From left to right) Ryan Spears, Rangeley Grisel, and Austin Smith are in it for the long haul.

In Bloom

Vicious Firs have finally arrived, and they’ve got the no-B.S. EP to prove it.
JOEY KEETON
A typical Vicious Firs concert is not something that you follow out of the corner of your eye while drinking beer and doing shots with your friends at the bar. It’s like being strapped to the undercarriage of a ’89 IROC-Z a...


The Cush is Texas psych at its best.

Comfy Perch

Awakened from hibernation, psych-rockers The Cush return with a new album that digs up old, local roots.
STEVE STEWARD
When a 20-year-old like Lorde can essentially rule the musical landscape, you have to wonder if there’s room for grown-ups. But that thought doesn’t even cross the minds of Burette and Gabrielle Douglas, the husband-and-wif...