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Electro Night

Two electronic music heavy weights are working to grow their scene.
Jasun Lee
The electronic music scene in North Texas has been growing for the past decade yet while its popularity is on the rise and artists are becoming more abundant, electronic acts often find themselves squeezed onto bills that don...


CharLe$: “I want to do hip hop for a living.” Photo by Andre Trujillo.

In Transit

Fort Worth rapper Lou CharLe$ has a new album and big dreams.
Eric Griffey
Lou CharLe$ is constantly on the move. Whether it’s touring, recording, promoting, or shooting videos, the TCU graduate can’t stay still for too long. His perpetual motion is probably something that was wired into his DNA. ...



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New Local Music

Behold: new tuneage from a veteran hip-hop act and whatever you call Picnic, Lightning.
Fort Worth Weekly
Fort Nox’s Soul Searching According to rap folklore, August 11 is hip-hop’s birthday. On that day in 1973, Clive Campbell — better known as DJ Kool Herc –– was spinning records at his sister’s birthday party. As he ...


Jozwiak: “All five songs from Looks Like Rain were written in about a week-and-a-half.” Photo by Iris Hayes.

Signals, Alibis, and Loops

The shoegazing duo is looking to add band members and evolve its sound.
Jasun Lee
Signals and Alibis guitarist Brian Carter can’t sleep. Well, it isn’t that he can’t sleep. He’s just not very good at falling asleep. “I’ve had insomnia for years,” he said. A malady that drives many people insane...



Brandon Burnett: “It takes a long time to get your chops down.” Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

Blackgrass Revival

Husband-and-wife-fronted Phantom Sensation is hitting the road to support a new album.
Steve Steward
Phantom Sensation songwriter Brandon Burnett said that if the idea of a Southern Gothic folk band has you cringing for fear of shouted “Hey” choruses, you can rest easy. For one thing, his main songwriting influences are mo...


Starbass Laboratories: “As a band, I think we just want people to have a good time.” Photo by Ryan Burger.

Space Jams

Using vintage equipment, Starbass Laboratories are making futuristic music.
Steve Steward
“Welcome! Sorry it smells a little burger-y in here.” That was Peter Gilliland, the dreadlocked, bearded half of electro duo Starbass Laboratories, apologizing for the scent of a post-work snack, reheated in his RV’s micr...



Katsuk (right): “I wanted to take my time with this album.” Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

Epic KatsüK

The veteran Fort Worth songwriter has a new album and a possible acting career on the horizon.
Jasun Lee
Daniel Katsuk is always looking for ways to spark an emotional response from his audience. The renaissance man dabbles in about a dozen creative outlets, including writing, acting, and yoga. Songwriting is still his bailiwick, ...


Stumptones will release its new album Spark on Sat., July 9 at The Grotto.

Toward Perfection

It took five years, but Stumptone has finally released its new album.
Steve Steward
On Saturday night at The Grotto, Stumptone will debut Spark, the space-rock adventurists’ third album. It’s the band’s first long player in five years, and even frontman Chris Plavidal admits that it’s kind of a glacial...



Ronnie Heart closed out Day 1 of MAF’16. Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

MAF’16 Wrap-Up

This year’s version of our annual shindig was a two-day eargasm.
Eric Griffey
I started to relax a little bit on Saturday night, as Ronnie Heart slinked, popped, and locked across the stage at Shipping & Receiving Bar like that cartoon cat from Paula Abdul’s “Opposites Attract” video. The sprig...


Case: “I never went into music to make a lot of money.”

Still Swinging

Though semi-retired, legendary pianist Johnny Case has released a new album.
EDWARD BROWN
In jazz vernacular, “groove” refers to the pulse of the rhythm section. To have a nice groove, an ensemble has to find the right balance between keeping steady time and swinging –– a pushing and pulling of the rhythm. I...