Music Feature
Artists from as far afield as Germany, Peru, Russia, Sweden, Canada, and Italy –– and Texas –– call Saint Marie Records “home.” Tony Robles

Shoegaze Explosion

Fort Worth label Saint Marie Records has gone from two artists to nearly 50 in only three years.
KENNETH KOST
After starting out in 2011 with just two artists, Saint Marie Records has blossomed into a globe-spanning label with 46 artists and more than 50 releases. The thought of a local-centric label simply never appealed to owner Wyat...


More Fleetwood Mac than Merle Haggard, Fort Worth singer-songwriter Whitnye Raquel is still built to battle –– and baffle –– societal convention. Dee Hill

Songbird

Whitnye Raquel has some country influences but is way more than she appears.
STEVE STEWARD
You’d think that a young songwriter whose honkytonk guitar-playing father raised her on a steady diet of country legends would be super-enthusiastic about C&W. But Fort Worth’s Whitnye Raquel doesn’t even like it that...



Duell does “cheeseburger rock ’n’ roll” very well.

Kings of the Stone Age

Fuzzy, loud desert rock gets taken to new heights by Duell.
ANTHONY MARIANI
North Texas was covered in snow. It was late February, in the thick of the blizzard. Forrest Barton dragged himself from the cozy confines of his Haltom City retreat to the nearest liquor store to buy some beer and a bottle of ...


With help from two guys in major label indie-rockers White Denim, 25-year-old Crowley singer-songwriter Leon Bridges is working on his debut album. Erin Margaret Alison Rambo

Wonderful World

A big indie-rock band and talented newcomer come together in a likely place.
ANTHONY MARIANI
High-waisted Wranglers: bringing musicians together since, well, since two months ago. It all started at the Near Southside watering hole The Boiled Owl, where Austin Jenkins, guitarist in the major- label Austin/Fort Worth/Dal...



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Killer or Filler?

Punk attitude, if not punk form, is alive and well in North Texas.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS
As one new platter will get your booty movin’, two others will rattle your brain. “Get your booty movin’ ” is probably a disservice to Stereo Control’s debut EP –– there’s more to it than funky beats, including ...


Gollay: I’m pretty introverted by nature, though I become a different person onstage.”

Gollay: Built for Love

The Un Chien guitarist/vocalist goes her own way on a superb new album.
JIMMY FOWLER
Fort Worth singer-songwriter Rachel Gollay hadn’t done much national touring as a musician, but she recently had a “total immersion” experience in the rigors of it: As a guitarist and vocalist for (and only female member ...



Blocker (center): “Pleasing everybody is hard, so we’ll see how that goes.”

A 180 for 380

The Denton/Fort Worth quintet has come a long way since its mod-rocking days.
JIMMY FOWLER
One recent Saturday afternoon, a group of North Texas musicians huddled over a small makeshift assembly line in a friend’s garage in Denton. The product being assembled was a limited-edition vinyl-and-CD package of Photomaps,...


(From left to right) Russ Genders, Branden Smith, and Mike Noyes are The Dangits.

The Dangits Come Alive

These North Texas hard-rockers still have a lot of kick in them.
ANTHONY MARIANI
The Dangits are the wily veteran cage-fighters of the North Texas music scene. Now instead of punching you squarely in the face for an hour or so, frontman Mike Noyes, guitarist Branden Smith, and drummer Russ Genders also want...



FU’s Kenny Uptain (second from right): “There’s no slowing down. If anything, we’ve probably picked up a little more than we had in the past.”

Foxtrot Uniform Keeps Dancing

Though the band’s new album is in the bag, the musicians aren’t resting.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Though Foxtrot Uniform’s sophomore album, Cisco, is ready to be released in early September, frontman Kenny Uptain and drummer Kelly Test’s project is already moving on to album No. 3. As with Cisco and the band’s 2012 de...


Bummer Vacation is (clockwise from top left) Ricky Williford, Ryan Torres-Reyes, Paul Hernandez, and Tyler Moore.

Not a Bummer Vacation (UPDATED)

Throwing back to New Wave isn’t the only thing that makes these newcomers different.
ANTHONY MARIANI
The time may be right for Bummer Vacation. Vocalist/guitarist Paul Hernandez, vocalist/guitarist Ryan Torres-Reyes, bassist Tyler Moore, and drummer Ricky Williford hark back to Joy Division, The Smiths, and The Cure, producing...