Music Feature
Rotten Roots are taking it easy on “the biz.”

Rotten Roots Jam

This Fort Worth quartet of reformed punks is a case study in maturation.
MATTHEW MCGOWAN
Angsty, punk-rocking Texas teenagers with caches of bluesy Lone Star country records are bound to mellow out with age, and Rotten Roots, somewhat of a newcomer to the Fort’s music scene, are an example of what it looks and so...


Don’t Ever Look Back Twice is Mills & Co.’s startling debut.

Killer or Filler?

New CDs from some local artists run the gamut.
Fort Worth Weekly Staff and Contributors
Singer-songwriter Taylor Craig Mills’ debut album, Don’t Ever Look Back Twice, has been a long time coming, and it’s a shiny little gem of melancholy pop rock that showcases the main man’s often- extraordinary voice. Mi...



Dru B Shinin’s All American is an insta-classic.

Killer or Filler?

Instrumental guitarwork, hip-hop, and proto-punk albums are coming at you from the Fort.
Fort Worth Weekly Staff and Contributors
Darrin Kobetich’s The Longest Winter The title of guitarist Darrin Kobetich’s latest self-released album, The Longest Winter, suggests the musician might be applying his considerable powers of fretwork to the subject of des...


Newbie Nolan Robertson (The Hendersons) joins the JJs — Jameson Cockerell (center) and Josh Townley — to keep the Rogues running.

Gone Rogue

Turnover in JJ & The Rogues has closed some doors while opening others.
MATTHEW MCGOWAN
The two “Rogues” in JJ & The Rogues have, um, gone rogue. Just in the past few weeks, the Fort Worth pop-rock quartet lost a bassist and then, completely out of the blue, a drummer, leaving the group’s main duo in the...



The Phuss has just released a killer new album and is on tour with The Toadies.

Killer or Filler?

Fort Worth produces garage, triple-A, punk, and post-rock for review.
Fort Worth Weekly Staff and Contributors
Here’s a split EP released on cassette (!) and digital download that features six tracks of raging, lo-fi punk rock thrills, with a virulence that I haven’t heard in these parts for quite awhile. Between these two bands, Do...


(From left to right) drummer Matt Mabe, frontman Danno Mabe, and bassist Anthony Sosa are totally in sync as Jefferson Colby.

Rock Explosion

Jefferson Colby is doing something novel: rocking ’n’ rolling.
Anthony Mariani
Fort Worth has a lot of rock bands. Indie-rock, hard-rock, stoner-rock, punk-rock. But good ol’ fashioned, straight-ahead, unhyphenated rock ’n’ roll? Eh. But Fort Worth, you could argue, isn’t the only city feeling the...



Calhoun Conquers SXSW

Calhoun Conquers SXSW

Fort Worth Weekly
At South by Southwest this year, I was reminded of an old theory that applies to festivals: The average festivalgoer only hears broad strokes, meaning that either loud or soft sounds manage to corral his or her short attention ...


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SXFW

Headed to Austin this week? See some Fort Worth music. Or else.
Hearsay
Since the late 1990s, when I first started attending South by Southwest, I’ve complained so much about the annual music festival and conference that you’d think I was talking about some family reunion I’d been forced to g...



Mind Spiders’ Mark Ryan: “I wonder if I can do a song in 3/4 that’s a Roy Orbison kinda thing?” Mind Spiders’ Mark Ryan: “I wonder if I can do a song in 3/4 that’s a Roy Orbison kinda thing?” Mind Spiders’ Mark Ryan: “I wonder if I can do a song in 3/4 that’s a Roy Orbison kinda thing?” Mind Spiders’ Mark Ryan: “I wonder if I can do a song in 3/4 that’s a Roy Orbison kinda thing?”

Spinning Mind Spiders

With a new album and major internet buzz, Mind Spiders have got legs.
ZACK SHLACHTER
The funny thing about buzz in the internet age is that the attention a band gets is seemingly disconnected from a sense of place. Chances are you haven’t heard of Mind Spiders –– heck, this fine publication has mentioned ...


The Glow of Mon Julien

Ex-Black Tie Dynasty duo finds new life — and new sounds.
ANTHONY MARIANI
For reasons that will become obvious later, one of the best songs off Mon Julien’s recently released eponymous album is also one of the first songs the band ever wrote. The ethereal yet driving track “The Inventor” has a ...