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Pretty cool for Quakers. Photo by Karlo X Ramos.

Quaker City Night Hawks: Just Weird Enough

Quaker City Nighthawks are poised to be the biggest band in outer space.
Steve Steward
Singer-guitarist and co-frontman Sam Anderson took a breath and recited the band’s latest descriptor, the one that goes out in PR e-mails to writers like me who love it when a publicist does a lot of the creative lifting. “...


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Missing Sibling: Going Their Own Way

Missing Sibling finds the answers in DIY.
Steve Steward
The living room of Drew Gabbert’s house in North Richland Hills was dark despite the kitchen ceiling’s LEDs and the lights from a bedroom down the hall and the patio outside, where his wife, Lisa, drank beers with some frie...



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Lost in the Crowd at SXSW

Except for the parking, crowds, cops, bands, and venues, this year’s festival was a blast.
Steve Steward
In retrospect, complaining about any part of South by Southwest sounds inordinately whiny. It’s not on par with bitching that the gold leaf on your gold leaf-topped ice cream sundae is oddly shaped but whiny nevertheless. So ...


Singer Charles Bradley drew the biggest crowd on 35 Denton’s second day. Photo by Jeremy Hallock.

Festival Season Has Arrived

Local bands ruled at this year’s 35 Denton.
JEREMY HALLOCK
Denton’s massive annual music festival returned for its seventh year with even more emphasis on local artists, which was by no means a bad thing. Although 35 Denton had about 100 fewer bands than last year, there were still m...



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New Local Music

The Live Oak released a live compilation and Sam Lao sashays delightfully.
Fort Worth Weekly
Live at the Live Oak, Vol. 1, various artists The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge is an acoustically and aesthetically pleasing joint to go listen to traveling singer-songwriters as they pass through town. And now it’s a wel...


Le’Velle: “I don’t like to write anything without substance.” Photo by Armando Conde.

Le’Velle Rising

This Fort Worth rapper’s star has risen quickly.
JEREMY HALLOCK
At 20, Fort Worth rapper Le’Marr Warren — better known as Lyric Le’Velle — has drawn comparisons to J. Cole and earned Leon Bridges’ seal of approval with his increasingly confident live performances. Some of his lyri...



Ryan (left-center): “The machines are a big part of our sound.” Courtesy of Mind Spiders.

Mind Spiders Punk at Heart

The Fort Worth/Denton synth-punk trio has solidified its sound.
Eric Griffey
There’s something almost serene about Mark Ryan. The thoughtful, direct, soft-spoken 40-year-old frontman/guitarist/songwriter for Fort Worth/Denton’s Mind Spiders carries himself with the confidence of a person who has fig...


HIghtower

New Local Music

Hightower, Huffer, and Larry Legion have new tunes for your earholes.
Fort Worth Weekly
Hightower’s Echo Spring You have to admire the ambition on Echo Spring. The debut album from Hightower, the band-vehicle for 33-year-old Fort Worth singer-songwriter Lindsay Hightower, is a blend of the romping, stomping raun...



Smith (second from left): “We kind of wanted to redefine the band.” Photo by Kayla Stigall.

War Spoils

New Tunes from Party Boys
Steve Steward
I remember War Party’s inception five years ago as something a couple of dudes I knew were goofing on. Bassist Tyler Moore told me at the time that he and some friends were jamming on some “doo wop, ’60s pop-type stuff....


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Northern Rising

Turbid North is back, with a more diverse sound.
Steve Steward
The last time I interviewed Turbid North, the Alaskan-born, Texas-based death metal band, was on a brief break from touring in support of Orogeny, a full-length album released on a notable indie metal label called Ironclad Reco...