Music Feature
A recording of Ronald Shannon Jackson’s last live performance has just been released, and Live at The Kessler Theater is a fitting tribute.

Killer or Filler?

New records come in all sizes in the Fort.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
Even in the winter doldrums, the rekkids keep on comin’. The biggest of the bunch on the chopping block this week is from a legend who left too soon, and it’s also one of the biggest albums to come out of the 817 this seaso...


Arlington Jones, who has worked with “Fathead” Newman and Chaka Khan, is a master of harmony.

Arlington Jones’ Groove

With his new album behind him, this jazz composer prepares to premiere a piano concerto in April.
EDWARD BROWN
Soulful performances and masterful jazz tunes coalesce on Arlington Jones’ newest album, Groove, but the tight-knit ensembles and solos are the hard-earned fruits of more than four years of recording and 30 years of woodshedd...



Igneous Grimm delves deep into country-tinged psychedelia for inspiration.

Killer or Filler?

Sometimes psychedelic rock, party rap, and imagined soundtrack music sneak by us.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
Some people think we should cover more than Fort Worth. Ha! Yeah, right. There are, like, a million bands here. And half of them are good. We’d have to hire 12 more writers to do any justice to this scene alone, and, well, we...


Britt Robisheaux listens to the same music you do. Courtesy Nick Prendergast

All’s a Board

Producer Britt Robisheaux just wants to make great records.
ANTHONY MARIANI
At some point in 2007, Drug Mountain bassist Britt Robisheaux picked up the phone and dialed a number. On the other end (eventually) was Steve Albini, the legendary musician, writer, and producer who’s worked with some of the...



Eat Avery’s Bones’ We Have No Rhythm packs an eternity of punky boom into just a couple of minutes.

Killer or Filler?

Punk rock is alive and well in North Texas. But you already knew that.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
Yes, punk is doing just fine in North Texas. Though the sound lives mainly at 1919 Hemphill (and the occasional house show), it’s driven by quite a few bands that can easily cross over into what constitutes the mainstream in ...


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Killer or Filler?

Locals get in on the holiday mood.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
What to get that music lover in your life? Well, iTunes gift cards are great but are grossly impersonal. Worse, they don’t allow you to impose your superior musical taste on your loved ones. So for your last-minute shopping p...



In diverging slightly from their standard m.o., Quaker City Night Hawks produced the best song to come out of the 817 in ’13. At least according to HearSay.

Best Local Songs of ’13

It’s not a comprehensive list, but it’s, uh, something.
HEARSAY
By “best,” of course, I mean “my favorite.” And by “local,” I mean “Tarrant County.” For the most part. People from Dallas, Denton, and beyond have a lot to do with the great music that comes out of the 817 ever...


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Killer or Filler?

New psych-rock, rap, and acoustic jazz turn up the heat in the Fort.
JIMMY FOWLER, ERIC GRIFFEY, ANTHONY MARIANI, AND STEVE STEWARD
Cheap recording technology probably partly explains the wealth of new music popping up in town these days, but what explains the high quality? Maybe like in the ’60s in New York City, rock ’n’ roll is still relatively new...



It’s a haypatch hustle for Walker and company.

Dangerous Hoedown

JIMMY FOWLER
At one point during the tune “Haypatch Hustler” from Walker & The Texas Dangers’ 2011 debut album Pay the Fiddler, Brett Walker shouts, “Balin’ hay, hey, it’s my job!” The lead singer and upright bass player f...


Kites and Boomerangs: “You can run into problems when one guy brings a riff to the table, and everyone just builds around it.”

Kaleidoscopic

On their new album, Kites and Boomerangs hone in on a signature sound.
JIMMY FOWLER
The Fort Worth indie-pop quartet Kites and Boomerangs has been playing high-energy shows with its current lineup –– guitarist/vocalist Josh Garcia, guitarist/vocalist Will Appleton, drummer/vocalist Donnie Simmons, and bass...