Music Feature

Taking the Lead

JIMMY FOWLER
When local muso Matt Skates formed the Fort Worth Music Co-Op last year, he couldn’t have guessed all the directions it would take. The collective started out as a go-between for Fort Worth musicians and clubs that would,...


Not a Drag

CAROLINE COLLIER
Three musicians who met in a class at Texas Christian University six years ago founded the band Stella Rose under the auspices of loud rock and limitless potential. Youthful abandon informed the grunge-heavy, gritty rock sound ...



Good Place to Start

ERIC GRIFFEY
Fort Worth roots-rock quartet Chatterton has been together in one form or another for a few years now. Though frontman — and lone remaining original member — Kevin Aldridge claims Chatterton has always been a tradit...


Joey Green Hits Red Dirt

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
It’s one of the oldest stories in music: Local boy grows up singing and playing guitar in talent shows, coffee shops, and church camps, then attempts to parlay talent and ability into becoming something more than just ano...



Many-Tentacled

CAROLINE COLLIER
When Jefferson Colby frontman Danny Mabe first picked up a guitar several years ago, he figured out how to play it almost overnight. By the time he had recruited his older brother Matt and childhood friend Jeff Moore to accompa...


Strange Days

COLE GARNER HILL
Don’t call Hentai Improvising Orchestra a band. With completely extemporaneous performances and refusal to practice or designate a bandleader, the Fort Worth experimental ensemble is much closer to a drinking club of crac...



Novel Approach

JIMMY FOWLER
Creative expression, the desire to master an art form, to honor one’s influences – they’re all important reasons for a performer to pick up a guitar and begin to make music. But according to Alex Johnson, the ...


Auld Bang Syne

KEN SHIMAMOTO
Present-day Fort Worth and ’90s-era Deep Ellum are about to clash. Topping a four-band bill at Lola’s Saloon-Sixth this weekend are Haltom City’s mighty Me-Thinks, who, as they’ll freely admit, are a lit...



Business Gets Better

COLE GARNER HILL
With an author’s love of wordplay and keen eye for gritty details, 26-year-old Eaton Lake Tonics frontman Tony Ferraro draws inspiration from “dude-lit,” writers such as Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac, and Joh...


Le Freak

JIMMY FOWLER
Here are a couple of fun facts about the 817 musical entity Disco:Hate, a.k.a. Casey Colby: First, he sings and writes original material but doesn’t consider himself a “singer-songwriter.” Second, though he ca...