Music Feature

Readying for Live Oak

A lot is riding on the success of the forthcoming Live Oak Music Hall.
Opening a large live-music venue is a natural career transition for Bill Smith, the developer behind the forthcoming Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge on the Near South Side in the Fairmount District. He’s done construction si...

Killer or Filler?

CDs by Constant Seas, Maren Morris, and We the Sea Lions go under our musical microscope.
Live Wire, Maren Morris: Maren Morris’ third album, Live Wire, is a mature effort from a singer who’s practically grown up on record. Her first release dropped when she was 14, and a loyal fan-base sprang up around her in n...

R.I.P. Savvy’s Rich Mauch

The guitarist was a vital part of the Fort Worth scene in the 1970s and ’80s.
The guy whose looks, musicianship, and demeanor made him one of the coolest guys on the local rock scene in the 1970s and 1980s died in a motorcycle accident Friday, July 22, in Aransas Pass. Richard Mauch was 59.

Quaker City Night Hawks Take Off

Local super-group releases divine new album, ¡Torquila Torquila!
The four guys in the Quaker City Night Hawks have undeniable chemistry. Co-lead vocalists and guitarists Sam Anderson and David Matsler previously worked together in The Black Bonnets and knew bassist Pat Adams and drummer Matt...

The Universal Answer is Both, Alan

Five years have gone into the new album by Chris Hardee’s vehicle.
Not everyone can make weird seem sweet, endearing, possibly even cool. Check that: Most people who are outwardly weird are scary. You fear for them if not fearing for your life in their very presence. But ask anyone who knows C...

The Music Bed Wakes Up

A new song licensing company provides an income resource for indie artists.
Bright pop-rockers Green River Ordinance, singer-songwriter Jordan Critz, the shoegazing Constant Seas, and singer-songwriter Dara Maclean are just four Fort Worth artists who are making money the old-fashioned way: by sitting ...

Music Awards Winners

All 10,000-plus votes were counted, and here are your victors.
On the plus side, no one got hurt, there weren’t any fights, and only a couple of people fell down. On the bad side, we floated three kegs in a little over two hours.

Andrew Kenny’s Wooden Birds

With his new Austin/Brooklyn band, the Fort Worth native harkens back to honey-brown, twang-free country-pop.
Fort Worth native Andrew Kenny has earned critical praise and a national following as lead vocalist and songwriter for both the seminal mid-’90s slowcore outfit American Analog Set and, more recently, the Austin/Brooklyn pop ...

JJ & The Rogues: Stare Down

Having fun is paramount to this 10-year-old guitar-based New Wave Fort Worth quartet.
After being nominated in the 2011 Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards as best comeback band, JJ & The Rogues want to begin showing Fort Worth they never actually left. “It’s always an honor to be recognized, but I never knew...

Apache 5’s Big Black Smoke

Frontman and spiritual leader Joshua Loewen’s take on ’60s bliss shakes in all the right places.
Singer-songwriter Joshua Loewen’s got a fevah, a vest-wearin’, spasmatic-dancin’, bangs-flippin’, grass-smokin’ ache for jangly guitars, snappy beats, and velveteen melodies. He’s tuned his satellite radio to the la...