Music Feature

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...


Art of Darkness

ERIC GRIFFEY
Under normal circumstances, three guys who all work at art museums starting a band together would either be the beginning of a lame joke that only art history majors would get or the kind of buzzworthy event that would make UNT...



North Texas’ Woodstock

CHRIS GRAY
Everyone remembers Woodstock. But what about the Texas International Pop Festival?


Cold Comfort

JUSTIN PRESS
The Future Unlived’s music is “built upon revenge,” according to frontman Danny Future. Case in point: “Machine,” a blues-rock stomp in which Future, whose baritone is reminiscent of Ian Astbury...



Pay Dirt

LEONARD CALLAWAY II
Austin Allsup is a complex guy — tough, tender, lost, confident, sane, crazy — but what he isn’t is lazy. A couple of weeks ago, the 25-year-old Fort Worth singer-songwriter played a set of full-on Red Dirt ro...


Come Together

STEVE WATKINS
Matt Skates has been a fixture on the Fort Worth music scene for years. He plays bass currently in seven local bands: Ginny Mac, Katsük, Shuttle, 57 Sauce, End of the World Parade, Skin and Bones Drum Cult, and Panther City Ba...