Music Feature

D-Beat Via Rotundus

The metal-punk quartet’s new cassette is an escape.
COLE GARNER HILL
Sunsets of orange and violet, freedom from the visual clutter of skyscrapers and highway overpasses, pecan pie at the Lord’s Acre in the fall, Indian paintbrushes in the spring — the area just south of Fort Worth is a perfe...


The Burning Hotels’ Next Chapter

Novels sets the stage for the Fort Worth indie-rock band’s first big tour.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Let’s just assume that the average kick-ass indie-rock band isn’t going to be whisked away to the Virgin Islands on a private jet, play for a cigar-chomping record-label exec, and then appear on the front cover of Rolling S...



Killer or Filler?

Our critics take a gander at some newly released discs.
Fort Worth Weekly Staff
A Dream I Used to Remember is the third installment in the unlikely collaboration between a Norwegian experimental jazz bassist (Loyal Label honcho Eivind Opsvik) and an Oklahoman guitarist-banjoist-software geek (Aaron Jenning...


Titanmoon Sees Stars

The well-traveled synth-rock band has more going on than just a new album.
JIMMY FOWLER
The title of Titanmoon’s new album We All See Stars could easily refer to the songs: glittery, buoyant, and flowing with a seductive sonic generosity. Sounds incorporated into the tunes include ones captured at a revival at a...



Open Doors for KatsüK

The eponymous band of indie-folk-rocker Daniel Katsük turns the Skeleton Key.
JIMMY FOWLER
Call it good karma. After performing last year at a club in Denton, singer-songwriter Daniel Katsük met the guy who would produce his band’s new EP, Skeleton Key. (The band is called KatsüK, with two capital Ks. The singer ...


Twisted Black Rhymes On

Though he’s behind bars, the Fort Worth artist hasn’t stopped rapping.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Street cred isn’t all it’s, uh, cracked up to be. High-profile rappers sentenced to significant prison terms –– Mystikal, Shyne, Slick Rick –– have watched their careers wither. Part of the reason is that promoting ...



Raging Boner Gets Pissed

Playing for the sake of playing defines the local punk trio.
COLE GARNER HILL
Almost anyone in a band will try to sell you the same story: I’m only in it for the music, man! But when you’re in your 30s, married with a kid, working a full-time job, and you’ve named your band Raging Boner — how cou...


Shapes Stars Make Are Out There

The North Texas trio explores the rougher side of ambient music.
CAROLINE COLLIER
In These Mountains Are Safe, the North Texas trio Shapes Stars Make manages to turn furious progressive rock into an electronic lullaby. The majority of the album’s eight songs are sprawling and wordless, and when guitarist a...



What SXSW Says About FW

The local scene can get deeper while everyone else wades in the shallows.
CAROLINE COLLIER
I spent the past six SXSW festivals running up and down 6th Street trying to catch every band I possibly could. Not this year, though. I saw plenty of good shows, like Band of Skulls, Imaad Wasif, Low Anthem, and Miike Snow, bu...


Wasted Words Aren’t

Though purely anarchic, an 817 art collective has unifying qualities.
COLE GARNER HILL
They walk among us, inconspicuous, hooked on the sickest fix in town. Jason Aldy, an overly polite 28-year-old, works at a health food store, relaxes to Bastard Noise, and performs as Unprotected Sex. Soft-spoken Mickey Spaldin...