Music Feature

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, Kats√ľk, Shuttle, 57 Sauce, End of the World Parade, Skin and Bones Drum Cult, and Panther City Ba...


Pluck

JEFF PRINCE
Frank Whetstine has reinvented something almost as commonplace and universally accepted as the wheel: the plastic guitar pick. The flat, triangular pick favored for decades by folk strummers, country pickers, and rock ‘n&...



No Reservations

KEN SHIMAMOTO
The economic downturn has not been kind to the folks from Indian Casino Records, the plucky little Seattle-based indie record label that we’ve profiled (“South by Northwest,” Feb. 11, 2009) and that has releas...


A Light in the Field

ANTHONY MARIANI
Most of us who go to local shows probably spend a lot of time paying polite attention, maybe nodding along to the beat a little. Rarely do we have an experience. But a couple of years ago at a show at Lola’s Saloon-Sixth,...