Music Feature

Sunny Roads Ahead for J. Walkers

The 817 fiddle-rock trio preps a new album and tour.
JIMMY FOWLER
Take a look at the scrubbed-clean MySpace photos of the pop rock quintet The J. Walkers, and you can tell from their shiny smiles, cherubic faces, and variously styled mop tops that these Tarrant County natives are being groome...


Tommy Atkins (1974-2010)

KEN SHIMAMOTO
Tommy Wayne Atkins, bassist for the Fort Worth experimental hard-rock trio The Great Tyrant, was found dead at home last Thursday afternoon. His two longtime friends and bandmates, Jon Teague and Daron Beck, worried when he did...



Panhandling Law Hampers Buskers

In Sundance Square, cops are pulling the plug on tips.
STEVE WATKINS
Ray Russell has been playing blues guitar around Fort Worth for more than 25 years. For the past year, he has been a busker, meaning that he performs on the street instead of playing in traditional venues. He says he earns more...


He’s Changed

Singer-songwriter David Matsler gets serious about the studio.
CAROLINE COLLIER
While making We’ve Changed, Fort Worth troubadour David Matsler faced his demons and found them less daunting than he had feared. After five years of obsessively devoting his life to music, he finally relinquished his nee...



Crystal Blue Persuasion

The prolific Eyes, Wings And Many Other Things take flight.
COLE GARNER HILL
When Colin Arnold of the Dallas psychedelic duo Eyes, Wings And Many Other Things admits that his and ex-Fort Worthian Sean French’s band “lends itself to people in a certain state of mind,” he clearly means &...


Moon Patrol

As Naxat, Fort Worth's Alex Atchley is out there.
CAROLINE COLLIER
A musically incisive nerd-punk who makes instrumental music inspired by video game soundtracks? That’s Alex Atchley, a 24-year-old Fort Worthian singer-songwriter who now performs as Naxat, the name of one of his previous...



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...