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Big Cliff, JKush: Freestyle Kings

These two local wordsmiths feel most at home off the cuff and in front of a live non-rap band.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Rappers Big Cliff and JKush will never replicate a performance. In fact, they will never even come close to doing a song the same way twice. Even asking for a repeat would be futile, as the friends and lyrical partners make eve...


Say Oh Whitney

With a new album on the way, this Fort Worth-NYC quartet just wants to play, Facebook be damned.
JIMMY FOWLER
Every band should have a patron saint like the one that watches over alt-Americana outfit Oh Whitney. She lets the band members live in her Fort Worth house, feeds them, and offers constant encouragement while they try to launc...



Snow Tha Product: Immigrant Song

Female, Hispanic, bilingual, and on a mission: Fort Worth’s Claudia Feliciano can definitely hang.
CAROLINE COLLIER
As far as she knows, Snow Tha Product is the only bilingual female rapper anywhere in the music business. The daughter of illegal immigrants from Mexico, 23-year-old Claudia Feliciano started rapping after she finished high sch...


Waking Alice Shaping Up

With a new EP produced by a two-time Grammy winner, Waking Alice pops out of the rabbit hole.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Two years ago, an early version of the mod-rock Mansfield band Waking Alice was trying to make the most of expensive studio time while recording a demo at Fort Worth Sound. Producer Bart Rose’s assistant, Michael Garcia, thre...



Your Guide to 817 Nightlife

Drink specials and local music round out Super Bowl week in “Cowtown.”
ANTHONY MARIANI
You’ve got to laugh. Now that North Texas is veritably the center of the sports universe, Fort Worth has never seemed so, well, small compared to Big D. Just go online and check out some of the national headlines. The stories...


Rocket for Ethiopia Launches

Playing a unique brand of Texas punk, this Fort Worth trio comes on hard and fast.
CAROLINE COLLIER
The guys in the young but veteran punk rock trio Rocket for Ethiopia are happy to finally be playing longer sets. Now that each member is in his early 20s and has been in the band for about five years, guitarist Dustin Morris, ...



Sonar Lights Shine

Led by a Greek Elvis, this hard-rocking Fort Worth quartet has global ambitions.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Sonar Lights frontman George Miadis could have been “the next Elvis Presley” in Greece, said Sonar Lights bassist Artell Vincent. When drummer Roy Oteo traveled with Miadis to the frontman’s homeland last summer, he was a...


Fou For You

Two TCU students from Dubai and their drummer share a romantic vision of the world.
CAROLINE COLLIER
When Jeevan Antony was a boy living in Dubai, he didn’t yet know how to play an instrument, but, undeterred, he filled notebooks full of sappy, idealistic lyrics. Jeevan and his younger brother, Mathew, formed their opinions ...



Phantom Caste Surges Forward

Though specializing in glammy synth-rock, this Fort Worth quintet isn’t interested in reliving the ’80s.
JIMMY FOWLER
The moody electronic rock quintet Phantom Caste released its debut EP, Hands to the Light, last summer to considerable praise from critics and fans. The band’s high-drama combination of runaway beats, angular guitars, dark wa...


Merkin Tools Along

Though the guys in the mod-rock trio rarely rehearse, they’re still super-tight and highly capable.
CAROLINE COLLIER
The guys in the mod-rock trio Merkin get a lot of flak for naming their band after a pubic wig. Calling their first full-length album in an eight-year existence Scatology (the study of excrement) probably doesn’t help encoura...