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Killer or Filler?

Killer or Filler?
Fort Worth Weekly
Jetta in the Ghost Tree’s Clandestine, Vol. 1 It’s been almost nine years since former Flickerstick frontman Brandin Lea put out an album. You would never know it by listening to Clandestine, Vol. 1. Recorded at AudioStyles...


Pocket Theory

Deep Thinking

Pop-punks Pocket Theory haven’t let their youth inhibit them (too much).
Edward Brown
In just two years, Pocket Theory has gone from scratch to two long-players and a steady stream of gigs and has even carved a little national profile for itself. The video for the song “To Be Missed (So Early)” has been view...



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Killer or Filler?

Turn on, tune in, and drop out with these new Fort Worth recordings.
Fort Worth Weekly
Stoner rock album of the year? It’s right here alongside new material from singer-songwriter Cody Culberson. –– Anthony Mariani   Complete’s Beginning of a New Era You know what “Hoogie Boogie Land” is, right? ...


Ryan Tharp Life So Far

The World According to Tharp

This Fort Worth ax-man steps out from the shadows with a stellar debut.
Jimmy Fowler
Give a listen to Life So Far, the debut album from Ryan Tharp, and one impression may cross your mind: This is an awfully confident freshman effort. The 29-year-old Fort Worth singer-songwriter-guitarist casually but masterfull...



JLD

Street Smarts

Not too long ago, JLD was homeless. Now he’s playing a sanctioned SXSW gig.
Jimmy Fowler
When you ask 32-year-old Justin Derington to cite some of his biggest musical influences, he’ll rattle off names like Tom Petty, Kurt Cobain, and Stevie Wonder. Those artists have inspired generations of musicians, of course,...


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Killer or Filler?

Nerdcore rap, sweet and juicy pop, and some heartbreaking Americana are just a little of what’s coming at you from the great 817.
Fort Worth Weekly
Doug Funnie’s Homecoming Right down to his moniker, Doug Funnie is big into the ’90s. In his lyrics, the Mid-Cities rapper references everything from The Mighty Ducks to Doctor Robotnik. Elsewhere, his beats are drenched in...



The Cush

Transcendental Tunes

To its psychedelic rock, The Cush adds some Brit-pop
Steve Steward
On their fourth album, the good folks in The Cush have neatly grafted the expansively psychedelic soundscapes of their earlier material with a heavy dose of British rock. Transcendental Heatwave alternately floats in space and ...


Hennessy: “I own a house in Fort Worth, and I’m not selling it.”

Bull’s-Eye

Even during work training, Richard Hennessy focuses on Henry the Archer.
JIMMY FOWLER
When singer-songwriter Richard Hennessy came to Fort Worth because of a job transfer in early 2013, he expected to dislike Texas. But in reality, the 33-year-old New Jerseyan said, Fort Worth became the home he thought he’d n...



Napier: “I’m big on the ethos of putting musicians in the best environment you can. Some guys will just drop everyone into the same room for a few hours and expect them to be great.”

Everything’s Coming Up Green Audio

Producer/musician Ben Napier’s new studio is legit.
JIMMY FOWLER
Last year was a period of major professional and creative growth for Ben Napier, the veteran green-haired producer, sound engineer, and musician. In April, the TCU alum, who’s worked in the studio and onstage with The Hanna B...


Unger: “The reason I love [this group] is because there’s no ego here.” Allyson V. Williams

On the Flipside

No chords, no problem for this Fort Worth/Dallas jazz trio.
EDWARD BROWN
Flipside has had the same lineup for 12 years, but there’s little else about the jazz trio that can be called predictable. At a late-night gig at Scat Jazz Lounge in November, Flipside bassist Paul Unger began a hard-swinging...