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Electric Neck, Mercy Skull

Secret Ghost Champion is still weird, still psychedelic, and still awesome.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Secret Ghost Champion is out there. The Fort Worth quintet led by singer-songwriter Ben Hance isn’t flashy or rowdy, and the guys don’t perform in sequined jumpsuits or anything. Hance, little brother Danny Hance (bass), Jo...


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Get Ready to Fest

Festivals are here to stay. For now.
ANTHONY MARIANI
The year was 2002 when Fort Worth Weekly decided to put together a concert as part of our annual Music Awards. The location was Ridglea Theater. The bill consisted of five bands, including Holland K. Smith and Aggressive Christ...



Tidals: “We’re just bored with playing rock music.”

Waves of Sound

Fort Worth duo Tidals Experiments
JIMMY FOWLER
Fort Worth natives Jeremy Lantz, 33, and Joshua Wrinkle, 30 –– together known as the techno duo Tidals –– were once asked to describe the music they write, record, and perform in clubs around North Texas. “Future punk...


(From left to right) Esteban Juarez, Jonathan Villalobos, and Jorge Armenta comprise one of the only Spanish-language punk bands in town.

Kick Out Los Jams!

Fuera D Servicio specializes in Spanish-language punk.
EDWARD BROWN
When Jonathan Villalobos, lead guitarist and vocalist for Fuera D Servicio, enlisted in the U.S. Marines eight years ago, he never imaged it would be the start of a Latin-flavored punk-rock odyssey. The trio’s nucleus formed ...



Obsidian, Jessie Frye

Killer or Filler?

New albums by some scene stalwarts sound fresh.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS
Among the relatively new releases with roots in the 817, the ones by Jessie Frye, Royal South and company, and Tripp Mathis have a lot of history behind them. Each artist has been on the scene for nearly a decade, Frye when she...


Lion Eye is (from left to right) Shayla Sweetz, Andrew McCollough (Dru B Shinin’), Sam Rude, Paul Gordan, Paul Garza, and Chris Birdine (Young Zeus).

Lion Eye: Roaring Rhymes and Riddims

This new Fort Worth outfit blends hip-hop and reggae for the working class.
EDWARD BROWN
Young Zeus, a.k.a. Chris Birdine, doesn’t have to dig very deep to find inspiration for his rhymes. When you grow up in Fort Worth’s impoverished South Side with a drug-dealing father and gangbanging classmates, life-alteri...



With producer Britt Robisheaux (left), Lazy Summer — (from left to right) Jeremiah Kirby, Justin Weisenborn, and Deryck Barrera — are about to release their second album.

Lazy Summer Creeping In

Former (and current) punks craft moody ukulele-driven instrumental jazz.
JIMMY FOWLER
The goal of most bands is to capture an audience with the raw musical power of their live performances. Guitarist/ukuleleist/composer Jeremiah Kirby, 34, spent several years trying to do that in a ska-punk band that played all ...


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Killer or Filler?

“Boutique pop,” non-bling gangsta rap, pop-punk ­— the Fort’s got it all.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
Now’s as good a time as any to take stock of the quality releases to come from Fort Worth (sometimes with Dallas’ or Denton’s help) over the past couple of weeks alone: The Orbans’ Vedere, The Fibs’ Hex Hex Hex, a rec...



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The Me-Thinks: Loud and Sucky

Three Chili Dog Night goes well with sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.
ANTHONY MARIANI
To his left from the Boswell High School parking lot was home. To his right, the way to Haltom “Rock” City. When he was a 17-year-old senior in 1989, Ray Liberio started turning right after school. And he’s never looked b...


After playing a sanctioned showcase, Fort Worth’s War Party is ready to, um, party at South By Southwest. Steve Steward

South By Recap

The lines were long and sad but the music copious at the annual Austin fest.
STEVE STEWARD
Here’s the thing: I kinda suck at South By Southwest. I get to Austin late. I get defeated by lines. I drink too much, or I don’t drink enough. I worry about who I’m going to impose on for a place to crash, or I get stuck...