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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...



Teacher Jim Crye doesn’t have metal-face all the time. Christian McPhate

Six-String Theory

At South Hills High, Jim Crye teaches economics and rawk.
CHRISTIAN MCPHATE
Metallica, Slayer, or System of a Down isn’t something you’d expect to hear in a high school classroom. Rock ’n’ roll has never been associated with a good education. But at South Hills High School in Fort Worth, econom...


Capturing the essence of New York City perplexed Ford initially.

BLKrKRT: Beat Bombs

Fort Worth producer Phil Ford conjures up neo-soul, New Jack City, and outer space.
CHRISTOPHER BLAY
Fort Worthian Phil Ford, a.k.a. BLKrKRT (“blacker karat”), is a prolific beat maker/DJ and clothing designer who recently released two albums, Fuses II and Black Super Moon, adding to his already-extensive catalog. Purveyin...



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The Orbans: Return Orbit

Life intervened, but now The Orbans have a successor to their groundbreaking first album.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Only a few years ago, The Orbans might have been the biggest band in North Texas, packing shows across the region, everyone no doubt drawn by the quintet’s polished, melodic, and smart yet rugged pop-rock. And if you missed a...


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And Boom Goes the Prog-Funk

Bomb Atomic’s brand of rock and quality of live performance are explosive.
EDWARD BROWN
Vocalist Justin “Beef” Williams is as crazy about music in general as he is about his funkified prog-rocking quartet. During a recent Bomb Atomic set at The Grotto, he took advantage of a lull between songs to galvanize the...



Fort Nox’s Riders of the Storm is a master class in authentic rap.

Killer or Filler?

Old school hip-hop, pop-punk, and videogame-inspired indie rock are coming at you from the great 817.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
The hits keep on comin’ in ye olde Fort, starting with an EP by a rap trio that’s been around the block a few times. We’ve also got the final installment in a trilogy devoted to Street Fighter (!) and a short, concise, ju...


With artwork by Cody Soape, The Fibs’ recently released debut album, Hex Hex Hex, is bipolar.

The Fibs Cast a Spell

On Hex Hex Hex, Preston Newberry and company bridge the gap between dancey techno and doom rock.
JIMMY FOWLER
Fort Worth singer-songwriter Preston Newberry, 24, is a man of many interests. He restores old homes to pay the bills and has just started his own hummus delivery business in the Near Southside’s historic Fairmount district, ...



A recording of Ronald Shannon Jackson’s last live performance has just been released, and Live at The Kessler Theater is a fitting tribute.

Killer or Filler?

New records come in all sizes in the Fort.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
Even in the winter doldrums, the rekkids keep on comin’. The biggest of the bunch on the chopping block this week is from a legend who left too soon, and it’s also one of the biggest albums to come out of the 817 this seaso...


Arlington Jones, who has worked with “Fathead” Newman and Chaka Khan, is a master of harmony.

Arlington Jones’ Groove

With his new album behind him, this jazz composer prepares to premiere a piano concerto in April.
EDWARD BROWN
Soulful performances and masterful jazz tunes coalesce on Arlington Jones’ newest album, Groove, but the tight-knit ensembles and solos are the hard-earned fruits of more than four years of recording and 30 years of woodshedd...