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The Ape Hangars simply looks like a party (courtesy of artist Keenan Nichols).

Hang 10

The Ape Hangars and Dreamy Soundz reanimate surf-rock.
JIMMY FOWLER
In early 2012, Ryan Coplen and Hank Tosh of the Fort Worth surf-rock quartet The Ape Hangars decided it was time to record their debut album. They knew they wanted to work with producer Jennifer Rux, co-founder with husband Rob...


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Killer or Filler?

A tribute, a garage tape, and a Christmas EP make up this month’s critical darlings.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Now that we’ve named our favorite albums, EPs, and songs of the past 365 days or so, let’s march right into 2015 with this batch of recordings. –– Anthony Mariani   Various artists’ Safely Down: The Songs of Jaso...



The Orbans’ Vedere was noteworthy for multiple reasons.

Top Local Albums of ’14

(Well, they’re one dude's faves.)
HEARSAY
1.) A couple of years ago, as I was interviewing Calhoun songwriters Tim Locke and Jordan Roberts, the discussion turned to The Orbans’ tremendous debut album, When We Were Wild. I don’t remember exactly how Locke put it, b...


Kitchens (left) and Dub have segued into pure metallic improvisation.

Churning Urn

Though still full of doom and sludge, Stone Machine Electric is embracing the chaos.
JOEY KEETON
In the most redeeming sense of the term “typical,” Stone Machine Electric is truly atypical. The Arlington metal duo of drummer Mark Kitchens, an architect and the father of two young children, and guitarist/singer William ...



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Killer or Filler?

Bitch Bricks, Maurice Davis Band, and The Paychecks have got new recordings for your earholes.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS
Punk attitude goes a long way in defusing listeners’ bullshit detectors. And you don’t have to play loud, clanging guitars at breakneck speeds to manifest that punkitude. But punk is easy, right? Just grab your instrument a...


(From left to right) Ryan Spears, Rangeley Grisel, and Austin Smith are in it for the long haul.

In Bloom

Vicious Firs have finally arrived, and they’ve got the no-B.S. EP to prove it.
JOEY KEETON
A typical Vicious Firs concert is not something that you follow out of the corner of your eye while drinking beer and doing shots with your friends at the bar. It’s like being strapped to the undercarriage of a ’89 IROC-Z a...



The Cush is Texas psych at its best.

Comfy Perch

Awakened from hibernation, psych-rockers The Cush return with a new album that digs up old, local roots.
STEVE STEWARD
When a 20-year-old like Lorde can essentially rule the musical landscape, you have to wonder if there’s room for grown-ups. But that thought doesn’t even cross the minds of Burette and Gabrielle Douglas, the husband-and-wif...


Daniel Slatton (left) and Jake Murphy have put the past behind them — in more ways than one.

Silky Thread

Natural Anthem’s debut record is a psychedelic progression.
JOEY KEETON
In a loft space in an unassuming Kennedale neighborhood, guitarist/singer Jake Murphy and drummer Daniel Slatton tune up for a rehearsal. As Slatton bangs out a few patterns on his six-piece kit, Murphy wires a pedal between hi...



Bludded Head’s Reign in Bludd

Killer or Filler?

Bludded Head, Lou Charles, and Not Half Bad run the gamut.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS
Nevada Hill’s doom project Bludded Head continues to churn out new material even while he’s undergoing cancer treatments. And from two diverse ends of the pop music spectrum, punks Not Half Bad and rapper Lou Charles keep t...


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Just Peachy

On its new EP, Son of Stan nails perfect pop.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Jordan Richardson appears to be in complete control of his muse. Last year, his songwriting vehicle, Son of Stan (named after his father), released its debut album, the stellar and slightly experimental Divorce Pop. Earlier thi...