Music Feature

Say Oh Whitney

With a new album on the way, this Fort Worth-NYC quartet just wants to play, Facebook be damned.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...

Red Starlet Glistens

Led by New York City producer Robby Baxter, this Arlington trio explores time … and space.
When producer and multi-instrumentalist Robby Baxter moved back to Arlington last year after climbing the music industry hierarchy in New York City, he felt he was “rolling the dice,” he said. He had done production work fo...