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Skeleton Coast Goes Native

The Fort Worth quartet specializes in jungle pop.
JIMMY FOWLER
Currently all the members of the avant-garde pop quartet Skeleton Coast live in the same house. Singer-multi-instrumentalist Bobby McCubbins, singer- multi-instrumentalist Ryan Torres, bassist Mike Best, and drummer Brian Garci...


Igneous Grimm Spaces In

The only electronics owned by this band are musical. Otherwise, it’s 1972 all over again.
CAROLINE COLLIER
As often as it has been emulated, the spirit of classic rock has rarely been truly reproduced. Igneous Grimm, a Cleburne-based psychedelic roots-rock quintet, harkens back to the Moody Blues, Pink Floyd (especially Obscured by ...



The Villain Vanguard’s Revenge

After a series of drummers, the Fort Worth groove-funk band is back and tougher than ever.
CAROLINE COLLIER
When The Villain Vanguard formed in 2004, the then-sextet launched into Fort Worth’s eclectic music scene with brash boogie and high hopes. After 2006’s Enter the Platypus, the guys felt they were on the verge of breaking i...


Hanna Barbarians Feel Good

With a new album on the way, this Doors-ish sextet sees nothing but stars.
CAROLINE COLLIER
The six guys in the Hanna Barbarians are hippies, indubitably, but they have put a decidedly practical spin on their freewheeling peace ’n’ love aspirations. The music is Southern-fried, psychedelic, and open to improvisati...



LAZËR Fires One Off

The Deutschland-obsessed hip-hop duo LAZËR sharpens its musicality.
JIMMY FOWLER
Onstage, the techno hip-hip duo LAZËR delivers a high-concept performance punctuated with lowbrow shenanigans. The official — and invented — backstory for ‘the boyz’ is that a dictatorial master rhymer ...


Darrin Kobetich’s Longest Winter

The Fort Worth guitar virtuoso has a new album on the way and sundry projects to boot.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Darrin Kobetich and his guitars have been through a lot together over the last 33 years. When he was a howling force in thrash metal bands, commercial success seemed a distinct possibility. Neither Hammer Witch nor the next pro...



Dru B Shinin’

From Topeka to TCU, this Korean-American rapper writes about every angle of life.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Rapper Dru B Shinin’ used to take part in hip-hop battles but not anymore. While his insightful, intelligent lyrical flow might help him triumph over other rappers, Dru is not a competitive guy. Instead he is driven by a desi...


Foxymorons Tell Bible Stories

The Nashville-Fort Worth based brainchild of David Dewese and Jerry James achieves indie-rock brilliance.
ANTHONY MARIANI
The Foxymorons aren’t your typical band. It’s the songwriting vehicle for two guys from different cities, Fort Worth’s Jerry James and Nashville’s David Dewese, who nevertheless have spent the past decade –– not qui...



Killer or Filler?

Our critics examine some local discs of note.
Fort Worth Weekly Music Critics
Feeler is the lost Toadies album, recorded in 1997 and meant as the follow-up to the Fort Worth quartet’s widely acclaimed platinum-selling album Rubberneck. But the band’s former record label, Interscope, thought the album...


EPIC RUINS Soar

’70s sci-fi, the occult, and heavy riffage combine to form Void Mariner and the Mystic Boogie of the Sacred Line.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Lots of bands put out CDs. Few bands put out an album, in the sense of a seminal recording (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Pet Sounds, In the Court of the Crimson King) that doesn’t offer songs as much as moments an...