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Reckoning In Memory of Man

With a new EP, this 817 supergroup achieves metal for grown-ups.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Last year, the veteran Fort Worth prog-metal band Loaded Moses dissolved but didn’t really disappear. Instead, the two main songwriters, guitarist Chad Beck and singer Alex Lilly, picked up four new bandmates and took on the ...


Killer or Filler?

Local band's new (or newish) CDs are on the chopping block.
Fort Worth Weekly Staff
When area musicians talk about drummer Matt Mabe, they do so with a healthy measure of respect for his skills on the skins. Soon, people may express that same reverence for Matt’s younger brother, Danny, who dropped out of co...



Enter: The Orbans

Fort Worth roots-rockers quietly release a masterpiece, major labels be damned.
ANTHONY MARIANI
You blinked and missed it. OK, call me unreasonable, but a couple of weeks ago, one of the best albums ever produced by a Fort Worth band came out, and no one really noticed. There was no cover story in Texas Monthly, no interv...


Still Twirling at the Stagecoach

The vernable East Belknap dancehall has stayed relevant by not changing a damn thing.
COURTNEY ORTEGA
Out on East Belknap Street, in a stand-alone building covered in Western murals, honkytonk is alive and kickin’. The Stagecoach Ballroom, with a history stretching back a half-century and across three locations, is one of the...



Reliving DFW Punk

An Arlingtonian's documentary of the early '90s scene will appear on a computer near you.
CAROLINE COLLIER
When filmmaker Laura Tabor-Huerta was an Arlington high school student in the early 1980s, punk was for the freaks. “It was just me and this one other guy” who were interested in the most adventurous sound –– and style ...


Killer or Filler?

Our music critics give you the lowdown on some newish discs.
Fort Worth Weekly Staff
God’s Joke is an Arlington power trio that harkens back to Australia’s Hard-ons as well as Red-era King Crimson, delivering jams of shifting tempos, cluttered arrangements, and psychedelic pomp –– but with some candy-co...



Killer or Filler?

Our critics give you the lowdown on some local notable discs.
Fort Worth Weekly Staff
Acoustic guitar virtuoso Darrin Kobetich has traveled quite a few miles –– both figuratively and literally –– since he first mixed folk and bluegrass with his metal back in the early aughts as a member of Amillion Pound...


Devin Leigh Comes Home

After playing guitar in marquee artists’ bands, the Fort Worth boy is happy to be doing his own thing.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Devin Leigh’s twisted, curvy career path has taken him miles from his Fort Worth hometown. In 2000, after a brief stint at Texas Tech University, Leigh began playing guitar for such marquee artists as Bleu Edmondson and Becca...



You’ve Gotta See Big Mike

Cover artist Michael Richardson will transport you to another place and time: the classic-rock era specifically.
CAROLINE COLLIER
As a toddler, Michael Richardson would haul a suitcase full of 45rpm rock records around his house. He couldn’t even read, but if a family member requested a song, he would find it by locating the record’s label. Now “Big...


High Anxieties Rise & Shine

A little label that can launches.
COLE GARNER HILL
Ramon Garcia doesn’t look like your stereotypical record label owner — he’s clearly from DIY, not corporate, ranks. His label, Rise & Shine Records, is a one-man operation, and that one man is a friendly, unassuming 2...