Music Feature

With a Bullet

Ransom does it All 4 You.
CAROLINE COLLIER
For local mod-rock trio Ransom, everything has happened fast.


The High Life

The Lifters rise up.
JOSHUA LOEWEN
Singer-songwriter Peter Black had almost had it with music, especially with flaky backing musicians.



Ramblin’ Men

A local trad-country band is a history lesson told in plinks, plunks, and a whole lotta heart.
Jimmy Fowler
A couple of years ago, Tyler Rougeux had a transformative experience.


Blazin’ Grass

With a new album under their belt, 100 Damned Guns artfully assault C&W tradition.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Before founding the acoustic-country-revival band 100 Damned Guns about three years ago, none of the six veteran musicians in the band had ever played country.



Long String Instrument

The Show
Even music lovers who’ve never even heard the term New Music might find something engaging about New Music practitioner Ellen Fullman’s upcoming performances at Will Rogers Memorial Center


Zayra Is Pretty

Local monsters Dave Karnes and Daniel Harville hook up with the charismatic Rockstar: Supernova contestant.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Zayra Alvarez is a singer-songwriter from Puerto Rico who has been living in Dallas for “a long time,” she said, and is probably best known for her appearance last year on the reality TV show Rockstar: Supernova.



Hope Is Alive

Illness-stricken Fort Worth saxophonist Rachella Parks hasn’t lost a step.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Fort Worth native and accomplished tenor saxophonist Rachella Parks never considered herself a jazz musician per se.


Boldly Going

Part space-rock, part melodic-groovemeisters, The Frontier Brothers are all courage.
Jimmy Fowler
The history of rock ‘n’ roll is filled with would-be messiahs. John Lennon reportedly told his fellow Beatles — after multiple hits of acid — that he was the second coming of Jesus Christ.



The Wreck Room: 1997-2007

ANTHONY MARIANI
A couple of years ago, I sat at a table at J&J’s Hideaway with Wreck Room owner Brian Forella and developer Philip Poole. The hot topic was the Wreck’s future.


Unbreakable

He’s been through a lot, but local rapper Smoothvega has a ways to go.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Smoothvega, back-to-back winner of best rap/R&B artist in our annual Music Awards (2006, 2007), wants to make one thing abundantly clear: He is by no means a “gangster rapper.”