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Killer or Filler?

Hey, Fort Worth. 2003 called. They want their singer-songwriters back.
ANTHONY MARIANI AND JIMMY FOWLER
Along with the return of Flickerstick frontman Brandin Lea, who’s fronting a new project, Jetta in the Ghost Tree (“Return of the Jetta,” Sept. 4), singer-songwriter John Price, who was once the biggest rock star in town ...


Beauxregard’s dynamic new album, Ghosts of the Gaslamp, is real music by real musicians.

Beauxregard’s “Future Western”

They not only never went away but have a new album out.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Fort Worth has become a pretty lively independent music town in recent years, but the downside is that studio projects –– in other words, bands that don’t perform 10 times a week –– are often sadly neglected. They’r...



Un Chien’s album release show will be Friday, Dec. 6, at Queen City Music Hall.

Bark Side of the Moon

Un Chien transcends hard rock to achieve rocking psychedelia.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Let’s get this out of the way first: The defunct hard-rock trio Stella Rose, one of the most popular and longest-running bands in town, didn’t necessarily break up as much as dissolve. The beginning of the end was 2012, not...


The S&R team is hoping their new venture becomes vital to the Near Southside and to the North Texas music scene.

Shipping and Receiving Arrives

This new Near Southside venue is poised to deliver the goods.
ANTHONY MARIANI
When you say, “The Near Southside” (or even “the South Side”), the first place you probably think of is West Magnolia Avenue, a pedestrian-friendly quarter-mile strip of vibrant independently owned bars, restaurants, ba...



The Hendersons' two new tracks further cement frontman Nolan Robertson status as one of North Texas' best singer-songwriters.

Killer or Filler?

Fort Worth is awash in new, exciting, progressive tuneage with old roots.
JIMMY FOWLER, ANTHONY MARIANI, AND STEVE STEWARD
There’s nothing wrong with reworking the past. You know a lot of great songs have been written by musicians half-trying to recreate existing great songs. Out now for your pleasure are several themed recordings that have a lot...


The Royal Savages (Ben Coker, James Hughes, Addison White, and Lauren Moore) want their audiences to have a good time and feel the love. Pitaru

Out of Cover

Alt-folkies The Royal Savages are preaching their own musical gospel.
JIMMY FOWLER
A lot of musicians like to sneer at the idea of cover bands –– groups whose sole purpose is to pay tribute, via performance, to artists they idolize. But many (arguably most) unique musical voices were developed by emulatin...



Fogg: They’re aiming for Mount Doom.

Heavy, Heavy Fogg

The band and its members may be young, but the local doomsters are already getting in deep.
STEVE STEWARD
Consider Black Sabbath for a moment. While the band is widely known for laying the foundations of heavy metal with the ominous, tritonic riffage found on their landmark debut album Black Sabbath, people tend to forget that the ...


Kevin Buchanan, Steph Buchanan, Mandy Hand, and Aubrey Savage play cheerful, upbeat songs with smart, long sentences.

Literary Deviltry

The Diabolical Machines will Drag You Away with their first EP.
JIMMY FOWLER
Some talented bands toil for years in obscurity, playing live shows and recording songs without so much as a nod from the press or the local scene. And then there are groups with relatively little experience who seem to suddenl...



Frontwoman Moore: “We figured out that if it looked like we were having fun [onstage], the audience was more likely to have fun, too.”

Morning Stars

Glitzy popsters The Breakfast Machine look to the future.
JIMMY FOWLER
One thing that distinguishes The Breakfast Machine from other local pop-rockers is the voice of lead singer Meghann Moore. While many young vocalists bend, slur, and generally improvise their notes and phrasings, the 20-year-ol...


Twang rocker Joey Green’s new album was produced by the guy behind records from Wilco, Steve Earle, and Uncle Tupelo. Why is Green still stuck in the sports bar/barbecue joint circuit?

Killer or Filler?

There’s more to the Fort than indie-rock, as these new discs prove.
JIMMY FOWLER, ANTHONY MARIANI, AND JEFF PRINCE
So indie-rock has taken over Fort Worth. Not so fast, kemo sabe. There’s still more to Le Fort than smart, melodic, rough-around-the-edges rock. Exhibit A: the following newish recordings.   Joey Green’s Lo 5 Joey Gree...