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More rock star. Less Woody Guthrie. Chris Johnson. Photo by Jeff Prince.

The Bearding Hotels

Telegraph Canyon’s folksy predilections aren’t all gone, but they have been supplanted by some experimental sonics.
Jeff Prince
Lead singer Chris Johnson lowered the keys when arranging songs on Telegraph Canyon’s just-released third album You from Before. It was a subtle but important decision. Johnson’s razor-thin tenor anchors the sound. But sing...


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New Local Music

Matthew McNeal, Shadows of Jets, and The Vandoliers prove the Fort is hot.
BY KRISTIAN LIN, JEFF PRINCE, AND STEVE STEWARD
Matthew McNeal’s Compadre The opening electric guitar lick on Matthew McNeal’s new debut album grabbed my ear from the get-go. The lick sounded kinda country, kinda rock, and I was wondering which direction we were about to...



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New Local Music

New tunes are coming at you from Bosque Brown, War Party, and Sarah Jaffe.
BY EDWARD BROWN, JEFF PRINCE, AND STEVE STEWARD
Bosque Brown’s Us If I were a heroin addict, Us would be my new favorite record. But I’m a beer drinker, not a hophead. Still, I’m drawn to this music in a tangential way. Bosque Brown’s new album is perfect and wanting...


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New Local Music

Vincent Neil Emerson and Jonathan Tyler lead the hit parade.
Fort Worth Weekly
Vincent Neil Emerson’s East Texas Blues Think about this: Leon Bridges’ and Vincent Neil Emerson’s respective sounds are dissimilar enough that the comparison might seem inappropriate, the former singing soul, the latter ...



Shake the Moon: “We want to write the catchiest songs we can and have fun with it.” Photo by R McQueen Photo.

Shake the Moon: Groovy

Feel the smooth, rocking vibes from this up-and-coming Fort Worth quintet.
Edward Brown
Smooth rockers Shake the Moon have learned that playing in a quintet of proficient, eager performers can sound like a runaway freight train if they don’t exercise a little restraint. To that end, frontman Johnathon Gehringer ...


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FOGG Thickens

The stoner-rock trio discovers the heaviness between Love and the Dead
Steve Steward
It’s amazing what can happen in two years for a band. Sometimes it’s a bunch of gigs around town that lead to more gigs around town. Other times, a band gets a record deal on a well-known indie label. You might be tempted t...



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New Local Music

Proto-punk, piano pop, and pop satire are coming at you from the Fort.
EDWARD BROWN, LYNDSAY COLE, AND ERIC GRIFFEY
Bad Blonde’s Caffeine Daze “Breaking Loose,” the first track off Bad Blonde’s Caffeine Daze, starts out deceptively mellow, with vocalist/guitarist Dylan Owens’ echoing voice draped over a distorted bass line. “When...


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Music Awards Festival 2015

Fort Worth Weekly
BY EDWARD BROWN, ERIC GRIFFEY, ANTHONY MARIANI, JEFF PRINCE AND STEVE STEWARD PHOTOS BY VISHAL MALHOTRA Welcome to the Fort Worth Weekly’s 13th Annual Music Awards Festival (and 15th Annual Music Awards). And, in an indirect ...



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Songbird Jones Soars

The words come first for country singer Matt Jones.
Edward Brown
If you asked Songbird Jones frontman Matt Jones what he wanted out of life 10 years ago, the 34-year-old would have said a career in professional baseball. The Fort Worth native’s father, Mark Jones, played for the Boston Red...


Rahim Quazi is saying more with less on his new album. Photo by Serkan Zanagar.

Rahim Quazi: New Ghosts

The singer-songwriter simplifies his music — and his life.
Edward Brown
Singer-songwriter Rahim Quazi has hit a sweet spot of sorts. Sure, he’s seen higher highs, like sharing equal billing with The Strokes at New York City’s Mercury Lounge and receiving props from ’N Sync frontman Chris Kirk...