Music Feature
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...


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Music Awards

Band names may change, but the spirit is still the same.
ANTHONY MARIANI
We’ve come a long way. When I took over as associate editor in 2002, a job that also included helming the music section and writing HearSay, at least 90 percent of our Music Awards ballot consisted of Dallas and Denton bands....



Pinkish Black has just released a cut from a forthcoming album, and it's a doozy.

Killer or Filler?

Fort Worth is awash in metal, hip-hop, and spacey yacht rock.
ANTHONY MARIANI AND STEVE STEWARD
As indicated by the ballot for our 16th Annual Music Awards, Fort Worth is pretty fertile artistic ground. So many albums. Seems like every other day a new one comes out. And not just albums, but EPs and singles too. Here’s a...


Idol schmidol. Casey James is still a force on the pop music landscape.

2013 Hall of Famers

Casey James and Ken Shimamoto are this year’s inductees.
JIMMY FOWLER AND ANTHONY MARIANI
As part of our Music Awards every year, we induct outstanding members of Fort Worth’s scene into the Fort Worth Music Hall of Fame, a metaphoric institution peopled by the likes of Delbert McClinton, Vaden Todd Lewis, Dewey R...



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Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards 2013

That Low-End Rumble
ANTHONY MARIANI, Photos by Vishal Malhotra
First, thank you for supporting local music. As you’ve probably learned by now, the best stuff doesn’t always come from someplace else. Like, say, Brooklyn or Portland. Or Boise. Sometimes your backyard is as fertile an art...


Featuring cover art by Tommy Surya, Southern Train Gypsy's sophomore album, The Bastard, is no-bullshit, swampy metal.

What a Bastard

Southern Train Gypsy’s got a great outlook and a killer new metallic CD.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Full disclosure: These guys bought me beers. We met a couple of days ago at a local restaurant around happy hour for an interview. I had three or four (five?) drafts. The guys had beers and burgers. When time came to say our go...