Music Feature
Space-rockers Skeleton Coast had a big year.

Albums of the Year

Yep. Fort Worth is still pumping out quality product.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Grassroots support for the arts in town isn’t shabby. Seemingly every other week, word comes down of a new club or venue in town –– if there wasn’t a demand for clubs, they wouldn’t be opening. But the support could (...


The first in a series of planned Hanna Barbarians EPs has a winner.

Songs of the Year

Another year, another batch of solid local tuneage.
ANTHONY MARIANI
True, recording technology has become cheaper over the past decade, and even the most antisocial or horrible local singer-songwriter can put out a record. But that ease of access just explains the numbers of records coming out ...



They’re wild. They’re wacky. They’re Lindby. Melissa Claire

Lindby: Nerd Out

Supremely talented and sweet, this geeky quintet is thriving.
ERIC GRIFFEY
It’s a safe bet that not many bands around here take the stage and perform the theme to Doctor Who, the video game soundtracks to Tetris and Super Mario Bros., or jaunty Bach fugues. But during a recent show at Lola’s Saloo...


Clifton: “They’re going to throw my dust in the wind in Texas.” Patrick Cavan Brown

Welcome Home

Gunslinger Chris Clifton returns to the Fort after years on tour with stars.
JEFF PRINCE
The sound coming from the dressing room at the Los Angeles Forum that night in 1986 was instantly recognizable to Fort Worth guitarist Chris Clifton –– and he wasn’t happy to hear it. It was the sound of his prized black ...



By the beginning of next year the peripatetic Oh Whitney will be based in Texas.

Time Out of Mind

Alt-Americana stylists Oh Whitney hit the road and the studio.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Oh Whitney frontman Peter More was born in Fort Worth, spent his formative years here, and for a little while lived here with his three bandmates. But the guy has spread roof all over the Western Hemisphere –– from New York...


The Solo Sol folks find themselves the elder statesmen and -women of a scene within a scene, all revolving around Dreamy Soundz.

Solo Sol: Dreamgaze

With walls of sound and lofty pedigrees, this Fort Worth sextet is finally arriving.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Sarah Reagan’s voice is to dream-pop sextet Solo Sol what Helen of Troy’s face was to the Trojan War, but instead of a thousand ships, Reagan’s languid, willowy pipes have launched a thousand songs. Co-frontman Robert Bra...



The Swindle Boys have had a busy 2012 and are returning to the shed to write more material.

No Swindlin’ Brothers

The Swindle Boys pump out anthemic alt-rock that’s ready for radio.
JIMMY FOWLER
Joey and Matt Swindle, the brothers who perform as the alt-rock duo The Swindle Boys, were raised in a devout Southern Baptist family in Little Rock, Ark. Their dad was a preacher and a truck driver. But lead singer-drummer-key...


Psychedelic, trippy-dippy, and loud, a Skeleton Coast blowout is always memorable.

Sailing Skeleton Coast

With a dazzling debut album, this young Fort Worth quartet soars.
ANTHONY MARIANI
The outdoor stage abounded with goofballs: a cherubic angel; a sexy cop; a young woman in black army boots, black fishnets, a black microdress, and bank-robber mask; a slight person of indistinct gender in a fuzzy red jumpsuit ...



Cosmic Trigger frontman Tyrel Choat: “It’s all about having balls. Hell, if we screw up and no one’s there, at least we tried.”

New Cosmic Order

With twin guitar leads and a double-bass attack, The Cosmic Trigger might pull off a crossover.
ANTHONY MARIANI
The Sword broke the barrier. The Austin quartet was one of the first heavy-metal bands to be embraced by the indie-rock community, not only receiving airplay on college radio stations nationwide but getting press, often good pr...


We The Sea Lions’ frontman Jon Badillo (center) needs to get out more.

About to Roar

Fort Worth indie-rockers We The Sea Lions won’t bite.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Get to know We The Sea Lions. Super-tight and prolific, the dark indie-rock quintet has been around for two-plus years but still seems to run under the radar. Most of the major press the band has received has come from one publ...