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Left Arm Tan’s focus is on “quality content,” not necessarily touring or gigging.

NPR + PBR

Left Arm Tan’s sophomore album manifests Alticana.
JIMMY FOWLER
A lot of musicians think their music can become oversimplified or even misrepresented by labels such as “alternative” and “independent.” While none of the four members of Fort Worth’s Left Arm Tan likes to be pigeonho...


Too high for North Congress: Fort Worth Southern punks The Longshots stopped pedestrians in their tracks. Matt Mabe

South By Recap

A Fort Worth muso brings back a report from the frontlines.
MATT MABE
The traffic. The lines. The overpriced food-truck fare. The nonstop day-drinking. The huge crowds. The anxiety I feel every year before South By Southwest often unsettles me to the point of nausea. It really is a lot to take in...



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Killer or Filler?

Experimental music abounds in ye olde towne of cow.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
New Media Recordings’ self-titled compilation Playing in a workaday indie band in a workaday indie city like the Fort, you’ve got to have a sense a humor. Ask some indie-rocker what he’s doing before his show, and he’ll...


Stone Machine Electric’s self-titled debut is ominous and brutal.

Killer or Filler?

There’s a lot of music happening in this region, including sophisticated rock and doomy sludge.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
Stone Machine Electric’s Stone Machine Electric Chroniclers take note: If you’ve been keeping track of doom metal’s resurgent popularity over the past five years or so, you might want to look a little more closely at Nort...



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Killer or Filler?

From the Fort come a DIY singer-songwriter album and a valentine to South America from FWSO.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
James Michael Taylor’s Man That I Am By all rights, the ultra-prolific Fort Worth singer-songwriter-actor-eccentric James Michael Taylor should be one of those local artists who’s taken for granted. With more than 500 songs...


Fort Worth pop-jazz-blues singer-songwriter D. Anson Brody will release a song a week for a year.

D. Anson Brody: A Song a Week for a Year

ANTHONY MARIAN
Now that major record labels have become the sole province of mega-stars, local musicians are coming up with creative ways to release new music. For example, instead of putting out an album per year or less frequently, the root...



KatsüK’s Grotto show this Friday will be their first of 2013.

KatsüK’s Zero Point

Daniel Katsük and his band transcend rock with their new album.
JIMMY FOWLER
There’s a reason Fort Worth singer-songwriter Daniel Katsük took almost four years to release the follow-up to his band KatsüK’s 2008 debut album, Out of the Wind. Actually, there are a whole bunch of reasons: money (or l...


(From left to right) Matt Mabe, Sam Anderson, David Matsler, and Pat Adams are on the way up.

Boss Honcho

Just try to knock Quaker City Night Hawks off their lofty perch.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Bona fide, non-hyphenated rock ’n’ roll is not something you pump out after learning just a couple of chords, though, yes, lots of bands (looking at you, AC/DC) have made a mint off spinning G, C, and D (and maybe two or th...



Jones: “I felt like the players in this town were as good as in any city I ever lived in.” Vishal Malhotra

Class Act: Jody Jones

His songwriters’ showcase — and career — are growing.
ANTHONY MARIANI
In a way, Fort Worth chose Jody Jones. The early-fortysomething Americana singer-songwriter was born here and spent a good chunk of his childhood here, but he and his family moved away a long time ago: He finished growing up in...


Banging beats and instrumental melodies complement some wicked rhymes on this new collaboration.

The Truth on Tape?

A sparkling new collaboration manifests everything right — and wrong — in hip-hop.
ANTHONY MARIANI
How refreshing it was to see Dru B Shinin’ come onto the scene a few years ago. Here was this young, hungry rapper with an interesting backstory and a TCU diploma, pumping out songs and albums seemingly nonstop and also –...