Music Feature
Nice Major: “I’m a fan of Lady Gaga, Queen, Kanye. That’s also what I want ... everybody to see.”

Major Niceness

This Fort Worth rapper is more than rap, maybe more than the Fort.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Fort Worth isn’t short on rappers, that’s for sure. But most of them are gangsta. Their beats are simple and intentionally chintzy sounding, and the lyrics are copious and mostly about boasting, toasting, and the thug life....


Scotty Boy (front) and Renizance attribute most of their success to The Hustle.

Slangin’

Immortal Soldierz built a mini-empire on gumption … and thousands of CDs.
MATTHEW MCGOWAN
The two guys in Fort Worth’s Immortal Soldierz still make their living the old-fashioned way. Rappers Salvador “Scotty Boy” Vasilio and Hector “Renizance” Falcone call their business model The Hustle: They swagger up ...



Siberian Traps keep on gigging and recording.

Not Trap’d

From Nashville to the Fort, this alt-country foursome has range.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Seth Reeves does a near-flawless impersonation of former President George W. Bush. The secret to the imitation, said the frontman to Fort Worth alt-country stylists Siberian Traps, is to state some platitude as if you’ve just...


Unraveler’s debut CD has been a long time coming but is worth the wait.

Unraveler Comes Together

Rebirth comes in many forms, including super-heavy ones.
STEVE STEWARD
Perhaps one of the most enduring themes in rock music is the one about new bands assembled from the broken pieces of old ones. From Led Zeppelin’s rise from the ashes of the Yardbirds to Operation Ivy’s growth into Rancid a...



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...