Music Feature
Obsidian, Jessie Frye

Killer or Filler?

New albums by some scene stalwarts sound fresh.
Among the relatively new releases with roots in the 817, the ones by Jessie Frye, Royal South and company, and Tripp Mathis have a lot of history behind them. Each artist has been on the scene for nearly a decade, Frye when she...

Lion Eye is (from left to right) Shayla Sweetz, Andrew McCollough (Dru B Shinin’), Sam Rude, Paul Gordan, Paul Garza, and Chris Birdine (Young Zeus).

Lion Eye: Roaring Rhymes and Riddims

This new Fort Worth outfit blends hip-hop and reggae for the working class.
Young Zeus, a.k.a. Chris Birdine, doesn’t have to dig very deep to find inspiration for his rhymes. When you grow up in Fort Worth’s impoverished South Side with a drug-dealing father and gangbanging classmates, life-alteri...

With producer Britt Robisheaux (left), Lazy Summer — (from left to right) Jeremiah Kirby, Justin Weisenborn, and Deryck Barrera — are about to release their second album.

Lazy Summer Creeping In

Former (and current) punks craft moody ukulele-driven instrumental jazz.
The goal of most bands is to capture an audience with the raw musical power of their live performances. Guitarist/ukuleleist/composer Jeremiah Kirby, 34, spent several years trying to do that in a ska-punk band that played all ...


Killer or Filler?

“Boutique pop,” non-bling gangsta rap, pop-punk ­— the Fort’s got it all.
Now’s as good a time as any to take stock of the quality releases to come from Fort Worth (sometimes with Dallas’ or Denton’s help) over the past couple of weeks alone: The Orbans’ Vedere, The Fibs’ Hex Hex Hex, a rec...


The Me-Thinks: Loud and Sucky

Three Chili Dog Night goes well with sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.
To his left from the Boswell High School parking lot was home. To his right, the way to Haltom “Rock” City. When he was a 17-year-old senior in 1989, Ray Liberio started turning right after school. And he’s never looked b...

After playing a sanctioned showcase, Fort Worth’s War Party is ready to, um, party at South By Southwest. Steve Steward

South By Recap

The lines were long and sad but the music copious at the annual Austin fest.
Here’s the thing: I kinda suck at South By Southwest. I get to Austin late. I get defeated by lines. I drink too much, or I don’t drink enough. I worry about who I’m going to impose on for a place to crash, or I get stuck...

Teacher Jim Crye doesn’t have metal-face all the time. Christian McPhate

Six-String Theory

At South Hills High, Jim Crye teaches economics and rawk.
Metallica, Slayer, or System of a Down isn’t something you’d expect to hear in a high school classroom. Rock ’n’ roll has never been associated with a good education. But at South Hills High School in Fort Worth, econom...

Capturing the essence of New York City perplexed Ford initially.

BLKrKRT: Beat Bombs

Fort Worth producer Phil Ford conjures up neo-soul, New Jack City, and outer space.
Fort Worthian Phil Ford, a.k.a. BLKrKRT (“blacker karat”), is a prolific beat maker/DJ and clothing designer who recently released two albums, Fuses II and Black Super Moon, adding to his already-extensive catalog. Purveyin...


The Orbans: Return Orbit

Life intervened, but now The Orbans have a successor to their groundbreaking first album.
Only a few years ago, The Orbans might have been the biggest band in North Texas, packing shows across the region, everyone no doubt drawn by the quintet’s polished, melodic, and smart yet rugged pop-rock. And if you missed a...


And Boom Goes the Prog-Funk

Bomb Atomic’s brand of rock and quality of live performance are explosive.
Vocalist Justin “Beef” Williams is as crazy about music in general as he is about his funkified prog-rocking quartet. During a recent Bomb Atomic set at The Grotto, he took advantage of a lull between songs to galvanize the...