Tidals, Wire Nest, Go!

I’ve got to admit. I’ve been underselling Fort Worth for years now, labeling my adopted city a “cultural backwater” not directly –– never directly –– but through the negative spaces between my words. Where are a...


A Rock Band’s Rock Band

Caliche Burnout is new to the scene, but its members have been around the rock block.
Collectively, the four guys in Caliche Burnout have amassed a century’s worth of experience playing in local bands. With a resume of past acts that reads like a who’s-who of North Texas heavyweights (Ghostcar, The Gideons, ...


Huffer: Sad Times Are Here to stay

Fort Worth metalheads are so gauche. Someone needs to tell the dudes in Huffer that no one says, “CD release party” anymore. It’s “album” or “LP” release. Losers. Anyway, Huffer is having a “CD release party” ...


New Local Music

North Texas scene veterans Clint Niosi, The Foxymorons, and Nervous Curtains have recently churned out new material.
Fort Worth Weekly
Clint Niosi’s Captives of Sense Clint Niosi’s third album is 10 tracks of mostly instrumental experimental sounds soaring over the pulse of quiet guitar, sly keyboards, and cavernous, dramatic drums. Recorded on a tight sch...


Moon Rocks

Alt-rock band Moon Grave has a new name and a new album in the works.
Edward Brown @EJB0017
Moon Grave has seen the good, bad, and ugly sides of a name. Until last May, the Fort Worth alt-rock trio went by the moniker American Holocaust. Everyone in the band felt it had a cool, gritty ring to it –– frontman Andrew...

Ill Smiths: “Drake is thought about, talked about more in this band than anyone else.”
Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

A Quick Buzz

Ill Smiths have a new record and outlook — and, soon, a new name.
For a band that technically didn’t form until the summer of 2015, Ill Smiths have quickly become one of the buzziest acts in the 817 and the 214. Despite a press kit consisting of only three songs on Soundcloud.com/ill_smiths...


Smile! Leon’s on SNL!

That’s me. I’m the guy on Facebook posting that selfie with Leon Bridges at the Chat Room Pub above the caption: “So proud of Leon! We’ve been best friends for two weeks, even though I’m not sure he remembers my name,...


New Local Music

Steve Steward
Raven Charter’s Reset The first thing that jumps out at me from Reset, North Texas prog-rock outfit Raven Charter’s third record, is its sonic perfection: perfectly played, perfectly recorded, with time signatures switching...

Squanto’s Color TV Death represents a new paradigm.

Squanto’s Spear of Density

There’s new music, and then there’s this Fort Worthian’s dark electro-pop.
Anthony Mariani
For fans of ’90s trip-hop, early Beck, glitchwerks, the poetry of John Ashbery and Jorie Graham, and music as people 30 and older probably treasure it, Squanto represents a sonic totem. “Ten was the last great album-album!...



Can a body criticize a festival that’s only in its fourth year? Because that’s what I’m fittin’ t’do. (But not really.) The fest in question is Fort Worth Rock Assembly, in which North Texas original bands (most from ...