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Guitarist McGlathery: “I can see in people’s faces before we start playing — they think we’re gonna play something they don’t want to hear. And then they’re up stomping and clapping their hands.”

Strung Up

Big City Folk pump out bluegrass that’s pure of heart but rock ’n’ roll in spirit.
JIMMY FOWLER
For a lot of people, the twangy sound of bluegrass conjures cozy images of family, old-time religion, and downhome celebrations. But for Luke McGlathery, lead guitarist and singer-songwriter for the Fort Worth quartet Big City ...


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Flowing Again

HEARSAY
In the scant couple of years since the Rivercrest Yacht Club went dark, Fort Worth’s mainstream hip-hop scene has exploded. Dru B Shinin’, A-Roy, Tawaine Hall, Young Zeus, Doug Funnie, and a bunch of other non-gangsta rhyme...



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...


Fort Worth post-rockers Constant Seas play Lola's on Saturday.

Swirling Constant Seas

Fort Worth Weekly
The good thing about Saturday’s show at Lola’s Saloon (2736 W. 6th St., 817-877-0666) is that it will be wonky but not masturbatory. The four bands slated to play –– Fort Worth’s KatsüK Fou (featuring members of Madr...



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...


You can see The Hanna Barbarians at SXSW on Saturday and then at the Madness St. Patrick's Day party here on Sunday.

South By Weekend

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’Tis the season for music festivals, anchored by possibly the best, most progressive, easiest-to-navigate festival in the world, South By Southwest. Created some 25 years ago as a showcase for up-and-coming bands, the annual ...



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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...


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Closing the Lid on Box of Rock

HEARSAY
I’m guessing that not many local, original musicians listen to mainstream classic rock on a regular basis. I don’t think I’ve ever heard any of them say, “Yeah, I was listening to Lone Star Ninety-Two-Five the other day...



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...


ManIAm

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...