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Total Pandemonium

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If anyone in town knows how to think big, it’s Smoothvega.


Fort Worth Guitar Guild

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Surely Fort Worth offers more than any other city in the region when it comes to classical guitar music.



Super Groups

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It doesn’t happen very often, a veteran singer-songwriter hooking up with a veteran band to form a new, um, solo band. But over the past couple of weeks, not one but two veteran singer-songwriters have hooked up with two ...


Whiskers

Though still young, the Catfish Whiskey guys have matured a lot recently, as their new LP may prove.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Five years ago, Catfish Whiskey was all about the party.



Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars

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While many of us while away the hours worrying if our 401(k)s are diversified enough, people in the African nation of Sierra Leone are still dealing with the after-effects of a mindblowingly horrific civil war that ended in 2002.


Fair Warning

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Here’s all I have to say about Van Halen: If you’re a fan, don’t go to the legendary hard-rock band’s show this Saturday at the American Airlines Center. If you are fortunate enough to have seen them per...



Bruising

Locals The Black Bonnets dig deep into the past to unearth some brutal beauty.
JOSHUA LOEWEN
I love to see musicians squirm,” David Matsler said, beaming his best shit-eating grin over a half-finished glass of whiskey.


Carlene Carter

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Carlene Carter’s first CD of new material since 1995, Stronger, is an independent woman’s coming-to-terms-with-the-world-of-broken-hearts collection of country and occasionally country-rock songs. There is some heal...



Malcolm Holcombe

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Malcolm Holcombe sounds like a hillbilly sort of Tom Waits as he delivers keeping-a-used-car-on-the road sort of greasy Appalachian-based folk-blues on his excellent new Gamblin’ House.


Otep

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The metal womanifesto has been set in stone now for some 20 years, ever since Doro Pesch headed Warlock towards the halls of the mountain king and Lita Ford kissed herself deadly.