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Local upstarts Fusion Records bring know-how and a murderer’s row of talent to the forefront of Fort Worth music.
JOSHUA LOEWEN
To get where they are now, as the heads of a recently founded full-service indie label, twentysomethings Zaq Bell and Jarrett Vamvakidis have been through a lot of twists and turns, from local music to semi-pro baseball and a f...


Backside Pick

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On its new seven-song album, Like I Do, Backside Pick delivers a tight, scholarly mix of sounds, including something reminiscent of a high school marching band, with trumpet, trombone, and saxophone.



Jefferson Pepper

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Influenced by Patti Smith, Nirvana, The Clash, Neil Young, John Prine, Johnny Cash, his factory-worker father, and coal-miner and farmer grandparents, Jefferson Pepper spent two years in his home in the Conewago Mountains (Sout...


Tim Hensley

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Tim Hensley’s debut CD, Long Monday, has been a long time coming and is sure to stand as one of the best country-bluegrass releases of 2008.



The High Life

A new album and another tour of Europe are on tap for Fort Worth fuzz-rockers Blood Of The Sun.
Justin Press
Imagine, if you will, that all rock music stopped being made after 1975. No new wave, no thrash, no indie, no lo-fi, no ’80s glam, no alternative nation.


John-Alex Mason

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For more than one generation of fans, the blues “belonged” to old black men with slurred voices.



Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights

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When this CD arrived on my desk, I have to admit I wanted to like the music.


South-B’bye

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A million bands, a million clubs, a million people, one big headache: SXSW, the annual music festival and conference in Austin, took place last weekend, and for the first time in a long time, Fort Worth was scandalously underre...



Meg & Dia

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In today’s saturated music market, formula means everything. A flim-flam here or a stop-time there might be the difference between fame and obscurity. Most listeners, whether they’re aware of it or not, judge pop mu...


Katsuk, Kahsen, and Case

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Heavy metal was a bad reaction to psychedelic music and everything it stood for: peace, love, freewill, dirty hair, smelly clothes, everything. Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and a lot of equally heavy but lesser-kno...