Jazz and smart rock are more closely aligned than normally thought, according to Denton quintet oso closo’s tuneage.
Jimmy Fowler
When Adrian Hulet, the singer, pianist, and songwriter for the arty soul outfit oso closo, moved from Grapevine to Denton in 2001 to attend the University of North Texas, he thought he had exorcised his live-band demons forever...

Rusty Wier

The Show
Texas Music singer-songwriter Rusty Wier was supposed to play a show this Saturday at Cowtown Sports Bar & Grill — his second there and about his millionth in Fort Worth — but had to beg off.

John Zaskoda

Listen Up
John Zaskoda is a staunch believer in grassroots music. The former lead guitarist for local singer-songwriter Scott Copeland and local band The Merchants opened his own music store not too long ago.


Listen Up
Any record that opens with foot stomps, handclaps, and humming can’t be bad.


Depending on the night of the week, the Cuban-themed nightclub Embargo is a lot of things: speakeasy, place for live world music, regular ol’ bar, a required stop on weekend tours of the handful of swanky joints that have...

Fort Worth Got Next

Tired of our second-class city status? So is the Royal South crew.
One of the first stories I ever wrote for the Weekly was about local hip-hop. Most of the artists I talked to lived in the 817 but said they were from Dallas. Maybe they were ashamed of their hometown. Or afraid that no one out...

Observe the Revolving Door

Another year, another music editor for the Dallas Observer. Last week, Jonanna Widner was reportedly fired, making her the third Observer music chief in about as many years to go and the second, along with Sam Machkovech, to ge...

With a Bullet

Ransom does it All 4 You.
For local mod-rock trio Ransom, everything has happened fast.

Randy McAllister

Listen Up
Randy McAllister’s eighth album, the soulful, roadhouse-bluesy Dope Slap Soup, is solid all the way through, with a couple of standout songs.

Andy Timmons

The Show
Dallasite Andy Timmons, the fourth horseman of the instrumental-electric-guitar apocalypse — along with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson — is the aggregate of the first three.