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Get Ready to Fest

Festivals are here to stay. For now.
ANTHONY MARIANI
The year was 2002 when Fort Worth Weekly decided to put together a concert as part of our annual Music Awards. The location was Ridglea Theater. The bill consisted of five bands, including Holland K. Smith and Aggressive Christ...


After working on their sophomore album for three years, the guys in Stumptone have finally decided it's time to release it.

Stumptone Returns

HEARSAY
Going to local shows (or even listening to KXT), you might think that smart, highly polished indie-rock has been around North Texas forever –– Calhoun, The Orbans, Ice Eater, The Unlikely Candidates, and Un Chien seem to be...



(From left to right) Nevada Hill, Ryan Williams, and Daron Beck have put out a mesmerizing slab of doom. Photo by Lauren McClure.

Bludded Death Reigns

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Perhaps Bludded Head’s most distinguishing characteristic is vocalist/guitarist Nevada Hill’s light voice. Backdropped by his band’s pulsating, stomping beats and loud, growling riffage, his vocal instrument is more in ke...


Tidals: “We’re just bored with playing rock music.”

Waves of Sound

Fort Worth duo Tidals Experiments
JIMMY FOWLER
Fort Worth natives Jeremy Lantz, 33, and Joshua Wrinkle, 30 –– together known as the techno duo Tidals –– were once asked to describe the music they write, record, and perform in clubs around North Texas. “Future punk...



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Rap Up that Lola’s Jay

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Hip-hop finally has a home. For the past few months, Lola’s Saloon has been hosting shows by some of the most progressive underground rappers and beatmakers in North Texas and beyond on Wednesday nights. Before Lola’s, hip-...


(From left to right) Esteban Juarez, Jonathan Villalobos, and Jorge Armenta comprise one of the only Spanish-language punk bands in town.

Kick Out Los Jams!

Fuera D Servicio specializes in Spanish-language punk.
EDWARD BROWN
When Jonathan Villalobos, lead guitarist and vocalist for Fuera D Servicio, enlisted in the U.S. Marines eight years ago, he never imaged it would be the start of a Latin-flavored punk-rock odyssey. The trio’s nucleus formed ...



The Apache 5 is back after a long hiatus, playing Friday at Lola's Saloon.

Apache 5, Happi Hous, Color Control

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As with most weekends in the Fort, this one has options for, let’s say, adults and for, let’s say, people with less serious responsibilities. If we could imagine Friday as a wedding reception, the people with 9-to-5s, maybe...


Obsidian, Jessie Frye

Killer or Filler?

New albums by some scene stalwarts sound fresh.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS
Among the relatively new releases with roots in the 817, the ones by Jessie Frye, Royal South and company, and Tripp Mathis have a lot of history behind them. Each artist has been on the scene for nearly a decade, Frye when she...



Lion Eye is (from left to right) Shayla Sweetz, Andrew McCollough (Dru B Shinin’), Sam Rude, Paul Gordan, Paul Garza, and Chris Birdine (Young Zeus).

Lion Eye: Roaring Rhymes and Riddims

This new Fort Worth outfit blends hip-hop and reggae for the working class.
EDWARD BROWN
Young Zeus, a.k.a. Chris Birdine, doesn’t have to dig very deep to find inspiration for his rhymes. When you grow up in Fort Worth’s impoverished South Side with a drug-dealing father and gangbanging classmates, life-alteri...


Todd Osborne brought the rawk to the Stockyards.

R.I.P. Todd Osborne

HEARSAY
A few club owners had tried indie-rock in the Stockyards before, but it never really took off until Todd Osborne created The Basement Bar in the late ’00s. Osborne, who died Monday of natural causes at the age of 41, was an i...