Blues Around the Clock

I’ve done my research. I know. No matter how young you are, you will not be the youngest person at the Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival this Friday-Sunday. My facts? Get comfy. A few weeks after I moved to Fort Worth from Hou...

Rickey Wayne Kinney, a.k.a Squanto, has just finished recording his debut album with producer Jordan Richardson, a.k.a. Son of Stan. Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

Squanto’s Cyborg-Rock

It’s weird, it’s out there, and it’s aggressive, but this electronica is honest.
Don’t feel bad if the first word that comes to mind when describing Squanto’s music is “weird.” Rickey Wayne Kinney, the 30-year-old Fort Worth musician behind the moniker, tends to agree. “It’s weird music,” he s...


Happy Birthday Next Weekend, S&R

What are you doing Labor Day weekend? Me? I’m so glad you asked! I’m going to my in-laws in Sun City, Texas, where we’re going to grill out and (try to) watch preseason football and referee the kids and maybe squeeze in a...

Thunder (right) and Road Soda are tighter than ever. But not too tight.
Photo by Jeff Prince.

Jack Thunder & The Road Soda: Rockarolla

They’re loud, primal, and now on tape.
Jeff Prince
A rock ’n’ roll scream is a beautiful thing, and Jack Thunder & The Road Soda can shriek with the best of them. Their throats are probably still raw after recording JT&RS, their blistering debut recording. All seven...

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New Music Sucks (Still?)

Last December was a long time ago, especially in terms of Facebook minutes (confession: I spend way too much time on FB, as if “infinity scroll” is some sort of endurance challenge), but the science –– the science! –...


New Local Music

New albums from Tungsten Wake, Mountain Kid, and two leading local classical giants lead this week’s hit parade.
Steve Steward, Kristian Lin, Edward Brown
Tungsten Wake’s Tungsten Wake As I plunged my brain ears-first into the crystal-clear heavy alt-rock world shimmering inside Tungsten Wake’s six-song eponymous debut, it occurred to me that it’s not often you hear funk ba...

More rock star. Less Woody Guthrie. Chris Johnson. Photo by Jeff Prince.

The Bearding Hotels

Telegraph Canyon’s folksy predilections aren’t all gone, but they have been supplanted by some experimental sonics.
Jeff Prince
Lead singer Chris Johnson lowered the keys when arranging songs on Telegraph Canyon’s just-released third album You from Before. It was a subtle but important decision. Johnson’s razor-thin tenor anchors the sound. But sing...


Lola’s Wrevival

I like this. I like this new development. Every autumn, I get a little nostalgic. The slant of the sun as it bathes very institutional-looking buildings in hazy yellow. The anticipation of donning flannel over- and undergarment...


Welcome Home, TTXQ

If you lived in or around the Fort in the late aughts and ever even glanced at this column, you would know that my love of Tame … Tame and Quiet is matched only by my love of family, the great Satan hisself, and New York-styl...


New Local Music

Matthew McNeal, Shadows of Jets, and The Vandoliers prove the Fort is hot.
Matthew McNeal’s Compadre The opening electric guitar lick on Matthew McNeal’s new debut album grabbed my ear from the get-go. The lick sounded kinda country, kinda rock, and I was wondering which direction we were about to...