Brandon Burnett: “It takes a long time to get your chops down.” Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

Blackgrass Revival

Husband-and-wife-fronted Phantom Sensation is hitting the road to support a new album.
Steve Steward
Phantom Sensation songwriter Brandon Burnett said that if the idea of a Southern Gothic folk band has you cringing for fear of shouted “Hey” choruses, you can rest easy. For one thing, his main songwriting influences are mo...


The Cush: Supernormal

I’ve always had a soft spot for The Cush. The reasons are many-splendored and colorful, but I won’t bore you with them here. Let’s just say that, like Gabrielle and Burette Douglas, the husband-and-wife team behind the ba...

Starbass Laboratories: “As a band, I think we just want people to have a good time.” Photo by Ryan Burger.

Space Jams

Using vintage equipment, Starbass Laboratories are making futuristic music.
Steve Steward
“Welcome! Sorry it smells a little burger-y in here.” That was Peter Gilliland, the dreadlocked, bearded half of electro duo Starbass Laboratories, apologizing for the scent of a post-work snack, reheated in his RV’s micr...


Stumptone’s Spark

Steve Steward
One thing I noticed while listening to Stumptone’s brand new album: Chris Plavidal and company really know how to shift the mood of a song. I’m not talking in terms of a weird key change or the band laying into some clunky,...

Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

Music Awards Winners

Last Sunday within the comfy yet cavernous confines of Shipping & Receiving’s Tilt Room, hundreds of folks, all nominees in our 20th Annual Music Awards and their plus ones, gathered for the awards ceremony. The Panthys a...

Katsuk (right): “I wanted to take my time with this album.” Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

Epic KatsüK

The veteran Fort Worth songwriter has a new album and a possible acting career on the horizon.
Jasun Lee
Daniel Katsuk is always looking for ways to spark an emotional response from his audience. The renaissance man dabbles in about a dozen creative outlets, including writing, acting, and yoga. Songwriting is still his bailiwick, ...


Signals & Alibis’ Looks Like Rain

Jasun Lee
It is impossible to listen to Signal & Alibis’ Looks Like Rain without immediately being swept back to the early’90s Scene that Celebrates Itself: the first wave of shoegaze. But the Fort Worth duo of Rebecca Jozwiak on...

Stumptones will release its new album Spark on Sat., July 9 at The Grotto.

Toward Perfection

It took five years, but Stumptone has finally released its new album.
Steve Steward
On Saturday night at The Grotto, Stumptone will debut Spark, the space-rock adventurists’ third album. It’s the band’s first long player in five years, and even frontman Chris Plavidal admits that it’s kind of a glacial...


Siberian Traps’ Stray Dogs

Steve Steward
I don’t want to say that Siberian Traps have finally found their sound, because that would suggest that the five-piece’s previous material, watermarked by the countrified twang frontman Seth Reeves inherited from his stint ...


Welcome Home, Leon

Got to give credit to Leon Bridges’ people. His message is –– like his coiffure –– on point. For about a year now, we’ve been watching the young soul sensation knock ’em dead on huge stages and have been reading a...