Music
Among Friday's shows, Fort Worth light-rockers The Oregon Trailers will celebrate the release of their self-titled debut EP.

Friday Fun in the Fort

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Somehow basketball and independent music just seem to go together. The cultural anthropologists among us might point to the fact that more so than the three other major sports, basketball is decidedly minority-centric, and, wel...


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Killer or Filler?

“Boutique pop,” non-bling gangsta rap, pop-punk ­— the Fort’s got it all.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
Now’s as good a time as any to take stock of the quality releases to come from Fort Worth (sometimes with Dallas’ or Denton’s help) over the past couple of weeks alone: The Orbans’ Vedere, The Fibs’ Hex Hex Hex, a rec...



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The Me-Thinks: Loud and Sucky

Three Chili Dog Night goes well with sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.
ANTHONY MARIANI
To his left from the Boswell High School parking lot was home. To his right, the way to Haltom “Rock” City. When he was a 17-year-old senior in 1989, Ray Liberio started turning right after school. And he’s never looked b...


JJ & The Rogues' new album has been well worth the wait.

JJ & The Rogues: Sweet Talkers

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The album starts with the sounds of waves crashing, boards creaking, and a British-accented chap shouting, “All hands!” A pealing ship’s bell segues to a dreamy bed of synths accented by slowly plucked acoustic guitar and...



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Luke Wade: The River Arrives

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Put aside the fact that Luke Wade is a supremely talented singer-songwriter along the lines of Bon Iver and Ray LaMontagne. And forget that the 30-year-old Dublin, Texas, native and his backing band, No Civilians, are about to ...


After playing a sanctioned showcase, Fort Worth’s War Party is ready to, um, party at South By Southwest. Steve Steward

South By Recap

The lines were long and sad but the music copious at the annual Austin fest.
STEVE STEWARD
Here’s the thing: I kinda suck at South By Southwest. I get to Austin late. I get defeated by lines. I drink too much, or I don’t drink enough. I worry about who I’m going to impose on for a place to crash, or I get stuck...



Done poorly, mod-rock can sound melodramatic. In Memory of Man does it well.

Muscular, Modern In Memory of Man

Fort Worth Weekly
Unless you’re The Toadies, you can’t seem to get away with mod-rock in this town. Heavy riffs and pounding rhythms with vocalists singing melodically about loss, despair, and desperation tend to smack of artifice, of melodr...


Teacher Jim Crye doesn’t have metal-face all the time. Christian McPhate

Six-String Theory

At South Hills High, Jim Crye teaches economics and rawk.
CHRISTIAN MCPHATE
Metallica, Slayer, or System of a Down isn’t something you’d expect to hear in a high school classroom. Rock ’n’ roll has never been associated with a good education. But at South Hills High School in Fort Worth, econom...



The song from a mashup of He-Man "singing" 4 Non Blondes' early-'90s hit is now downloadable.

He-Man Knows “What’s Up”

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As the bass thumps intensely and a rattling snare grows louder, He-Man pumps his right arm back and forth awkwardly, robotically. The camera draws in on his square face, framed by his trademark golden bob and backdropped by twi...


Capturing the essence of New York City perplexed Ford initially.

BLKrKRT: Beat Bombs

Fort Worth producer Phil Ford conjures up neo-soul, New Jack City, and outer space.
CHRISTOPHER BLAY
Fort Worthian Phil Ford, a.k.a. BLKrKRT (“blacker karat”), is a prolific beat maker/DJ and clothing designer who recently released two albums, Fuses II and Black Super Moon, adding to his already-extensive catalog. Purveyin...