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Kevin Aldridge isn’t opposed to compiling his one-at-a-time released tracks for a future album.

Juando a La Vez

Scene veteran Kevin Aldridge is taking his career one song at a time.
Jasun Lee
The formula for a band to release music to the masses has been the same for more than three quarters of a century: Write and record an album, release a single, play a ton of shows promoting said album, hope you have gained enou...


Andy Pickett. Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

Saved by the Southside

Piano man Andy Pickett may be the only one who doesn’t love his music.
Eric Grubbs
A steady stream of people comes in and out of Avoca Coffee on West Magnolia Avenue. It’s a cool Saturday afternoon, though many of the Near Southside coffee shop’s customers arrive on bike. Sitting on a bench in the parking...



Look out, Taylor. Here comes Maren Morris. Straight outta Arlington.

Hello, Maren!

HearSay
I’m sure you’ve already heard the news, because you’re on Facebook, and you can’t live without it, and even when your phone is 20 feet away from you, you feel vibrations on your thigh near where your pocket would be, bu...


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Best/Oddest Local Vids of ’15

HearSay
As a hairy, belching byproduct of the MTV generation, I see social media, Facebook and Instagram specifically, as the average millennial’s primary source for video treatments of pop songs. Because for a while back there, afte...



Bad Blonde is writing songs for a second album and playing more shows. Photo courtesy of Bad Blonde.

Blonde Ambition

This young trio has a throwback sound and positive message
Jasun Lee
Dylan Owens is a different breed of punk. Bad Blonde’s twentysomething frontman is an anti-millennial –– confident with an air of positivity yet unfazed and unaltered by the typical narcissism and sense of entitlement tha...


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New Local Music

Two songmakers in different stages of their careers have something to say.
Jeff Prince
Randy Rogers Band’s Nothing Shines Like Neon Some of the best country and western songs feature Texas cities: “Abilene,” “Amarillo by Morning,” “Galveston,” “El Paso,” and “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mi...



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Dreamy Life Records: Bring It

Hearsay
Let’s go ahead and admit it. Rockers, writers, and scenesters outside Fort Worth may think our city is pretty cool for one reason. We have Dreamy Life Records, and they don’t. The lovechild of two local labels, Dreamy Sound...


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Top 10(-ish) Local Albums of the Year

Here’s what one guy thinks about your creative output, Fort Worth.
Hearsay
Lots of good albums come out of town every year. Tons. But when time comes for me to compile this list, I have to stop and ask myself: Which local albums would I like to share with my wife? Haha. I’m just kidding. My wife lik...



It happens every night to Andy Pickett.

Top 10 Local Songs of ’15

Well. Maybe more like “One Pompous Ass’ Favorites.”
Hearsay
Once again, a wealth of exceptional tuneage exploded from the great 817 this year. On a purely technical level, there were at least –– at least –– 538 good-to-great songs. Can’t wait for next year’s Music Awards. Th...


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Tidals, Wire Nest, Go!

Hearsay
I’ve got to admit. I’ve been underselling Fort Worth for years now, labeling my adopted city a “cultural backwater” not directly –– never directly –– but through the negative spaces between my words. Where are a...