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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”

HEARSAY
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...



Igneous Grimm's sophomore album, Everything Is the Same Thing, is pure country-psychedelia.

Igneous Grimm: Country-Psychedelia (UPDATED)

HEARSAY
Igneous Grimm is now connected. Somewhat. Back in the day, the country-psychedelic band lived in 1972 (“Igneous Grimm Spaces In,” Nov. 17, 2010). Now the Cleburne sextet’s music can be found on Bandcamp and SoundCloud, an...


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The Orbans: Return Orbit

Life intervened, but now The Orbans have a successor to their groundbreaking first album.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Only a few years ago, The Orbans might have been the biggest band in North Texas, packing shows across the region, everyone no doubt drawn by the quintet’s polished, melodic, and smart yet rugged pop-rock. And if you missed a...



Singer-songwriter/guitar-slinger Ronnie Heart is wrapping up his debut album.

Ronnie Heart’s Neo-Disco Soul

HEARSAY
Ronnie Heart is the bomb. Period. The last time I caught him was in the summer at a Friday on the Green, a monthly concert series that the Weekly puts on with Fort Worth South Inc. A diminutive presence with a black mini-pompad...


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And Boom Goes the Prog-Funk

Bomb Atomic’s brand of rock and quality of live performance are explosive.
EDWARD BROWN
Vocalist Justin “Beef” Williams is as crazy about music in general as he is about his funkified prog-rocking quartet. During a recent Bomb Atomic set at The Grotto, he took advantage of a lull between songs to galvanize the...



Sun Life will be the math-rocking Cleanup's debut album -- with your help.

Cough It Up for Cleanup

HEARSAY
One of the most progressive bands in North Texas, Cleanup has just finished recording its debut album at Fort Worth Sound with producer Tanner Landry that will be mixed by Phil Martin and mastered by Dan Millice. To bring Sun L...


Fort Nox’s Riders of the Storm is a master class in authentic rap.

Killer or Filler?

Old school hip-hop, pop-punk, and videogame-inspired indie rock are coming at you from the great 817.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
The hits keep on comin’ in ye olde Fort, starting with an EP by a rap trio that’s been around the block a few times. We’ve also got the final installment in a trilogy devoted to Street Fighter (!) and a short, concise, ju...