Lost in the Crowd at SXSW

Except for the parking, crowds, cops, bands, and venues, this year’s festival was a blast.
Steve Steward
In retrospect, complaining about any part of South by Southwest sounds inordinately whiny. It’s not on par with bitching that the gold leaf on your gold leaf-topped ice cream sundae is oddly shaped but whiny nevertheless. So ...


Tony Ferraro

A Parrot Buys a Hotel
Jasun Lee
Tony Ferraro has spent the past few years firmly placing his thumbprint all over the North Texas music scene. From his days fronting indie-pop darlings Eaton Lake Tonics, to the role-swapping he has engaged in via various proje...


South by Fort Worth

South by Southwest is this week, and Fort Worth will be well represented. And in at least one unprecedented way. If only we cared. As few as four or five years ago, we old timers bragged about going to the annual Austin shindig...

Singer Charles Bradley drew the biggest crowd on 35 Denton’s second day. Photo by Jeremy Hallock.

Festival Season Has Arrived

Local bands ruled at this year’s 35 Denton.
Denton’s massive annual music festival returned for its seventh year with even more emphasis on local artists, which was by no means a bad thing. Although 35 Denton had about 100 fewer bands than last year, there were still m...


Mountain Kid: Realists

There are lots of weird and/or weird-sounding bands in town. Pinkish Black, Alan, Clear Acid. Nathan Brown! But Mountain Kid has to be among the weirdest. Based on the Fort Worth quartet’s new record, the double album The Rea...


New Local Music

The Live Oak released a live compilation and Sam Lao sashays delightfully.
Fort Worth Weekly
Live at the Live Oak, Vol. 1, various artists The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge is an acoustically and aesthetically pleasing joint to go listen to traveling singer-songwriters as they pass through town. And now it’s a wel...

Le’Velle: “I don’t like to write anything without substance.” Photo by Armando Conde.

Le’Velle Rising

This Fort Worth rapper’s star has risen quickly.
At 20, Fort Worth rapper Le’Marr Warren — better known as Lyric Le’Velle — has drawn comparisons to J. Cole and earned Leon Bridges’ seal of approval with his increasingly confident live performances. Some of his lyri...


Time to SXSW

Are you as “into” South by Southwest as you used to be? Even just a couple of years ago? I’m still undecided. Crazy, I know. New dad, busted for a DUI a while back, eclipsing middle age –– I’m the prime demo to the ...

Ryan (left-center): “The machines are a big part of our sound.” Courtesy of Mind Spiders.

Mind Spiders Punk at Heart

The Fort Worth/Denton synth-punk trio has solidified its sound.
Eric Griffey
There’s something almost serene about Mark Ryan. The thoughtful, direct, soft-spoken 40-year-old frontman/guitarist/songwriter for Fort Worth/Denton’s Mind Spiders carries himself with the confidence of a person who has fig...

Bar napkin autographed by Rusty Burns after playing with him in 1995. Photo by Jeff Prince.

Mourning Rusty Burns, Rockin’ Ron Thompson

Jeff Prince
One of Fort Worth’s most pivotal, pioneering rock guitarists has gone to that great jam in the sky. After a long battle with lung cancer, Rusty Burns died on Friday, Feb. 19. He was 63. Burns, who played left-handed with his ...