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Jacob Furr’s Sierra Madre

Jacob Furr Sierra Madre (Self-released)   On 2014’s Trials and Traces, Jacob Furr delivered a heartbreaking work of staggering darkness in the wake of losing his wife...

Phantom Sensation’s Blackgrass Express

Phantom Sensation Blackgrass Express (Self-released)   By the end of Blackgrass Express, the debut album by the Fort Worth-by-way-of-Burleson husband-and-wife folk outfit Phantom Sensation, you can tell their...

Bapharet Vessel’s The Good Kind of Mushroom

Bapharet Vessel The Good Kind of Mushroom (Self-released)   Does sophisticated songwriting and a mature sound come only with age and years of experience? Teenagers Julian Cedillo (guitar,...

The Me-Thinks’ “Mr. Dude,” “Rock Deaf”

The Me-Thinks “Mr. Dude,” “Rock Deaf” (Indian Casino Records) If you ask me, the whole notion of “songwriter” as a type of music is meaningless. Even the...

Big Red Ants’ Last Year’s Big Fall

Big Red Ants Last Year’s Big Fall Big Red Ants’ debut album, Last Year’s Big Fall, is a 10-song collection of catchy alt-rock tunes. Occasionally, the...

Summer Dean’s Unladylike

Summer Dean Unladylike (Self-released)   Summer Dean has been working on her solo material for years, playing shows frequently (including opening for notable country stars Sam Outlaw and...

VVOES’ Get Your Life

VVoes Get Your Life (Self-released) Shortly after debuting its demos online in 2015, Fort Worth-based Ill Smiths began generating a solid amount of buzz around the region...

Alexandria Rhea’s Naked Soul

Alexandria Rhea Naked Soul (Self-released) “Naked” is the obvious adjective used to describe Alexandria Rhea’s debut EP. The 27-year-old Cleburne native not only appears bare-skinned from the waist...

Stumptone’s Spark

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...

Signals & Alibis’ Looks Like Rain

It is impossible to listen to Signal & Alibis’ Looks Like Rain without immediately being swept back to the early’90s Scene that Celebrates Itself:...