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John Zaskoda

John Zaskoda is a staunch believer in grassroots music. The former lead guitarist for local singer-songwriter Scott Copeland and local band The Merchants opened...

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,...

John Denver

John Denver was a consistently — some would say mercilessly — sweet and upbeat-sounding performer, even on his sad songs. The best of his hits...

Siberian Traps’ Stray Dogs

I don’t want to say that Siberian Traps have finally found their sound, because that would suggest that the five-piece’s previous material, watermarked by...

Cex

The pseudonym for songwriter/producer Riyan Kidwell, Cex works from a palette of moody atmospherics; tinny, loud, and occasionally funky drums; and a harmonic swirl...

Luke McGlathery

Luke McGlathery has been a musical pillar around Fort Worth for the past few years. Whether it’s with his former bluegrass outfit Big City...

Nice Major’s California Colors

Fort Worth-based rapper Nice Major’s California Colors is a sonic collage of West Coast-style synth, slow-riding beats, droning, mind-bending notes, and intricate rhymes with...

The Juke Jumpers

When I first hit the Fort back in '78, Robert Ealey's New Bluebird Night Club seemed like a hipster utopia, where TCU kids and...

Doug Burr

Denton singer-songwriter Doug Burr deserves international success, but in the meantime he may consider grief counseling. On Promenade, a joint release by national indie label...

The Hype

It’s hard to be objective about rap-rock. While it’s more or less an amusingly tasteless footnote to the mid-to-late ’90s, it got a lot...