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Unger: “The reason I love [this group] is because there’s no ego here.” Allyson V. Williams

On the Flipside

Flipside has had the same lineup for 12 years, but there’s little else about the jazz trio that can be called predictable. At a...
The Ape Hangars simply looks like a party (courtesy of artist Keenan Nichols).

Hang 10

In early 2012, Ryan Coplen and Hank Tosh of the Fort Worth surf-rock quartet The Ape Hangars decided it was time to record their...

Killer or Filler?

Now that we’ve named our favorite albums, EPs, and songs of the past 365 days or so, let’s march right into 2015 with this...
The Orbans’ Vedere was noteworthy for multiple reasons.

Top Local Albums of ’14

1.) A couple of years ago, as I was interviewing Calhoun songwriters Tim Locke and Jordan Roberts, the discussion turned to The Orbans’ tremendous...
Kitchens (left) and Dub have segued into pure metallic improvisation.

Churning Urn

In the most redeeming sense of the term “typical,” Stone Machine Electric is truly atypical. The Arlington metal duo of drummer Mark Kitchens, an...

Killer or Filler?

Punk attitude goes a long way in defusing listeners’ bullshit detectors. And you don’t have to play loud, clanging guitars at breakneck speeds to...
(From left to right) Ryan Spears, Rangeley Grisel, and Austin Smith are in it for the long haul.

In Bloom

A typical Vicious Firs concert is not something that you follow out of the corner of your eye while drinking beer and doing shots...
The Cush is Texas psych at its best.

Comfy Perch

When a 20-year-old like Lorde can essentially rule the musical landscape, you have to wonder if there’s room for grown-ups. But that thought doesn’t...
Daniel Slatton (left) and Jake Murphy have put the past behind them — in more ways than one.

Silky Thread

In a loft space in an unassuming Kennedale neighborhood, guitarist/singer Jake Murphy and drummer Daniel Slatton tune up for a rehearsal. As Slatton bangs...
Bludded Head’s Reign in Bludd

Killer or Filler?

Nevada Hill’s doom project Bludded Head continues to churn out new material even while he’s undergoing cancer treatments. And from two diverse ends of...