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Fort Nox’s Soul Searching According to rap folklore, August 11 is hip-hop’s birthday. On that day in 1973, Clive Campbell — better known as DJ Kool...

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...

Skynyrd: Undercover Libs

They simply did not make sense. The same twangy rockers who in song either absolved themselves of the reign of closeted Imperial Wizard George...

Signals, Alibis, and Loops

Signals and Alibis guitarist Brian Carter can’t sleep. Well, it isn’t that he can’t sleep. He’s just not very good at falling asleep. “I’ve had...

Aska: When Everything Was “Local”

There was a time when Aska was my favorite “local” band. A short period of time. About a month or so. But still. A time. It...

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...

Blackgrass Revival

Phantom Sensation songwriter Brandon Burnett said that if the idea of a Southern Gothic folk band has you cringing for fear of shouted “Hey”...

The Cush: Supernormal

I’ve always had a soft spot for The Cush. The reasons are many-splendored and colorful, but I won’t bore you with them here. Let’s...

Space Jams

“Welcome! Sorry it smells a little burger-y in here.” That was Peter Gilliland, the dreadlocked, bearded half of electro duo Starbass Laboratories, apologizing for the...