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Concert review: Open Jam at Mambo’s Tapas Cantina


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For years, I’ve been a fan of the blues, and the essence of blues is improvisation. The whole structure of the blues, the 1-4-5 12-bar chord progression lays a framework so that half a dozen players who have never met each other can sit down and play together and make something musical the... Read more

Concert review: Keegan McInroe and Ginny Mac at Fred’s Texas Cafe


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Keegan McInroe has been a sonic force in Funkytown for the last decade or so, and the past couple of years he has been spreading the gospel of Fort Worth music to the good people of Europe. Read more

Review: Usher at American Airlines Center


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For most music superstars, the formula is as follows: Hit it big, ascend into the cultural stratosphere, and wash, rinse and repeat until the public grows weary of you. Read more

Review: Luke Wade at Live Oak Music Hall

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No matter how good singers are on a reality-competition TV show, there’s always something a little contrived about the performances: They’re playing for the cameras, playing for the show’s coaches/judges, dealing with commercial breaks, singing songs they might not ordinaril... Read more

Concert review: Tornup and Berto G at River Run Roadhouse


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Last year we told you about Liz Honea, a Fort Worth bartender with a long history going back to the legendary Moon Bar on Berry Street. Sunday was her birthday, and her friends decided ... Read more

Concert review: Bomb Quixote at Shipping & Receiving


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Well, it’s Thanksgiving week, so time to give thanks for all the great music we have available to us here in Funkytown. Read more

Concert review: Fort Worth Rock Assembly at Lola’s Saloon


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Back in July we got a sneak preview of Tyler Vela’s new Band, Dead Vinyl, courtesy of Fort Worth Rock Assembly staff. At the time, we were told that the band was called Sweet Ride, but a... Read more

Review: The Black Keys at American Airlines Center


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Physically, the Black Keys are long gone from the dive bars they played on the way up, but psychologically, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney still perform like they’re grinding it out for an audience of three. Read more

Review: Sturgill Simpson at Club Dada



At nine p.m. on the nose, Sturgill Simpson strode onto the Club Dada stage. Read more

Review: Patty Griffin and Mavis Staples at Majestic Theatre


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The mission, as Mavis Staples saw it, was simple. Read more

Concert review: Keep Fort Worth Funky at Shipping & Receiving


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Even though this is Texas, weather eventually gets too harsh to have outdoor music. I’ve been hoping to catch at least one more outdoor show before black ice season shows up, and when I saw that James Zametz and his Keep Fort Worth Funky organization were start... Read more

Concert review: Where House From the Black Lagoon


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There are nights when I want to sit in an intimate venue and listen to musicians ply their craft in front of a small but attentive audience. Halloween is just not that night. Read more

Lone Star Sounds: New music from Oil Boom


Andrew Sherman

On a surface level, nothing about Oil Boom’s brand of music — bluesy, distorted rock ’n’ roll, loaded and ready for last call — seems particularly noteworthy. Read more

Concert review: the Dave Matsler Trio at Fort Worth’s Magnolia Motor Lounge


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I’ve been a fan of Dave Matsler since I first saw him perform at the late great Moon Bar on Berry Street. In the last four years or so, Dave has acquired a reputation as one of the most... Read more

CD review: Taylor Swift, ‘1989’

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Much has been made of — and much will undoubtedly continue to be made of — Taylor Swift’s abandonment of country music for pop’s perky playground on her fifth album, 1989. Read more

Concert review: Boobiefest benefit at Lake Worth Boat and Ski Club


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I’m a sucker for a good cause, so Sunday I found myself out at Lake Worth, at Boobiefest — a benefit to help cover the reconstructive surgery costs for breast cancer survivor Lindzey Ward. Read more

Review: U2, ‘Songs of Innocence’


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Apple wasn’t the only entity with a surprise Tuesday. Read more

CD review: Sturgill Simpson, ‘Metamodern Sounds in Country Music’


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Sturgill Simpson’s sophomore record is downright disorienting. Read more

Concert review: Homegrown Music and Art Festival

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May has become musicfest month in every corner of North Texas. Read more

Review: Old 97’s at Strauss Square


Eric Ryan Anderson

More than most Old 97’s performances in North Texas, Saturday’s showcase in the heart of downtown Dallas truly felt like a homecoming. Read more

Review: Jason Aldean, Eli Young Band, the Wild Feathers and Jack Ingram at March Madness Music Festival


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As seems to happen every time the North Texas area hosts a major sporting event, the weather threatened to play spoiler ahead of this weekend’s Final Four action, spread from Fort Worth to Arlington to Dallas. Read more

Concert review: Toadies at Martin House Brewing

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Back in late ’80s or early ’90s Fort Worth, there was a little punk club on Main Street called The Axis. I never set foot in the place; I was poor — even for the cover for that place — so I’d hang outside and listen to the bands play. There were often more peopl... Read more

Review: Imagine Dragons at American Airlines Center

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Is it still rock music if it bears no discernible edge? Read more

CD review: Eric Church, ‘The Outsiders’

Eric Church is developing two separate and distinct personalities that seem to wrestle each other in a glorious battle royale on his fourth and best album, The Outsiders. Read more

Review: Paul Simon and Sting at American Airlines Center


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The multi-platinum Grammy winners made an unlikely, but fascinating, pair. Read more

Review: Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel at Eisemann Center


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The titans of Texas country joined forces for a sold-out showcase. Read more

Concert review: High on Fire at Trees in Dallas


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The faithful brushed off the cold Tuesday night and caught High on Fire at Deep Ellum’s iconic music venue, Trees. Read more

CD review: Arcade Fire, ‘Reflektor’



“It’s just a reflection of a reflection,” sings Win Butler at the beginning of Arcade Fire’s sweeping fourth album, Reflektor. Read more

Review: Jessie Ware at South Side Music Hall


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The British singer-songwriter kicked off her month-long U.S. tour Thursday in Dallas. Read more

Review: The Eagles at American Airlines Center


Photos by Roman A. Pena and Jamie B. Ford

History, it’s been said, is written by the victors. Read more

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