Homegrown Reveals Its Full Bill and A Former Fort Worth Nerdcore Rapper Is Probably Not a Terrorist.
Already this morning, we've seen some pretty huge local music festival news break. In case you missed it: Bruce Springsteen, The Killers, Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw will headline a weekend's worth of free, outdoor shows on the site of the old Reunion Arena. Oh, and fun. will play, too.
Of course, that was far from the only festing news coming down this week. The inaugural Ragefest added a few more names to its hip-hop and trap-oriented lineup. In addition to hip-hop headliner Travi$ Scott and trap headliner Etc! Etc! will be a slew of locals representing both of those genres. To that end, Crit Morris, Blue, the Misfit, D. Smiley and The Outfit, TX will represent the local hip-hop contingent, and Pass the 40, Junk Food, bemyfriend and Colton Carlyle will account for the local trap acts.
Then, just a few minutes ago, Homegrown organizers finally released the full lineup for this year's fest. New acts from today's announce include Sarah Jaffe, Son of Stan, The Baptist Generals, Mystery Skulls, Calhoun, and Sam Lao. They join a bill, lest you've forgotten, that already includes the Toadies, Trail of Dead, Seryn, The Black & White Years, Wild Moccasins, The Suffers, Goodnight Ned and The Phuss.
More festival news to be aware of? In case you thought you might make it a week without suffering from some form of advanced, minor festival-related fatigue, the organizers behind this summer's Elm Street Music & Tattoo Festival festival say they'll offer up the first round of acts playing their festival come this Thursday.
Moving on to non-festival news: Later this month, Jason Molina's bandmates will mark the one-year anniversary of the troubled musician's passing with a special memorial performance at Los Angeles venue The Church on York. The publicity efforts for that show are also being used to spread word about a new tribute compilation album being put out next month via non-profit label Rock the Cause. Aside from the more well-known national acts on the comp such as My Morning Jacket, the album will also feature former Dentonites Will Johnson and Sarah Jaffe. Head here to check out the full track list, or here to stream Jaffe's cover of “Alone With the Owl.”
In the mood to stream some more music today? Like a whole lot more music? Because NPR just put out its annual list of 100 bands you should check out before heading to SXSW. Besides locals Seryn and Black Milk, the list includes embedded tunes from a few dozen other acts that'll be performing in North Texas in the coming weeks on their way to and/or from that fest.
Also? You can now check out a couple of the song's from Borrisokane's Versus Project, we mentioned last week. Head here to hear Home by Hovercraft cover the Austin band's “Thank You” track or here for Pageantry's take on that band's “Elizaaaa.”
Moving on, we've got a couple of notes about local musicians appearing on the screen. First up is former Fort Worth nerdcore rapper MC Router, who appeared on a recent episode of Dr. Phil titled “I'm Worried My Daughter May Turn into a Terrorist.” The mother of the former rapper is worried that her daughter's recent conversion to Islam is yet another one of her many phases. See a preview of the episode here.
Then there's former Rigor Mortis vocalist Bruce Corbitt, who says he's written and directed a full-length documentary on his old band that'll earn its release sometime next year. According to updates on the current Warbeast frontman's Facebook page, Welcome to Your Funeral will tell the story of Rigor Mortis' rise from the area's underground '80s thrash scene to becoming the first metal band from the area signed to a major label. The film is set to feature narration from Corbitt's longtime pal, Phil Anselmo.
Meanwhile, local label Kirtland Records and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale have settled their previous disagreement concerning the fate of the band's catalog. They've come to terms on a deal that will see the '90s alt-rocker joining up with Round Tree Records to reacquire the rights to his band's first four albums. Implications from the deal — other than a huge influx of cash for the Kirtland — includes the possibility of a future Bush greatest hits album.
Elsewhere: Chambers added bassist Daniel Pelletier to its ranks and signed to The Record Machine, which will release the band's debut LP later this summer; Butch Hancock and a dozen-or-so others will honor Fort Worth legend Townes Van Zandt with performances at the Home(Townes)Fest that'll take place at Funky Town venue The Grotto on March 9; and SymbolycOne has promised to collaborate with the winner of this contest, whoever that might end up being.
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