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2010 Stories by Darryl Smyers

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  • Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, Blood Red Throne, Dawn of Ashes

    published December 2, 2010

    Norway's Dimmu Borgir is named after a volcano in Iceland, and everything about the symphonic metal band is predictably epic. Hell, the... More >>

  • The Levon Helm Band with Ray Lamontagne

    published November 11, 2010

    At 70, renowned country and rock icon Levon Helm can still kick some serious ass. Forever known for his drumming and vocal skills... More >>

  • Helmet, Intronaut, Descender

    published October 28, 2010

    Back in the band's late '80s/early '90s heyday, New York's Helmet were supposedly the thinking man's metal band. But with their geeky... More >>

  • Danzig, Marduk, Toxic Holocaust, Possessed, Withered

    published October 28, 2010

    What better evening for the renowned dark metal master Danzig to play Dallas than Halloween? On what could well prove to be the... More >>

  • Bad Brains' Punk Legacy Remains Untarnished

    published October 28, 2010

    Even after 33 years, Bad Brains are still one of the most prominent acts in the history of American punk rock. Formed in 1977 by four... More >>

  • The Vaselines

    published October 14, 2010

    For grunge junkies and Nirvana biographers, Scotland's The Vaselines are just another rock 'n' roll footnote, another band... More >>

  • Blitzen Tapper's Easygoing Ways Are Working Out Well

    published October 14, 2010

    Talking to Eric Earley, leader and founding member of Portland's Blitzen Trapper, can be something of a disheartening experience. Earley's not... More >>

  • The xx, Warpaint

    published October 7, 2010

    Considering that this show has been sold out for well over a month, Friday night's performance by The xx hardly needs a recommendation.... More >>

  • Bassnectar

    published September 30, 2010

    San Francisco's Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, is as much an avant-garde composer as he is a DJ, electronic musician and producer.... More >>

  • Early Man Play Metal The Old-Fashioned Way.

    published September 30, 2010

    Mike Conte, guitarist and vocalist with the Los Angeles-based Early Man, believes that many metal acts have lost their way. "There are... More >>

  • Smashing Pumpkins

    published September 16, 2010

    Love him or hate him, Billy Corgan, founder and sole remaining original member of the legendary alt-rock band The Smashing... More >>

  • Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Music Festival with Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Hellyeah, more

    published September 9, 2010

    Chicago's Disturbed may headline the beast known as the UPROAR Music Festival, but it's California's Avenged Sevenfold... More >>

  • Mumiy Troll

    published September 2, 2010

    Founded in 1983 by musician/actor/philanthropist Ilia Lagutenko, Russia's Mumiy Troll actually went on hiatus twice—once... More >>

  • Dead Confederate, Ume, Futurebirds

    published August 26, 2010

    Known for their hybrid mix of alt-country and post-grunge, Athens' Dead Confederate created quite a critical buzz with the release of... More >>

  • Dylan Sneed

    published July 29, 2010

    In August 2008, singer/songwriter Dylan Sneed played his last show as a resident of Dallas. Not really living anywhere since, Sneed has... More >>

  • Ride For Dime Proves "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott Is Not Forgotten.

    published July 29, 2010

    Ever since the December 8, 2004, death of guitarist Darrell Lance Abbott, better known to most as "Dimebag" Darrell or simply "Dime," the... More >>

  • Devin the Dude

    published May 27, 2010

    Hailing from Houston, Devin Copeland, aka Devin the Dude, has been offering up his unique brand of rap for nearly 20 years. In... More >>

  • Dosh Tries Living Up To His Name

    published April 29, 2010

    Speaking from his home on a chilly day in Minneapolis, electronic musician Martin Luther King Chavez Dosh is as enigmatic as his music. On this... More >>

  • The Happy Bullets

    published April 22, 2010

    Seeing that The Happy Bullets have been a part of the Dallas-area music scene since 2003, it's odd that more folks haven't discovered the... More >>

  • DFW's always Been A Haven For Cover and Tribute Acts

    published April 1, 2010

    At first, it was as it has been since the advent of rock 'n' roll—harmless, relatively small collections of musicians playing the current... More >>

  • Two Cow Garage Outgrows Alt-Country

    published March 18, 2010

    Ohio's Two Cow Garage can occasionally sound a hell of a lot like Dallas' own alt-country legends in Slobberbone. Problem is, Micah Schnabel,... More >>

  • Portugal. The Man Goes Pop

    published February 25, 2010

    Zachary Carothers, bassist for the experimental rock band Portugal. The Man, knows that his band has a new album coming out soon. And he's very... More >>

  • Reckless Kelly Tries Someone Else's Songs For A Change.

    published February 11, 2010

    Austin-based country-rock band Reckless Kelly has been around for more than a decade and, in that time, Willy Braun and his band have made... More >>

  • Exit 380

    published February 11, 2010

    Denton's Exit 380 is an alternative rock group that, turns out, isn't as schizophrenic as it may first appear. The band's last effort, Mr. and... More >>

  • Power Trip

    published February 11, 2010

    Seemingly out of nowhere comes this rock-solid EP from Power Trip, a relatively new quintet of disgruntled youth. By channeling old-school punk... More >>

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