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  • Spotify and the Future of the Independent Artist

    published December 13, 2012

    On August 31, Todd Gautreau, the brains behind excellent area dream-pop act Crushed Stars, took to the band's Facebook page to sound off on a... More >>

  • Old Crow Medicine Show

    published November 29, 2012

    Carry Me Back, Old Crow Medicine Show's comeback record after a yearlong hiatus, is also a return to the raw, freewheeling style of... More >>

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    Here are the Winners of the 2012 Dallas Observer Music Awards

    published November 15, 2012

    Best Album Best Solo Act Best Female Vocalist The Body Wins, Sarah... More >>

  • Crooks

    published November 8, 2012

    Austin's never been short on stellar roots bands or hardcore honky-tonkers, thanks in part to some young acts that perform way beyond their... More >>

  • Deftones

    published November 8, 2012

    The list of bands that broke big in 2000 and are still on a major label producing high-quality tunes is as short as the life spans of most of... More >>

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    The Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase: A User's Guide

    published November 8, 2012

    It occurred to me recently that, within the DFW music scene, people really love to draw county lines. So what we were trying to illustrate with... More >>

  • Shovels & Rope

    published October 25, 2012

    Carrie Ann Heart and Michael Trent's savory Southern stew of folk, rock and blues makes the buzz they've received for their debut album as... More >>

  • The Sword

    published October 25, 2012

    How metal is a band that markets its own hot sauce? When the band in question is Austin's kings of metal, The Sword, the answer is: Insanely.... More >>

  • Ronnie Fauss goes West

    published October 11, 2012

    The way in which Dallas singer-songwriter Ronnie Fauss was "discovered" by the folks at New West Records is pure old-school. It was an acoustic... More >>

  • Sam Bush at Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge

    published October 11, 2012

    If a bluegrass festival happens and mandolin maestro Sam Bush isn't on the bill, did bluegrass really happen there? To be clear, there are... More >>

  • John Prine, Alejandro Escovedo

    published September 27, 2012

    If the oft-employed term "influential" still has meaning in today's musical universe, then a massive amount of its worth lives within the work... More >>

  • The Pistol Annies

    published September 27, 2012

    The Pistol Annies are not a "supergroup." The trio, led by country singer Miranda Lambert, is super talented, however. Aside from the small... More >>

  • BrewFest

    published September 13, 2012

    In the current issue of Lone Star Music Magazine, The Departed's primary lead singer, Cody Canada, described his band's upcoming album,... More >>

  • Ronnie Fauss at the Common Table

    published July 19, 2012

    If you haven't been following the path of Dallas' Ronnie Fauss over the past couple of years, you have quite the treat ahead of you. Beginning... More >>

  • The Best Texas Country/Red Dirt Songs of the Past 15 Years

    published July 12, 2012

    As we look upon the massive Texas country machine that's been chugging along over the past several years, it's easy to see 1997 as a pivotal... More >>

  • Merle Haggard Tells It Like It Is

    published June 28, 2012

    At the age of 75, country music legend Merle Haggard is unafraid. Whether the topic is the environment, immigration concerns or the... More >>

  • Chuck Taylor Looks Back on 10 Years of Texas Countdown

    published June 21, 2012

    Visit any area honky-tonk or college-town pizza joint and ask five people what "Texas country" or "Texas music" is. Chances are, you'll get two... More >>

  • It's Dad's Day. Let Him Tap That.

    published June 14, 2012

    This Father's Day, there are a couple suitable options for a dutiful son or daughter to get Dad to get a little buzzed before he opens another... More >>

  • Horses + Grills + Fishing = Forgetting the Past With Dad

    published June 14, 2012

    If gambling hasn't violently torn your family apart, then a day at the races could be a great way to entertain Dad on the day in which we gladly... More >>

  • Gillian Welch Deals in the Human Condition

    published June 7, 2012

    Now that 2011's The Harrow & the Harvest has been out for close to a year, questions about a new Gillian Welch album abound. But one... More >>

  • That’s How a Baseball Season Go

    published June 7, 2012

    The Texas Rangers of 2012 have proven how long a 162-game baseball season can truly feel, even when the lengthiest season in sports (at... More >>

  • Friday Night Lights and Road Trip Insights

    published May 24, 2012

    Thanks to television and film adaptations, the phrase “Friday night lights” has become part of the pop-culture vernacular. Of course,... More >>

  • Ray Wylie Hubbard Through The Lens Of a New Generation

    published May 24, 2012

    Country icon George Jones famously asked "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" back in 1985. For the most part, modern Top 40 country isn't terribly... More >>

  • Instruments Are Not Vantastic

    published May 24, 2012

    Harmony is great. Singing is great too. People with beautiful vocal instruments are great. But the idea of grown men singing together in an a... More >>

  • One Love Fits All

    published May 17, 2012

    The title of Dallas-area resident’s Jennifer Porter Kennard’s play, A Big Girl’s Guide To Love, wouldn’t... More >>

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