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2005 Stories by Sarah Hepola

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  • Garland Rogue

    published December 8, 2005

    In the 1980s, Gram LeBron was a typical middle-class kid in Garland, living out his teendom in typical 1980s suburbia. He killed time at the... More >>

  • Rogue Wave

    published October 27, 2005

    Rogue Wave's Out of the Shadows was last year's great indie-pop debut--a bittersweet album of '60s-inspired pop ideal for melodists and... More >>

  • Liz Phair

    published October 27, 2005

    There is a joke to be made about Liz Phair performing on Halloween. The woman is a little scary, whether swinging her sexuality like a pair... More >>

  • Through the Danger Zone

    published September 1, 2005

    Many artists claim to have been the soundtrack of the '80s; Kenny Loggins really was. In my Strawberry Shortcake-inspired bedroom of 1984,... More >>

  • Gypsy Blood

    published July 28, 2005

    A year ago David Cunniff was not the same person he is today. If you met him then, you would have seen a tall, rugged guy, something of a ladies'... More >>

  • Close to You

    published June 30, 2005

    My Chemical Romance had just finished the first song of its set--the catchy, sneering anthem of angst "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"--when limp bodies... More >>

  • Pioneer Days

    published June 23, 2005

    Long 'View: Deep Ellum isn't exactly known for lengthy life spans. New clubs like Indigo and Club Hush have closed... More >>

  • Fountains of Wayne

    published June 23, 2005

    Summer wouldn't be summer without Fountains of Wayne. Sure, hot dogs would be just as carcinogenic, steering wheels would still sear flesh, young... More >>

  • Shanghai 5

    published June 23, 2005

    With their smooth soundscapes, as tasteful and well-tended as a Japanese garden, Shanghai 5 seems like a band comfortable in the background. After... More >>

  • Learning to Bend

    published June 16, 2005

    About a year ago, a press release caught my attention. "Bob Schneider performs an intimate concert at Bend yoga studio." I had one question: Are... More >>

  • Don't Give Up...

    published June 16, 2005

    My first week on the job, I received a cold call from an aspiring gospel singer in Irving named Patrick Bradshaw. I was new; I picked up the... More >>

  • It's a Draw

    published June 9, 2005

    Here's a question: Which local band has the biggest draw? Or another: Do people see local music as much as they used to? These are the kinds of... More >>

  • Odds & Ends

    published June 9, 2005

    Three stages, 22 bands, more than eight hours of live music--Saturday night's benefit for Cory Helms, recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's... More >>

  • Coldplay

    published June 9, 2005

    Dependable isn't the worst thing a rock band could be. Every generation needs its R.E.M., a band consistently putting out albums that, while... More >>

  • Bright Eyes

    published June 9, 2005

    Evidence that you are, indeed, a fucking star: When you piss over an entire state in a drunken onstage rant and, upon returning, you are greeted... More >>

  • Odds & Ends

    published June 2, 2005

    Get your TiVos ready: Midlake will perform as musical guests on The Late Late Show on Monday, June 13. As everyone knows,... More >>

  • Musicians Unite

    published June 2, 2005

    Cory Helms felt a lump in his neck, a hard, round pebble perched above the collarbone. He hadn't been sick, but, he says, "I immediately... More >>

  • The Foxymorons

    published May 26, 2005

    In the Grand Critical Discussion of early-'90s albums, Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque tends to get the shaft. Musicologists are far more... More >>

  • John Lamonica

    published May 26, 2005

    Months ago, a colleague handed me a CD of rough tracks from John Lamonica. The voice was unlike anything I'd heard in Dallas music--dangerously... More >>

  • Secret Society

    published May 26, 2005

    Quick question: Who is the rapper pictured above (twice)? If you don't know, that's no surprise. Dallas' hip-hop scene has become a kind of... More >>

  • Odds & Ends

    published May 19, 2005

    In this year's Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees for DJ/Electronic, one of these things was not like the other: DJ Merritt, DJ Jayson... More >>

  • Death Before Dying

    published May 19, 2005

    The first song on the first album by the Deathray Davies is a pounding, gloriously off-kilter pop tune called "They stuck me in a box in... More >>

  • Beyond the Red Carpet

    published May 12, 2005

    Unlike other awards shows, you don't need anything special to host the Dallas Observer Music Awards--talent, experience, Tony Danza. Nope,... More >>

  • Save Yourself

    published May 12, 2005

    There is a scene in Almost Famous in which young William Miller, a stand-in for the director and former Rolling Stone scribe Cameron... More >>

  • Mur, The Hourly Radio, Chris Holt, The Undoing of David Wright

    published May 12, 2005

    They say in order to truly appreciate something, you have to let it go. That may be the case for lush, charismatic pop-rockers Mur, who left Big D... More >>

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