Aaron Ortega

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    September 23, 2014

    Granada Theater's First 10 Years: Our Favorite Memories

    This month, the Granada Theater is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a music venue. It was then that Michael Schoder bought the then-movie theater and transformed it into the concert venue we know and love today. To help mark the occasion, we decided to pull together our favorite memories from the ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 9/8 - 9/11

    Collectively, a city sluggishly heads back to to its desk. Welcome to the working week. Your weekend is over, hopefully it was perfectly fun. (Well, unless you watched the Cowboys game.) But there is plenty more to be had by seeing live music. As per usual, a few great shows are plucked in here and ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014
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    August 15, 2014

    Oaktopia Is Back, and It's Way Bigger

    Last year, first-time Denton festival Oaktopia delivered on content but not so much on attendance. As Aaron Ortega reported in November, the largest crowd was 200 or so, for the mighty Del the Funky Homosapien. You might suppose a festival that drew such a modest crowd last time would scale back a l ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    The Best North Texas Albums of 2014, So Far

    We've spent the past week looking back at all our favorite parts of Dallas (and greater North Texas) music from the first half of 2014 -- our favorite concerts, videos, rap albums and country albums. Now, on the eve of America's birthday, we're capping it all off with what we'd like to think of as t ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 6/30-7/6

    With July 4th coming up this Friday, this will be that most patriotic of weeks where we can sit back and bask in the glory of our homeland: Texas. (Well, America too.) And can mean only one thing: lots of and lots of country music. From singer-songwriters to outlaws and Willie Nelson's picnic, there ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas this Weekend, April 25-27

    This weekender contains a very rare occurrence in which the majority (six out of 10) of notable live music events listed are taking place on Sunday. Maybe Dallas promoters will one day stop their tried and true method of throwing a dart at a wall calendar to pick a concert date, but until then, this ... More >>

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    April 21, 2014

    Doing the Rounds on Dallas' Record Store Day, 2014

    We all have our Record Store Day stories. Maybe we pulled an all-nighter to stake out a spot in line before the stores had even opened. Maybe we planned our day to avoid the rush and make a quick record-grab-and-go. Or maybe we just went to stand around in the sun, have a beer (or four), and work of ... More >>

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    April 21, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas this Week, April 21-27

    It's Monday morning after a holiday weekend, and we're all just trying to get through the day. Whether you spent the weekend record shopping, bleeding from your eyes, or observing the Sabbath-- you're probably moving a little slow today. Get caffeinated, because this week is full of shows that are g ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014
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    February 27, 2014
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    November 21, 2013
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    October 17, 2013

    The Nine Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, October 17 to 23

    Here we are, at four different DFW music festivals in one weekend. What is this? Are we Austin now? Is that what we're trying to do? We've got Index Fest out in Deep Ellum, Lolaspalooza in Fort Worth, Texas Veggie Fair in Reverchon Park, and The Lamar Street Festival on the South side. Frankly, that ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    The Nine Best Unconventional Music Venues in DFW

    Thousands of years ago, primitive man performed their music near the campfire. Flash forward some thousand more years, and the "live show" (for most of the time, just the only way you could hear music) was later housed in churches or the castles and courtyards of the Renaissance age. Flash forward m ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    The 15 Best Bathrooms in Dallas Music Venues

    A trip to a venue bathroom is usually a haphazard (and possibly hazardous) experience. "Just get it over with so you can make it back in time to order another drink before the band plays their next song," is usually all that is involved in the live music bathroom planning mentality. That, and how to ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    My Bloody Valentine at Verizon Theatre, 8/17/13: Review

    My Bloody Valentine | New Fumes Saturday, August 17, 2013 Verizon Theatre There is a universal truth about My Bloody Valentine, agreed upon by nearly everything ever written about them. They play ridiculously loud. It was at about two thirds of their way into "A New You," a soft poppy gem by thei ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    The Seven Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, August 8-14

    Whether you're in the mood to bounce around with the shiny, happy people of The Polyphonic Spree, or get your eardrums blasted by The Melvins' dual drummers this week has a little bit of everything for Dallas music fans. Saturday is especially packed with options for your ear holes: Denton indie roc ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013

    Nine Must-See Concerts In DFW This Week: July 11-17

    Fun fact!: If you watch Robert Downey Jr.'s performances in both Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man 3 in the same week, you may be prone to dreams of him taking over your job duties at the Dallas Observer, including this weekly blog post, and tweeting bad things about you to all of your friends behind you ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Willie Nelson's Eleven Best Duets

    In honor of the Texas hero's 80th Birthday celebration and legendary 4th of July Picnic, we're celebrating Willie Nelson Week here on DC9 at Night. Check back for interviews, retrospectives and more. When your career is as long, storied and diverse as Willie Nelson's, the group of musicians lining ... More >>

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    June 18, 2013

    Ariel Pink - Trees - June 17, 2013

    How do you differentiate an Ariel Pink fan from others? Take a snap shot of any average street corner in your downtown area and pretty much anyone in frame would fit into last night's crowd at Trees. From the average goth kid to the plain-clothed middle-aged suburbanite, you cannot pigeon-hole a fan ... More >>