Rufus Wainwright's music is hard to categorize. It's not really pop music because too often it lacks the kind of simple catchy hooks that make for great radio fodder. He composed an opera and has set Shakespearian sonnets to music, but you can't really define him as a classical composer. Across all ... More >>
If I were in a more adventurous, cool-hunter mood, I'd bemoan British singer Estelle's latest album, All of Me, for being too conventional, and say it would get crowded out by the likes of fellow British singers Adele and Emeli Sandé.
However, I've recently found a role for Estelle's music. When ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>
Susan Miller doesn't throw words like "retrograde" around willy-nilly, even when there's an Oscar at stake. The celeb psychic put a celestial spin on last night's Academy Awards by droppin' fate cards via Twitter. More entertaining than the ceremony itself, Miller's astrological decrypting of the 8 ... More >>
When I saw Katy Perry last summer, one scene that stuck with me occurred during "Hot N Cold," where Katy donned a number of costumes under a hula-hoop curtain. I think that represents Katy's career: A series of cut-away costumes replaced behind a magical curtain.
Katy Perry's latest, "Part o ... More >>
Judging by Jillian Edwards' recently released sophomore effort, Head First, the Richardson-bred singer-songwriter shouldn't have much trouble making it in Nashville. Tunes such as "No Other Plans" and "Mind Made Up" show Edwards wiser than her 23 years might indicate.
Speaking from her parents' ho ... More >>
Musicians are undoubtedly influenced by the music they listen to. And an artist's musical selection at any given moment can sometimes even foretell what a next album might sound like. So if you've ever wondered what the artists who grace your stereo are getting funky to, here's your chance to find o ... More >>
Let's be real: If you've never heard of Duran Duran you clearly haven't been paying attention for the last three decades. Love 'em or hate 'em, the supergroup wrote some of the most memorable songs of the '80s: "A View To A Kill," "The Reflex" and "Hungry Like The Wolf" are only a few of the many so ... More >>
The wildfires raging through the greater Austin area have everyone on edge. The Forest Service has stated that they're taxed to the limit, Rick Perry briefly abandoned his presidential run to focus on the blaze and the smoke is causing breathing problems as far north as Waxahachie. Meanwhil ... More >>
Dallas disco cover band Le FreakA well-timed cover can be just the thing to take a band's live performance from good to great. But if the execution of the song is off, it could blow the whole set. On the flip side, although playing a cover is a risky move, sometimes the rewards can make an artist ... More >>
Katy Perry, Robyn
Verizon Theater in Grand Praire
July 28, 2011
Better than: the petroleum aftertaste of cherry chapstick.Rachel ParkerWhat the hell is going on in this picture? For more crazy shots from last night's show, check out the slideshow.
A lingering cotton candy scent filled the ... More >>
Doug DavisThe bon voyage crowd at Jack's Back Yard yesterday afternoon.One of the better bars in Dallas to feature live music came to a sudden close last night. Well-located in Oak Cliff, just between the Oak Lawn and Kessler Park neighborhoods, Jack's Back Yard, a re-purposed complex of bu ... More >>
David Johansen of the New York DollsDavid Johansen's career is the entertainment equivalent of a patchwork quilt. The New York Dolls' first incarnation, after all, lasted just a few years. After dissolving that first time, Johansen recorded several solo albums, then began an acting career. (Remem ... More >>
Hope Adele's break-up songs have helped y'all learn how to cope with loss, because this one might hurt a little bit: After already having canceled five shows (Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland) due to problems with laryngitis, the singer, who is straight destroying the Billb ... More >>
Donald Glover/Childish GambinoSouth Side Music HallMay 2, 2011Better than: open mic night at the Dallas Comedy House.Kevin TodoraMore in Kevin's slide show, the many stage faces of Donald GloverThere's no doubting the popularity of actor/comedian Donald Glover and his maybe-not-moonlighting-gig a ... More >>
Ry-guy Ryan Cabrera is a dude who was born in the Dallas area who used to date Ashlee Simpson and got signed to her father Joe Simpson's management company and made something of a blip on the national pop culture radar in 2004, when his song "On The Way Down" started blowing up Total Request Live ... More >>