The Rail Club has been a mecca for metal since opening its doors in 2010. But new owner Josh Campbell hopes to expand it to include other genres of music, making it a mecca for all musicians. "When it comes to music, I play metal and I love metal," says Campbell. "But I don't think a venue can ope ... More >>
A Guide to Decoding Its Girl-Power Clues
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 >>
This week, America got two helpings of fantasy in the theaters: The Amazing Spider-Man and Katy Perry: Part of Me. As of July 4, both were rated 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. So why did a dude like me choose to see Katy Perry: Part of Me? Well, when I saw Perry last summer at Verizon Theatre, the cool-ja ... More >>
Maybe my imagination's become limited and cynical in the third decade of existence, but I feel as though this Party Rock thing is on its last legs. It's enjoyed a phenomenal run, mostly in the perennially club-stamped hands of Redfoo and SkyBlu, the two Gordy descendants who compose LMFAO. They're e ... More >>
Man, just seeing the name Avril Lavigne on the charts again takes me back to my teenage years. Back then, I loathed her singles "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi" for their obvious pretense toward skater punks. Seems little has changed.
Welcome to a Unexpected Influences, where we talk to musicians about the music no one expects them to like. Patrick MichelsJonathan TylerWith the help of his band, The Northern Lights, Jonathan Tyler has used a passion for a variety of musical influences to fuel his soul-infused brand of Souther ... More >>
This is, essentially, a "closure" post. I think we all have to come terms with the fact that Fort Worth/Cool's Casey James was let go in favor of the inferior Lee DeWyze. Whether or not I think CJ should be the American Idol, I've blogged the finale because he and a couple of other North Texans w ... More >>
Two follow-ups in this particular radio round-up. First, I exchanged a few messages with Alan Ayo via Facebook, and the long and short of it is, he's not at all upset that Clear Channel gave him his walking papers yesterday. Writes the former midday host and music director at KDGE-FM:I'm feeling rat ... More >>
Watch as the South meets the East
Slow Motion Addict (Weapons of Mass Entertainment/Interscope)
Eels still reel from one of history's best double albums, but history isn't so kind to others
Years, producers and Internet leaks later, Fiona Apple finally designs her Extraordinary Machine
After Green Day, expect more American idiots
C.S. Lewis' world comes to life in The Chronicles of Narnia
Suit Yourself (Capitol)
The songs are immortal, even if Porter pic isn't
Van Helsing explodes monster movie legends with hip upgrades
The Fire Theft finds its own day in the sun
From Kelly to critics: I ain't going nowhere, darn it
Stanley Climbfall (DreamWorks)
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
The record industry counters piracy in the courts and on CDs. But has it gone too far?
Blowback (Hollywood Records)
Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their "free" music?
Disney-esque characters and anime stylings don't mix, but at least the battles are cool
Or: Yes, it was as bad as you think
Three years and one bad record deal later, Aimee Mann returns -- with two wonderful records
Kevin Smith finally uses his religion in Dogma
Saturday Night Live and DreamWorks Records team up for two not-ready-for-prime-time compilations
Tori Amos goes to venus and back on her new disc, and ends up in Texas
Or: How the Internet could kill the album
Naked and proud and stupid -- meet the new Woodstock
You've had the best; now, the year's most overrated records
Reunited Who and Sex Pistols cheat death one more time
Farewell to 1995, a year in music we'd rather forget
Jay Farrar and Dave Grohl don't owe you anything
This was the year local music broke, but was it fixed?
Or: Rock and roll isn't dead, it just doesn't smell bad