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  • Music

    August 21, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    The 10 Best Blues Clubs in Dallas-Fort Worth

    Texas music bleeds the blues, but finding a place to enjoy them in Dallas-Fort Worth area seems nearly impossible these days. A younger generation of rising starts like Jason Elmore and Larry Lampkin make their guitars moan the blues like masters Lance Lopez and Stevie Ray Vaughan once did. They wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 8/17/14

    Nine Inch Nails With Soundgarden Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Sunday, August 17, 2014 While some folks may have been attending religious services this Sunday evening, I found myself wandering around Fair Park in need of some classic alternative rock of the '80s and '90s variety. Seeing that a terri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 8/18 - 8/24

    It seem hard to believe, but it's already that time again: school is just around the corner. (Granted, if you're reading this there's a good chance that school isn't really at the forefront of your mind, but whatever.) That means that there are only so many more summer nights left to squeeze in thos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Founding Father of Techno Kevin Saunderson Plays It'll Do Club Saturday

    This Saturday It'll Do Club brings one of the original architects of Detroit techno to town. Kevin Saunderson was part of the first wave of techno artists in the late '80s. Along with fellow Belleville High School students Derrick May and Juan Atkins, he laid down the foundation of what became know ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 14, 2014

    Bowen House Trades Vintage Skirts for Chicken Wings

    A familiar Uptown shop is reinvented through booze and bar food.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    10 Reasons 1994 Was Pop Music's Greatest Year

    By Art Tavana Was 1994 the best year for pop music in history? Quite possibly. Sure, some of it was terrible, but overall it was amazing: Nordic black metal, Britpop, pop punk, trip hop, and the best R&B of the '90s (Boyz II Men were peaking). Hip-hop's Golden Age was winding down, but a new, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    DC9 at Night Mixtape with M.Parks

    Houston ex-pat M. Parks has been making the rounds of area DJ nights as one of the only proper techno DJ's on the Dallas scene. Techno is often thrown around as a catch word to describe all dance music when it is actually a very specific genre. If you ever wondered what is the difference between tec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Loretta Lynn at Bass Performance Hall, 8/8/14

    Loretta Lynn Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth Friday, August 8, 2014 It's safe to say that the golden age of country music is long over, and we've lost so many formative artists in the last several years. Based on the current state of country, it's clear that fans are in dire need of a history les ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Mayhem Festival at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 8/9/14

    Rockstar Mayhem Festival Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Saturday, August 9, 2014 This year's Mayhem Festival was more than just a collection of metal bands like Trivium, Asking Alexandria, Korn and Avenged Sevenfold dominating the stage with mind-blowing music that warped the lines of metal genres. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Tim McGraw at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 8/8/14

    Tim McGraw With Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Friday, August 8, 2014 On Friday night at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Tim McGraw made his grand "Sundown Heaven Town Tour" entrance by simply walking out on the stage. There were no gimmicks, no over-the-top stage antics. It was jus ... More >>

  • Film

    August 7, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    William Clark Green is a Hidden Gem of Texas Country Music

    In terms of what is classified as country music, the definition seems to be expanding at a faster rate than ever. Southern rock, folk, and even hip hop have all recently cemented with Nashville artists that have historically been resistant to a whole lot of change. Fortunately, scenes cropped up acr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    The 10 Best Punk Rock Movies

    Punk rock has been a part of cinema ever since the music was created in places like Los Angeles, New York and London in the mid to late '70s. Aside from the music, either live or on record, the big screen provided another medium to convey what punk truly stands for: not giving a fuck what anyone els ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Texas Music Needs Cedric and Omar To Be OK

    Antemasque/Le Butcherettes Trees 8/5/2014 We've all had friends who got married to each other. It's strange when these friends fight with each other. It's even stranger when these friends get divorced. What side do we take? Who do we support? Who do we boo? When it comes to Texas alt-rock, we've g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Baring Teeth Elevate Local Metal to New Heights

    By Jezy J. Gray What if I told you that the most sonically adventurous outfit in DFW music is a death metal band? If you've ever caught a live performance from Baring Teeth, you wouldn't be surprised. Whether leveling cramped local DIY venues or opening for behemoths like Dillinger Escape Plan, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    The Best Dallas DJ Events in August

    Every now and then Dallas gets a string of shows that make you forget that we live in a Southwest region that often gets passed over by underground artists. The month of August will feature plenty such reminders, with the new few weeks bringing some cornerstones of underground DJ culture through the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    Our Concert Picks of the Week, 8/4/14-8/9/14

    We've now officially got our first taste of August. Between the weather and activities, it was a pretty perfect first weekend of the month. However, now that Monday is here, you might as well saddle up because there's only looking forward at this point. So start planning ahead because this week of c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    The Best North Texas Rap Shows In August

    As PARTYNEXTDOOR sadly reported on the opening track of his new project; the summer is over. It won't physically feel that way for us down here in North Texas until about early to mid October, but that magical haze is fading away now. Everyone's going back to school. Football practice is in full swi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Why Maddie & Tae's "Girl In A Country Song" Is Good For Country Music

    If you listen to country music, it's almost assured that you feel like everyone is dumping on your favorite genre as of late. As "bro-country" increasingly becomes the butt of the joke for serious music critics and old-school fans alike, this unfortunate plague on country music's artistic house cont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Tori Amos at AT&T Performing Arts Center, 7/29/14

    Tori Amos With Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou AT&T Performing Arts Center Tuesday, July 29, 2014 With local singer/songwriter (and admitted Tori Amos worshipper) Jessie Frye in tow, I made my way into the hoity confines of the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Tuesday evening to catch the flamboyant thea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Quiz: Tori Amos Lyric or Dallas Bathroom Poetry?

    Even if you weren't a Tori Amos fan in the mid-to-late '90s, the odds are good that you knew a few of us who were. Our Kool-Aid dyed hair and witch-length skirts helped visually amplify our hormonal angst to the surrounding world. As did our notebooks -- scribbled with words about nicotine patch ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Four Denton Bands You Need to Listen to Right Now

    The formula for the Denton music scene is no accident: cheap rent and plentiful venues make for a perfect melting pot for bands to pop up all over the place. Whether it's a house or dive bar show, there's somewhere for you to perform. If you either live in Denton or find yourself there, here are fou ... More >>

  • Music

    July 24, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Win Free Tickets To See Dallas Hip-Hop Documentary "We From Dallas"

    You won't hear much about the work of underground rappers from Dallas in the broader context of hip-hop history, but that's only because most people don't know where to look. We From Dallas, a documentary made by local music scene figures Joel Salazar, Teddy Cool and Islam Sesalem, seeks to tell the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 24, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Beyoncé and Jay Z at AT&T Stadium, 7/22/14

    Beyoncé and Jay Z AT&T Stadium, Arlington Tuesday, July 22, 2014 For the first half of her and Jay Z's appearance at AT&T Stadium on Tuesday night, it looked like this show was all about Beyoncé. Every time she was onstage, Bey's presence trumped that of anyone else in sight -- including the Grea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    New Fumes' Daniel Huffman Collaborates on New Stardeath and White Dwarfs Album

    Daniel Huffman, known better as New Fumes to fans of magnificently messed-up psych rock, could never been accused of being lazy or even predictable. Whether he's opening up for legends such as My Bloody Valentine, hanging out with his buddies in the Flaming Lips or creating all sorts of mind-bending ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 7/21-7/27

    Well, so much for the polar vortex. With the temperatures looking set to start climbing back up in the coming days, it's going to time to start finding some places to take shelter indoors. Lucky for us, there are plenty of cool, welcoming concert venues that are nice enough to throw open their doors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Texas Musicians Remember Johnny Winter

    For more than 50 years, Johnny Winter made his guitar sing the blues. A lightning fast player mixed with a growling voice, Winter was part of a long lineage of Texas blues guitarists like Lightnin' Hopkins, T-Bone Walker and Stevie Ray Vaughan who simply didn't just play the blues but channeled them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    It'll Do Club to Host Second Anniversary Party This Saturday

    Two years ago It'll Do Dancing opened it's doors and filled a void in the Dallas dance scene that had been dominated by V.I.P. bottle service clubs and big arena festivals. Both skewed more towards mainstream pop music than old school dance culture. Brooke Humphries moved into an old Latin dance hal ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2014
  • Calendar

    July 17, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    8 Surprisingly Feminist Country Songs Written By Dudes

    We all know that country music, by and large, isn't the most progressive of musical genres. With loudmouth GOP musicians like Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams Jr., it's easy to forget that country music isn't all about trucks, America and hating President Obama. Believe it or not, there are surpris ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 10, 2014
  • Calendar

    July 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Bruce Dickinson Was Wrong About Punk Music

    Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with The Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Douchebags in Country Music

    By Mike Seely Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a parti ... More >>

  • Film

    June 26, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Becki Howard Makes Music Happen for Dallas Even When She's Not Playing It

    In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turkyilmaz. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. In order for a city's music scene to thrive, it's important to have talented people work ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    The 10 Best Dallas Metal Venues

    Since the days of Joe's Garage, North Texas' metal venues have hosted some groundbreaking local bands like Rigor Mortis, Pantera and Drowning Pool with mosh pits reaching same intensity as the ones appearing at summer festivals at Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco or Quicktri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    José James Was Alluring But Distant at the Kessler

    José James With Dustin Cavazos and Buffalo Black Kessler Theater Tuesday, June 24, 2014 By Thierry Peremarti José James' 2010 album, For All We Know, is an authentic jazz album that's won its share of jazz prizes. But although the jazz community has accepted James as one of theirs, you can't exa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Chambers Set Their Sights on the Top with Debut Inner Room

    No one actually hates Chambers. Their recent series of clever promotional videos may have depicted members of various notable local bands chastising their debut record, Inner Room, but they are essentially a beloved member of the landscape of Dallas-Fort Worth and Denton music. That won't necessaril ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Lee Bains III of the Glory Fires on Being Southern: "We Do Have To Account For Our Sins."

    In October of 2013, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires had the plug pulled on them during their set at the Live Oak Music Hall and Lounge in Fort Worth. On that night, the group's amp-busting brand of southern soul-rock was too much for the venue's operators to handle. With the recent release of the ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 19, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    The 5 Most Enlightening Facts from the Texxas Jam 78 Documentary

    For any music fan that's lived in or around Dallas for at least a few years, stories (and probably grand exaggerations) of times had at one of the Texxas Jam Music Festivals in the late 1970s or early 1980's are commonplace at this point. The Texxas World Music Festival, which was held annually in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Kessler Theater to Host Trees Reunion Party on July 11

    Next month, the Kessler will open its doors to hundreds of people in celebration of Trees, a music venue long revered for its contributions to the historic Deep Ellum community. As one of the neighborhood's earliest and most popular venues, Trees has been part of Dallas nightlife for over 20 years, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Bro Country's Sexism is Ruining Country Music

    In the past few years, it seems like everyone has been picking on country music. As the genre becomes more and more dominated by good ol' boys looking for a good time, the term "bro country" has increasingly been used by music critics to pejoratively describe some of the most popular artists in coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 6/13 - 6/15

    Happy Friday, folks. If you haven't already made plans via the Elm St. Tattoo Festival, which already has two nights under its belt this week, then you'll definitely benefit from this collection of great shows this weekend. Sure, the likelihood of you getting a tattoo lowers exponentially if you att ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 12, 2014
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