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Audra Schroeder

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    June 18, 2013

    The 15 Most Original Band Promo Photos in DFW

    Here at the Observer, we come across hundreds of photos a week. You'd be surprised how often styles are repeated. You've all seen the cliche band in a wintered field photo, or the antique furniture set outdoors photo. Well, here are a group of photos that don't fit the mold; they're completely origi ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Blowfly

    Saturday, February 9, at Club Dada

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    February 7, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, February 7-10

    The xx Wednesday, February 13, and Thursday, February 14, at The Granada Theater Achingly hip Londoners the xx have a two-night stay at The Granada this week, meaning twice as many Dallasites will be swept away by songs from their now-ubiquitous debut album and the recently released Coexist. We're k ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2013

    The Gritz Sunday

    Sunday, January 13, at Sandaga 813

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    January 10, 2013

    The Six Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, January 10-13

    B.B. King Saturday, January 12, at House of Blues, $65-$125 Blues legend B.B. King is on tour after celebrating the 50th anniversary of signing to ABC-Paramount Records. Fans and blues-lovers alike should not miss out on the rare opportunity to see the now 87-year-old mastermind musician live. He'll ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, January 3-6

    Night Game Cult, Shiny Around the Edges Saturday, January 5, at New Media Recordings House, $5 Shiny Around the Edges and Night Game Cult soundtrack this night dedicated to the legend of Bozo Texino. Texas filmmaker Bill Daniel's 2005 documentary on the rail-car graffiti, which has appeared on train ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    A Dozen of Our Favorite Posts and Stories of 2012

    As the sands in the hourglass run out here at DC9 HQ, and making year-end lists feels more like penance than pleasurable mental exercise, we thought we'd take a break from quantifying albums and concerts, and instead qualify some of our favorite posts from the last year with an, "Oh man, that was a ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012
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    December 27, 2012
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    December 27, 2012

    The Six Best Concerts In DFW This Weekend, December 27-30

    The Marked Men Thursday, December 27, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, $5 One of Denton's all-time best punk bands, the Marked Men, are playing at Rubber Gloves with the equally formidable Bad Sports, who are in the process of recording a new album. Since their conception in the early aughts, the ... More >>

  • Music

    December 20, 2012

    Gift Rap

    Sunday, December 23, at WAAS Gallery

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    December 19, 2012

    The 15 Best North Texas Releases of 2012

    In a year when Kickstarter efforts have ballooned from humble requests to egocentric slaps in the face, the recording, funding and distribution of albums has taken on a different hue, as the chasm between what you can do "yourself" and what labels are offering gets wider and deeper. A few of the art ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Indie-Verse's Eric Landrum: "I Would Put on My Grandfather's Loafers and Moonwalk on Their Stoop"

    Eric Landrum has sacrificed a lot as a music fan working in radio promotions, but what's really kept him on the clock is his passion. No matter what kind of laminate or credentials Landrum has scored over the years working live broadcasts at concerts or meet-and-greets with national touring artists, ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts In DFW This Week, December 17-20

    Libertine's 13th Annual Toy Drive Monday, December 17, at Libertine Bar/Single Wide, Donations accepted More than a dozen acts are slated to play this annual benefit show, now taking place at Libertine and Single Wide. The O's, Ryan Thomas Becker, Grant Jones & the Pistol Grip Lassos, Cutter, J. Cha ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts In DFW This Weekend, December 13-16

    The Babies Saturday, December 15, at Bryan Street Tavern, $8/$10 Formed in 2009, when Woods bassist Kevin Morby and Vivian Girls guitarist Cassie Ramone met at a party in Brooklyn, The Babies started making noise in 2010 with "Meet Me in the City," a gloriously energetic trip that features some of t ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Ten of the Best Concerts of 2012

    There were too many great performances this year, in venues big and small, by acts local and national, to thoroughly cover within the confines of a blog post. This year's DOMA showcase (self-indulgence alert!) provided some transcendent local sets, we had a wealth of great festival acts to consider, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    The Observer Has a New Music Editor. You Should Say Hello.

    We were, for reasons obvious to readers of this blog, a bit depressed when music editor Audra Schroeder announced recently that she would retire as a music journalist and pursue writing about Things That Aren't Music. Today, though, a little shot of human-resources Prozac: We have a new music editor ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts In DFW This Weekend, Dec. 6-9

    Mark Kozelek Thursday, December 6, at Granada Theater, $29-$39 I've been hard on Kozelek's past band, Red House Painters, mainly because in college they radiated an air of preciousness I couldn't accept. As I've gotten older and softer, though, Kozelek's music, namely Sun Kil Moon, has grown on me. ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts In DFW This Weekend, Nov. 29-Dec. 2

    Bettye LaVette, Bobby Patterson Thursday, November 29, at The Kessler Theater, $25-$35 Bettye LaVette's 1965 single "Let Me Down Easy" was the song that should have put the Detroit singer in the ranks of the Supremes and Marvin Gaye. LaVette's fame came later in life, however, namely as she's re-eme ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012
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    November 5, 2012

    This Is Not a Love Song: Thoughts on Fun Fun Fun Fest 7

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Auditorium Shores Friday, November 2-Sunday, November 4 In its seventh year, Fun Fun Fun Fest has settled into a very curious meta place. Standing in a crowd at any one of the four stages, you were often watching a show via someone's iPhone or iPad. That Terrence Malick has been f ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    10 Acts to Catch at Fun Fun Fun Fest

    I've been to every Fun Fun Fun Fest since its inception in 2006, back when it was a one-night event and Spoon played to a small crowd of very cold attendees. Since then, the fest has grown in scope and size, seen legends and up-and-comers grace its stages, and matured out of its original Austin loca ... More >>

  • Music

    November 1, 2012

    Terminator 2, Big Fiction, Eccotone

    Sunday, November 4, at 1919 Hemphill

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    November 1, 2012

    Carnival of Souls with Pinkish Black and Mind Spiders

    Friday, November 2, at Texas Theatre

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    November 1, 2012

    Samuel Adams' 2012 Utopias Is Great or Awful, Depending on Whom You Ask

    The Boston Beer Co. has released its 10th anniversary batch of Samuel Adams Utopias, and it's starting to turn up on shelves around town. I spotted some in the cooler at Goody Goody on Oak Lawn Avenue and had a private little beer-nerd laugh -- clearly, the staff there is uninitiated. Utopias is an ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend

    Madonna Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, at American Airlines Center, $48.50-$358.50 Get your outfits ready, Madonna is upon us. When she kicked off her world tour back in May, thus began her gigantic seven-month, 89-date trek through Europe before hitting North America, and she'll event ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    The Six Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend

    Check out more of this weekend's shows via our shiny new concert calendar Afghan Whigs, Centro-matic Sunday, October 14, at the Granada Theater Within the bowels of the '90s reunion machine, Ohio's Afghan Whigs are one of those bands you never really expected to be spat out again. Their 1993 LP, Ge ... More >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2012

    Vanessa Peters

    Thursday, October 4, at AT&T Performing Arts Center

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    October 4, 2012

    Index Festival

    Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6, at Trees

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    October 4, 2012

    The Six Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend

    Astronautalis, Friday, October 5, at Granada Theater This time last year, former North Texas rapper Astronautalis had just released his 11-track gem, This Is Our Science. This Friday, he opens for Flobots, a Denver-based prog hip-hop group signed to Motown Records. On his website, Astronautalis enco ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    The Six Best Concerts of the Summer

    See also: Ten of August's best music photos This summer's musical choices have been made. Our thighs have been chafed from festivals, our livers raked over the fiery coals, our eardrums gently caressed. And now, as we drift into the last quarter of the year, we're taking one look back at some of o ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Hot Wet Mess

    Saturday, September 1 at North Texas Fairgrounds

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    August 16, 2012

    Stalley at Trees

    Saturday, August 18 at Trees

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    August 9, 2012

    Smile Smile Album Release

    Saturday, August 11, at the Granada Theater

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    August 2, 2012
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    August 2, 2012

    The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List

    100. Tripping Daisy, "Sonic Bloom" Before this album, the band had a grunge-pop affectation, but this song, from 1998's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, was more heartfelt than anything they'd done before. - Daniel Hopkins 99. Pleasant Grove, "The Plaque at 16ft" Bret Egner wrote "The Plaque at 16ft, ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    Best Texas Songs of All Time: #19-1

    Songs #100-80 Songs #79-60 Songs #59-40 Songs #39-20 The Spotify playlist for songs #19-1 19. Billy Preston, "Nothing From Nothing" Houston pianist Billy Preston got to hang around some decent talent (The Beatles, The Stones), but his solo material went in another direction altogether. This is ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #39-20

    Best Texas songs, #100-80 Best Texas songs, #79-60 Best Texas songs, #59-40 The Spotify playlist for songs #39-20 39. Billy Joe Shaver, "Live Forever" "Live Forever" is an emotional experience. The line, "Don't let the darkness take them" is tear-inducing, given that his own son, Eddy, was take ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #59-40

    Best Texas songs, #100-80 Best Texas songs, #79-60 The Spotify playlist for songs #59-40 59. Tum Tum, "Caprice Music" For years, the Dallas hip-hop community's had a love affair with the Chevy Caprice Classic. Tum Tum's "Caprice Music" was an ode to that car culture, illustrating the unique trend ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #79-60

    Best Texas songs, #100-80 The Spotify playlist for songs #79-60 79. Lift to Experience, "Falling From Cloud 9" From one of the best albums of any North Texas act in recent history, "Falling From Cloud 9" is one of the more accessible songs on 2001's The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. It's probably t ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #100-80

    "Between the Hank Williams pain songs And Jerry Jeff's train songs And blue eyes cryin' in the rain Out in Luckenbach, Texas Ain't nobody feeling no pain" - Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, "Luckenbach, Texas" With that introduction, welcome to the first in a five-part series, in which we attempt ... More >>

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    July 2, 2012

    DC9 at Night's Favorite Summer Songs

    The summer I bought The Breeders' Last Splash on cassette at the mall was the summer I dyed my hair with Kool-Aid, and woke up with ants on my pillow. It was the summer I lost my grandfather, though my mother swears that was him making our lights flicker every once in a while. It was the summer I sp ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Beneath The Dead Eyes: Two Writers Correspond Via Letters About Boy Bands

    Welcome to Dear Audra/Dear Hunter, where Audra Schroeder and Hunter Hauk correspond through a series of dramatic letters about pop culture that flummoxes us, like we're Marlene Dietrich and Noël Coward. Dear Audra, I don't know if I can handle it again. I've been seeing headlines to the effect o ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, our indefatigable music critic staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests, to down-right lame. Below, you'll find their submissio ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    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 bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

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    March 10, 2012

    Friday's 35 Denton Review: The Return of The Baptist Generals, Peopleodian's Primal Scream

    After catching Danny Rush & the DDs at Dan's last night, I happened to walk past 35 Denton's headquarters right next door. The scene inside looked a bit tense, as word had come just a few hours earlier that the fest's Sunday night headliner, The Jesus and Mary Chain, had to reschedule their gig to W ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012
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    December 28, 2011

    Guilty Pleasures of 2011: Rihanna's "We Found Love"

    Often, usually after a long night out, in the wee hours of the morning, I find myself fixated on my computer, repeatedly blaring whatever music video strikes my fancy at the time. While there are certain videos I frequently resort to -- I'm a sucker for anything by Thieves Like Us, just about everyt ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    The Lights All Night DJ Spin Off at Artopia In Moving Pictures

    Samantha GuzmanStill from Samantha's video, after the jump​A few hours before the Lights All Night DJ finalists spun at Zouk (for the Artopia after party), DJs Skrause, DJ-O, and The Latin House Krew, took turns firing off sparky sounds at the Dallas Contemporary. Our own Audra Schroeder, Clin ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Audra Schroeder, Alt-Weekly Vet and Jock Jams Enthusiast, Named Dallas Observer Music Editor

    Earlier today, when she formally accepted our offer to become the Observer's next music editor, Audra Schroeder included in her email the above video, along with this message: "Feel free to blast this in the office to get people ready. I'll work on somersaults/tear-away pants." I wish that was al ... More >>

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