A friend of mine, on hearing that I was to see Daniel Johnston perform live, said, "his stuff is rough, but he is plugged into a scary truth." That is a brilliant summary of Johnston's music. His style is raw and unsophisticated, but also hyper-direct and fiercely penetrating. His lyrics contain a ... More >>
Last weekend I went to Raleigh, North Carolina for Hopscotch Music Festival. It was cool, and before I go on I want to acknowledge that there was plenty of cool to be found in Dallas/Fort Worth/Etc. music last weekend as well. There was a growing beer/music music festival featuring cool Cults and ... More >>
Denton's historically-popular Good/Bad Art Collective, an artist-run co-operative studio and gallery that was active from 1993 to 2001, comes out of the woodwork each year to organize its Rock Lottery event, and has recently announced that its eleventh one will take place at Dan's Silverleaf on Nov. ... More >>
In early January, 35 Denton festival founder Chris Flemmons addressed about 30 folks who showed up for the opening party for 35 Denton's new office. The spot is in a renovated old Gulf Oil service station on the corner of N. Locust and W. McKinney, less than a minute walk from Denton's historic town ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we meet some of the people behind the local music scene -- those who aren't necessarily members of local bands, but more the people who make the scene move. James ShepherdJames Shepherd, known endearingly throughout the music scene simply as "Shep," has ... More >>
Johnnie Cluney for DaytrotterSarah Jaffe, illustrated.Surely, you're familiar with Sarah Jaffe at this point, if only through osmosis. Indeed, the young singer-songwriter and her rising reputation have benefited both from the boatload of press and critical adoration she received in 2010 following ... More >>
[Over the next few weeks, we'll be presenting our favorite local songs of the year, counting down from No. 25 to No. 1, one track a day. Today we take an in-depth look at song No. 22 on the list -- and, please, feel free to click after the jump for a free download of the t ... More >>
NX35 is dead.After months of hints, rumors and premature tweets, the Denton-based music festival has formally announced its name change to 35 Conferette.The festival, which started in Austin as a day-party to celebrate and showcase Denton bands during SXSW, became a North Texas institution three ... More >>
Steve GullickAndy YoungLongtime local music fans should recognize Andy Young's name. He was the drummer for the Bella Union-signed Lift to Experience, the iconic area shoegaze outfit that came to prominence in the early '00s during Denton's space rock era. These days, though, Young's working on a ... More >>
Many thanks to those who stopped on by The Libertine last night for the fifth installment of The Local Hang. Yep, that's right, our fifth, which, if nothing else, proves that if you and Libertine owner Simon McDonald reach a drunken agreement, he will hold you to it for no less than five months.S ... More >>
Johnnie CluneySweet shirt, Robert. Flemmons put you up to that?If there's one regret we have, looking back on our list of the 40 best songs of 2009, it's that, somehow, we completely forgot about Robert Gomez's rather brilliant 2009 release Pine Sticks and Phosphorus and, specifically, "The Hunti ... More >>
Thanks to all the area musicians, DJs, loacl music fans, and, well, everyone else who stopped on in The Libertine last night to check out the little experiment we're calling The Local Hang with Playlister P. It was a night not without flaws--I'll admit that it took me a while to figure out the so ... More >>
There are so many options for music lovers this weekend that it's almost overwhelming. Remember, back in the days when you used to go to video stores to rent movies, how it felt to just stare at the cases with no idea what you wanted to watch, and there were so many choices that you got a headache b ... More >>
The Shawl (Velvet Blue Music/Spune)
A lot of music editors enter the Thunderdome. None gets out alive.
Greenville gets a boost
What good would a 20-year punk scene reunion be without a scuffle?
Austin's biggest music fest was anything you wanted it to be. Dallas acts made theirs a blast.
After a short dalliance with Jesus, Jason Reimer has completed his first big score.
Is legendary music venue Trees taking the phrase "out with the old" literally at the start of 2006?
Falkon is finito; Denton preps for two music fests; and Ask the Expert with Josh Venable
Music coalition members are there for each other
Barley House celebrating a decade of business
We've vowed never to do it again--but we can't wait till next year
Various Dallas acts up for Grammy awards
South by Southwest comes to Austin, but why can't Dallas get in on the action?
Old 97's guitarist has a new solo project in The Scrap Hotel
The Good/Bad Art Collective turns eight and moves out
We'll take most of the blame, but not all of it.
More reality TV
Prize Money's back, kinda
The Kadanes celebrate The New Year, One Ton Records sticks its head in the Buzz-Oven, and oh-so-much more
All the music news that's fit to print, and some that isn't
Street Beat and local store owner make nice
DOMA 2000 (of course), Baboon takes it live; Elliot Smith helps The Toadies; and much, much more
Welcome back, losers
The Mag Seven
For Matt Barnhart, Quality Park Records is job one