August is officially here. This means we're one step closer to the kids being back in school and the Texas Rangers being put out of the misery they call the 2014 season. But before we get to all that, how about we indulge in a little weekend fun? These are the best shows Dallas has to offer this wee ... More >>
Alright, folks, July is in its waning days. Starting Thursday it'll already be August, which is something we can look at a couple different ways. On the one hand, we could try and finish off this month strong. On the other hand, we could try and start next month off on the right foot. Or we could ju ... More >>
Ben Kweller Friday, October 26, at The Kessler Theater, $22.50-$30 Texas native Ben Kweller is currently finishing up the handful of shows on his 62-date worldwide tour, in support of his February release, Go Fly a Kite. A now happily-married father of two, Kweller's most recent album is a little mo ... More >>
KreayshawnFriday, November 2, at Palladium Ballroom, $17.50The controversial rapper, whose proper debut album Somethin' 'Bout Kreay is out in late September, will be here in early November. It's one of Parade of Flesh's biggest shows yet.
Saturday, May 26, at Main Street Garden Park
Go Fly a Kite (The Noise Company)
This week in print, I check in with Sarah Alexander and Nevada Hill, two Denton musicians who host Tiger Dick, a weekly radio show devoted to the unheard and unseen. Dallas Distortion Music chats with Alan Ayo about their first year in business. Kelly Dearmore asks Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial ... More >>
And Bingo was his name-o. Taken from a 2009 encore of Ben Kweller's set in Salt Lake City, Utah. At least that's what the Youtube tag says.
Greenville's Own Ben Kweller has had his fair share of collaborators over the years -- and, in this coming week's paper, we'll meet one of them, John David Kent, his former Radish bandmate, who is starting to make waves on his own thanks to his new outfit, John David Kent and the Dumb Angels. Th ... More >>
Ben Kweller punching the bottom of Rhett Miller's head--for Cystic FibrosisThis weekend's concert calender is abnormally full to the brim, but the show we're maybe most excited about is Ben Kweller and Rhett Miller's Cystic Fibrosis benefit concert at Granada Theater. Two of the biggest local ind ... More >>
Ben KwellerThe story of Ben Kweller has been documented pretty relentlessly around these parts--from forming the band Radish at the age of 12 to signing with Mercury Records at 16 after being hailed by critics as "the next Nirvana" to then following his girlfriend to New York where he'd end up re ... More >>
So, lately, pretty much the only thing on the minds of, well, everyone seems to be ways of refraining from getting any small strain of any sort of sickness--especially the infamous H1N1. Those who haven't been infected, pat yourself on the back and keep soaking up the Purell. Those who weren't so lu ... More >>
Dia de Los ToadiesRough Creek Ranch, Glen RoseAugust 29, 2009Better than: planting your ass at a sports bar in the asphalt jungle. Keep an eye out for a slideshow from the event, coming later today. Rough Creek Ranch is a scenic patch of olive Texas prarie centered around a modest ... More >>
We've hardly hid how impressed we are by the lineup at this year's Dia de Los Toadies festival, which, in addition to the namesakes, will also feature The Secret Machines, Ben Kweller, Bowling For Soup, Eleven Hundred Springs and The Boom Boom Box out at Rough Creek Ranch in Glen Rose (about an h ... More >>
...and it's another nationally recognized band from the DFW region: Bowling for Soup. The band joins the already stacked, nine-hour event bill featuring the Toadies, The Secret Machines, Ben Kweller, Eleven Hundred Springs and The Boom Boom Box. Tickets to the event, which will be held Saturday, Au ... More >>
Paul van Dyk at Lizard Lounge on Thursday, June 25Although electronic music may have lost some ground in Dallas music scene since the 1990s, nearly 1,000 people made it out to Paul Van Dyk's dance party set at the Lizard Lounge.
Greenville's own Ben Kweller brings his recently cocuntry-flavored jams (and, no doubt, some of his older, less country fare, too) to town tonight for a performance at the Granada Theater. But before that--at about 2 p.m., I'm told--Kweller will participate in the theater's first "Tweet Up, ... More >>
Friday, June 26, at the Granada Theater
Not a big list of announcements this week, but think of it as quality over quantity. In venue news, watch out for the Hydrant in Denton. The coffee shop snuck its way into this post two weeks in a row--and it looks as if it's working with Spune Productions to bring more shows to its cozy confines. ... More >>
Sunday, March 8, at House of Blues
Changing Horses (ATO/Red)
The video for Ben Kweller's "Fight"--the same song he performed on Letterman earlier this week--premiered on Myspace today and, well, it's quite a literal translation of the lyrics (at the start at least). But what country song isn't? And, yes, it is a little silly. Borderline stupid, even. But the ... More >>
Years ago, area legend Ben Kweller was dubbed a wunderkind by nearly every music publication in the country. Today, the child has grown into a husband and father--and says he's eager to reconnect his family and career to the place he still calls home: Texas.His fourth major solo album, Changing Hors ... More >>
Greenville native Ben Kweller's new full-length album, Changing Horses, will see the light of day next Tuesday (February 3), and, as we already told you, those excited about the release can go ahead and pre-order that sucker to get some extra goodies from the shaggy-haired redhead. Oh, and those fol ... More >>
Greenville native done good Ben Kweller was the featured artist for Monday's Daytrotter Session. As part of the session, the baby-faced troubadour has offered up three songs from his new album, Changing Horses, and one from 2004's On My Way. Kweller also offers up some insight into the inspiration f ... More >>
Greenville native Ben Kweller's come out and set a date for his upcoming release, Changing Horses, which we last heard about in August. Anyway, according to Stereogum, which posts a "Progress Report" item today on the status of the album, the disc will be released during the first week of February. ... More >>
Check out this interview with local-boy-made-good Ben Kweller (this time, sans tampon) at the 2007 ACL fest a couple weeks back (wait…a month back? Three weeks? Jesus, what day is it?). It’s cool and everything, especially the shoutout he gives to Club Dada, except looks like word never made it ... More >>
Ben Kweller is no Billy Corgan, thank God. Oh, how Ben Kweller tries valiantly to make something out that squishy Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream anthem "Today." God knows it's cuter than the original -- and more decipherable. And it's more than likely the best thing about the Pumpkins trib Spin's r ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, we know: You stopped watching David Letterman round the time you were suckin' on your first bong in college some time in the mid-1980s. Now you're all Colbert this and Olbermann that. Too good for late-night network talk shows. Got it. But before we head out to brave the forthcoming torn ... More >>
Monday, February 26, at Gypsy Tea Room
If so, former Dallasites the Secret Machines perform at Chicago's Lollapalooza around 5:30 p.m. CST today, and you're just a few clicks away from watching their performance for free with the help of your office's high-speed Internet connection. Hope you're using Windows--Macs won't be able to access ... More >>
Ben Kweller grew up. Ben Kweller got better.
New York, apparently
Five years later, Ben Kweller is taking off on his own.
Dallas duo creates an online record label
Wrapping up the North Texas New Music Festival; plus, The Beat turns one
If it is a joke, the Reds are doing their best not to laugh.
Robert Jenkins is getting the word out
Counting down the days 'til February
Ben Kweller will eventually release another record, but it won't be Sha Sha
Radish may be loosening their label's restraining bolt
Mercury Records will be making a huge mistake if it doesn't release Sha Sha
Chonita "N'Dambi" Gilbert is a back-up singer no more