The Eli Young Band is, by now, a household name, at least in households across North Texas, where three of its four members still reside, and in other households whose speakers blare with country. With each single released by the four-piece, formed in Denton in 2000 and led by lead singer Mike Eli a ... More >>
I don't know how much else Madonna and Silvio Berlusconi have in common--her extremely visible fight against aging is going much better than his--but here's one connection: This weekend Italy voted in an election that's serving as a referendum on a decade of economic stagnation caused by, among othe ... More >>
"Harlem Shake" is the No. 1 song in the United States of America this week, which means that now is your chance to listen to more than fifteen seconds of it. Baauer's meme soundtrack is the beneficiary of a Billboard rule change--YouTube views have been added to the Hot 100 calculations, joining phy ... More >>
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 >>
Saturday, October 8, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington
Saturday, October 1, at Lizard Lounge
We don't really get it either, Selena....says Billboard, at least. This week, the Disney starlet, from straight outta Grand Prairie, took over the No. 1 slot on the trade magazine's launched-in-December "Social 50" chart, which combines all sorts of web-centric information -- Twitter followers, M ... More >>
YoutubeSweet fancy moses, listen to those harmonies.Fresh off climbing Billboard's charts -- and, y'know, selling a planet-size chunk of records -- Fleet Foxes will be stopping by Dallas tomorrow night. Like you didn't already know. But here's something you might not be aware of: Tonight at 8:30 ... More >>
Don't Wake AislinRight around the turn of the calendar year, Billboard reached out to 17 bands across the country -- bands that had little to no prior contact with the trade magazine, no less -- and asked them to compete for a chance to perform at this year's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. ... More >>
Saturday, March 26, at the Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
Friday, September 10, at Superpages.com Center
When I waitressed at a country club where the manager didn't approve of us servers disparaging any dish, my stock response to customers who asked about a notoriously bad entree was a cheery "People order it!" I always figured guests understood what my honest non-endorsement meant. But in thi ... More >>
A lot going on this week, folks. Let's play some catch-up...Hey, remember Sachse resident Dondria? We told you about her last year--and then again last month when the above video for her song "You're The One" was released as the lead single off her upcoming debut full-length. Well, this week, while ... More >>
The No. 1 song on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart for the past two weeks? Why, that's Southern California's The Dirty Heads' "Lay Me Down (featuring Rome of Sublime)." A sign of the apocalypse? Perhaps. But, also, kind of an interesting development: For only the fifth time since the chart was cr ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Thursday, December 17, 2009...That Toby Keith, he loves to court controversy. He made a "racist" gesture at a Nobel Prize after party while rapping with Will Smith. Yes, you read that right... he was rapping.About 500 Lil Wayne fans are enjoying his album ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, June 29, 2009... In what shouldn't surprise anyone, Michael Jackson could take the number one spot on the Billboard charts this week. Eminem, Flaming Lips and Jane's Addiction have been added as headliners at Voodoo Festival. Apparently Art Brut is ... More >>
If frosted tips and graphic tees ain't country, I don't know what is. According to a press release from the Eli Young Band, the Denton country group's single "Always The Love Songs" has made it to #10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with an increase of 1.7 million impressions for a total of 2 ... More >>
Looks like Dallas rapper Dorrough is making a name for himself on the national level. This week, Dorrough's "Ice Cream Paint Job" reached the No. 32 spot on Billboard's Rhythmic Radio chart, as well as No. 54 on the iTunes hip-hop sales chart (the mega-retailer is vending upwards of 5,000 copies of ... More >>
Friday, March 27, at House of Blues
Your daily dose of national music news for Thursday, March 19, 2009... Kelly Clarkson made a triumphant return to the charts as she grabbed the top Billboard spot from U2 and Bono's guyliner. It seems everyone is turning to Twitter these days--even President Obama has an account! But Ma ... More >>
History, as predicted by Inauguration Day's No. 1 hits
In a year that saw Ozzy, the Jonases and The New York Times storm through North Texas, which area music stories will go down as the most important of 2008?
Over on the dfwhiphop.com forums today, there's some doom-and-gloom talk about the state of Dallas hip-hop. Take it with a grain of salt, though: It's largely coming from hip-hop artists, producers and DJs who sit (proudly, mind you), outside of the thriving D-Town Boogie scene. And, yes, I wrote "t ... More >>
Looks like Play-N-Skillz took some time to speak with Billboard.com on Friday to discuss their most recent Grammy nominations for their production work on Lil Wayne's hugely successful (on all fronts, really) album. Says Play:"This was a little bit more shocking than the last one. I wasn't as ... More >>
Local artists make waves with D-Town Boogie, but the real test comes in 14 months
Sunday, October 19, at American Airlines Center
Just how much sense (and, um, cents) does it make for an indie band to give away its music for free?
In an interview posted earlier this week to Billboard's Web site, Brandon Curtis, frontman for former Dallas act Secret Machines, discusses his band's new record label (World's Fair instead of Reprise), new record (currently set for an October release) and new "hard to describe" sound. He also dis ... More >>
Saturday, July 5, at House of Blues
Anyone who knows me knows how much I covet my Yums. I possess all the freshest graffiti-streaked flavors, from Lemonade to S'mores, with my Tum Tums kept in the closet vault till only those most special of occasions. (Because, frankly, they aren't cheap -- $125 a pair, goddamn.) So good news today o ... More >>
Admittedly, this flew under my radar until this afternoon, but it looks like Lil Wil isn't the only local rapper making national waves. Dallas-based rapper Fat Pimp has been getting his share of national love, too--and he has been for at least seven weeks or so according to this Billboard chart. Thi ... More >>
Rhett Miller wanted to talk today -- with, yup, a clarification regarding his recent comments to Billboard, to which we paid some attention earlier this week. Because, see, Rhett doesn't want anyone thinking 2004's Old 97's album Drag It Up wasn't up to snuff because "I took a total step back," as h ... More >>
Johnny Buzzerio The Old 97's have a new album forthcoming, Blame It on Gravity, due in Ye Olde Record Shoppes May 13. But, good God, from the sound of this Billboard interview with Rhett Miller, posted today, you'd think this might also be the last Old 97's album. Because he ain't got much good to ... More >>
Are the latest boastful rappers billionaires or boobs?
Because it's never too early in the year for Jessica Simpson "news": Last week, Direct to Video told Billboard that her next CD will be country-fried, citing as her inspirations and influences Martina McBride, Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Reba McEntire. And, joy of all joys, she'll be writing some o ... More >>
Titanic, the Musical is a hit--pun intended
Dimmu Borgir is runnin' with the devil
Gorge yourself on the good stuff
Yes, when you think intimate theater-sized venues, certainly the American Airlines Center is the first venue that comes to mind. When the Dallas Stars play in the American Airlines Center, the joint holds 18,000 people; when the Mavs are there, the capacity jumps to 19,200. But the AAC is just as li ... More >>
Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams plan for the revenge of the N.E.R.D.
Dieselboy and his "team of rogue scientists" save humanity. Or maybe just mix CDs.
Dixie Chicks cover up, Bill Rojas' not-so-humble beginning, Dallas Mavs slide shows!
Broadcast Data Systems listens to the radio so you don't have to
Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash are still our greatest Storytellers
This was the year local music broke, but was it fixed?
Local new age piano sensation Danny Wright ponders the secret of his success