Johnny MarrSo, in the news this week Pope Francis said that he would allow sinners time off of purgatory if you follow him on Twitter. No joke. Just thought everyone should know. You can Google it after you read this less confusing post about show announcements in DFW.
You know the jingle. It's the kind of hot that leaves a sweat outline in the shape of a chair on your shirt, and one of the world's most teasing, irritating songs comes on the radio: "All of those tourists covered with oil / strumming my six string / on my front porch swing." It's Jimmy Buffett's ... More >>
Hell. Yes. I've always heard that Depeche Mode is a thrilling live band, and since they're touring with lo-fi electro duo Crystal Castles, that gives you one more reason to pee-pee in your electro-loving pants. I figured DM was sure to spring a tour announcement on us at some point, but I didn't thi ... More >>
This is not your everyday Billboard chart. Each week, we'll tell you which bands are selling in the fine record shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where we consumers of music have impeccable taste. Lance Price, CD Source owner, says a recently turned solo artist with a classic sound is makin ... More >>
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Thursday, October 11, at Granada Theater, $25Legendary Canadian post rock act Godspeed You! Black Emperor have reunited for the first tour in nearly a decade. The band, famous for their intense live show, expansive arrangements and vivid projections, will be an incredible ... More >>
C'mon, guysIt's been quite a year enduring the Top 40 in "The Problem With....". Looking back at the year and my reviews, I've noticed three things about music that I loathe and think need to change. Too many collaborations (feat. Rihanna, Lil' Wayne, Pitbull, Jay-Z...) The less we talk abou ... More >>
With the release of St. Vincent's new album Strange Mercy, Annie Clark, the artist behind the moniker, is making the late night television rounds, performing what we'd presume would be a song from the new record. Except, last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, she didn't.Instead, the Dallas nat ... More >>
In last week's edition of our regular feature, The Conversation, Pete Freedman and Daniel Hopkins debated on whether 1991 or 1994 was the greatest music year of the '90s. It was an interesting read for sure. And, since this week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of both Nevermind and The ... More >>
The Old School Brother.It's been a weird, surprisingly musical week in Dallas sports, y'all. For starters, recent Hall of Fame inductee Willie Beamen Deion Sanders is back in action on the hip-hop front. Sanders, you may recall, released a Dallas Austin-produced hip-hop album called Prime Time in ... More >>
Hook 'em.Today marks a milestone of sorts: On July 8, 1958, the RIAA issued its very first gold record. The recipient of this gold record? The Oklahoma! soundtrack. Not as exciting as other music being produced at the time, but, hey, people liked it. And people bought it. Musical soundtracks we ... More >>
At last night's Gasland screening, an environmentalist activist of some note noted how much he enjoyed reading Unfair Park ... for the Friday musical offerings, many of which were echoes of shows he'd once attended. Then, this afternoon, a request from another Friend of Unfair Park: Steive Nicks ... More >>
A couple of years back, in his Echoes & Reverberations piece about the Longhorn, Jeff Liles ran the picture you see here -- good God, that must have been quite the back-to-back. But that's from January 1978. This week's offering comes later, in February 1982, when Merle Haggard and the Strang ... More >>
Friday, December 17, at Billy Bob's Texas
Seems the NFL isn't the only one choosing not to comment on yesterday's Dallas Morning News piece that said that the Black Eyed Peas would indeed be the halftime performers at Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington in February. Today, in an interview with Billboard, the Black Eyed Peas' W ... More >>
Erykah Badu was in Chicago this past weekend, performing at Lollapalooza and donning a brand new, blonde mohawk to boot. While there, Billboard caught up with Ms. Badu for a little chat. And it's kind of a revealing one--not quite, say, "Window Seat" revealing, but, hey, they can't all be that close ... More >>
Just a few months after we openly pondered what will surely go down as great question of our time ("Is the D-Town Boogie dead?") it seems as if we've received a temporary answer, courtesy of a collective of west coast rappers known as the Cali Swag District. In short: No, not just yet.Proof on the ... More >>
A few months ago, we were surprised to find that local independent record label Executive Music Group boasted a No. 1 single on Billboard's Alternative Radio chart. It was baffling news because we'd never heard of the label, nor their SoCal-based, Sublime-sound-a-like band, The Dirty Heads, who earn ... More >>
If you grew up watching Mr. Peppermint wave his candy-striped magic cane in syndication on the telly or watching Pep's son Gibby Haynes wave his megaphone (and, on occasion, his willy) onstage as the frontman of Butthole Surfers, then this article from the June 6, 1996 edition of the Observer--fo ... More >>
Kevin TodoraLupe Fiasco headlined the House of Blues last night. Skate rap icon Lupe Fiasco, who, if nothing else, might boast the coolest name ever, rolled through the House of Blues last night. And with him? Atlanta rapper B.o.B., who, last week, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts with h ... More >>
The Avetts don't let success get in the way of family
It's been a year of surprises in Latin music. Reggaetón continues fading, albeit slowly, and the industry's mainstays aren't garnering the attention they used to. Case in point: Don Omar's summer release iDon (no relation to your phone), which remained quiet after its first single, "Virtual Diva." ... More >>
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A year after some tasty national press, Buck Jones releases its second album
He had 78 hits spanning five decades and revolutionized country music. Now, Fort Worth's Hank Thompson gets a new green light.