June is upon us, people. Although its arrival is usually marked by an even higher peak on the heat index (not sure if that's even possible at this point), it also signifies the onslaught of new summer shows to partake in. Thankfully, June 2014 is already starting out strong with the recently announc ... More >>
DOWN With Black Label Society, Butcher Babies, and Devil You Know Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie Friday, May 23, 2014 Ten-year-old Jacob Trueblood had been waiting to meet Phil Anselmo all night. He'd been telling his mom that he wanted to give him a hug. He's been listening to Pantera and DOWN for ... More >>
Memorial Day makes for a short week this week, which should come as a relief even if it does make Tuesday into something of a de facto Monday. (Can't win 'em all, am I right?) As we all trek back from our weekend getaways and shake off those barbecue-induced hangovers, we might as well steady oursel ... More >>
Finally, we have a three-day weekend. No doubt the schedule for most over the next several days will be heavy on time spent outside, preferably grilling out or in a swimming pool. (Or better yet, both.) But there are also plenty of great show to be seen, and if the calendar is thinner on festivals t ... More >>
Phil Anselmo is known by many things in the metal community. He's been called "fucking brutal" when he takes the stage and the "Evel Kneivel" of heavy metal because of all his stage injuries. To some, he's a brother and a tough guy; to others, he's an asshole whom they'll only cross once. But one na ... More >>
To the Fort Worth metal scene, 100 Proof Hatred frontman Donovan Warren was the life of the party. To his girlfriends and prosecutors he was something else entirely.
Every working guitarists knows that if he doesn't have a good guitar doctor, his dreams of being a master shredder who destroys the crowd with rakes from his pick as he slides it up the string are dead. From a broken headstock to a cracked neck, a guitar technician is a master of skills. He's an ele ... More >>
In the late '80s/early '90s, if you wanted to become a guitarslinger but couldn't afford lessons, your options were limited to guitar tab in a magazine like Guitar World or Guitar One, your old man or some other drunken family member willing to show you a chord or two before slapping you with a beer ... More >>
Summertime goes hand in hand with music festival season, even down here in the 100-plus-degree heat. This area will be hosting festivals in the months of June, July and August, ranging from genres of heavy metal to indie rock. So the next time you're wanting to lose your voice in unbearable heat, th ... More >>
OK guys, this week is a little skimpy on the announcements, but rest easy knowing that so many good summer, fall and Justin Timberlake concerts have already been announced. What upcoming concert are you most excited for? See you in the comments!
All That Remains.All That Remains, like their peers in Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall and Unearth, keep the flame of modern metal burning. Clearly influenced by '90s European metal but filtered through an American hardcore sensibility, the Springfield, Massachusetts, quintet makes their seco ... More >>
Judas Priest, Black Label Society and Thin Lizzy Allen Event Center Sunday, October 16, 2011 Better than: getting all decked out in studs and leather and going to Oak Lawn.Judas Priest Back in the '80s, when Allen, Texas, was nothing more than a speed trap between Dallas and Oklahoma City, folk ... More >>
For over four decades, England's Judas Priest has been making one hell of a heavy metal racket. Formed in 1969, the band didn't find widespread success until the late '70s and early '80s. But classic metal songs such as "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking the Law" (both off the seminal album Bri ... More >>
This is one of our favorite weekends of the year, where a good handful of acts nominated for the Dallas Observer Music Awards perform all over Deep Ellum on Saturday night. The much-anticipated headliners, Toadies, Old 97's, Centro-Matic and Sarah Jaffe will perform on Elm Street in the lot acros ... More >>
Sunday, October 16, at Allen Event Center in Allen
One of the many incarnations of Okkervil RiverStill fresh from the release of their new album I Am Very Far, Austin's Okkervil River seems to be working quite hard to let everyone know about it. The album is quite solid, thanks in part to the production work of local producer John Congl ... More >>
Tonight's top touring shows put a serious emphasis on all things heavy.
Steve VisneauTrue WidowIt's been three years since local slow-grinding act True Widow released their self titled debut album to local acclaim. But their debut grabbed the attention of Kemodo Records, who signed the band just last year. And now they are poised to release their follow up, the ridic ... More >>
Annie ReedsJust the other morning, Vampire Weekend announced that they, along with Beach House and The Very Best, will be coming to the Palladium Ballroom on Wednesday, October 6. Both Vampy and Beach House came through recently, and we gave both performances high marks. So, with the addition of ... More >>