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  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Ronnie Sterling, the Assistant Principal Who's in a Metal Band

    Ronnie Sterling isn't your typical high school assistant principal. He's also a guitarist in Protest, a local band known for its "unrelenting, no bullshit metal onslaught on stage." It often comes as shock to students when they find out he plays in a metal band. "Wow, there's no way," they say. Afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Slayer Will Play Tribute to Jeff Hanneman on This Tour, Just Not the Way They Wanted To

    This year marks thrash metal's 30th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than watching one of the Big Four bands that helped to bring it to the masses? Tonight, Slayer will bring their pulse-pounding metal to the South Side Ballroom at Gilley's in Dallas. It's their first tour since guitar ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    A 13-Year-Old Boy Reviews His First Ever Concert: The Sword at Granada

    One question you'll always be asked, forever, is about the band at the first concert you ever saw. The first ever concert I attended, at 13, was Texas (I know, right?). Texas is a frankly awful indie pop band from Scotland, and for this one tour they were inexplicably popular enough to book arenas. ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    Ten Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: June 20-26

    I'm not gonna lie, you guys, Robert Plant is one of my longtime idols, so anything below the blurb that Gavin Cleaver wrote below about him and his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, is purely filler (KIDDING!). The important thing here is that Robert Plant is legend. He is coming to town. An ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Soundgarden - The Palladium Ballroom - May 26, 2013

    When Soundgarden first emerged from the grunge scene way back in 1984, they were the odd stepbrother to the Nirvana/Pearl Jam dynamic duo. Chris Cornell and crew had neither Nirvana's crude power nor Pearl Jam's over earnest muse. Instead, Soundgarden were the muscle-headed stoners who knew every Le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Richard Thompson On Getting Older and Losing Meaning

    Besides being a stellar guitarist, Richard Thompson is a superb songwriter and one hell of a witty dude. Over the course of four decades, Thompson has evolved from an above average, British folk rocker to a legendary guitarist plying his craft across several genres. Speaking from a tour stop in Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Rex Brown is Ready to Talk About the Rise and Fall of Pantera

    Pick up a copy of Official Truth 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera at any local bookstore or online at Amazon. Rex will be signing copies of the book at Barnes & Noble on Northwest Highway in Dallas on Tuesday night, March 19, at 7:00 p.m. Back in the Nineties, Panetra rocked venue after venu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    The 35 Must-See Bands at 35 Denton

    So, this is definitely a top-five weekend in North Texas music annually. We're flush with bands this time of year, what with the mid-size tour Mecca four hours south and four days away. But much of what's going on in the Metroplex in the coming weeks owes at least as much of its awesome to our own d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Rob Zombie On Revenge, Frank Zappa and Frankenstein

    All Hallow's Eve is almost upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with Rob Zombie, who will be performing with Marilyn Manson on the Twins of Evil Tour at Verizon Theatre tomorrow night. It'll be a fright night filled with elaborate stage designs, terrifying costumes and metal. I had a chanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    The 10 Best Halloween Shows in DFW

    Perhaps the pressure of planning your witty political costume have driven you to write off Halloween 2012 altogether. Don't throw in the towel just yet! There are plenty of great shows around DFW this weekend and on Halloween night that will put you in the festive spirit, even if you've opted for je ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #100-80

    "Between the Hank Williams pain songs And Jerry Jeff's train songs And blue eyes cryin' in the rain Out in Luckenbach, Texas Ain't nobody feeling no pain" - Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, "Luckenbach, Texas" With that introduction, welcome to the first in a five-part series, in which we attempt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    A Not-So-Vulgar Discussion of Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power

    In honor of the recent 20th anniversary reissue of Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power, two music writers sat around a kitchen table and talked about it. One is clearly older than the other one. Eric Grubbs: When that record came out in 1992, what do you remember, aside from grunge and Nirvana being ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Derek Walker's Gone From Airwaves to Dirt Track

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes in Dallas/Fort Worth music. In 2009, KZPS-FM 92.5 fired Derek Walker from their promotions crew. Unfortunately, he was sorely misunderstood by the marketing department's then-head honcho, and was let go after going ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Megadeth's Dave Ellefson Talks About Christianity and Lady Gaga

    After leaving Megadeth in 2002 and bringing a lawsuit against Dave Mustaine in 2004, very few people thought original bassist Dave Ellefson would ever appear with the band again. Yet, behind the scenes, over a period of six years, Mustaine and Ellefson were both rediscovering Christianity and havin ... More >>

  • Music

    December 29, 2011
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    October 14, 2011

    Q&A: Rob Halford of Judas Priest Talks Coming Out and His Band Continuing On.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    You've No Doubt Seen "Crazy Picture Guy" At Area Shows. Now Learn His Backstory.

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we meet the people in the local music scene that you don't see on stages. Scotty Mankoff, aka "Crazy Picture Guy."​Scotty Mankoff can be a bit menacing to witness at a live music show, with his hulking frame draped in black clothing, a flowing, curly ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Last Night: Girl Talk and The Cool Kids at the Granada Theater

    Girl Talk, The Cool KidsGranada TheaterJune 23, 2011Better than: sweating to the oldies.Ally Jayne HoffmanOf course there was confetti last night. It was a Girl Talk show, for crying out loud. See more photos in our slideshow.​Greg Gillis is not an aerobics instructor. But perhaps the man be ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Last Night: Cake at the Palladium Ballroom

    CakePalladium BallroomDecember 30, 2010 Better than (eventually): The insane traffic that was backed up from the venue, all the way down Lamar, down the ramp and onto freaking I-30.Cake​ Cake has it figured out. For the uninitiated: The California-based nerdy rock outfit managed to not only b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Q&A: Eyehategod's Mike Williams Talks Playing Around Christmas, Going Through Bass Players and Liking The Carpenters

    For over 22 years, Mike Williams has led the New Orleans metal band Eyehategod. And, in that time, the singer has endured numerous protestors at shows, a constantly revolving situation with bass players and even some time in jail in 2005 on a narcotics charge. Through it all, Williams has remained c ... More >>

  • Music

    October 28, 2010
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    October 5, 2010

    Listomania: Top 10 Most Annoying Songs Heard Regularly at Guitar Center (Not Counting "Stairway to Heaven," Duh)

    Khue BuiNo "Stairway To Heaven," bro.​A musician's heaven can quickly turn into a musician's hell. If you need a new set of guitar strings or drumsticks, just head to that shining beacon of sundry rock and roll knick-knacks known as Guitar Center. It's a place where almost any piece of musical e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Listomania: 16 Songs We're Sick Of Hearing At Sporting Events

    No more Cotton Eyed Joe! Please!​You know the drill: A pitcher walks three batters in a row, and the coach comes steaming out of the dugout. Whoever's in the stadium's audio control box gets their cue, lunges for button, clicks it, and the entire stadium fills with "Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye." The au ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Year in Review: Heavy Metal's Best Albums of 2009 Take It Over the Top

    This year was such a good one for heavy music, I wound up having to cheat when putting this list together. I just couldn't settle on ten albums that kicked my ass the hardest in 2009; there were dozens of candidates. The best I could do was fourteen, so each of my top four slots are ties. ​Mastod ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009
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    September 10, 2009
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    March 19, 2009
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    March 6, 2009

    Echoes and Reverberations: Our Radio Heads Are Waxing Nostalgic

    The staff of the Zoo, as seen on Liles' bedroom wall poster.I was twelve years old and up way past my bedtime. The headphones were on and I was hiding underneath the blankets. The stereo was tuned to a Dallas radio station called "The Zoo". A DJ named JD was playing a track from The Beatles' W ... More >>

  • Music

    November 20, 2008

    Torche Tries a Slow Burn

    The Florida metal act takes the generic element out of its metal

  • Music

    October 25, 2007


    Pilgrimage (Southern Lord Records)

  • Music

    March 23, 2006


    Austin's biggest music fest was anything you wanted it to be. Dallas acts made theirs a blast.

  • Music

    March 3, 2005

    He Will Dare

    The reclusive Paul Westerberg reaches out. Sort of.

  • Music

    February 12, 2004

    The Perfect Valentine's Gift

    Damageplan's New Found Power will leave you all warm andfuzzy

  • Music

    October 30, 2003

    Bass Fishing

    Drums & Tuba make rock out of nothing at all

  • Culture

    June 5, 2003

    Hammer of the Gods

    With a handful of artists, "classic rock" is not a pejorative

  • Calendar

    March 6, 2003

    A Big Hunk O' Love

    eXtreme Elvis makes Vegas Elvis look svelte and classy

  • Music

    August 23, 2001

    Scene, Heard

    Todd Deatherage is moving to the Big Apple

  • Music

    July 5, 2001

    The Nobody

    Marilyn Manson won't destroy the world, but he just might save it

  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Still Alive!

    Peter Frampton, the golden god of the 1970s, is, once more, Almost Famous

  • Music

    September 7, 2000

    Folk 'Em

    The new Broadside boxed set resurrects the intimacy and immediacy of New York in the 1960s

  • Music

    December 9, 1999

    Scene, heard

    Bad mouthing good bods; Keeping up with the Buck Joneses; the Broose is loose; Tim DeLaughter speaks; And much more

  • Music

    October 28, 1999

    Nothing's shocking

    Danger is John Freeman's middle name

  • Music

    July 29, 1999

    Out There

    KISS rock 'n' roll over again

  • Music

    August 8, 1996

    The (British) empire strikes back

    Ash tries to live up to the hype

  • Music

    December 21, 1995

    Grading on a curve

    This was the year local music broke, but was it fixed?

  • Music

    July 27, 1995

    Off the record

    After seven wacky years, 14 Records prepares to close its doors

  • Film

    April 20, 1995

    Joe Bob Briggs

    Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX

  • Music

    March 2, 1995

    Uncle Whopelo?

    Slobberbone is the dumbest name for the best new band in town

  • Music

    November 17, 1994

    Survivor, alive

    Two decades after stardom, John Nitzinger tries to prove he ain't "D.O.A."

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