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    September 16, 2014

    The Best Bar Staffs in Dallas

    When it comes to live music venues, Dallas has polychromatic shades of bar staffs, from its draft-pouring, quietly rustic bartenders to the sophisticated mixologists with novel ways of concocting a drink. When you frequent a venue often enough, it's nice to be remembered. This could very well mean y ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, May 5 - May 11

    Still recovering from the busy music weekend freshly past? Reveling in the newfangled 90-degree heat? Well, there's no rest for the wicked, folks -- at least not when it comes to the non-stop excitement that is the Dallas concert schedule. In fact, you'd better be ready for some more festival action ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    The Heavy Metal Hall of Fame -- in Arlington? Could Be.

    Jerry Warden is a conduit for promoting heavy metal in the North Texas area. The former lead singer of Warlock, one of the first heavy metal bands in DFW, started in the early '80s hosting live shows in the middle of a pasture christened "Heavy Meadows." He continued with several DJ positions at KNO ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    36 New Year's Resolutions for an Awful Music Journalist

    Will music journalism always suck? Probably. MTV will always feature at least three Justin Bieber articles on its news page, and NME will continue their 1:4 ratio of articles about members of Oasis. And of course, people like me will still write articles about botching interviews and how cool nu-met ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    The Eight Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, December 12-18

    Dallas is currently undergoing one of the busiest concert seasons in some time. Between the KISS FM Jingle Ball, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, and next week's Jay-Z show- the good folks over at Ticketmaster are certainly earning their Christmas bonuses this year. In the midst of arena-tou ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    The Ten Best Grunge Bands

    A couple of weeks ago, Pearl Jam played the American Airlines Center and rocked the hell out of the place. But after all of these years, can anyone still call Pearl Jam a grunge band? As someone who was in college when the grunge sound came wallowing out of Seattle, I can attest to the greatest of m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    How to Play Guitar: The 10 Essential YouTube Videos

    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 >>

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    March 29, 2013

    The Five Worst British Import Bands

    ​ While we might have done some wonderful things for y'all with Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Radiohead, we have also sent you some terrible crimes against music. And while none of this really compares to Canada foisting Avril Lavigne and Nickleback on you, it's still not great. I'm ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    How to Appreciate Metal: A Four-Step Guide

    Step One: Admit the world and worry obliterating limitations of Indie Rock, Top 40 and basically everything else. Boss getting you down? Spouse (or partner) ripping you a new one? Fido pissing in the house? Friend forgetting to pay you the $20 that you loaned him (or her) last Friday night? Is your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Get To Know Your 2012 DOMA Best DJ Nominees

    Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here. They are all hunched over the jukebox, scanning ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    The Six Best Concerts of the Summer

    See also: Ten of August's best music photos This summer's musical choices have been made. Our thighs have been chafed from festivals, our livers raked over the fiery coals, our eardrums gently caressed. And now, as we drift into the last quarter of the year, we're taking one look back at some of o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Iron Maiden - Gexa Energy Pavilion - 8/17/12

    See also: The fans of Iron Maiden Iron Maiden, Coheed and Cambria Gexa Energy Pavilion Friday, August 17 Talking to a number of people who saw Iron Maiden's last show back in June 2010, the common complaint was too many new songs and not enough old songs. The six-piece gave the nearly-filled Gexa ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List

    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 >>

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    July 27, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #59-40

    Best Texas songs, #100-80 Best Texas songs, #79-60 The Spotify playlist for songs #59-40 59. Tum Tum, "Caprice Music" For years, the Dallas hip-hop community's had a love affair with the Chevy Caprice Classic. Tum Tum's "Caprice Music" was an ode to that car culture, illustrating the unique trend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Record Hound: Scouring the Racks at Three Denton Record Stores

    It's easy to assume with a reputation like Denton's, the town would have more than three independent record stores. There are entities like the Denton Mini Mall and Mini Mall II on the square, which have independent sellers hocking used records on consignment, but the selection isn't big enough to c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    My Block: The Neighborhood As a Mixtape

    It came from inside the house. Or rather, from below: The very familiar sounds of someone learning to play bass. And not just that: Learning to play "Iron Man." Then, 15 minutes later, came another sound from across the hall: Pink Floyd's "Money" at full blast, as if to negate Black Sabbath. I turne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    The Top Ten All Time Best Replacement Lead Singers in Rock and Roll

    The Misfits' Michale Graves​Nothing pisses rock fans off worse than the lead singer of their favorite band being replaced. This happens across genres, but it's most common within hard rock -- pop, country and R&B vocalists' departures are usually a precursor to their solo efforts; very rarely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Three Shows Worth A Damn in Dallas Tonight

    Tonight's top touring shows put a serious emphasis on all things heavy.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Good Friday: The O's, The Hope Trust, Reverend Horton Heat, The Sword, Jonathan Richman, Lynch Mob, The Boom Boom Box, Dax Riggs, Max Bemis, Plain White T's & More!

    Allison V. SmithThe O's​It's hard to put your finger on an actual date when The O's will officially celebrate the release of their new album, Between The Two. The hilarious duo, who we caught up with in this week's print edition, have already played a handful of release shows this week, but Club D ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011
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    February 10, 2011

    Giveaway: A Pretty Epic Prize Pack For Saturday Night's Granada Theater Show With The Sword

    The Sword has gone through some rough times over the past year or so, what with the departure of their drummer, Trivett Wingo, causing them to cancel a slew of tour dates throughout Europe -- no doubt a disappointing way to kick off an album release tour. But fear not! The Sword is back with a resch ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010
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    June 9, 2010

    IKEA vs. Waffle House: Waffle Warfare

    Flickr user joshuahellerWaffle House Waffles​It has been claimed that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (probably by the egg lobby), and I am not one to disagree. While most of us grew up on Cocoa Puffs and a variety of toaster pastry, it was the Sunday morning breakfast feast that ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010
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    September 17, 2009
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    September 24, 2008
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    October 11, 2007
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    July 10, 2007

    For Those About to Learn How to Rock

    It's every parent's nightmare. You work hard trying to raise your child, teaching him bad manners and a healthy disrespect for authority, and the little jerk turns out to be a straight-A nerd on the straight-and-narrow. If only there were some kind of rehab for young geeks, a place where they could ... More >>

  • Music

    February 22, 2007

    It's All in the Music

    The evolutionary ?uest of the Roots

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    January 19, 2006

    High on Fire

    Wednesday, January 25, at Gypsy Tea Room

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    December 22, 2005
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    November 24, 2005
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    June 16, 2005

    Kelly Osbourne

    Sleeping in the Nothing (Sanctuary)

  • Music

    January 13, 2005

    Move Over, Flickerstick

    A Dozen Furies wins Battle for Ozzfest

  • Music

    December 16, 2004

    Far Beyond Redneck

    A childhood Pantera fan comes out of the closet

  • Music

    August 12, 2004

    No Place Like Ozzfest

    A report, complete with badly drawn pictures, from the summer's biggest family concert

  • Music

    August 5, 2004

    Monsters of Metal

    Rob Halford rides again with the mighty Judas Priest

  • Music

    April 8, 2004

    Let There Be Darkness

    Metalheads are torn over the Brit sensation. And their problem is...?

  • Music

    May 15, 2003

    Bear Down

    Denton's Panda doesn't have to turn it up to turn it out

  • News

    January 9, 2003

    Navel Gazing

    Plus: (No) More, (Not) Now, (Never) Again; Sack of Kittens

  • Music

    February 14, 2002

    System of a Down

    February 18

  • Music

    October 11, 2001

    God Bless America

    To Lamb of God, the New American Gospel is "pure American metal"

  • Music

    August 16, 2001

    Scene, Heard

    It doesn't matter what we say or think

  • Film

    September 14, 2000

    Listen to the Movie

    Almost Famous rings in your ears--and heart--long after it's over

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    February 24, 2000
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    January 27, 2000

    Scene, heard

    We'll try to write something good

  • Music

    July 22, 1999

    Across the Bar

    Rockville Music closes shop; Puerto Rico gets DJ Nature's call; Rubber Gloves still waiting for the Old 97's other shoe to fall; Pantera plays Detroit Rock City; Buck Jones Blushes

  • Music

    July 8, 1999

    OZZFest '99

    Starplex Amphitheatre

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    January 19, 1995

    Beavis' older brother

    A portrait of Megadeth's Dave Mustaine as a lonely young man

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