Brandon Smith

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    The Best North Texas Rap Albums of 2014, So Far

    With June (finally) ending, it's time to assess the slew of releases from Dallas' best and brightest for the first half of 2014. Although news has been majorly slow on the scene so far, Dallas' rappers have been diligent in releasing quality material across the internet. This list is a result of tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    5 North Texas Rap Acts You Need To Know Now

    North Texas pumps out some of hip-hop's most artistic and underrated artists. Don't believe us, please refer to the release of the hip-hop documentary We From Dallas. Being creative spawns in an area more times than not overlooked on rap's national scale, new age artists are emerging that aren't afr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    David Castell on Recording with Blue October, Famous Drummers, and DFW's Finest

    We caught up with producer David Castell here a couple years ago, but he's been up to an awful lot since then. Castell has produced, mixed, mastered and otherwise had his hands in local music dating all the way back to the early '90s, and he shows no sign of slowing...or aging really, for that matt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Guess We Should Have Submitted Our Sketch For That West Dallas Power Plant Contest

    Scott Armstrong's winning entry in the cover-the-power-station contest. Get it -- power plant?​A Friend of Unfair Park just gave me the heads-up: The three winners of that so-called "Power Art" competition, intended to create some kind of artistic cover-all for the Oncor substation at the western ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Local Music 'Mericans: Dave Castell Has Produced More Local Musicians Than You Can Name.

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we'll be meeting some people behind the local music scene who aren't musicians, but more behind-the-scenes folk.Scogin MayoDave Castell and Vaden Todd Lewis, working on the Toadies' No Deliverance.​David Castell is credited with producing some pretty success ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Echoes and Reverberations: Without You, I'm Nothing

    "Well, I was passing by a pawn shop in an older part of town, something caught my eye and stop and turned around / I stepped inside and then I spied in the middle of it all, was a beat up old guitar hanging on the wall / 'What do want for that piece of junk?' I asked the old man / He just smiled and ... More >>

  • Music

    May 21, 1998

    The Voice goes silent

    Sinatra fought time in Dallas, and it was a split decision

  • Music

    October 16, 1997

    Working on a building

    Last Beat is the local scene's full-service stop