Don't even talk to me right now, Dallas. Twenty notable concerts in the next four days? We don't have time for your problems, you need to figure out how to be at Childish Gambino and Bobby Patterson's birthday party at the same time. Oh, you didn't get a ticket to the Conan tapings? Cry me a river. ... More >>
Festival season is upon us, and just because there's no 35 Denton this year doesn't mean things have slowed down for 2014. This week Untapped returns to Fort Worth, Three Links and Mad World Records will each celebrate their anniversaries with fests, and the inaugural ONE FEST will spend the weekend ... More >>
We do not know if you can buy, say, a taco with a song in Denton. We haven't tried it. But we wouldn't be surprised if you could. You can see Denton's musical influence all over North Texas. It's where so many of our best musicians found their voice, where our promoters and venue owners and, yes, ... More >>
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 >>
Lynyrd Skynyrd | Bad Company | Slobberbone Verizon Theater July 10, 2013 A surprisingly loud and diverse crowd made their way to Grand Prairie last night to catch an oddly matched line-up of classic rock from the '70s and '80s. And Slobberbone was there as well. While in line for a beer, some gu ... More >>
With Jay Farrar and Son Volt playing at the Sons of Hermann Hall this weekend, it seems a good time to evaluate the entire Alt-country semi-movement. For all practical matters, Alt-country began with Uncle Tupelo's album No Depression in 1990. Shortly thereafter, the magazine of the same name was pu ... More >>
It's impossible to discuss the magnitude of the Denton music scene without including Robert Gomez as one of its pivotal players. Since 1993, Gomez has been everywhere from Denton to Istanbul, and the list of musicians he's played with include Norah Jones, Philip Glass and Tico da Costa. He'll perfor ... More >>
We're taking over Deep Ellum on Saturday. Come along, will you?
It occurred to me recently that, within the DFW music scene, people really love to draw county lines. So what we were trying to illustrate with our 2012 Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees is that Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton aren't three separate entities, but rather one big music community that ... More >>
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. The way in which Dallas singer-songwriter Ronnie F ... More >>
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 >>
Best Texas songs, #100-80 The Spotify playlist for songs #79-60 79. Lift to Experience, "Falling From Cloud 9" From one of the best albums of any North Texas act in recent history, "Falling From Cloud 9" is one of the more accessible songs on 2001's The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. It's probably t ... More >>
Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest IISaturday, July 28, at Granada TheaterIn its second year, Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest has (smartly) shortened things a bit, thus giving more breathing room to the bands, which included Glass Candy, Chromatics, Twin Sister, Chromatics, Taken By Trees, Laurel Halo, A.Dd and DJ Sober.
When sitting in a beer garden with Ashley Cromeens and the rest of the Neeks crew for an interview, one should be prepared for anything at any moment. Statements like, "We're really into puff paint!" or "We want to tour America in a big bus like Midlake!" And they just might be serious about it. Ne ... More >>
It's a far cry from B.B. King's legendary 1968 performance at Fillmore West in San Fransisco, where the story has it that he was booed by black audience members. But, as he's done many times since, King is returning to perform at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth on Saturday, February 25.Tickets fo ... More >>
Foster The PeopleIf you're thinking, "If I hear 'Pumped Up Kicks' one more time, I'm gonna pull a gun on someone and make them outrun my bullets," then you should definitely not read on. The band responsible for the song, Foster The People, has strategically planned to start selling tickets to it ... More >>
New Orleans rock act Mute Math, known for their blend of DJ Shadow-esque beats and new wave songs, have a new album out called Odd Soul. They'll be on tour this winter in support of said record, and you can catch them at the House of Blues on Saturday, January 28, for $23. Tickets will go on sale on ... More >>
A Place To Bury StrangersThe fall season is starting to shape up as expected. The fall and the spring are, after all, the prime touring seasons, and right away, it looks like the Granada Theater's got some pretty impressive bills coming our way.New York noise rock band A Place To Bury Strangers w ... More >>
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 >>
Moby at 2010 Electric Daisy CarnivalLast year's trippy Electric Daisy Carnival did so well that it will be back for a second time in Dallas on Saturday night in Fair Park. This year's headliners are DJs Paul Van Dyk and Diplo, along with a couple dozen other artists who will, just like last year, ... More >>
Kings Of LeonThe first time the Kings of Leon came to town, they played an intimate show at the Gypsy Tea Room. And what a different time that was: Critics referred to them as The Stokes of the South, and before long, Kings Of Leon found themselves as the opening act for Julian Casablancas & ... More >>
Back before the quirky rock act known as Lo-Fi Chorus moved down to Denton and become a duo, Erik Thompson, the formerly Denton-dwelling man behind the moniker, found a creative well in an unlikely place. In this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, in 1999, former Observer contributor C ... More >>
As we've reported, Denton's 35 Conferette is well underway, and the first set of reviews have already trickled in. We'll have plenty more for you as the festival continues on over the weekend, so if you find yourself with a little extra dough, head north for the weekend. But if you'd rather stay ... More >>
Les Claypool of PrimusAmong the many arguments that dominated our corner of the high school cafeteria was the topic of world's best bass player. One kid was confident that Flea was the greatest. Another kid was a really big fan of Dave Matthews Band, so he thought that guy was really good. But in ... More >>
For those who haven't yet heard the rumors and rumblings -- or seen the small coming-soon sign in the shop's front the window -- Mad World Records is just days away from opening next door to Beth Marie's on Denton's historic downtown square. Yes, just in time for a certain walkable music festival ... More >>
Cee Lo Green, practicing his best Chris Brown pose for his upcoming tour with Rihanna.A few days ago, we received a press release stating that pop star Rihanna will be performing at the American Airlines Center on Friday, July 8. We thought "Cool!" and went on about our business. But this morning ... More >>
Neil YoungMorton H. Meyerson Symphony CenterJune 7, 2010Better than: Almost anything. When I'm old and grey I'm pretty sure my shortlist of best life experiences will go something like this: my wedding day, the birth of my children and the night I saw Neil Young at the Meyerson.Danny HurleyNeil You ... More >>
Because we mention 17 shows after the jump. Get it?Raise your hands if you're glad you don't have to drive north or south on I-35 this week to catch a festival? Great! Too bad there's still plenty to see around the Metroplex this weekend, suckers.No more histrionics--let's just dive right into yo ... More >>
The weekend's finally here, boo-yah, and it's a deceptively crowded one music-wise, actually. You should already know about the weekend shows we've already discussed here and in the print edition, but, in case you forgot, well, let's recap. Well, now that I think of it, pretty much every show we've ... More >>
Rattlesnake Inn (Self-released)
Check out our accompanying slideshow for more images from this week's installment of Echoes and Reverberations.Sly Stone was born there. Roy Orbison and Don Henley went to school there. Pat Boone and Dr. Phil even made the scene. But enough about all that: Let's talk about skronk monkeys trippin' b ... More >>
Learn how to handle your liquor, chump.It's Friday, everybody, case ya didn't know. An, as such, it's time to look at the weekend calendars and plan out your, um, plans. Let's do this. First, the shows we've always talked on...Tonight, there's the Dr. Dooom vs. Dr. Octagon show at the Loft and ... More >>
Also: Rhett Miller returns to Dallas to champion a good cause
Wednesday, February 13, at Dan's Silverleaf
Vagabonds and Hooligans (o.i.e.)
Austin's biggest music fest was anything you wanted it to be. Dallas acts made theirs a blast.
A favorite musicians' haunt moves locations. Let's hope its spirit stays intact.
Frequently asked questions; Slobberbone says farewell
When Little Grizzly comes to an end, they will not stand alone
Volkswagen + Apple = Good news for Polyphonic Spree
Local bands release a few more albums this week -- though not necessarily in the U.S.
Dallas-Denton-Forth Worth bands make their biggest impact yet at SXSW
X'd out; Columbia compiles rockabilly; Hellions tribute to the Circle Jerks; Gig plugs galore; And Street Beat is ch-ch-ch-changing?
Erik Thompson is a one-man Lo-Fi Chorus, but looks are deceiving
The Dallas scene flourishes beneath the chaos