Brian Rash

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Nevada Hill of Bludded Head has Cancer and, Like Most Artists, No Health Insurance

    As Nevada Hill paints a large mural on the eastern wall of Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, a giant heart in the middle whose many arteries extend all around it and each connect to its own building, he is coated in sun screen and flecks of paint, and he is wearing a sort of tan sun hat with a brim t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    35 Denton's Outlook is Uncertain After The Fest Loses its Core Staff and Largest Financial Backer

    If one of North Texas' biggest music festivals happens again, it will do so without its creative director, programming director and chief financial backer. 35 Denton started in Austin as a SXSW day party in 2005 and by 2013 featured in the vicinity of 200 acts from around the globe. Kyle LaValley, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    The 10 Most Mind-Blowing Live Acts In DFW

    Every day, thousands of bands play in every corner of the globe -- it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. Here is a list of 10 DFW bands who you'll never forget seeing, according to the esteemed live music lovers at DC9 at Night. Our panel of experts on this particular one includes Jaime-Paul F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    The Top Ten Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: April 18-24

    Can we just take a second to acknowledge that the weather in Dallas-Fort Worth these past couple of weeks has been glorious? Optimal for outdoor shows, BYOB events and the like, the weather should remain this awesome--barring a tornado or two--for a short while longer (before the inevitable Texas su ... More >>

  • Music

    March 21, 2013

    The 11 Busiest (and Buzziest) Days in Texas Music

    From 35 Denton to SXSW, Snoop to Spillover, traversing Texas in search sonic bliss.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    When Texas Was the Center of the Music Universe

    This week's cover story chronicles the 11 day stretch in early March when Texas becomes the center of the music universe. There were festivals in Denton and Austin and Dallas and Grand Prairie and on and on. We were at a lot of them, and in case you find tons of blog posts presented in backward chro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Photos and Observations From The Drunkest Place on Earth: St. Patrick's Day in Dallas

    This was my first time braving Greenville for St. Patrick's. I was expecting it to be bad. What I was not expecting was the last days of Sodom and Gomorrah. As I, the only sober person on the entirety of Greenville, struggled through a crowd roughly comparable to the population of Ireland itself (an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2013

    Snoop Dogg's St. Patrick's Day Concert: Review and Photos

    Snoop Dogg delivered an hour-plus of his finest yesterday on Greenville Avenue for the Observer St. Patrick's Day Concert. We had a fine contingent of writers there, but I, your highly addled editor, was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-35 on the Megabus headed back from Austin. Throughout t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2013

    The Stage Crew Diaries: A Tribute to the Volunteers of 35 Denton

    Saturday night, 9:20 pm, Inside The Hive The woman I indirectly report to slides a clear storage box at me in the green room area just behind the stage. The box is filled with plastic-ware, individual sized chip bags, bottled water and napkins. "Make it look pretty!" she says, not intentionally ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    The Best from 35 Denton Night One: The Dancing, The Technological Advances and The Artisanal Jello Shots

    Work is miles away; the real world is even further. It is festival season. We begin at Hailey's in Denton. Terminator 2 kicks off the official portion of 35 Denton with a flexing of enormous sound. My everything shakes involuntarily, and it is perfect. --Kiernan Maletsky Before there was a note fro ... 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

    February 14, 2013

    The Fifteen Worst Make Out Records Ever

    It's a classic Valentine's Day dilema -- you've planned ahead, made the sweeping gestures, made eyes across a white tablecloth and now you're ready to express yourself with some good old fashioned parts-rubbing. Whatever you do, don't play any of these records.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Jumberjack Fest IX: No Egos and Bearded Grinding

    It all began quite simply enough. As the PVC Street Gang was finishing up their set at this year's Lumberjack Fest in Denton at Dan's, venerable guitarist and all-around goofball, Ryan Thomas Becker, began grinding suggestively against a slim, petite brunette just near the front door. He slithered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    A Dozen of Our Favorite Posts and Stories of 2012

    As the sands in the hourglass run out here at DC9 HQ, and making year-end lists feels more like penance than pleasurable mental exercise, we thought we'd take a break from quantifying albums and concerts, and instead qualify some of our favorite posts from the last year with an, "Oh man, that was a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Get To Know Your 2012 DOMA Best Americana/Roots and Folk 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. Best Americana/Roots Act J. Charles & The Trainro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    The Best Five Dallas Venues to See a Show for Free

    In these economic times, the live music budget in many households is one of the first to go. When things get tight you either need superior finagling skills or a place to see free shows. Of course, there are tons of free shows in town. In fact, if you head over to Potbelly right now you'll catch a g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    "I Always Tell My Friends It's Possibly a Meth-Head Coming Out of His Lab": Ghost Hunting With Denton Musician Alex Maples

    Alex Maples' ghost obsession began when his sisters were almost 10 and he was still in a crib. The whole family would frequently visit his Aunt Doris in Southern Illinois. Her house was old and drafty, built on many open acres of ranch land. On a country-quiet evening during one of those visits, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    The Rest of the Fest: One Last Look Back at 35 Denton

    It was four days facing the elements: Wind, rain, solar flares and, on Saturday night, slime. In between, there were late-night basement dance parties, close calls with golf carts, mysterious bruises, random introductions and the chance to catch music at every turn. 35 Denton feels like what SXSW p ... More >>