Every photo of Michael Gira shares a set series of features: a stern grimace, a stoic, crag-like rigidity and a fiercely penetrating gaze -- a look that tunnels straight to your instincts, sets your nerves on edge. Even when a hint of a smile cracks its way across his face, the effect is chilling: a ... More >>
Ever miss an un-missable concert? It's one of those pangs that lingers, fixed like a stamp on the back of your skull. It's a bad taste in your mouth that never leaves, a constant reminder of how your life could have been better had you seen (insert band name here) play live. Many Dallasites never ... More >>
Most people have heard of psychedelic rock -- a mid '60s music closely associated with the psychedelia counterculture. But what you might not know is that its roots started right here in Texas, with 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson first using the term almost fifty years ago in 1965. Sin ... More >>
The Vliets (Pronounced Vleets) describe themselves as 'experimental rock' , which seems an accurate enough description if you're a fan of understatement. If their name offers any indication, it's an homage to Don Van Vliet, the experimental musician better known as Captain Beefheart, a longtime col ... More >>
For Every ZZ Top and Steve Miller our state produces, there are thousands of bands that either wallow in obscurity or just get by with endless, backbreaking tours and the hope of having enough cash to finance some studio time. Here are some acts that should have hit the big time in their day and a ... More >>
This week's music feature is an interview with Joe King Carrasco, the king of Tex-Mex Rock 'n' Roll, who was born in the Panhandle and lives in Puerto Vallarta today. His most recent album is a reunion with El Molina, a band that features several members of the Texas Tornadoes. Carrasco is a youthfu ... More >>
Seeing that Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson hit the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie this evening, we thought it would be a good time to compile a list of the scariest acts in music. Scary can be a relative term. One person's demented can be another's delightful, but each of these 12 scary acts has ... More >>
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 >>
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.
"We felt a certain level of exhaustion," drummer Grady Sandlin admits, discussing his band, RTB2, and their now-legendary rate of playing shows. "I've never been criticized to my face about playing too much, but I've heard others say that people criticized us for it," he says. Weary from their wor ... More >>
The GrandMothers of Invention, The Tidbits The Kessler Theater Tuesday, August 14 Tuesday night, a storm brought much-needed rain to the Metromess, and a van brought the GrandMothers of Invention to the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff for two sets of impeccably-performed music from the Frank Zappa can ... More >>
Tuesday, August 14, at the Kessler Theater
Ronald Shannon Jackson The Kessler Theater Saturday, July 7 Wish fulfillment at a concert? I've experienced it a few times: Captain Beefheart in 1976, Muddy Waters in 1977, Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton in 2001. It happened again this past Saturday night, when Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decodin ... More >>
Unknown Mortal Orchestra's 2011 Fat Possum debut is one of those albums that sort of blindsides: Every song is a different texture, soul, hip-hop, funk and psych layered for maximum gonzo appeal. The vocals on every song are different too, to the point that the album almost plays out like a Nuggets ... More >>
Hank Williams, IIILast week, Hank Williams III released four CDs of new music -- songs that he had written over the span of six months. Sure, a lot of the ideas have been percolating in Williams' brain for a while as a nasty spat with his former record label has worked itself out. But the sh ... More >>
Metta World PeaceWhen Lakers forward Ron Artest announced last week that he is legally changing his name to Metta World Peace, the Internet exploded with bafflement and criticism. Obviously, this is coming from sports fans. We in the music world are accustomed to odd stage names. Dallas' own Eryk ... More >>
Les ClaypoolAs the leader of the geeky power trio Primus, Les Claypool somehow managed to turn his love of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart into a tangible career in rock music. Indeed: For the better part of three decades now, Les Claypool has stood tall as one of the strangest ducks in the roc ... More >>
Lots of musical action happening this evening. Kinda feels like half of the Pacific Northwest is in town tonight.
Tuesday's not quite as busy as last night, but there are still a few interesting events to take in this evening.
This particular hump day evening provides some bands with interesting band names that, thankfully, make interesting music.
Welcome to Staff Trax, the weekly feature here on DC9 where we shed some light on the music we've been enjoying of late, regardless of the touring or album release schedules that tend to bear the focus of most of our coverage. Consider it a chance for you readers to get some more insight into ... More >>
Vans Warped TourSuperpages.com CenterJuly 5, 2009 Better Than: falling asleep on the beach and getting a funny-looking tan. The weather could have been way worse for Sunday's Warped Tour date. It could have rained all day. Or it could have been sunny and extremely hot. Luckily, the weather fl ... More >>
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 >>
No Age, Abe Vigoda and Infinite Body The Loft June 30, 2008 Better than: Risking life and limb arguing with skinheads back in the '80s at Studio D or The Theater Gallery. Is this what punk rock has come to? Although all three acts hail from California, home of Black Flag, Fear, TSOL, Bad Reli ... More >>
We Are Ever So Clean/If Only for a Moment (Sunbeam)
Wednesday, October 11, at Hailey's, Denton
Monday, July 25, at Hailey's
Together We're Heavy (Hollywood Records)
Bazooka Tooth isn't a fable. It's Aesop Rock's reality.
Why Jables is a "cross between a lightning bolt and James Dean"
The Old Grey Whistle Test (BBC Video)
Alice / Blood Money (Anti-)
April 26, April 28
Brian Jonestown Massacre would rather be insane than average
Thirty years later, Harry Belafonte finds closure in a once-lost project
Saturday Night Live and DreamWorks Records team up for two not-ready-for-prime-time compilations
It's one step forward, two steps back for XTC
The year in rock books which isn't such an oxymoron, really
With a new album, Frank Black tries to live up to his own past
Has Spiritualized emerged with its masterwork, or is it just the drugs?
What's tops in Texas (and elsewhere)
Jam bands burst into bloom