Chris Cantalini

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    August 22, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in DFW This Week, August 22-28

    This is your official warning Dallas, It's going to be a rough Monday. This weekend is packed to the brim with great live music and there's nothing you can do about it. Honestly, you'll be lucky if you make it to brunch at all (gasp). Friday night will be especially taxing, as you have five great sh ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    [UPDATE: The Full Lineup is Here] Danny Brown Will Headline Gorilla vs. Bear Fest 2013, Tickets On Sale Now

    Update, Editor: The full lineup is now in! In addition to Danny Brown, GvsB Fest III will feature Blue Hawaii, HAERTS, Empress Of and Booty Fade. The return of DJ Sober (he's half of Booty Fade) greatly increases the likelihood of another mix in our near futures. Original post follows... Gorilla ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012
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    September 28, 2011

    Watch: The Luu Brothers Give Cults' "You Know What I Mean" The Music Video Treatment

    ​Phil Spector revivalists Cults aren't from Dallas -- they call New York home, of course -- but they do have a significant local tie courtesy of Gorilla vs. Bear, the influential, Dallas-based blog: Chris Cantalini championed the band from the jump, then released the band's ridiculously endearing ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Gorilla Vs. Bear's Dallas Coming Out Party

    Can influential music blogger Chris Cantalini's latest venture -- a festival at the Granada -- finally put the site on his hometown's map?

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    June 30, 2011

    On, The Greatest Thing Going Right Now In Internet Music

    ​Back in January, Stickybits co-founder Billy Chasen registered the domain name Earlier this month, the previously alpha-tested music-sharing site made its debut as as an invite-only beta site, the only prerequisite being that new users had a Facebook friend with an already registere ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010
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    July 7, 2010

    So, Pitchfork Offshoot Altered Zones Launched. And It's Already Showcasing North Texas.

    ​Last week, we told you about new Pitchfork Media offshoot site Altered Zones, which, instead of heavily relying on writers to fill its site with content, is instead relying on bloggers, including DFW's own Gorilla vs. Bear and Weekly Tape Deck. Well, today saw the launch of the site--and, with it ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Stereogum Parent-Company BuzzMedia Doesn't Purchase, But Rather Invests In Gorilla Vs. Bear

    ​Interesting note in ye olde New York Times yesterday about Dallas' very own influential taste-making music blog, Gorilla Vs. Bear: In an article detailing the latest moves of growing Internet conglomerate BuzzMedia, which owns some three dozen entertainment-based web sites (among them Stereogum) ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Weekly Tape Deck and Gorilla Vs. Bear Form New Record Label

    ​It looks like hosting shows and giving away mp3s is no longer enough for two highly influential Dallas-based music blogs, as Gorilla Vs. Bear and Weekly Tape Deck have joined forces to create Forest Family Records. But while both blogs are Dallas-based, and will have Dallas's A&R Record Manuf ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Gorilla Vs. Bear Year-End List Is Surprisingly Less GorillaVsBearcore Than Anticipated

    ​Not that our friends over at the ridiculously popular, highly influential Dallas-based music blog Gorilla Vs. Bear exactly need our help in drawing attention to their site, but today certainly merits a visit over to their confines today, as the site has released its year-end list of top albums. N ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Gig Alert: Neon Indian at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios

    No need to be shy, Alan.​At the risk of beating you over the head with this information, it seems worth our while to remind you that tonight marks the much-anticipated debut of Alan Palomo's newest project, Neon Indian, which has garnered praise from outlets far beyond us and the normal local musi ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    The New Hotness: GorillaVsBearcore

    Look what you've started, Alan.​Yesterday, a new Neon Indian remix of The Silent League's "Here's a Star" started popping up across the great taste-making sites of these United States, further pushing the buzzworthiness of Alan Palomo's most recent project. And, par for course with most of the mus ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Poster Of The Week: St. Vincent At The Granada Theater

    Gorilla Vs. Bear contributor David Bartholow created this poster using an image from Land of Nicholas Copernicus by Michal Rusinek and featuring photos by Magdalena Rusinek-Kwilecka. "I typically gather a few images that I believe are appropriate for the particular show, apply the type treatments, a ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Sick Of The Jonases? This Won't Help.

    Listen up satellite radio fans. Or don't, maybe. But, either way, be warned: All weekend long, Westlake's Jonas Brothers will be all up in your radio, broadcasting directly into your home on Sirius XM radio.Earlier today, the Jonases joined up with Sirius Channel 1's morning show, talking about thei ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    So, This Latest VEGA Single Is Pretty Great.

    Richard Card Probably the worst hiding spot I've ever seen.I'm not going to pretend this is exclusive news or anything; I just wanted to say something. Over on Gorilla Vs. Bear yesterday, Chris Cantalini offered up his readers a free download of the latest VEGA track, a song called "No Reason ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    More Good Records News: Erykah Badu Confirmed For Store's Birthday/Record Store Day Celebration

    At the beginning of the month, when Good Records announced its lineup for its day-long party in celebration of both the record store's 9th birthday and National Record Store Day, people no doubt noticed the Cannabinoids' presence on the bill and wondered--giddily, I'm sure--if Erykah Badu would be j ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    Video: Watch Bosque Brown Perform "Phone Call"

    Earlier this afternoon at Gorilla vs. Bear, Chris Cantalini posted the above video of Bosque Brown frontwoman Mara Lee Miller and her sister/pianist Gina Milligan performing the song "Phone Call" off of her just-released album, Baby. It was shot by Spiral Diner executive chef James M. Johnston in th ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    St. Vincent's Actor Set For May 5 Release

    4AD has announced the release date of St. Vincent's sophomore release, Actor, and, as the header to this post implies, we can expect the disc about two and a half months from now. The disc, produced here in Dallas by The Paper Chase's John Congleton, also features North Texas musicians McKenzie Smit ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    This Just In: St. Vincent's Still Incredible.

    Yesterday over at GvB, Chris Cantalini posted a clip of DFWd's own St. Vincent privately performing her song "Marry Me" for the folks of Shoot The Player at the Sydney Festival. It's a hell of a video--and not just because Annie Clark takes the time to perform a gorgeous stripped-down rendition of t ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    Reminder: Gorilla Vs. Bear Previews The New Animal Collective Disc At The Cavern Tonight

    Sorry for the slow blog day, folks. As one commenter already put it, things have been quite slow around town of late. Oh well. Things get better soon, though. Like, say, tonight, at the Cavern, for instance, where Chris Cantalini of the Dallas-based tastemaking blog Gorilla Vs. Bear, will be hosting ... More >>

  • Music

    November 13, 2008

    After a Dramatic Rise, Fight Bite Tries to Stand on its Own

    The blogosphere darlings learn on the job as they cope with the immediate praise for their debut release

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    August 25, 2008

    The Internet Gives Badu & MMJ An Enthusiastic Two Thumbs Up!

    Erykah Badu stole the show on Saturday. Everyone's talking about Erykah Badu's surprise appearance and performance with My Morning Jacket on Saturday night at the Palladium... Stereogum writes: "I really thought that the Bonnaroo cover of this one would be MMJ's best one forevermore. But you win, ... More >>

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    June 11, 2008

    Anatomy of a Buzz: Fight Bite

    fight bite n. 1 an infected, human bite-inflicted wound (ex: Johnny bit Suzy's hand and now that shit looks nasty; 2 a new-ish Denton-based band that everyone apparently thinks is amazing (ex: This band Zac Crain really likes is playing Space on Saturday!) Let's take a retrospective look at how we ... More >>

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    January 9, 2008

    Who Says Dallas Observer Music Awards Are Worthless? 'Cause They Ain't.

    I've just spent the last three minutes mumbling to myself, "What the fuck?" Which isn't all that rare, if you wanna know the truth. But in this particular instance, it's because someone just e-mailed me the link to this particular item up for grabs on eBay: Tripping Daisy's 1999 Dallas Observer Musi ... More >>

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    August 16, 2007
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    May 18, 2007

    Her Lips Are Red. Red, Damn It, Red

    Photo by Tod Seelie So, yeah. At this rate, we'll have directed you to the entirety of the Polyphonic Spree's forthcoming The Fragile Army, fragments of which are scattered across the Interwebs, long before its official June 19 release. Anyway, here's today's link to a leaked track -- in this case ... More >>

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    May 17, 2007

    Get Up and Go Get Another New P. Spree Tune. But You'd Best Hustle.

    So, consider this your daily P. Spree update -- what, like this costs you something? Shortly after finding out our pal Chris Cantalini had posted to Gorilla vs. Bear an officially leaked track from the band's forthcoming Fragile Army, we discovered there was another MP3 blog out there with a differe ... More >>

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    May 16, 2007

    Shining a "Light" on Some New Spree

    Yeah, sure, fine -- we've spent a lotta time pimping that forthcoming Polyphonic Spree disc. Guess it makes up for all those years I spent dogging Tripping Daisy (wasn't a fan till Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, which wasn't a bad place to become a convert). But Chris Cantalini just posted an entire ... More >>

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    April 25, 2007

    Ola, Olla Podrida. You Too, Ola Podrida.

    David Wingo, better known as Ola Podrida -- the singer-songwriter, not the mall. Here's the damnedest coincidence: Yesterday, Spin featured as its Artist of the Day selection a band out of Austin called Ola Podrida, which is really none other than soundtrack composer David Wingo -- the same guy who ... More >>

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    January 12, 2007
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    November 17, 2006

    All-Star Balloting

    Midlake's up for three PLUG Independent Music Awards. Ain't no Grammy, but better than a kick in the stomach. To be honest, we were pretty unfamiliar with the PLUG Independent Music Awards till we noticed two locals on the ballot: our fave soft-rock band Midlake and our fave local music blogger Gor ... More >>

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    September 22, 2006

    The Scene, Heard

    Lord knows we love our MP3 blogs; how else would we, ah, try before we buy? And we dig our local music providers most of all; the eight of you who were around the day Unfair Park popped its cherry might recall Chris Cantalini, the brains behind Gorilla vs. Bear, contributed a stellar piece out of th ... More >>

  • Music

    August 10, 2006

    Odds & Ends

    At this week's Dallas Video Festival, local audio gets the spotlight treatment

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    August 9, 2006

    Yeah, We're Sirius

    Since the latest paper edition of Unfair Park hasn't reached newsstands around town just yet, here's a recap of a plug in the issue: I'm guest-hosting "Blog Radio" on Sirius channel 26 tonight, 9-11 p.m. CST, with Chris Cantalini and Danny Balis. Chris has invited us to make fun of songs that are re ... More >>

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    June 22, 2006

    Plugged In

    Dallas bloggers fan the flames and flame the fans of local music

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    June 12, 2006

    Going on a Polyphonic Spree Spree

    Last November, VH1 reported--good Lord, how silly that phrase looks--that Polyphonic Spree had gone into the studio with producer and pal Jon Brion (Aimee Mann, Kanye West, Rhett Miller) earlier in 2005 to record a handful of songs for an all-covers EP. Among the selections the band recorded: the Ps ... More >>

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    May 22, 2006

    The 800-Pound Gorilla

    Mazel tov to our pal Chris Cantalini: The blogmaster of Gorilla vs. Bear, one of the few must-visit MP3 blogs going and certainly among the few to pimp local acts, is getting himself a radio gig. He's joining Howard Stern, Mark Cuban and Richard Simmons as part of the Sirius family with a show calle ... More >>

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    April 3, 2006
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    March 9, 2006

    Odds & Ends

    Quon you dig it? If you're talking about Fort Worth's Danny Wright, then he certainly can.

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    March 2, 2006

    Van Occupied

    Kudos to local bands' new singles, but once Midlake's new album comes out, nobody will be safe

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    March 1, 2006

    Gorilla vs. Bear vs. Dallas music

    If you haven't heard, MP3 blogs are the new MTV. Just ask Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Thanks to word-of-mouth buzz initiated by taste-making music blogs such as Said the Gramophone and Stereogum, the Brooklyn-based band went from toiling in obscurity to selling out shows across the country essentially ... More >>

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    February 9, 2006

    Night Riders

    Local musicians play Cupid, offer sexy song suggestions for V-Day