Dallas is home to one of the richest religious music scenes in the country. Over the summer, we'll be attending services, both big and small, of many denominations, as well talking to musicians, directors and pastors. "Today is a celebration," Patrick Ryan Clark tells the audience. "So let's celebr ... More >>
There's a lot happening in music around here -- a lot has happened this week, in fact. In this sprawling metropolitan music scene, with a kaleidoscopic framework of ever-changing people and bands and venues and ideas, a lot happens at once. The only thing we know for sure is that the people who make ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
Saturday, August 11, at Good Records
When the Christian rock band Stryper first emerged in 1983, many people thought they were both a marketing ploy and tasteless joke. After 1986's To Hell With the Devil sold over two million copies, so-called Christian bands started popping up everywhere. Somehow, brothers Michael and Robert Sweet h ... More >>
Switchfoot is one of those bands critics love to hate: religious, relatively clean cut and exceedingly family-friendly. But over the years, the band's has shown an admirable independent streak. Forsaking a major label in 2009 was just the start. Speaking from the San Diego airport in anticipation o ... More >>
It's a weekend full of some pretty good shows and some pretty bad ones too. One of the biggest bills is Young The Giant and Grouplove at The Prophet Bar. If you didn't already get tickets, it's sold out. Check the print section for previews of Pinkish Black and Nervous Curtains at Lola's and Ed S ... More >>
Not only is 35 Denton pumping up next month's festival with a barrage of NSFW promotional videos, they're putting on some pretty stellar local shows leading up to the event. Tonight, Burning Hotels, The Hope Trust, The Demigs and Danny Rush converge on Andy's Bar for a little sampling of 35 Dento ... More >>
Mat Kearney is a crossover human. He's had one foot in pop music (see 2006 pop hit "Nothing Left To Lose"), and another in hip-hop. His most recent album, Young Love, sees him incorporating more of a hip-hop/spoken word element than ever before. And so far, it's been his biggest critical hit.Kearney ... More >>
Deleted Scenes, a four-piece from the Washington D.C. area, comes to Denton Tuesday, January 31, as they continue a lengthy tour through the states. As a little preview of the band's post-rock/post-hardcore sound, we asked vocalist/guitarist Dan Scheuerman about his first show experiences. Not only ... More >>
Rhett MillerThere are loads of great shows this weekend, but probably the most notable is the Cystic Fibrosis benefit concert at Granada Theater on Saturday night. For the fifth year in a row, Rhett Miller will be headlining, this time with the help of Sarah Jaffe and The O's. If helping people i ... More >>
Being the opening act for a megastar like Taylor Swift can be both a blessing and a curse. Let's face it: Stadium crowds are not known for their patience when it comes to waiting for the headliner; still, the chance for some big-time exposure is just too much for most acts to refuse. That's the cas ... More >>
Dallas-based Executive Music Group squeaks by, one hit at a time.
San Diego's alternative metal band In Fear and Faith take their name from a song by Circa Survive. That being said, many folks hear the name and think these guys belong in the Christian rock genre. Far from it, claims guitarist and founding member Ramin Niroomand. Speaking from the road on the way ... More >>
Walking through the mall in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, Andrew Wetzel of the metal band Attack Attack! sounds a bit winded over the phone as he makes his way to a semi-quiet place to talk. After composing himself, though, the drummer was more than happy to discuss with us a variety of issues. ... More >>
Things slow down just a bit tonight as SXSW gets fully underway tonight down in our state capital. Still, there are certainly some viable musical options available this evening for the discerning listener.
David CrowderEven well into the new millennium, the term "Christian Rock" is still a practical oxymoron to some folks. But, for the fans of modern Christian music who don't see it that way, Texarkana native David Crowder's name is likely a familiar one.For 15 years, the wild-haired and goateed Cr ... More >>
Our author's reaction to KXT's playlist of late.Yesterday morning, on the way in to work, I flipped the dial, as usual, to KKXT-91.7 FM, otherwise known around town as KXT, the just-over-a-year-old music-only NPR affiliate. What happened next was deeply unsettling: I was mentally transported back ... More >>
A bit of a slow hump day evening, but at least one legendary band is playing our region tonight.
Mike Herrera's TumbledownMike Herrera is best known as the vocalist and bassist for MxPx, a punk rock act from Bremerton, Washington, that gained a substantial following in the mid-'90s. Although each member of MxPx was a Christian, the band never identified itself as a Christian punk band, and, ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, October 12, 2010...Insane Clown Posse is a Christian band? Gayngs apparently don't like paying it's bills...Justin Bieber is either a brilliant marketer or just really like nail polish.
Wednesday, January 7, at House of Blues
The pop music coverage over at the Dallas Morning News after its most recent round of layoffs and buyouts (which saw longtime critics Mike Daniel take a buyout and Thor Christensen laid off) has been, well, a tad underwhelming of late, to put it mildly. It certainly doesn't doesn't help that copy no ... More >>
See Michael W. Smith at the Meyerson
Monday, May 14, at the Granada Theater
Friday, September 8, at the Gypsy Tea Room
Wednesday, July 26, at Club Clearview
Weekend Christian concerts approach the cross from opposite sides
Colleyville's the Rocket Summer hides Jesus in sharp emo-pop melodies--and a major label deal
Friday, January 20, at Gypsy Tea Room's "Tea Room"
A prayer journal reveals life on the other side of Korn
The One Voice concert series at Six Flags Over Texas is all about Jesus. Unless, of course, you ask Six Flags Over Texas.
Plus: The Big Jesus Bash
I Wish We All Could Win (Epic)
And upon this RAWK they shall build their church...
Bless 'em, Dooms U.K. make art for Art Rock's sake
Last year showed pop still has more than a ghost of a chance
Sam Phillips might be pop music's savior
that dog.'s second album finds the girls Totally Crushed Out