On the strength of the group's first full-length effort, Guilty of Everything, Nothing, out of Philadelphia and led by ex-con Dominic "Nicky" Palermo (who spent two years in jail several years ago for aggravated assault and attempted murder), have quickly become perhaps the best of the current crop ... More >>
Thirty years ago this week, The Smiths released their self-titled debut. It arrived at a time when every bass groove, dissonant guitar and echo-ey drum machine rhythm that would become identified with late '70s and early '80s post-punk music was at its peak. However, this debut also represented a ne ... More >>
Well people, this is not a drill. We are in a full-fledged government shutdown, for the first time in 17 years. Have you noticed how people keep saying that like 17 years is a really long time? Seventeen-year-old people were born in 1996. Think about that, lamestream media. We were doing the Macaren ... 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 >>
As we wind down the month of June and find ourselves square in the middle of 2012, there's that old familiar nudge to gather, quantify, qualify and categorize the local music we've enjoyed so far this year. Here are some of of favorites.
Some local bands play so much that you take them for granted. In the case of Elkhart, they've barely played this year, but with good reason. Luckily, their Americana-influenced rock returns to City Tavern tonight. Frontman Travis Hopper, who told us earlier this year about the band's futur ... More >>
Just a few weeks ago, shoegaze duo with local ties, School of Seven Bells, announced that their third full- length record, Ghostory, would be released at the beginning of 2012. Today, Pitchfork reports that the album's official release date will be February 28, 2012.With the news, the band went a ... More >>
Don't Worry Baby EP "Exploding Plastic/Idol Records"
On A Dark & Barren Land "Gutterth Records"
Pace yourself this weekend. Lots of good shows to see.Halloween is on Monday, so there should be a good handful people in costume out and about this weekend -- kind of like the zombies at the Dallas Observer Music Award Showcase. And there will be many opportunities to get out and about this week ... More >>
Mike BrooksNeon Indian at Granada Theater last monthIf you're a big enough Neon Indian to have ordered the deluxe vinyl version of their newest album, Era Extraña, then you've probably had a lot of fun playing with the PAL 198X (a mini synthesizer created by Neon Indian singer Alan Palomo in tan ... More >>
Thursday, October 13,at House of Blues' Cambridge Room
Sunday, July 17, at Verizon Theatrein Grand Prairie.
Josh VenableHalfway through our talk with KDGE-102.1 FM The Edge radio host Josh Venable, he excuses himself from the conversation."Hold on for one second, I've got to do a break real fast," he says, before pausing to clear his throat as the last notes of Jane's Addiction's "Jane Says" play in th ... More >>
Eric PulidoAnyone who has ever seen Midlake in concert knows that guitarist and harmony-man Eric Pulido is a pretty funny guy. In fact, at some shows, he lightens the mood by working what seems like a miniature stand-up routine into the set. So it's safe to say that he's earned the role as the ba ... More >>
The album artwork for Pearson's upcoming solo debut.In this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, we turn the page back to 2001, when former Observer writer Russell Lyday chronicled the rise of Lift To Experience. When the story was written, the band was about a year removed from its care ... More >>
New York's Blonde Redhead is fresh off the release of their eighth studio album, Penny Sparkle, which sees the band forging ahead into new musical territory, and passing through Dallas at the Granada Theater tonight. And while the new album has been compared to Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine and ... More >>
Black Moth Super Rainbow, School of Seven Bells, Darktown StruttersHailey's Club, DentonJune 3, 2009Better Than: Sulking at home last night while poking around on Craigslist and eBay for those Animal Collective tickets you should've bought months ago... Paul HeartfieldSchool of Seven BellsTurns out ... More >>
Snow in June (Exploding Plastic/Idol)
Exploding Plastic Records, the new Idol Records art-pop imprint, is almost ready to go with its first release, Little Black Dress' Snow In June, which is set for a May 5 release.You may recognize a few members of Little Black Dress' lineup--namely frontman Toby Pipes, also of Deep Blue Something, wh ... 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 >>
Just about a month ago, we first passed along word of the creation of Exploding Plastic Records, the new Idol Records sub-label that plans to focus primarily on putting out records from a more artsy crop of artists than Idol normally backs. And, today, the label has confirmed what sub-label head Dyl ... More >>
The Florida metal act takes the generic element out of its metal
A Place To Bury Strangers isn't shoegaze. Or is it?
Seventh Tree (Mute)
Saturday, November 3, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Denton
Sirs (Fat Cat)
We've known Robert Gomez a long time now -- ever since he was a pimp, matter of fact, which is to say a Latin Pimp, the band with which he's picked up more than a few Dallas Observer Music Awards. But now, he's the latest local (which is to say, Denton) export to rack up a few gold stars in the U.K. ... More >>
And the Glass Handed Kites (Sony)
The Golden Falcons are reeling after their encounter with a super trooper
After a tour with the Flaming Lips, loads of hype and an amazing new record, the only thing Midlake's missing is confidence
Gregg Araki's latest is more icky than mysterious
When record labels finally pay attention to Dallas, they usually likewhat they see
Aria ready for Renée Fleming?
Denton's Midlake inks record deal, prepares debut LP
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
Lost Soul (Astralwerks)
Conspiracy theories; Bella Union strikes; a Wreck of a Room; X marks the spot
Did local bands make good at South By Southwest?
How could Duran Duran make a comeback when it never went away?
Portishead creates a sad poetic sound that separates dreams from reality
Everything But the Girl's Ben Watt laments the duo's adult alternative fate