From 35 Denton to SXSW, Snoop to Spillover, traversing Texas in search sonic bliss.
This year, Dallas Observer music blog DC9 at Night and Houston Press music blog Rocks Off teamed up to bring you only the greatest moments from last week's SXSW madness. Here are the 12 best shows and moments we saw. See also: -There's an App to Get You Laid at SXSW, But You Absolutely Don't Need t ... More >>
Guitarist David Ponder is sitting in a bar on Lower Greenville, feeling cautiously optimistic. His band, Somebody's Darling, just released its sophomore album, Jank City Shakedown, and he thinks it's something special. "I don't know if I would call this album a make-it-or-break-it record," Ponder s ... More >>
One could argue that Roky Erickson's entire body of work is underrated. Nevertheless, I waded through his maddeningly inconsistent catalog and picked out five songs that may have escaped notice, either solo or with the 13th Floor Elevators. Please feel free to add to the list, and check out Erickso ... More >>
Scott ToepferChuck Ragan.Gainesville, Florida's Chuck Ragan is one of those dudes who just can't go wrong. His more-than-a-decade's work with the still-revered punk act Hot Water Music is often cited by younger punk bands as a key motivator for their own punk-ish endeavors. In the more recen ... More >>
Rolling StoneHey, Sheepdog, be sure to send five copies to your mothers.An artist's musical selection can sometimes even foretell what a next album might sound like. So if you've ever wondered what the artists who grace your stereo are getting funky to, here's your chance to find out. Each we ... More >>
Courtesy of our sister paper up in New York.Ten years ago today, three days after the September 11 attacks, Clear Channel sent out a mass email to its over 1,000 affiliate stations. The email included a list of songs with lyrics and/or titles that Clear Channel considered questionable in the wake ... More >>
The DodosEarlier this week, when Meric Long of the San Francisco-based band The Dodos told us about some of his earliest concert-going experiences, our Eric Grubbs noted that the band "plays folk, but with a kick to it." Give their Live from Akropolis, Prague album a listen, as well as their most ... More >>
According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Don is headed for Texas. Although this forecast sounds like something to be happy about -- Dallas could use some much-needed rain from Don's periphery -- CBS is reporting that North Texas will most likely see no effects from the storm, ... More >>
Torquila Torquila! "Self-released"
The finger-pointing game has begun in the wake of this year's Electric Daisy Carnival. Although any legal repercussions in regards to the festival that took place this weekend have yet to be determined, we're keeping our eye on the whole thing -- mostly because, let's face it, music and leg ... More >>
Tonight's total lunar eclipse is quite the astronomical phenomenon, with totality lasting over an hour. Unfortunately, though, if you're in North America, you won't be able to see it. The eclipse will only be visible in parts of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. Thanks to the wonders ... More >>
Welcome to My First Show, where we give bands a chance to talk about the first shows they ever attended -- no matter how uncool and embarrassing those tales may be. Darin RobinsonEven though they play cover songs, you'd be remiss to think of The ... More >>
With Mother's Day almost upon us, we can't help but look back on the days when mom schlepped us kids around in the station wagon, minivan or what-have-you. While we were in the backseat losing french fries in the seat creases, getting chewing gum stuck to the back of mom's headrest and picking on ... More >>
Kelly Knickerbocker BAND: Billy Roy's One Man BandVENUE: Anywhere he wants really--this time it's on the SquareTIME: 9 p.m. A glass-encapsulated man playing a barrage of instruments at the corner of Locust and Oak Streets got my attention--and the attention of plenty of others--on the Squa ... More >>
Still looking for that perfect gift for the music lover in your family? Well, the holiday season is traditionally a time when compilations, box sets and reissues flood the marketplace--and this year is no exception. What is exceptional, however, is the surprising high quality of this year's re-issue ... More >>
Listening to “Eight Miles High,” even 40 years after it was an unlikely hit, it still provides a disarming shock; the rolling bass line, atonal guitar break and angelic harmonies are so unlike anything that came before or very little that has appeared since. Very few songs in the pop canon hav ... More >>
Friday, December 7, at Nokia Theatre, Grand Prairie
Even with the Mac kid at his side, John McClane is just...old
Take a trip north or east on the road to riches, maybe
Demme goes for the knowing giggle in his Candidate overhaul
Billy Joe Shaver has a stunning new album in stores. But he can't enjoy it.
Another sign of the end of the Brit-pop invasion?
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX
Winning over her heart's as easy as blowing in her ear
Whether in The Band or solo, Robbie Robertson still searches for his America