Dallas, February is almost over. That means soon this cold devil weather will be behind us, and festival season will be in full force. So take this time now to enjoy the smaller shows and intimate venues. Perks include short lines at merch tables, high order turnaround at the bar and lengthy sets. T ... More >>
Every week more and more shows are added to the Dallas Observer live music calendar --here's how to make sure your show is included. And you can always peruse every upcoming concert on our calendar. Below are the best of last month's additions. The newest are in bold.
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The year was 1983 when Rio Room, located in Highland Park, opened its doors for the first time. The crowds of seemingly wealthy hipsters (yes, I believe they had those back then) swelled on nights when Dallas cast members and other big stars commonly graced the club.Today, not a lot has changed. Rio ... More >>
The great Alan Melson, director of interactive for KERA and KXT, just passed along this lovely video shot at Main Street Garden last week: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. performing "Simple Girl." Smallest audience ever.
Marco TorresAnd the award for ACL 2011's best stage banter goes to Kanye West.Now that Austin City Limits Music Festival is in the rear view mirror, all we have are the memories. That is, unless you spent the weekend drunk and high, in which case you might not even remember who performed, let alo ... More >>
Elbow brought the Manchester rain on Sunday.And just like that, the heat returned. The hot sun beat down on the wet grass, creating an inescapable humidity in Zilker Park on Sunday. As such, the people came prepared to sweat it out. The same guys hawking ponchos yesterday now had packets of ... More >>
There's no shortage of stories extolling the genius of John Tatum, the 45-year-old who in 1994 co-founded Genesco Sports Enterprises, the Woodall Rodgers-based consulting group that marries the right product with the right athlete, sport or major league. Sports Business Journal noted in '08 that ... More >>
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.DadaMay 27, 2011Better than: making a left turn, and then a left turn, and then a left turn...Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.It speaks to the power of the Internet/new music business model when a band with only four officially-released tracks is able to embark on a headlining cross-c ... More >>
The Twilight SingersSam HoldenThis week, since we won't be around on Monday, we're going to include Monday's shows in this here weekend round-up of sorts. And it just so happens that what may be the biggest show of the weekend is on Monday: The Twilight Singers and Margo & The Nuclear So & ... More >>
Everybody knows he's a motherfucking monster.Thursday at SXSW 2011 has come and gone -- but Kanye remains solidly in his spot atop our buzz power rankings, as determined by chatter we're hearing on the street. His lead is shrinking, though -- Odd Future is hot on his tail, proving once again that ... More >>
You can do it, put your stinger into it.South by Southwest is a static thing -- both in theory and in practice. It's a chance for bands to fans to see the established acts they've been wanting to see and for new, up-and-coming acts to try and make names for themselves. And that latter part very m ... More >>
Les Claypool of PrimusAmong the many arguments that dominated our corner of the high school cafeteria was the topic of world's best bass player. One kid was confident that Flea was the greatest. Another kid was a really big fan of Dave Matthews Band, so he thought that guy was really good. But in ... More >>
Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I still don't fully understand Michael Young leaving Rangers spring training for two days. The team announced it was a "family matter." Manager Ron Washington said Young "has a family thin ... More >>
Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Coming to you today live from the Daytona 500. Literally. I awoke this morn -- as did hundreds of thousands of NASCAR fans -- to the public address blaring first, at precisely 6 a.m. "We ... More >>
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