We here at DC9 fully recommend the restorative power of live music. A good concert can wide away the doldrums and the frustration and make you feel like a part of something bigger. But sometimes you need the kind of catharsis that only comes from being on the other side of the mic. It is for those t ... More >>
100. Tripping Daisy, "Sonic Bloom" Before this album, the band had a grunge-pop affectation, but this song, from 1998's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, was more heartfelt than anything they'd done before. - Daniel Hopkins 99. Pleasant Grove, "The Plaque at 16ft" Bret Egner wrote "The Plaque at 16ft, ... More >>
Best Texas songs, #100-80 The Spotify playlist for songs #79-60 79. Lift to Experience, "Falling From Cloud 9" From one of the best albums of any North Texas act in recent history, "Falling From Cloud 9" is one of the more accessible songs on 2001's The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. It's probably t ... More >>
"Between the Hank Williams pain songs And Jerry Jeff's train songs And blue eyes cryin' in the rain Out in Luckenbach, Texas Ain't nobody feeling no pain" - Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, "Luckenbach, Texas" With that introduction, welcome to the first in a five-part series, in which we attempt ... 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.
On Friday afternoon, clubs editor Daniel Hopkins played a fun game called How Many Promoters Does It Take To Confirm An At The Drive-In Show, and I believe the tally was three by day's end. As the weekend progressed, social media confirmed that the El Paso band's whereabouts on Tuesday night, especi ... More >>
Sunday, March 18, at City Tavern
A while ago I checked in with Jay Jerrier from Cane Rosso to see how his appearance on Diners Drive-ins and Dives would shape the future of his pizza business. He told us he'd taken control of the space next door and would turn it into additional seating for the restaurant as well as some lounge spa ... More >>
Earlier today, when she formally accepted our offer to become the Observer's next music editor, Audra Schroeder included in her email the above video, along with this message: "Feel free to blast this in the office to get people ready. I'll work on somersaults/tear-away pants." I wish that was al ... More >>
Well, we lied. This will be the last of the 2011 Dallas Observer Music Awards-related items we'll post up on DC9 this year. Swear.Trust us, though, this one's worthwhile. Promise. Our friends at YouPlusDallas were out and about doing their award-winning video thing at at this year's DOMA Showcase ... More >>
In last week's edition of our regular feature, The Conversation, Pete Freedman and Daniel Hopkins debated on whether 1991 or 1994 was the greatest music year of the '90s. It was an interesting read for sure. And, since this week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of both Nevermind and The ... More >>
Patrick MichelsI thought I was lucky back in 2009 when The Boston Beer Company sent a sample-sized bottle of the remarkable but ruinously expensive Samuel Adams Utopias. But in drumming up pub for the 2011 release, the company outdid itself and sent a full 24-ounce decanter, along with a fine Rie ... More >>
Daniel HopkinsThe sign posted in the window of July AlleyThe Deep Ellum mainstay bar July Alley has been around since long before many of its patrons were old enough to drink. But late last week, the State Comptroller of Public Accounts seized the property for failure to pay state taxes. When it ... More >>
Record Store Day -- you know, the day when everyone puts down their laptops, logs off of Amazon or iTunes (or, uh, MediaFire), and heads off to support their local brick-and-mortar record store -- is fast approaching. Just two days off now, even. In this week's paper, Daniel Hopkins purveys your ... More >>
In this week's paper, Daniel Hopkins caught up with Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes, and discovered that the male half of the Danish duo is, like, totally bummed about not being as close to his partner-in-crime Sharin Foo as he used to be. Sad face.Fortunately, there's a silver lining in all th ... More >>
Today marks the release of Dallas punk trio Here Holy Spain's sophomore album, Division, a disc that Daniel Hopkins called in this week's paper, a "blistering, driving and tearing" release. And that was just in the lead. He also had this to say: [They] paint a pretty clear picture of what their live ... More >>
Jim WallKirby BrownIn the paper version of DC9 that will be distributed around town later today, Daniel Hopkins takes a long, hard look at Child of Calamity, the two-years-in-the-making debut, full-length release from folksy local roots rocker Kirby Brown, who will celebrate the release of his ne ... More >>
Trashcan SinatrasIn this week's paper, Daniel Hopkins brings our attention to the show that Glasgow-based pop band Trashcan Sinatras will be playing tonight at The Loft to promote their latest acoustic album, Brel. In the article, he describes the band's quick rise in popularity with their 1991 d ... More >>
Well, it's about time we gave some love to the Dallas-based music blog Gorilla vs. Bear's visual aesthetic.
A very eclectic Tuesday evening of music is on hand tonight -- one that features some serious old-school rap and an all-star band nearly too big for its venue, along with a local favorite playing a free show and a quality Nashville songwriter stopping by for the night.
Daniel HopkinsThe Crown & HarpQuietly, around the time of the Super Bowl shenanigans, The Cavern changed its name to The Crown and Harp. The name change mostly flew below the radar, but, with the recent news of the Lower Greenville bar's renovations, it wasn't entirely unexpected. A few weeks ... More >>
Daniel HopkinsThe Cavern's newly renovated upstairs roomIf you've ever wondered about the difference between an Irish pub and an English pub, well, The Cavern will soon be able to set you straight, thanks to the face-lift it's currently undergoing -- a renovation that will, in the very near futur ... More >>
In this week's paper, you may notice a piece including some of our DC9 writers' choices for best albums of the year. But, space being limited, we couldn't run all of our writers' lists. So, thanks to the power of the Internet, we're doing just that, right here.Clubs ed ... More >>
A bit of a slow hump day evening, but at least one legendary band is playing our region tonight.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, GrassfightTreesOctober 24, 2010Better than: hanging onto what was left of my hearing.Daniel HopkinsBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club"Spread your love like a fever." Black Rebel Motorcycle Club pretty much summed up their entire two hour and 15-minute-long set with thos ... More >>
Yesterday on DC9, Daniel Hopkins caught up with Gareth Campesinos, frontman for the Welsh eight-piece indie pop-punk outfit Los Campesinos!, to talk about the band's most recent release (Romance Is Boring), the differences between U.S. and U.K. audiences (there are plenty) and what it's like touring ... More >>
All photos by Sara KerensIf you're a feeler of the Illinoise, and you felt it at McFarlin Auditorium a couple of nights ago, then you know there's more to Sufjan then a banjo and some folk songs. As Daniel Hopkins pointed out in his review of the performance, Sufjan's new album, The Age of Adz, i ... More >>
Women In this week's paper, Daniel Hopkins caught up with Women's Patrick Flegel to talk about the band's fast ascent and its continued progression--something, Hopkins learns, that's been spurred along by the band's attempts to write songs as it plays upwards of 200 shows a year. Which is fine by ... More >>
As if you needed more reason to start following Sarah Jaffe, our friends at You Media, which includes have posted the above clip, the second installment of the web channel's "Downbeat Dallas" series, which features DC9's own Daniel Hopkins as its host. Filmed at Jaffe's Sons of Hermann Hall CD relea ... More >>
OK, now this is getting ridiculous. Seriously: We like the suburbs just fine (The Suburbs, too, actually), but, c'mon, we're past that part of our lives, and we really don't want to be dragged back out there every weekend. Doesn't seem like we're being given much choice in the matter, though. Dan ... More >>
Last week, the Boston Beer Co. sent along a free sample mixed 12-pack, the company's Harvest Collection, which includes the new Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale along with a few other varieties and a couple bottles of the flagship Boston Lager. Also included in the package was a loaf of pumpkin b ... More >>
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 >>
Tomorrow night brings Mates of State to town, which is fine and good and all that, sure. They've been great the last two times they've come through. But we here at DC9 are looking most forward to the opening set from Minneapolis' Free Energy, a band that, as Daniel Hopkins explains in his interview ... More >>
Nice to see someone's found a use for our former home at 2130 Commerce: Reid Slaughter, founder of Park Cities People and former Cowboys & Indians publisher, and Jeff Hinson's YouPlusMedia, whose local offering is essentially the "YouTube for Dallas," in the words of our own Daniel Hopkins -- ... More >>
Jesse HugheyThe last time I went to a Flying Saucer beer festival (the fall 2009 fest at the Fort Worth location), I learned that tasting the big, bad, high-gravity and high-ABV beers before trying lighter brews can throw off your tastebuds and make the latter drinks seem puny by comparison ... More >>
In this week's print edition of DC9, Daniel Hopkins gets all preachy in discussing why you should head to the Granada Theater this evening to catch the all-Denton triple bill of Centro-matic, Matthew and The Arrogant Sea and Oh, Lewis:There aren't too many bands that can do what Centro-matic has do ... More >>
Welcome to Check Out This Jam!!!, a new weekly feature here on DC9. The idea's pretty simple: It's a chance for us writers to shed some light on the music we've been enjoying of late, regardless of the touring or album release schedules that tend to bear the focus of most of our coverage. Don't thin ... More >>
Not a bad week, comment-wise--especially considering how everyone is pretty much huddled up in their cubicles this time of year trying to clear things before the holidays...right?It helped that newswriter (and alcohol lightweight) Kimberly Thorpe decided to seek tolerance-building advice so she ... More >>
Quite the bill at The Cavern tonight as Vivian Girls, who Daniel Hopkins caught up with in this week's paper, stop through town for a gig that also features area favorites True Widow and The Uptown Bums. If there's a common theme for the show, which kicks off at 10 o'clock, well, that'd be sludge, ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Never mind the above byline; this review was penned by Observer contributor Daniel Hopkins.]Margot and the Nuclear So & So's, Telekinesis, and Everything, Now!Hailey's Club, Denton May 22, 2009Better than: Sitting at home trying to come up with a more ridiculous band name than Ma ... More >>
Radiant's got big plans on New Year's Eve. You? Didn't think so. Looks like watching Jimmy Kimmel Live can actually pay off. Jesse Hopkins and Levi Smith, two members of local rockers Radiant (whose sensitive, shimmery, orchestral songs and cute-boy haircuts makes the ladies swoon) were idly watchin ... More >>
How to survive "Coldplay disease"
We Hope You Win (Self-released)
Just got word from Radiant's Daniel Hopkins—who's, like, one of two drummers in Dallas that actually knows how to tune his kit—that the Dallas Observer Music Award-nominated band will be featured bright and early tomorrow mornin' on WFAA-Channel 8's Good Morning Texas. And if you miss th ... More >>
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