This Saturday in Fort Worth at Dia de Los Toadies, on a line-up filled with promising talent and proven veterens, there may not be a band that represents the past while pointing to the future as vividly and dramatically as Pleasant Grove does. The five-piece, formed in late 1998 by Marcus Striplin ... 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 this month's additions, the newest are in bold.
A friend of mine, on hearing that I was to see Daniel Johnston perform live, said, "his stuff is rough, but he is plugged into a scary truth." That is a brilliant summary of Johnston's music. His style is raw and unsophisticated, but also hyper-direct and fiercely penetrating. His lyrics contain a ... More >>
With Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard both in town this week, there are plenty of opportunities to get your early aughts nostalgia on. You might as well make a thing of it and watch Mean Girls, or go searching the depths of your closet for that old first generation iPod. I bet that Postal Service album i ... 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 this month's additions, the newest are in bold.
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 is now officially on the horizon. It's the second weekend in November (the 8, 9 and 10), and today the Fest announced which bands will be playing each day, and also who will be playing the Nite Shows. You get into those for free with your festival wristband. You can see the f ... More >>
Daniel Johnston will play in Dallas on September 28 at the Kessler Theater. The announcement came over the weekend, alongside several other good ones at Oak Cliff's finest music venue. But let's focus on Daniel Johnston, because it's going to be wonderful.
A week after its initial lineup announcement (and the immediate sellout of early bird tickets), Fun Fun Fun Fest has announced its second batch of artists. Along with lo-fi hero Daniel Johnston, the other incarnation of Black Flag (just Flag) and Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. is Star Slinger, Deer ... 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 >>
With the passing of storyteller Maurice Sendak today, many of a certain age found ourselves thrown back into specific childhood memories of his books. After re-watching In the Night Kitchen, the animated short based on his controversial book of the same name, I started piecing together a very specif ... More >>
Welcome to a new recurring feature here on DC9 where we talk to musicians about the music no one expects them to like. We're calling it Unexpected Influences -- because, we hope, that's what it will show.Dallas rapper galleryCat is known for his multi-instrumental live affairs, which often end up ... More >>
Friday, October 15 at The Loft
In this week's print edition, Darryl Smyers talks up tomorrow night's show at The Loft from The Vaselines, who, after bearing an influence over Nirvana's Kurt Cobain in the early '90s, took a 17-year break after their 1992 compilation release, All the Stuff and More..., before Sub Pop released an ... More >>
Mates of State, Free EnergyGranada TheaterJuly 7, 2010Better than: Sitting home and watching cooking showsMates of StateMates of State were back at the Granada last night playing to a very appreciative crowd of fans that filled the theater's floor level--but not the whole theater space. The balco ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsThe Avett Brothers share a family moment Friday afternoon.Along with Pete's takes on some of Friday's biggest sets here at ACL, we already brought you shots of Phoenix, Raphael Saadiq and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- so before we head on out for another day in the front row (fo ... More >>
Sorry if this post comes off as a little, I dunno, off. As I write this in the ACL press tent, Daniel Johnston's giving an on-air interview to my right, School of Seven Bells is giving a web chat interview to my left, and Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights are talking up a print report ... More >>
Pete Freedman Passion Pit takes to the tent at the Radio Room's patio.Spent the whole day camped out at the Radio Room for the great lineup booked to play the Brooklyn Vegan/Paste party there. Well worth it, too. Act: The Wheel, a bare-bones folk duo from Denver.Where: Radio RoomWhat ... More >>
Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, Dove Hunter Granada Theater October 4, 2008 Better than: Sitting around my house, listening to records by legendary loons like Daniel Johnston and Nick Drake instead of seeing a real kook live. Roky walked with a zombie last night. (Dylan Hollingsworth) Althou ... More >>
Into the Ugly (Edna Peppers)
Amid a dark controversy, the Denton festival will still go on
Dallas blogettes throw down
Since this seems to be a real musical holiday 'round Unfair Park, might as well link you to this: yesterday's Good Records in-store featuring Kevin Barnes, from Of Montreal. I was gonna go to the free 3 o'clock shindig, but couldn't seem to get myself out of the house. Turns out, didn't need to: Lul ... More >>
Greenville gets a boost
Halfway through Sundance, and still whistling a happy tune
Mark Linkous tries to put the sparkle back in his horse
Halfway through Sundance, and still whistling a happy tune
I see my boy Jeff Liles is posting some unused footage from his documentary about Bill's Records and Tapes, The Last Record Store, on YouTube. Mighty nice of the guy. Here's some of it: a snippet during which my boyhood hero George Gimarc, Idol Records' Erv Karwelis, Hydronic Sound System's Jeff "Sk ... More >>
Will Johnson, at right, used to be "a drummer." Then he became a rock star. Now he's gonna be a movie star. Will. He's awesome. Just saw on my boy Sammy Machkovech's site that someone's put chocolate in my peanut butter. See, one of my favorite albums of all time is the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds; real ... More >>
M. Ward's recipe for political change: Let's ignore the president.
Daniel Johnston headlines at the Modern
Can Daniel Johnston keep the devil at bay long enough to be successful?
Live: City Sounds (Rubric) / Music for Courage & Confidence (New West)
Home art invasion; The deal of the art
Deep-sixing Deep Ellum Records; The Tomorrowpeople play every song they know; Pleasant Grove gets Last Beat; Adventures of Jet hopes to be Born on the World Wide Web
The Modern's Diebenkorn exhibit makes it OK to hate abstract art
Compilation of "experimental music" skirts the line between art and nausea
1994 wasn't The Year of Anything--except great music
On Dead Dog's Eyeball, Kathy McCarty breathes life into Daniel Johnston's songs