Darrell Abbott

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Mike Scaccia of Rigor Mortis Died With His Boots On: Echoes and Reverberations

    Safe to say that I was doing bong hits on the couch one afternoon back in 1987 when Michael Alago, the A&R rep from Elektra Records who discovered and signed Metallica, called me up out of the blue and asked what was happening with the music scene here in Dallas. Alago was based in New York City, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, Starring Aesop Rock, Identity Fest and More

    Every Thursday we bring you our 10 favorite concert options for the coming weekend. Find every concert for this weekend and beyond at Identity Festival Friday, August 10, at Gexa Energy Pavilion Identity Festival pretty much marks the greatest day of the year for EDM fa ... More >>

  • Music

    June 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008

    Q&A: Blues and Rock Guitarist Rocky Athas

    Rocky Athas with the Lightning Strikes.Rocky Athas has been playing the blues for almost 40 years. The Oak Cliff native grew up with another legendary string bender, Stevie Ray Vaughn. Athas’ band, Lightning Strikes, was an area blues/rock mainstay and Athas recently re-cut their debut for a Europ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2007

    Pantera on a Rhino Records Disc?

    Rhino Records, that label I love to hate because they keep reaping the benefits of nostalgia by releasing expensive, retrospective box sets of, like, every genre you could think of, has released the self-explanatory Heavy Metal Box. I haven’t heard it, and probably won’t, but over at PopMatters. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2007

    Who'll Buy Their Memories?

    What I did buy at Half-Price Books' Northwest Highway location yesterday, for three whole dollars: a nearly mint and completely intact copy of the December 9, 1991, issue of the Dallas Times Herald -- the very last one, for you newcomers. What I did not buy, for $400: The above picture of the early ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2006

    Videos from Hell

    This is not director Paul Rachman, but a scene from his documentary American Hardcore. Cuz it's so hardcore. Paul Rachman's in Dallas today promoting his first documentary film, American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986, in which the filmmaker chronicles the rise of such bands a ... More >>

  • News

    May 5, 2005

    2005 Dallas Observer Music Awards

    Case Solved: Killer musicians captured, thanks to your tips