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    August 13, 2014

    Skrillex to Headline Lights All Night Fest in 2014

    Okay, then. Not bad, guys. A few months back, the folks at Lights All Night Fest, the Dallas dance and electronic music extravaganza that caps off the year at the end of December, teased us with the dates and ticketing information for this year's festival. They made us wait, however, to find out who ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Lights All Night Teases 2014 Festival Date, Ticket Sales

    If you've been eagerly awaiting news of Dallas' annual year-end EDM extravaganza, Lights All Night, then today should be a good day. Or at least a mostly good one. The promotional folks over at Highland Concerts and MCP Presents gave us a little tease this morning of this year's festivities when th ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    Beats, Strobes and Shirtlessness: The Best (and Worst) of EDM at Lights All Night 2013

    Two blocks away from the Dallas Convention Center for Lights All Night, and that rumbling, white noise roar of a crowd pre-concert is already audible.The colossal sonic happenings inside - thousands of feet removed, and buffered by countless layers of stone and steel - vibrate the downtown concrete ... More >>

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    December 28, 2013

    Lights All Night 2013: 10 Things We Learned on Friday

    It's already halfway over. For those interested in attending night two of Lights All Night, I have some sage advice that just might save your life, or just help you have more fun. Whatever. Read these ten lines, commit them to memory, and, of course, laminate them -- things get pretty wet and sticky ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    How Lights All Night Became Dallas' Biggest EDM Festival

    There's one week until Lights All Night, and co-founder Scott Osburn is sick. It always happens this way, right when you can ill afford time spent laying around, recuperating, foggy from medicine. Things are ramping up quickly now. They're already working on the massive, elaborate staging inside the ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    The Nine Best Concerts in Dallas: December 26 to January 1

    Another Christmas has come and gone, but the eggnog hangover lingers. Hopefully, you had a nice and restful holiday, because we're getting right back to business as usual. There's a few more gems on our concert calendar before we wrap up 2013. Perfect Pussy hits Three Links, Denton Does The Band aga ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Lights All Night 2013: Full Lineup Features Icona Pop, Major Lazer and Deadmau5

    Lights All Night returns to the Dallas Convention Center late this December. We already told you about headliners Deadmau5 and Kaskade, and the full lineup has just arrived. It is spectacular, and surprisingly eclectic given the confines of an EDM fest. It features pop band Icona Pop, cartoon vigila ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    Lights All Night 2013: Deadmau5 and Kaskade Will Headline, Tickets On Sale now

    Electronic festival Lights All Night will return to Dallas' Convention Center on December 27 and 28 this year, and they've just announced the headliners: Deadmau5 and Kaskade. This year, Lights All Night will also host a New Year's Eve show in Mexico City. Tickets for the Dallas shows are $79 for ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    The Top Ten Douchiest Drummers of All Time

    What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who might actually de ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Why Are Old-School Electronic Artists Annoyed With EDM?

    Broadly speaking, if you're an electronic music fan over 40, you probably dig Danny Tenaglia more than Skrillex. And chances are, if you're a Skrillex fan under the age of 30, you're like, "Who the hell is Danny Tenaglia?" Coachella 2013 exemplified the generation gap in the world of dance music. ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Ultra 2013: Yeasayer Insulted the Ravers While Matt & Kim Charmed Them

    On day one of Ultra Music Festival 2013, the main-stage DJ surprisingly played Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way." It's not one of the Cali crew's early songs, but it's a hit that came out when about 60 percent of the crowd (now dancing in tutus, "Show Me Your Tits" tees, and beaded masks slathered ... More >>

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    March 17, 2013

    Ten Raver Tips on How to Dress for Ultra 2013

    They danced. They rolled. They yelled: Glitter! Yes, these are ten talkative fashionistas of Ultra Music Festival 2013. Certainly, there were some better dressed, and others more sensibly garbed. But the following folks found during night one of 2013's three-day shit fest -- they were the ones who ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    If the Sound City Soundtrack Rocks Half as Hard as the Movie, It Will Rule

    The Dave Grohl-directed documentary Sound City, is a loving and thoroughly entertaining docu-valentine to the legendary studio just outside of L.A. where many landmark albums were recorded. Throughout the film's first half, we're given glimpses of behind the scenes action on the making of such class ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Why EDM Is Thriving While Other Genres Are Sinking

    DJs are the new rock stars? Maybe. (Although chefs are already the new rock stars.) Still, the big name DJs do seem to be living pretty large, what with the constant travel to exotic locations, goofily-clad fans, eager women, drugs and parties. Just swap MacBooks for guitars and it doesn't look so d ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Top Chef Seattle: Please Explode Soon, Valentine. You're Our Only Hope.

    Tesar spent all week begging for #savechefjohn votes to get him back onto Top Chef, but unfortunately he didn't earn enough votes to make it. Probably because he turned down my terms: Bet he's regretting that choice. He did, however, agree to twirl Valentine's 'stache on the reunion show, so we ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Lights All Night - Fair Park - 12/29/12 & 12/30/12

    Lights All Night Fair Park Saturday, December 29 & Sunday, December 30 I remember when they were called raves -- not that I was ever old enough to attend one, but I remember when these types of electronic music fests were known as such. There was even a whole film subgenre in the '90s that document ... More >>

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    June 10, 2012

    EDC 2012: Calvin Harris Plays CDs of Himself Singing

    Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died. This time around fans are more sa ... More >>

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    June 9, 2012

    EDC 2012: Coachella or Electric Daisy Carnival: Which One is Better?

    See also: Our Complete Coachella Coverage Dance music is coming to an arena near you: Kaskade will be the first DJ ever to play Staples Center (July 27). And mainstream concert promoters such as Live Nation are diving into the electronic dance explosion. Electric Daisy Carnival, which is being hel ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    In Session: Latin House Krew

    In the realm of the DJ, it's been proven there's strength in numbers. Dallas DJs Spin, Ivy Tron and Inzo, collectively known as the Latin House Krew, came together in 1997, when Spin and Ivy Tron had their own show on KNON 89.3. Inzo joined soon after, and their respective careers took off. Aside ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    Three Days at A-Kon 23: J-Pop, Boy Bands, Grown Men with Pacifiers

    See also: The fans of A-Kon. I don't really know why I asked to cover A-Kon, the annual anime convention in Dallas, other than I support like-minded people coming together to share a common passion, the exception being those who burn crosses and wear red arm bands. I had no idea what to expect fro ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    The Best and Worst Performances of Last Night's Grammys

    Five Best Performances 1. Jennifer Hudson Grammy host L.L. Cool J had a hard enough job presiding over a celebration undercut by tragic circumstances, and he achieved a perfect, almost pastor-like tone from the get-go. But Miss Hudson's musical tribute to Whitney Houston - a subtly searing but stil ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Happy Hour at Malai Kitchen, Where Five Dollars Will Make You Hollar for Another One

    The West Village isn't typically a favorite destination 'hood of mine unless I'm seeking fro-yo or a sale on cardigans, but a Yelp search pointed me in the direction of Thai-Vietnamese spot Malai when I found myself in dire need of a drink on a Sunday evening. I have zero desire to wait 30 minutes ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Whitt's End: 9.23.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Doomsday scenario for Monday Night Football: Quarterback Jon Kitna. Running back DeMarco Murray. Receivers Kevin Ogletree, Jesse Holley and Dwayne Harris. Center Kevin Kowalski. Left guard ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Good Friday: TV On The Radio, Broken Social Scene, the Rest of This Weekend's Shows

    TV On The Radio​This weekend, Dallas benefits heavily from the Austin City Limits Music Festival spillover effect, which has some of the best bands in the world looking for a place to play in and around town. There are a whole bunch of these shows, as well as a few others, making this weekend an e ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011
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    August 17, 2011

    A Beginner's Guide To Electronic Music: From Scratching to Dubstep and Everything Between

    ...among other things.​Electronica is an infant genre compared to most, its creation depending solely on tools and instruments designed in the last half of the 20th century. And its interpretation is constantly evolving. Because, even though it remains relatively new type of music, there remain so ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Last Night: Sitting Through The Two-Hour Electric Daisy Carnival Experience Film

    Electric Daisy Carnival ExperienceAugust 4, 2011 Better than: anything else going on in Hurst last night. Granted, we're not familiar with weeknight activities in Hurst, but the screening was sold out, which indicates some level of excitement.​Last night's premiere of the Electric Daisy Carnival ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Bright Eyes, Cults, Twin Sister and a Pretty Darn Good List of Other Show Announcements

    Bright Eyes​Bright Eyes is the biggest band to come out of Omaha ever. Fronted by indie-rock icon Conor Oberst, around whom the entire city's scene more or less revolves, they're one of the most revered acts of the last decade. But that hasn't stopped them from trying their hands at some outside m ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    On, The Greatest Thing Going Right Now In Internet Music

    ​Back in January, Stickybits co-founder Billy Chasen registered the domain name Earlier this month, the previously alpha-tested music-sharing site made its debut as as an invite-only beta site, the only prerequisite being that new users had a Facebook friend with an already registere ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 40: LehtMoJoe

    ​Like most babies from the '80s who grew up with an ear for music, Vincent Sliva dedicated hours of his youth to recording his favorite songs off the radio onto cassette tapes. But rather than just playing them back on his boombox, he tried to sync the songs up with other songs on the b-side ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    The Full Bill For Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic, Plus Tons More Show Announcements

    Willie​Since the mid-'70s, Willie Nelson has been doing three things: smoking pot, playing music and throwing a Fourth of July picnic. They've always been huge ordeals, attracting A-list celebrities, top country music artists and, of course, country music fans. Nelson even held the festival in the ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Whitt's End: 5.13.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Went and watched the American professional debut of Cuban defector/Rangers' prospect Leonys Martin last night in Frisco. In a word, wow! With his father and agent in the stands at Dr Pepper ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 38: The ChURcH's Joe Virus and Wild Bill Stanley

    ​The ChURcH has been Dallas' go-to spot for all sounds dark for nearly two decades now. And while the DJs, musicians and various performers who call the twice-weekly event at the Lizard Lounge home prefer to keep the sounds of the night decidedly sinister, the overall vibe is simply one of good ol ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    The Problem With... The Black Eyed Peas' "The Time (Dirty Bit)"

    The Black Eyed Peas, already on our bad side this week, released a new album called The Beginning on Tuesday. And you know what that means: more sloppy rhymes, more circa-2008 digital voice abuse and more poorly re-appropriated hooks from yesteryear. Oh, joy.

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    November 5, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 28: DJ Hunter Vaughan

    ​Three years ago, Hunter Vaughan was just your average 17-year-old raver who frequented Dallas' nightclubs (when permitted inside) with the sole objective of having a good time. As Vaughan became more aware of the scene around him, though, he started keeping his eyes and ears out for local residen ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010
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    October 10, 2010

    Picture Show: Hippies vs. Hipsters at ACL

    Caity ColvardWell, I never! See more fans in the slideshow.​ We're just hours away from the end of the ACL, but the number of good bands left to play in day three is staggering. Band of Horses and the Flaming Lips are up next--and bleeding into the sky here is Robert Earl Keen's "The Road Goes O ... More >>

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    October 9, 2010

    ACL '10, Night Two: Muse, Matt & Kim and M.I.A. Muster Might, Magic and Meh.

    ​Night fell down on Austin Town and it figured it'd be a busy night. And with The xx and Temper Trap setting the table for LCD Soundsystem, Gogol Bordello, Monsters of Folk, Deadmau5, Matt & Kim, MIA and Muse, Saturday did indeed set it self up to be remembered as ACL 2010's strongest.Except f ... More >>

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    October 9, 2010

    ACL Day One Recap: Hipsters, Hippies and The Poor Schlubs Stuck In Between.

    Patrick MichelsJulian Casablancas wears his sunglasses at nights.​ Well, Austin City Limits, you redeemed yourself. After a slow start to the festivities, things picked up very quickly, as predicted, and, by three o'clock, things were in full swing. But Night One--despite names like Miike Snow, Gi ... More >>

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    October 9, 2010

    Do It Live: Austin City Limits, Day Two

    All photos by Patrick MichelsGrace Potter​For more photos from Friday, check out our slideshow.  In about half-an-hour, the Temper Trap will cause pelvises to thrust, Monsters of Folk will be thirty minutes from their beastly (two hour) set, and in about an hour LCD Soundsystem will be pluggi ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Today In Music News: RIAA Fighting A Losing Battle, Morrissey Wants Katy Perry To Rethink Marriage And Deadma5 Collapses

    Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, August 2, 2010...The RIAA's fight against illegal downloads is slightly reminiscent of the war on drugs.If Moz thinks you shouldn't marry Russell Brand, you should listen to him.Maybe Deadmau5 wouldn't collapse on stage if he didn't wear a HUGE mou ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 15: DJ Avi

    ​In the span of five years, Avi Marco, perhaps better known as DJ Avi, has made quite a name for himself around DFW. The Israel-born jock moved to the area in 2005 and has since played numerous venues in both Dallas and Fort Worth, scooping up a couple of residencies along the way.  He grew u ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Austin City Limits Announces 2010 Lineup...

    ​It's that time of year, again. The Austin City Limits Festival line-up was unveiled early this morning via the fest's official website. There isn't any question: This year's docket will have people gabbing--whether it's vitriolic hate or nostalgic, warm-fuzzies. Sure, for many, bashing on the cho ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 3: Ocelot

    ​From Dallas to Austin to England and back again, Cory Kilduff, half of trans-Atlantic DJ duo Ocelot, has not only been making a name for himself here in the Lonstar State, but with shows all over the country and overseas. Oh, and the duo's got a forthcoming album about to drop in June (listen to ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Year in Review: Sampling the Best DJ and Dance Music of 2009

    The past year brought the worst economy since the malaise of the 1970s, and like that era, it also saw dance music sweep the nation. Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, Beyoncé and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs all dabbled in the sound. Even Michael Jackson was said to be working on a dance album with the Peas ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009


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    November 6, 2009

    Good Friday: The Party, Preston Grey, James McMurtry, The Fox and The Bird, GWAR, Snoop Dogg and David Cook

    After an almost year-long hiatus, The Party makes its triumphant return tonight at The Loft.​Lots happening this weekend--a surprising amount, actually--so let's cut all semantics and jump right into the shows that need to be added to your weekend calendar considerations. First, some reminders of ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    What It Was Like: Pete Tong, Late of the Pier, Peter Bjorn & John, Angus & Julia Stone, School of Seven Bells, Zee Avi

    Pete Freedman School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis at Buffalo Billiards.The first night of SXSW saw four pretty major draws around town--Echo and the Bunnymen at Emo's; The Decembrists at Stubbs; St. Vincent, Department of Eagles and M. Ward at the Central Presbyterian Church; Peter Bjorn & ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Dance Albums of 2008

    Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>

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    September 15, 2008
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