Hey, you're really close to surviving Shark Week. This means you won't have to listen to that weird guy at the office talk about whatever last night's special was, and him swearing all of the footage was real. Your water cooler chat can move to other things, like the awesome shows Dallas has to offe ... More >>
Hooking up on the phone Tuesday afternoon, Nick Harmer is happy to report that life as the bassist for Death Cab For Cutie remains "a gravy train with biscuit wheels". Harmer is an animated conversationalist, and rattles off his rationale without pause. "We're still getting along, we're making music ... More >>
Pair a singer-songwriter like William Fitzsimmons with a veteran indie-rock producer like Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla in the studio and there are bound to be high expectations. Will Fitzsimmons' acoustic folk roots be maintained? Will Walla exert enough influence that we see the birth of Willi ... More >>
Editor: This year, we're celebrating the 25th Dallas Observer Music Awards. Our coverage will include recollections from last quarter century of North Texas music. Here, our Clubs Editor remembers the radio show that's won more DOMAs than any other. When I was growing up, radio had so much power. I ... More >>
The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant floresce ... More >>
Update, 2/20, 9:50 a.m. The pre sales have started for East Coast dates. The link goes live to the right of the date, where it currently says On Sale Soon. Once you click, you get put in a queue for tickets, so I'd try and click as close to 10 a.m. as you humanly can. As in, start refreshing your br ... More >>
In honor of the Jealous Sound's third appearance in the DFW area in 12 months (they play in the House of Blues' Cambridge Room tonight), we caught up with frontman Blair Shehan on how he got into playing guitar, hardcore punk, and where the band is now. What drew you to playing guitar? I grew up ... More >>
If you are in or around your mid-twenties, this probably isn't the first time you've felt the cold hands of classic-rockdom closing around your neck. (For me, it was seeing a Garden State DVD on the bargain shelf at an FYE. And then, right afterward, it was thinking, "Man, I can't believe I used to ... More >>
We now live in a world where major corporate radio routinely features songs by Phoenix, M83, The Black Keys, Passion Pit, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon and Macklemore. These were largely independent artists who for the most part built critical acclaim over the years by producing quali ... More >>
Brandon Butters drums for two of Dallas' most promising new bands, The West Windows and Things of Earth. The West Windows debuted earlier this year to a packed Double Wide and are gearing up for an opening slot with The Jealous Sound. Things of Earth have yet to play live, but their scorching debut ... More >>
Index Music Fest w/ Portugal. The Man, Washed Out, Grimes & MoreOctober 5, 6, at Trees, $32Last week, Spune announced Index Festival at Trees, which puts them back in the festival game again. If you remember their Wall of Sound Festival in the mid-Aughts, this lineup is an update, built around a ... More >>
Octopus Project, Analog RebellionNovember 12, 2011The Kessler TheaterBetter Than: Having Octopus Project play at your house party and having to clean up the mess. Mike BrooksOctopus ProjectIf limited to a single word regarding the live performance of Austin's Octopus Project, that word wou ... More >>
John DufilhoJohn Dufilho is a busy man. Always has been. When he's not playing in his band Deathray Davies, he's drumming in Apples In Stereo and producing records, including local act Sealion's next one.But, sometime early next year, he plans to release his most interesting project to date. Dufi ... More >>
I was in the KERA studios earlier this week, the guest of station contributor and Friend of Unfair Park Rawlins Gilliland as he bravely plowed through a 10-hour marathon pledge drive on behalf of the station. We did our segments in the KXT studios, where, for the first time, I met afternoon-show ... More >>
An HorseThe LoftMay 22, 2011Better than: Tying me kangaroo down, sport.An HorseAustralian duo An Horse rode into town on the leading edge of last night's storm system for a show at The Loft. The storm was a likely contributor to the smallish turn-out -- 80 people, maybe. Blame the band for the we ... More >>
The Five Amigos or The WalkmenAfter kind of a dud last weekend, we've got a pretty solid list of shows to see this weekend. And topping the list for some of us here at DC9 headquarters is The Walkmen concert at The Granada Theater on Saturday night. In this week's paper edition, we ran a piece ab ... More >>
As you may have noticed, the last rebirth of Aural Ambush wasn't as long-lasting as we'd hoped. This summer we're giving it another go.If you're not familiar with the concept, it's pretty simple: We grab an mp3 from a group touring through our domain, equip ourselves with CD player, headphones, and ... More >>
Cadillac Sky, Seryn House of Blues July 8, 2010 Better Than: a hoot--it was a hoot and a half.Cadillac Sky performing "Born Lonesome" last night at the House of Blues.Cadillac Sky guitarist David Mayfield took a sweaty pause from his emphatic playing to patiently teach the crowd at the Hou ... More >>
Last year's logo was pretty awesome...It was a couple weeks back now that KDGE-102.1 FM The Edge announced the lineup for the 2009 version of its annual How The Edge Stole Christmas show. And, uh, you'll have to pardon us for missing the announcement when it first came to pass. For pretty obvious ... More >>
The weekend's finally here, boo-yah, and it's a deceptively crowded one music-wise, actually. You should already know about the weekend shows we've already discussed here and in the print edition, but, in case you forgot, well, let's recap. Well, now that I think of it, pretty much every show we've ... More >>
What? Wrong Libertine? Nothing like the announcement of a slow news day to jumpstart the late afternoon news items, I guess. For instance? This fun bit o' news for Simon McDonald, owner of The Libertine, the best damn bar in town...With the bar's weekly Monday night "Local Yokel" event (where DJ Dee ... More >>
5. Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow StairsA cover that seems created to cause migraines. I suppose this shit's supposed to be a comment on our modern condition or something. If so, spare me.
What happens when a music journalist listens to Bryan Adams' newest release, 11, on loop for 11 straight plays?
Also: Eric Pulido and Robert Gomez start new label
Monday, May 14, at the Granada Theater
The new Polyphonic Spree EP's out next Tuesday. Most of it's somewhere online right now. The new Polyphonic Spree album's being released a week from today. Well, kinda. First off, it's not really the new album, which will be titled The Fragile Army and released next year. It's actually just a five-t ... More >>
The men of Nada Surf are finally OK with being popular
We drove to the Austin City Limits Music Festival in ponchos, but we left wearing surgeon's masks
Area bands get in on the TV show soundtrack action
Friday, January 28, at Hailey's
In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top 10 music stories were all about winning the popular vote
In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote.
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records.
Music that made the world safe for the word "alternative" again.
Holiday gifts for the music lover in your life
Future Soundtrack for America (Barsuk Records)
The Velvet Teen might have been stars. They'd rather be a great band.
Let SXSW stay in Austin. We're OK with that.
The Top 10 musical ties of 2002
The And/Ors don't need a past as long as they have a future
Selected Notes on Music, 2000