There it is. Nestled in South Dallas, rescued by caring souls of our local arts.
The beacon that is The Kessler.
A majestic Texas juke joint, pampered with TLC and vision that only a handful of true music fans could bring. The Kessler (or rather, "The Kessler X " as our subject refers to it) is o ... More >>
In late October, we had a party for our 2012 Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, in which we loosened them up with free drinks and made them take photos. Here are a few of our favorites. See more of this craziness on Saturday, as we take over Deep Ellum with our big-ass showcase.
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Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here.
This piece originally appeared on August 31
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It's been 45 years since trumpeter Lester Bowie, in the introduction to his track "Jazz Death?" (on Roscoe Mitchell's album, Congliptious), answered the rhetorical question, "Isn't jazz, as we know it, dead yet?" with the knowing rejoinder, "Well, that all depends on what you know."
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Dennis Gonzalez just passed along this mini-documentary on La Rondalla, the Oak Cliff Cultural Center's free guitar program for kids ages 11-15, of which he's the Dean. It's been going on since 2010, and is aimed, much like next week's Girls Rock Dallas camp, at those who might not be able to afford ... More >>
See also: Vinyl Fantasy's Nathan Johnson on Sunn O))), Carly Rae Jepsen
See also: Dennis Gonzalez on Ramón Ayala
We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don ... More >>
We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don't even care if it's good, we just want to know what the music community has been obsessing over, playing on repeat, ... More >>
Ronald Shannon Jackson
The Kessler Theater
Saturday, July 7
Wish fulfillment at a concert? I've experienced it a few times: Captain Beefheart in 1976, Muddy Waters in 1977, Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton in 2001. It happened again this past Saturday night, when Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decodin ... More >>
The Common Table
Thursday, April 26
Having just recently "discovered" the music of British band the Telescopes, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from last night's set. That it was at the Common Table made it even more of a gamble to take on a Thursday, but how often do you get to s ... More >>
Dallas jazz trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez and New Orleans drummer Alvin Fielder met in New Orleans close to 30 years ago, and have been collaborating ever since. It's a relationship that's lasted longer than most marriages, and listening to Gonzalez's latest Yells At Eels collaboration with Fielder, Res ... More >>
Tim DeLaughter has never played a solo show. Not one anybody can remember, anyway. But last week, the Kessler Theater added his name as the opening act for YES lead singer Jon Anderson on Tuesday, February 28. The show is part of the venue's "Storytellers" series, which has already featured legen ... More >>
Welcome to our 2011 Dallas Observer Music
Awards breakdown, wherein we'll use the weeks leading up to the DOMA
showcases on Saturday, October 15 (which is also when voting ends), to
explain the nominees in each category Today, we look at the nominees in
the Best Indie Act, Best Jazz ... More >>
Jesse HugheyMonotonix at Fun Fun Fun Fest, 2010.How about a couple sentences each on some of the more noteworthy acts I've seen so far? No? Well, it'll have to suffice for now...Antlers: Sweet Moog and Korg keyboards and swooshing guitars. Great atmospheric slacker-psych rock. Devin The Dude: The ... More >>
Mattie StaffordAkkolyte wowed at Reno's during last night's showcase.Akkolyte
Reno's Chop Shop Saloon9 p.m.Akkolyte--brothers Aaron and Stefan Gonzalez--delivered their ususal thundering performance grindcore/punk at this year's DOMAXXII. Aaron wields the bass while Stefan mans the drums. Both ... More >>
Kudos to you, DFW music aficionados! Once again you've done an amazing job of capturing this past weekend's concerts. For those of you who missed out, pull up a chair and get your music on. And, well, me? I'll take the credit for bringing you this delightful dish of musical tastiness. Muah-ha-ha!
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