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 >>
A lot of good things have happened in the past two years for Dead Flowers. They've played many well-attended shows since their formation, and frontman Corey Howe had the honor of opening The Revival Tour last year at Trees. This past Tuesday, Dead Flowers' debut album, For You, came out digitally, ... More >>
On August 31, Todd Gautreau, the brains behind excellent area dream-pop act Crushed Stars, took to the band's Facebook page to sound off on a topic that's turned into a national debate among artists, record labels, music consumers and various streaming services, specifically and most notably Spotify ... More >>
Aside from being a spitting image of actor Dermot Mulroney, KHYI-95.3 FMGeneral Manager Joshua Jones is quite the rising celeb. On a local level, anyway. He's taken advantage of the fact that he manages a station owned by true supporters of good, old-fashioned local and live radio, and the Jones fam ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans , where we meet some of the people behind the local music scene -- those who aren't necessarily members of local bands, but more the people who make the scene move.Erv KarwelisYou know who needs a serious set of stones? The person who chooses to run an independ ... More >>
At the beginning of yesterday's "Monetizing Music in a Free Economy" panel, moderator Nico Marini raised an interesting question: Should music be free? Turns out, the musicians pretty much thought so -- despite their mostly humble backgrounds. "I might represent the musician still doing laund ... More >>
The new disc from local folk favorites The O's wasn't originally supposed to earn its release until February. And, OK, that still remains the case as far as hard copies of John Pedigo and Taylor Young's sophomore album, Between The Two, are concerned -- their local album release show will take pl ... More >>
Steven VisneauThe O's putt from the rough....or so this here press release we just received from Idol Records' Erv Karwelis says. We'd watch and see for ourselves but we generally try to avoid shows like 16 and Pregnant, which seem to imply the impending apocalypse and/or inspire things like teen ... More >>
I'd heard a couple rumblings about some of the following items earlier in the week but, now, straight from Idol Records' Erv Karwelis' mouth, we can confirm them all...Idol has signed area post-punkers Here Holy Spain--a band a whole lot more aggressive than most of Idol's mainstream-leaning acts.Al ... More >>
Fresh off the release of their pretty stellar EP, a message in the ol' inbox this morning let's us know that Taylor Young and John Pedigo's The O's have already earned themselves a record deal. Not that any of this is that surprising given the positive buzz the band's been getting of late. The deal ... More >>
It’s rare that a band with members over 40 years of age makes its way to The Prophet Bar, but, on Saturday, Britain’s legendary punk group GBH makes a rare local appearance. GBH just wrapped up a 40 date schedule as part of the Vans Warp Tour and are doing a few club dates before heading back ... More >>
Pikahsso, Picnic and Tahiti of PPT just posted their latest music video onto YouTube, and the Hal Samples-shot video version of the track "When We Was Kool" is flat-out phenomenal. Check it out: (It helps that it's a killer song, too.) The timing of this video's release is a bit weird, consideri ... More >>
Missed a lot of email over the past week or so because of SXSW. A lot of it's some serious junk. But some of it you should definitely know about... Let's start with some Idol Records news, m'kay? Like, for instance, how you're definitely gonna wanna check out this trailer (see below) from PPT. It's ... More >>
While the bottom drops out for the big boys, many locals are doing just fine
A couple months back we mentioned that former Chomsky co-frontman Glen Reynolds would be releasing his solo debut, In Between Days, on Idol Records -- home of his former band, actually. The record now has a release date: June 5. Or: last Monday. Because, see, that's when all the cool kids started do ... More >>
This afternoon we received a missive from Erv Karwelis, bossman at Idol Records, informing us he's just signed Glen Reynolds to his label. Glen, as you no doubt recall, used to be the guitarist in Chomsky, which was signed to Idol when it released its terrific discs A Few Possible Selections for the ... More >>
Music tidbits from the Big D
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 >>
The Spree set off fireworks, Corn Mo might be a giant and more
Stuart Sikes has worked on albums by The White Stripes and Loretta Lynn. His next project? Dallas.
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Counting down the days 'til February
Chomsky, Brutal Juice and others make the news
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Hagfish meets Bobgoblin; Touring the giglist; Toadies just might hatch
X'd out; Columbia compiles rockabilly; Hellions tribute to the Circle Jerks; Gig plugs galore; And Street Beat is ch-ch-ch-changing?
Comet sighting; Clumsy in Motown; Grand Street redubbed; Bar of Soap brings in road grime
Is there such a thing as a local supergroup? Ask Pinkston.
Even on album, Sivad's just making it up as it goes
Centro-matic's second album is so good, it will break your heart
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The American Fuse gets elemental
Pervis fires up their new CD