There's a lot happening in music around here -- a lot has happened this week, in fact. In this sprawling metropolitan music scene, with a kaleidoscopic framework of ever-changing people and bands and venues and ideas, a lot happens at once. The only thing we know for sure is that the people who make ... More >>
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 >>
All Hallow's Eve is almost upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with Rob Zombie, who will be performing with Marilyn Manson on the Twins of Evil Tour at Verizon Theatre tomorrow night. It'll be a fright night filled with elaborate stage designs, terrifying costumes and metal. I had a chanc ... More >>
The GrandMothers of Invention, The Tidbits The Kessler Theater Tuesday, August 14 Tuesday night, a storm brought much-needed rain to the Metromess, and a van brought the GrandMothers of Invention to the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff for two sets of impeccably-performed music from the Frank Zappa can ... More >>
Tuesday, August 14, at the Kessler Theater
The ShinsThursday, October 11, at House of Blues, $39.50The Shins were sort of indie-rock darlings until they got Braff-ed in the mid-Aughts. That's when they blew the eff up. We haven't heard much from them since 2007's Wincing the Night Away, but now that they've got a new one under their belts -- ... More >>
Time was when the words "music" and "North Texas State University" (as the University of North Texas was known until 1988), used in the same sentence, invariably conjured the names of pioneering jazz educator Leon Breeden and his famous One O' Clock Lab Band, as well as the sound of Stan Kenton char ... More >>
Via.Bud Buschardt has spent the last several years writing a book I've always wanted to read: a history of the Sump'n Else show, the Ron Chapman-hosted rock-and-roll dance party shot at NorthPark Center that aired on WFAA from September 1965 till January 1968 and featured performances from the li ... More >>
Tuesday, June 21, at the Granada Theater
Wednesday, May 25 at the Palladium Ballroom
Yesterday, we shared with you the first part of our exclusive Q&A with Wayne Coyne, in which the Flaming Lips frontman discussed the future of the music industry, the importance of timely releases and how he came to discover Dallas' A&R Records. Today, we bring you the second half of our ... More >>
There wasn't a more offensive punk band in the early '80s than The Meatmen. Even in a market cluttered by hardcore bands popping up in droves in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., the Lansing, Michigan, band, led by Tesco Vee (a third grade teacher born Robert Vermeulen), distinguished itself wit ... More >>
Eek! It's time for SXSW spillover, the yearly event in which the hoards of bands heading to Austin collect a little gas money by playing our fair area. But I'm not one to complain: Good music is good music, no matter where or when it's played.
Tuesday's not quite as busy as last night, but there are still a few interesting events to take in this evening.
Tonight's docket first seemed a pretty drab one. Then we caught wind of who got booked to be the secret performer at Elm Street Tattoo's annual Christmas affair at Curtain Club tonight.
At 68, legendary guitarist John McLaughlin has nothing left to prove. He's played with everyone from Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix. And, as leader of the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the '70s, McLaughlin created a bold new fusion of jazz, rock and Indian influences that remains some of the most challenging ... More >>
With an extra day this weekend, an extra night: Blondie on December 1, 1979, from an unspecified Dallas venue; and Frank Zappa at the Dallas Convention Center Arena on October 17, 1980. Both, revolutionary in their own right.They're both flawless recordings -- Blondie because it was for radio. As ... More >>
Jesus? Or Frank Zappa?Given recent goings-on (which, I hope, also helps to explain the tardiness of this posting) the top pick of place for you to be this weekend is pretty obvious: Stop on by Good Records on Saturday at 3:33 p.m., when Erykah Badu stops by the Lower Greenville record store to si ... More >>
Trick or Treat (Free Dope and Fucking in the Streets)
Wednesday, October 7, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Denton
Mother's Day is nigh upon us--and c'mon, you can do better than some crappy (and sappy) card. It's time to give your mom a gift that reflects how you really feel about her. Now, she may not enjoy the following music-related gift ideas, but make sure you throw that gift receipt into the package befo ... More >>
Not dead... yet.Besides possessing one hilarious moniker, The Dead Kenny G's is one hell of a jazz/punk trio. Led by percussionist Mike Dillon, a veteran of the Dallas rock scene, this testy triumvirate revels in the long lost nonsense/overboard aesthetic of Frank Zappa. And like Zappa, these guys a ... More >>
Bring Us the Bright (SiTMoM Records)
At Cliff Cafe retro diner style flourishes with some modern touches
Things you may have missed the first time
The Weirdness (Virgin)
4050 skips the chophouse boilerplate
Saturday, June 24, at the Gypsy Tea Room's "Tea Room"
Steve Fields is steak-and-lobsteriffic
A music critic's resolution for 2005
Local musicians pick their favorite albums of 2004
Friday, June 11
Terry Bozzio bashes out his coolness for the drum geeks
Inspiration Information (Luaka Bop)
Can't find your favorite alcohol? Blame bureaucracy.
Sometimes, the best new music is the best old music
As an Italian Café, this sports bar fails to score
The Cheesecake Factory aims to please everybody. Blah.
Last year showed pop still has more than a ghost of a chance
Laurie Anderson riffs on fame, death, and the political landscape