Metal has always had a natural fit with fantastical landscapes that look like they were crafted by the hand of Frank Frazetta. The Fort Worth metal group The Hack and Slashers, however, don't live in a world that looks perfectly suited for a custom painted van in the '80s or the cover of an early R ... More >>
Recently a petition to have GWAR play the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show went live on Change.org. It's gotten nearly 46,000 signatures, but let's be honest: Even if it had 46 million, we doubt the NFL would let the costumed metallers perform on its biggest event of the year. (Too much blood on the c ... More >>
I'm not gonna lie, you guys, Robert Plant is one of my longtime idols, so anything below the blurb that Gavin Cleaver wrote below about him and his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, is purely filler (KIDDING!). The important thing here is that Robert Plant is legend. He is coming to town. An ... More >>
There's no doubt that many contributions made to musical projects outside of the North Texas region by artists living in this area often go unnoticed. From playing with acts such as GWAR (Casey Orr) to Ben Harper (Jordan Richardson and Justin Pate) to Murder by Death (Matt Armstrong), current and fo ... More >>
Perhaps the pressure of planning your witty political costume have driven you to write off Halloween 2012 altogether. Don't throw in the towel just yet! There are plenty of great shows around DFW this weekend and on Halloween night that will put you in the festive spirit, even if you've opted for je ... More >>
Tomorrow night sees the arrival of unstoppable force Gotye, as the Belgian-Australian singer and his cohorts take over a sold-out Verizon Theater to play a bunch of songs no one wants to hear till he closes the show with "Somebody That I Used to Know." The song plays on the radio every few minutes, ... More >>
Hugely influential on the local metal scene, Rigor Mortis' violent live performances throughout the mid-to-late-'80s are the stuff of legend. Vocalist Bruce Corbitt was fired in 1989 and the band was never the same. Luckily, after a 20-year cooling off period, the original line-up has been playing r ... More >>
GWAR, Every Time I Die, WarbeastHouse Of BluesNovember 19, 2011 Better than: a Pulsar action figure whose blood has congealed. GWARA cloaked Death character entered the House of Blues darkened stage set up like a castle littered with weapons and viscera. As theatrical metal band GWAR came on st ... More >>
Daryl at Sons of Hermann HallThere are lots of big shows this weekend, and the one about which much ado has been made is the [DARYL] reunion at Sons of Hermann Hall tonight. Since the band broke up several years ago, members have continued playing around town in various other capacities. Tonight, ... 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 Song, Best Metal Act ... More >>
These things are called "chairs." They're meant for sitting.It's a rock show reflex: When the curtain goes up and the lights go down, you stand up and prepare to wig out. Fact is, many of the area's best venues make the choice of whether to sit or to stand during the show an easy one. By typicall ... More >>
Curren$yLouisiana' Curren$y's been around for nearly a decade at this point, but it's only been in the last few years that the rapper really seen his stock rise. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that he's released more than 14 mixtapes since 2007? Probably. Anyway, he'll be coming to to ... More >>
According to the people I follow on Twitter, today is International Kissing Day. How annoying is that? As if Valentine's Day wasn't bad enough, now we have International Kissing Day to annoy the pants off anyone who doesn't have someone to smooch on. Apparently, Kissing Day was dreamed up as an a ... More >>
Metta World PeaceWhen Lakers forward Ron Artest announced last week that he is legally changing his name to Metta World Peace, the Internet exploded with bafflement and criticism. Obviously, this is coming from sports fans. We in the music world are accustomed to odd stage names. Dallas' own Eryk ... More >>
Oh, the decisions. As was the case last year, Fun Fun Fun's Saturday schedule forced some hard choices; today's toughest might be Washed Out and Deerhunter's simultaneous sets, thought there are plenty of other conflicting sets. But one of the things that makes Fun Fun Fun great is that the three ... More >>
"Weird Al" Yankovic's "Dare to be Stupid" was as close to Devo as Fun Fun Fun Fest-goers will get this weekend.As cool as the lineup for Fun Fun Fun Fest today and tomorrow may be, the Friday night kick-off party was clearly for the nerds--former and current. Chris Hardwick was intended to be the ... More >>
of Montreal Tonight's show at the Granada Theater should prove a pretty wild one as of Montreal comes to town with collaborator and hot-as-the-sun R&B freak Janelle Monae in tow--and not just because of the funky music fans can expects, or the general party atmosphere that tends to ensue at o ... More >>
Another Tuesday rolls around and it's another intriguing collection of musical options. A great night to drown those baseball sorrows.
Tuesday, November 2,at the Granada Theater
We've done this not once but twice before, so by now you should know the drill. If not, a quick refresher: On November 5, 6 and 7, at Austin's Waterloo Park, the other fall music festival in the capital city will present it's biggest--not to mention, we think, it's best--lineup offering to date. ... More >>
HagfishIn this ironic edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, former Dallas Observer music editor Zac Crain writes about several local band break-ups in 1999 with an emphasis on Hagfish. Seems that less than a year after their split, Hagfish had already reunited for a show booked at Trees. ... More >>
The workweek is almost over. To celebrate, the gods have provided some local and national musical talent tonight to get you ready for the weekend.
The softer side of The Soft PackJust north of Dallas, in Frisco, something is brewing at Lochrann's Irish Pub & Eatery. The bar's enlisted the help of Spune Productions to help diversify the music scene, who, so far, has done a bang-up job. More proof: On Thursday, October 14, garage rock ac ... More >>
The folks who run Austin''s Fun Fun Fun Fest have made it clear: Heading into their fifth year of operation, they aren't planning on slowing down their ever-growing momentum. Quite the opposite, actually: The fest is ramping up to seriously challenge ACL as Austin's premiere fall fest.Seriously: ... More >>
Silversun Pickups, Against Me!, The Henry Clay People The Palladium Ballroom Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Better than: playing "Lazy Eye" on Guitar Hero at home.Ally Jayne HoffmanSee more of the Pickups in the slideshow.The crowd that came out to Silversun Pickups' headlining set at the Palladiu ... More >>
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 >>
The original Nervebreakers lineup.Defining moment: For a suburban teenage kid from North Dallas in 1977, a delirious new underground movement called punk rock inspired a profound and urgent departure from the regular routine of cruising Forest Lane or hanging out at the Gemini Drive-In movie theate ... More >>
Slipknot, Coheed and CambriaNokia Theatre, Grand PrairieFebruary 22, 2009 Better Than: Accidentally stumbling onto the set of a Rob Zombie movie without realizing you've been written into the plot. Last night at the Nokia Theatre, the earth shifted, the foundation cracked, and hell poured out t ... More >>
Taking a look and listen to the 20 bands confirmed for the Ozzfest bill
Thursday, October 4, at House of Blues
Your favorite bloody art stars come to town
Dallas' Uncontrollable Urge leaves everything onstage, from its extremely mixed sound to its bleeding jock
GWAR: What is it good for?
Rigor Mortis were once "Condemned to Hell"--and irrelevance--but the Dallas metal legends have risen
Thor smashes rock 'n' roll conventions with a foam hammer
Recent releases document the Maiden voyage
The Burden Brothers want you to check out their packages
A page of stuff that didn't fit elsewhere
Neil Hamburger comes with a side of cheese
The Adventures of Jet are alive and kicking. And recording.
To Lamb of God, the New American Gospel is "pure American metal"
The Adventures of Jet sets the record straight
GWAR kicking it old-skool
Budapest One, Bobgoblin & Adventures of Jet
Every local band that broke up this year, take one step forward. Not so fast, Hagfish.
Quality Park Records doubles; Pinkston plans to bow; Doni Blair avoids the monkey suit; Charlie Gilder celebrates; Who is A Quick One; Punk rock lives in Arlington