Seriously though, how excited are you Mumford & Sons fans? After canceling their show earlier in the summer due to health reasons, the boys are back in town. It's always nice to see a band make it up to the fans, and that's exactly what the indie folk/bluegrass darlings will do on Wednesday night. S ... More >>
With Jay Farrar and Son Volt playing at the Sons of Hermann Hall this weekend, it seems a good time to evaluate the entire Alt-country semi-movement. For all practical matters, Alt-country began with Uncle Tupelo's album No Depression in 1990. Shortly thereafter, the magazine of the same name was pu ... More >>
In a year when Kickstarter efforts have ballooned from humble requests to egocentric slaps in the face, the recording, funding and distribution of albums has taken on a different hue, as the chasm between what you can do "yourself" and what labels are offering gets wider and deeper. A few of the art ... More >>
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. The way in which Dallas singer-songwriter Ronnie F ... More >>
Just over a year ago, we caught up with Australian singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers as she was touring behind her excellent LP, Little Bird. That album not only showcased original material, but a return to the folk-rock form she used to become a '90s country darling.
Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest IISaturday, July 28, at Granada TheaterIn its second year, Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest has (smartly) shortened things a bit, thus giving more breathing room to the bands, which included Glass Candy, Chromatics, Twin Sister, Chromatics, Taken By Trees, Laurel Halo, A.Dd and DJ Sober.
He's just 30 years old, but alt-country singer-songwriter Javi Garcia has the world weary soul and voice of someone in their 50s. As such, even though the New Braunfels native has only been playing music professionally for a couple of years, his songs reek with the pathos and anger of post-addicted ... More >>
Kasey ChambersKasey Chambers has certainly been an artist on the go as of late. Until earlier this week, that is. On Wednesday afternoon, while on tour with her family in tow, the Australian star's bus was on the verge of breaking down on the road somewhere between Nashville and Austin. In fact ... More >>
Wednesday, May 4, at The Loft
Friday, April 15, at the Granada Theater
In yet another, suburban location outside of Dallas proper--this time at Plano's Last Chance Saloon--independent country music, in its myriad forms, reigned supreme. A couple of hundred folks (if not a tad more) crammed themselves into the Last Chance Saloon for Week Seven of the Shiner Rising St ... More >>
WilcoPalladium BallroomOctober 9, 2009Better Than: Anything?Patrick MichelsJeff Tweedy of Wilco. For more shots, check out Patrick Michels' slideshow from the event.Two songs into the set came the climactic moment: "A Shot in the Arm," off 1999's Summerteeth. Pure rumble and all rapture, the soun ... More >>
Friday, June 26, at the Granada Theater
Don't be fooled by the faded denim and snap-button cowboy shirts
Believe it or not, The New Frontiers is a local act. Well, for now.
Farewell Republica (Self-released)
Despite its name, the NYC band with Dallas ties is definitely not a Christian band
The Salvation Blues (Hacktone)
Roots group is still finding ways to mix country and rock
Vagabonds and Hooligans (o.i.e.)
Songbird (Lost Highway)
Twenty years later, members of punk legends X get to their roots again. Their roots-rock, that is.
Little Rock (Highway 97 Music)
In a vault for 30 years, the Festival Express was put back on track
The best of the alt-country lot salute the majesty of the past--while defining the future
Reed Easterwood's record is one of the year's best. Good luck finding it
Roadcrew tries to ease the rigors of playing live
Dwight Yoakam's the last great country singer left--and he doesn't need a twang to prove it
Whiskeytown and No Depression pour into town
TV special documents the building of Wrecking Ball
Jay Farrar and Dave Grohl don't owe you anything
Meredith L. Miller sleeps with Elvis and dreams with Buddy
Slobberbone is the dumbest name for the best new band in town