Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>
Every working guitarists knows that if he doesn't have a good guitar doctor, his dreams of being a master shredder who destroys the crowd with rakes from his pick as he slides it up the string are dead. From a broken headstock to a cracked neck, a guitar technician is a master of skills. He's an ele ... More >>
Blazing through guitar riffs on stages across Texas isn't something an average 15-year-old does. But Tyler Tallant of Keller/Fort Worth area isn't your average teenager. He's someone whose passion for music causes him to spend most of his waking hours mastering the craft of guitar playing. And his c ... More >>
Every six minutes another guitarist is born. Every 13 minutes another guitarist falls out of the musical spotlight and into the household one. Some polls claim there are 20 million guitarists living in America, while others claim there are 50 million if you include the ones who only know how to play ... 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. They are all hunched over the jukebox, scanning ti ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your band having issues? Our new advice columnist, Fan Landers (a.k.a. Jessica Hopper), is ready to give you Real Talk about any problems your musical outfit might be having -- whether professional, practical, or sartorial. Send your problems here; confidentiality is assured, ... More >>
Usually, we only interview one band for this feature, but given the chance to interview members of Soviet and The Longshots, to hell with regulations. Both bands will open for Pujol tomorrow at Dada, certainly one of the better shows this week. John, what can you remember about the first Soviet sh ... More >>
There are plenty of places to go in Dallas to get music equipment. Whether you're a professional musician, the parent of a tween or just a person with a rather expensive hobby, there are six Guitar Centers in the metroplex. Truth is, Guitar Center has almost everything you need: Plenty of new and vi ... More >>
From time to time the city will post to Lone Star Auctioneers some of the finer offerings being sold out of the City Store, where there's always a bargain to be had. This week, I see, Richard Matthews is making available, among other curious (four "SelfCheck Checkout Stations"), an assortment of ... More >>
The late, great Spector 45.Hello Lover, Jim Suhler, The Mike Haskins Experience, The Marfalites, Dog Company, Here Holy Spain, The Assassins, The Phuss and Houston's The Sellouts are the first nine bands confirmed for the first annual 45 Fest, which will honor late Spector 45 members Frankie Camp ... More >>
You know this guy, but you don't usually know his name. Chances are good you've heard and seen him. And, uh, it is always a guy. Never a female by my experience.Anyway, right before a band he's about to see plays their set, he gets a close look at the band's equipment and his mind starts to race. ... More >>
In this week's paper, Doug Davis gets pretty gaga over Austin's Ume, whose spastic, churning blend of punk and thrash has been earning the band all sorts of accolades of late, thanks in no small part to the contributions of magnetic frontwoman and bona fide guitar heroine Lauren Langner Larson, who ... More >>
Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp is a chance for musicians to get a crash course in playing in a rock band. Whether your drumming skills are on par with Meg White's or somebody who can play "Pride & Joy" note-for-note in a dark corner of a Guitar Center, the intent of the camp is to become a better ... More >>
Khue BuiNo "Stairway To Heaven," bro.A musician's heaven can quickly turn into a musician's hell. If you need a new set of guitar strings or drumsticks, just head to that shining beacon of sundry rock and roll knick-knacks known as Guitar Center. It's a place where almost any piece of musical e ... More >>
Bustling, ain't it.A cursory Wikipedia search tells me that the City of Sherman has at least a little musical history--well more than I was a aware, at least--as the hometowns of Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame saxophone player Buddy Tate and country music icon Buck Owens.But, the Owens-hosted Hee ... More >>
[Last week, we asked a few bands to check in with us from time to time over the course of the week to tell us about their SXSW experiences. Now, with the fest over, those diatribes are starting to show. Here's The O's' take on SXSW...]Steve VisneauThursday, March 19, 2009Dear O's Journal, It's 10:3 ... More >>
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The Cavern used to be a dark, dingy place for bad local bands. Lance Yocom is brightening it up.
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Dallas Guitar Show plays on
A Dozen Furies wins Battle for Ozzfest
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Live at the Grand Olympic Ballroom (Epic)
My Morning Jacket is from Kentucky. Stop holding that against them.
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With Unincorporated, the Earl Harvin Trio is no longer a jazz band. It's whatever it wants to be.
Producer Dave Willingham makes noise in the middle of nowhere