Surfer Blood. Vampire Weekend. Imagine Dragons. Bowling for Soup. Slightly Stoopid. I've ignored every single one of these bands for one reason and one reason alone: terrible band names. In this culture, we have so many things competing for our attention at all times that your brain naturally has an ... More >>
If you follow the local music scene you might have known Guns N' Roses visited Dallas last week for a show at the House of Blues. If you follow the local food scene really closely you might have seen the Texas Monthly article that noted two of the band members hit up Pecan Lodge before the show. Ju ... More >>
We've got some pretty awesome shows happening in your city this week, and you wanna know what else? Of the twelve concerts listed below, some of the musicians in these bands have be involved in some crazy antics, including the following: 1. Got his/her eye pissed into by a bat, and had to be tested ... More >>
Step One: Admit the world and worry obliterating limitations of Indie Rock, Top 40 and basically everything else. Boss getting you down? Spouse (or partner) ripping you a new one? Fido pissing in the house? Friend forgetting to pay you the $20 that you loaned him (or her) last Friday night? Is your ... More >>
A supergroup is a difficult project to make a success of. The work of previous band members overshadows any new material, and although it brings a ready-made fan base, it also brings unreasonably high expectations. Not only that, those that make up the new band might have similarly unreasonably high ... More >>
While the UK-US flow of music has become more than the steady one-way stream of US rock of the last two decades (presumably thanks to the internet), I've noticed you enjoy importing our wimpiest bands, like the dull drone of Mumford and Sons or the operatic cock-rock of Muse. Here are some UK bands, ... More >>
See also: Jaret Reddick is the new voice of Chuck E. Cheese Colter Hall wasn't really looking for anything when he happened upon his current gig with Fancorps. He's also helping out Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup and People On Vacation, who just happens to be Hall's uncle. After a stretch at Col ... More >>
As distributors flee the Far East, Dallas' Asian Film Fest keeps fighting.
All That Remains.All That Remains, like their peers in Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall and Unearth, keep the flame of modern metal burning. Clearly influenced by '90s European metal but filtered through an American hardcore sensibility, the Springfield, Massachusetts, quintet makes their seco ... More >>
Axel RoseWelcome to the jungle! The one comfortably located just inside the walls of the Gexa Energy Pavilion. After carefully parking your car on someone's lawn, you'll be ushered into said jungle if you purchased your tickets to see what's left of Guns N' Roses -- Axel Rose and some dreadlocks ... More >>
Photos by Anna MerlanA seemingly run-of-the-mill downtown development press conference had two surprise guests.Over the years, the re-do of the Continental Building downtown has started to feel like a bit like Guns N' Roses's Chinese Democracy. Forest City, the developers behind turning the vaca ... More >>
Jerry RutherfordWithin Deep Ellum's metal scene, Jerry Rutherford is everybody's friend. It seems like he's at all the shows, always up to do a shot and let out that rallying, supportive cry-of-the-rocker that barely edges up above the volume of whichever hard rock act is blaring not far in front ... More >>
Something happened this week 20 years ago, and music hasn't been the same since: Nirvana released "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the lead single from Nevermind, which would itself come out later in the month. With the song came a new movement in music, a new era. But plenty of other influential acts ... More >>
Courtesy of our sister paper up in New York.Ten years ago today, three days after the September 11 attacks, Clear Channel sent out a mass email to its over 1,000 affiliate stations. The email included a list of songs with lyrics and/or titles that Clear Channel considered questionable in the wake ... More >>
Dallas disco cover band Le FreakA well-timed cover can be just the thing to take a band's live performance from good to great. But if the execution of the song is off, it could blow the whole set. On the flip side, although playing a cover is a risky move, sometimes the rewards can make an artist ... More >>
Good morning, potheads. Enjoy your wake and bake? Good, good, glad to hear it. We hope your early-morning sesh was, like, "totally killer."Where were we, you ask?Oh. About that. Well, sorry to "harsh your mellow" and all, but, um, some of us don't work behind the counter at the local head shop; w ... More >>
Hayes CarllTonight, Hayes Carll plays the second-to-last show in his North Texas tour. He'll be at Lola's Saloon in Fort Worth, and then, tomorrow night, he'll be at Poor David's Pub. After this little stint, he'll do five shows in the Houston area, then three in Austin and San Antonio. So catch ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we'll be meeting some people behind the local music scene who aren't necessarily members of a local band, but are more behind-the-scenes folk.Angela ChaseMost rock-jocks' physical appearances tend to be a jarring opposite of how we picture them in our he ... More >>
Welcome to My First Show, where we give bands a chance to talk about the first shows they ever attended -- no matter how uncool and embarrassing those tales may be. Travis HopperYou might have seen him play with The Americanos, J.D. Whittenburg or as a solo act, but, these days, Travis Hopper s ... More >>
Welcome to a Unexpected Influences, where we talk to musicians about the music no one expects them to like.DatahowlerDatahowler, mad processor of decades of international culture, has a lot on his mind. Born Ross Edman (and formerly using the moniker Objectiv One), he has managed to push himself ... More >>
Pretty busy Thursday evening we have here, highlighted by the Price of Darkness himself, and a pair of punk rock quadruple-bills.
Mini KissJuly 9, 2010Jaguars Gold ClubBetter than: watching a Dr Pepper commercial on loop.All photos by Roderick Pullum.Mini KISS: Not just a band made up for TV. Check the slideshow here.In this TV-placement-is-a-necessity-to-survive era, many a band has established itself by getting its songs ... More >>
It's hard not to remember Santana's 1999 album Supernatural. Besides just the Rob Thomas collab "Smooth," which we've spent the past decade trying to erase from our memories, the album received a lot of attention at the time for being one of those records that featured a different collaboration w ... More >>
Who should fear the reaper this year?
In reverse order, this handful of releases looked cool and the music matched the cover art. 5. Calexico - Carried to Dust Not only did the uncomplicated illustration style reflect a return to the simple desert themes that are Calexico's stock and trade, this cover oozes retro cool.
In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. ... More >>
You wanted the best — you get the best: Guitar Hero III
4050 skips the chophouse boilerplate
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Kettle Art cooks up some creepy
Sometimes too much is way too much
The days of great summer music festivals in Dallas are history. Aren't
If Conor Oberst overcomes his disdain for his president, his audience and himself, he'll rule the world
DKT/MC5 returns to remind us how jams are supposed to be kicked out
"Set Me Free" (Decca)
Corn Mo left D-FW for NYC, but he didn't leave his talent behind
To Lamb of God, the New American Gospel is "pure American metal"
Cave-In finds Rock and Roll on Jupiter and brings it back to Earth
You only think A Perfect Circle is Tool singer Maynard James Keenan's band
With two new and different albums, Juliana Hatfield is no longer a girl in a box
Eminem's mind-blowing Marshall Mathers LP promises to spark feverish free-speech debates
Reputation aside, ICP is just your dull, everyday pair of lunatic clowns
Local CD for kids' charity backs into trouble over rape song