Hal Samples

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    January 28, 2014

    Which Rock Star Are You? Take the Quiz!

    By now you know which Game of Thrones character and politician and root vegetable your Facebook friends would be, or at least which one they would like people to think of them as. And we appreciate that sort of information here at DC9 at Night. After all, that's why we're on Facebook: To truly get t ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    Hal Samples Benefit

    Friday, August 10, at Dada

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    July 7, 2011
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    May 31, 2011

    How Banksy Forced Hal Samples to Finish Doc About Homeless Man Living Outside L.A.

    Tachowa Covington and his former home in a still from Hal Samples's in-progress Something From Nothing. The whole trailer's after the jump.​Over the years photographer Hal Samples has shown me bits and pieces of his in-progress documentary about Tachowa Covington, who turned an abandoned water tan ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Notes on The Second Homegrown Festival. Plus: Video of Neon Indian Debuting A New Song.

    Danny HurleySeryn's Trenton Wheeler. For more of Danny Hurley's shots from the event, check the slideshow.​In this week's print edition of the Observer, we'll have more -- much, much more -- on this past weekend's Homegrown Music and Art Festival in downtown Dallas' Main Street Garden Park. But, f ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    The Top Ten Stage Faces From Billy Idol's Show at the Palladium Ballroom Last Night

    Hal SamplesBilly Idol's drummer gets an honorable mention for this one.​What a week: Between Heart on Monday night and Meat Loaf on Thursday, we might have to break out our Van Halen t-shirts and the Hall & Oates tapes just to get into the mood.Billy Idol added himself to the mix last night fo ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    Picture Show: New Pornographers, The Dodos at Gilley's

    Hal SamplesThe Dodos ​Neko Case joined the New Pornographers at Gilley's Saturday July 24, making the indie pop group look more like a team of Marvel Super Heroes than a great band. As always, the Pornographers were exacto-knife pitch perfect for songs like "Challengers" and "Sing Me Spanish T ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    One More Reason We Love Dirk Nowitzki (and the Rest of Your Dallas Mavericks)

    Hal SamplesAlso highly recommended: our old pal Zac Crain's oral history of Dirk's career in the December D. Thanks, Zac!​Yesterday, after practice at the American Airlines Center, the Mavs hosted their 13th annual Turkey Dunk, attended by some 125 homeless and "at-risk" kids. We sent the great Ha ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Picture Show: Rhett Miller and The O's at The Granada

    Hal Samples​ Rhett Miller's benefit show in the Cystic Fibrosis Concert Series took the stage at The Granada Saturday night, with The O's opening the night, and Gordon Keith playing host.There's some video of Keith and Miller onstage at the end of the night over on Unfair Park, but for a complete ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Protesters Gathered Across Street From Buju Banton's Performance--But Was There Anything To It?

    Hal SamplesProtesters gathered across the street from Trincity last night.​Reggae artist Buju Banton didn't realize "faggot" had become a bad word. At least, that's the story according to friends and colleagues of the artist, who stood in front of Trincity/Palm Beach Club last night, watching the ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    Last Night: Slowride at Elm Street Tattoo

    SlowrideElm Street TattooOctober 15, 2009Better than: going under the needle. Hal SamplesSlowride reunited at Oliver Peck's Elm Street Tattoo last night.​ It'd been some time since the fellas in Slowride had played an actual show together--but with an upcoming gig slated at local tattoo artist Ol ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Last Night: U2, Muse at Cowboys Stadium

    U2, MuseCowboys StadiumOctober 12, 2009Better than: Half-time at the proper name spelling bee.Hal SamplesFor more photos from last night's performance, check out Hal Samples' slideshow.​The first thing everyone noticed, of course, was the much ballyhooed stage, a spider-looking contraption that ho ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Even Better Than the Real Thing

    Hal Samples​The great Hal Samples shot the U2 show at Cowboys Stadium, as evidenced by this most wondermous slide show that looks far better than a good hunk of what I heard last night. Pete reviewed the show on DC9; in the comments, I re-reviewed it. Let's rumble, kid.

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    October 6, 2009

    Picture Show: The Dead Weather at the House of Blues

    Hal Samples​ Fresh off a killer performance at Austin City Limits, The Dead Weather crawled north for a House of Blues show last night--which you may have read about in Cory's review here on DC9.For another look at the show, Jack White, Allison Mosshart, a giraffe's head and all, check out this st ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    Picture Show: Slow Roosevelt And Trees Rise From The Grave Together.

    Hal SamplesSlow Ro shakes some limbs. The tree jokes are endless, really.​Know what sucks about planning vacations in advance? You're screwed as far as events that get planned for the week you're gone after your flight and all that's been booked. Hence my regrettably missing out on a weekend full ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Deep Ellum, Once More a Work of Art

    Hal Samples​This is but a sample of Hal Samples's photos taken Saturday afternoon and evening, as Frank Campagna and his band of artists were wrapping up the Deep Ellum Mural Project just a few weeks after kick-off. (The tunnel's gone; long live the tunnel!) Patrick M. is compiling the whole wingd ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009

    Telegraph Canyon Preps For The Current and The Tide

    Hal Samples On Tuesday, August 18, Fort Worth's Telegraph Canyon will release its highly anticipated sophomore release, the Will Johnson-produced The Tide and The Current--a disc I can, having heard it, say is definitely worth the hype and the wait since 2007's excellent debut, All The Good News. Oh ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    Picture Show: Jenny Lewis at the Granada Theater

    Hal Samples Our own Melissa Crowe already offered her take on last night's Jenny Lewis show and, by that account, with Lewis cruising the stage in a pair of Daisy Dukes, you needed a heart of stone not to find religion out in the Granada crowd.Thankfully these are 90 minutes that'll live on for post ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    Picture Show: Grizzly Bear at the Granada

    Hal SamplesDoug Davis had the last word on last night's Grizzly Bear show at the Granada... until now. Because Hal Samples was there to document the show from the front row--maybe even closer, from the looks of it--and we'll close out the day on DC9 with his look at the show.You can check out more s ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    Last Night's Carter Albrecht CD Release Show Filled the Granada with Fans and Friends

    Hal SamplesTrey Carmichael of Sorta performs at the Granada Thursday night.Check out more photos by Hal Samples in our slideshow.Last night a steadily growing crowd kept the Granada staff on its hospitable feet as well-wishers, friends and music lovers in general (and yeah, a news crew or two) celeb ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    Picture Show: Erykah Badu Teaches The Kids About The Music

    Hal Samples Yesterday morning, Erykah Badu and a few friends treated the students of St. Philip's School, Prestonwood Elementary and Holy Trinity Catholic School to quite the music lesson at the House of Blues: While mixing in live performance with powerpoint slideshow and lecture, Badu and Co. scho ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    Erykah Badu Sings (and Teaches) the Blues

    Hal SamplesWe sent Hal Samples to the House of Blues this morning to shoot Erykah Badu and friends offering a lengthy discourse on blues history to students from St. Philip's School, Prestonwood Elementary and Holy Trinity Catholic School. More photos and some video are to come tomorrow, after we ge ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    Giveaway: Three Pairs of Tickets For Eleven Hundred Springs At The Longhorn Saloon Friday

    Hal SamplesBy now you've probably had it up to here with our coverage of Eleven Hundred Springs. Thanks to fiercely loyal fans, the country band swept nearly every 2008 DOMA category for which it was eligible, even snagging bass player Steven "DJ Burlap" Berg best DJ. If you're a die-hard fan or mem ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    Picture Show: Lykke Li at the Granada

    As Pete wrote in his Last Night review, Lykke Li left fans at the Granada Theater completely transfixed Wednesday -- and Hal Samples has shots from the show to prove it.See the Swedish siren thrashing around onstage, and and the fans staring dreamily up at her, in our slideshow here.

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    January 30, 2009

    Good Friday: Caleb Jones, Dan Dyer, Dallas' Hidden Talents, The Demigs, Titus Andronicus, Dove Hunter, Mount Righteous, King Bucks and More

    So you already know about tonight's shows, which include Tapes 'n Tapes at Dada and Nervous Curtains and Dust Congress opening for Daniel Folmer's CD release at 7 p.m. at Good Records. And Saturday night, Los Campesinos and Titus Andronicus play at Club Dada, Somebody's Darling celebrates a CD relea ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    How Will The Happy Bullets Make Out?

    Yesterday, over on FrontBurner, we saw a post by former Observer music editor Zac Crain, purporting that The Happy Bullets (who have a history of making some great videos) were going to attempt to break the world record for most people making out in one place at one time during an upcoming video sho ... More >>

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    July 21, 2008

    Slideshow: DOMA Showcase 2008 On Lowest Greenville

    Bridges and Blinking Lights' Jake Wilganowski. (Hal Samples) So, yeah, Saturday night was a grand time, folks. Good music, good people, good everything, really. Hell, there was even something of a flash-mob pillow fight at one point. Revel in the debauchery with our two slideshow recaps of the ni ... More >>

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    July 15, 2008

    Slideshow: Mount Righteous At Space On Friday Night

    Hal Samples snapped some shots of Mount Righteous for us... You had plenty o' options to choose from this past weekend, but it seems like a good deal of you--as seen in

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    May 8, 2008

    TVT Records Bankruptcy Hits Close To Home; Hal Samples, Others Owed Thousands

    When TVT Records filed for bankruptcy back in late February, it was easy to figure out what it would mean for artists on the label's roster, like Dallas' own The Polyphonic Spree: no more label obligations, monies owed, etc. But the fallout for those owed money by the label, which, it should be note ... More >>

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    May 8, 2008

    Elsewhere on

    Hal Samples is on the list of people to whom TVT Records owes quite a bit of money. If I may direct your attention to our other blogs ... Over on The Sportatorium, Richie brings news that Your Texas Rangers have indeed begun talking to other folks who might be interested in managing the team if and ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008
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    April 2, 2008

    Save Some Space This Weekend for Hal Samples' New Space

    Hal Samples will see you this weekend. Well, actually, he kinda sees you now. So, we'll see you Friday night at the opening of our dear Friend Hal Samples' new gallery, right? You know -- at 2814 Main Street in Deep Ellum? From 6 to 10 p.m.? Right. Awesome. 'Cause truth is, it's actually kind of a ... More >>

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    March 25, 2008

    New PPT Video: "When We Was Kool"

    Pikahsso, Picnic and Tahiti of PPT just posted their latest music video onto YouTube, and the Hal Samples-shot video version of the track "When We Was Kool" is flat-out phenomenal. Check it out: (It helps that it's a killer song, too.) The timing of this video's release is a bit weird, consideri ... More >>

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    January 31, 2008
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    October 15, 2007

    Re*Cov*Ering Deep Ellum

    Hal Samples The winning entry in the Re*Cov*Er mural competition Saturday night Took the missus and the 4-year-old who lives in our house down to Deep Ellum Saturday evening, where I was among the 93 or so judges in the Re*Cov*Er mural series contest. Re*Cov*Er's a project sponsored by the Deep Ell ... More >>

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    September 25, 2007

    There's Nothing Whispering About These Slider Pines

    Hal Samples I don't know much about Slider Pines -- yet -- except that, oh, frontman Joey Shanks wrote the band's new album, Road, Avenue, Railroad while moving back and forth between Dallas and Memphis, where he grew up. (Got that from the bio -- and, like, straight from the bio.) And I did know ... More >>

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    September 25, 2007

    MP3: New Slider Pines Song

    (Hal Samples)I don't know much about Slider Pines -- yet -- except that, oh, frontman Joey Shanks wrote the band's new album, Road, Avenue, Railroad while moving back and forth between Dallas and Memphis, where he grew up. (Got that from the bio -- and, like, straight from the bio.) And I did know t ... More >>

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    September 13, 2007
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    August 20, 2007

    Hal Samples Works Hard, Cares More

    Hal Samples is featuring over on his photog blog the latest video from self-proclaimed local "reggae-jazz-dub" band Aton. Writes Hal, the video for the song "We Are All" is "compiled of images from a live performance they recently did for some of my homeless friends. Most of the DV you see was filme ... More >>

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    August 16, 2007

    Anyone Got a Frame?

    So. I've been looking at Hal Samples' photos from Tuesday night's Dallas Observer Music Awards -- and I must say, that was one beautiful crowd. Especially you, rock star. And you. You too. And you guys -- handsome, stunning. Miss anyone? Oh -- you. Well, hello. And, of course, hello, Andrea. And Mr. ... More >>

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    May 1, 2007

    The New Polyphonic Spree Video, Without Any Video Whatsoever.

    Whilst cruising YouTube during lunch, I stumbled across a most wonderous thing: the new Polyphonic Spree video, which was done by a good Friend of Unfair Park's, photographer Hal Samples. It's for a tremendous track off the band's forthcoming The Fragile Army, and it consists entirely of pictures -- ... More >>

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    April 27, 2007
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    March 20, 2007

    The Shiny Happy Spree

    Hal Samples By now you likely know the Polyphonc Spree's third full-lengther, The Fragile Army, is due out in June on TVT records. You can hear a bit of it on the band's Web site; the song's called "Section 22 (Running Away)," if you're in need of some specifics. First impressions: Jesus Christ, t ... More >>

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    February 13, 2007

    From Scrap Iron to Solid Gold, Or Close To It

    Scrap Iron, featured here in a clip from Hal Samples' doc-in-progress, performs tonight at the Granada. When's the last time your only wish came true? Toward the end of November, we posted a clip from local photog Hal Samples' doc-in-progress Dreamtown, about the homeless in Dallas. In that clip, Sa ... More >>

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    December 6, 2006

    Reviewing the Revue, Part Two (With Audio!)

    Hal Samples Bobby Patterson, front and center, holds court with his new best friends (including organizer Don Cento, back row, fourth from left) Saturday night during the Reunion Tower Revue. Pardon for our taking forever to post some more tracks from Saturday night's Reunion Tower Revue at the Son ... More >>

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    November 21, 2006

    Sample Some of Hal Samples' Homeless Documentary

    Brian Harkin Hal Samples is trying to finish his documentary Dreamtown, about Dallas' homeless, and he could sure use your help. Whilst trolling through the usual YouTube trash heap this afternoon, I came across a gem you really should see; the video is after the jump. It was identified only as ... More >>

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    February 3, 2005
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    May 27, 2004
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    January 22, 2004
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    January 15, 2004

    Whats Wrong With This Picture?

    For Hal Samples, who uses photos to help the homeless, nothingand everything

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