Deep inside Spotify headquarters, at this very moment, some poor marketing team is tasked with the idea of making Spotify gift accounts sound like a good idea for a Christmas present. I know this because I am too cheap to pay to make the Spotify ads go away. So far they've been wise enough not to ... More >>
It's really the same story you've heard a million times before: Person (or umbrella, in this case) meets other person (other umbrella), they connect, there are complications, etc. What makes Pixar's new short, which you can see in theaters preceding Monsters University, so incredibly charming (and a ... More >>
Last week, on Wednesday, May 29, Steve Knopper of Rolling Stone.com detailed Daft Punk's domination of the Billboard album chart with the release of their eagerly-awaited Random Access Memories. The article moves into territory deeper than simple retail numbers, though. Knopper even dug into the num ... More >>
This would have surprised me no matter who had turned it up, but there was a special irony in learning that illegal music downloads "aren't hurting the music industry" from a beleaguered print magazine's free-news arm: Illegal downloads aren't hurting the music industry, new study claims | ti.me/10 ... More >>
It's been nice to watch TV--fresh off House of Cards's Netflix premier--deal with the same questions people have been addressing about music since Napster or iTunes or Spotify, depending on which iteration of the issue you remember best. Specifically: Now that Netflix can create programming based on ... More >>
On August 31, Todd Gautreau, the brains behind excellent area dream-pop act Crushed Stars, took to the band's Facebook page to sound off on a topic that's turned into a national debate among artists, record labels, music consumers and various streaming services, specifically and most notably Spotify ... More >>
See also: Lauren O'Connor opens the history books for Girls Rock Dallas See also: Shiny Around the Edges on Death Grips, Patti Smith We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you l ... More >>
We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don't even care if it's good, we just want to know what the music community has been obsessing over, playing on repeat, ... More >>
In the wee hours of Monday morning, Justin Bieber's new single, produced by Mike Posner and Mason Levy, found its way onto the Internet, causing numerous belieber's heads to explode upon first listen. In a matter of hours, "Boyfriend" reached the top spot on the iTunes charts with the help of one of ... More >>
OK, Sexy Sax Man. Just 15 more minutes. Tell the world, rock is coming home This year saw a wave of rock bands catching up to a new generation. We got Soundgarden touring again, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink-182 and even less renowned bands like Urge Overkill and Bush releasing new albums. Aft ... More >>
Just a few weeks ago, shoegaze duo with local ties, School of Seven Bells, announced that their third full- length record, Ghostory, would be released at the beginning of 2012. Today, Pitchfork reports that the album's official release date will be February 28, 2012.With the news, the band went a ... More >>
Americans are understandably wary of sites that offer free music. For the past decade, we've seen site after site go in and out of favor, sometimes quickly. We got excited about Napster back in 2001, but after all the foolishness that ensued in the wake of its demise, we're quick to give the side ... More >>
Google, that seemingly all-encompassing entity, has its fingerprints all over just about every digital realm of our lives. And, in 2011, in addition to entering the social networking fray, the technology giant is also using the fast-evolving concept of cloud computing -- storing data on extern ... More >>
Steve VisneauCollaboration swag.Late last week, we passed along word that the latest single from French house producer David Guetta (the man behind, among other songs, the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling") to blow up the Internet was actually a Play-N-Skillz co-production -- and the first of a ... More >>
A Denton lawyer devotes his life to fighting America's porn thiefs.
Download the App in the iTunes Store, or search "best of " in the App Store.A few months ago we announced the launch of the Dallas Observer iPhone app, (which is completely free, dudes), and now we have a new one for you: the Best Of.. Village Voice Media App. Before we get a breathy announcement ... More >>
The new disc from local folk favorites The O's wasn't originally supposed to earn its release until February. And, OK, that still remains the case as far as hard copies of John Pedigo and Taylor Young's sophomore album, Between The Two, are concerned -- their local album release show will take pl ... More >>
Download the App for free in the iTunes App Store under Dallas Observer.Let's get right to the announcement: our brand-spanking new Dallas Observer iPhone App is available for download, right now, in the iTunes App Store. Before we launch into an epic "presenting" speech, where we tell you that's ... More >>
Earlier this week, we showed you Kanye West's performance of his new Symbolyc One-produced single, "Power," at the BET Awards on Sunday night. Well, this morning, DFW-produced single earned its release via an exclusive iTunes arrangement. And it's doing OK, too, currently sitting at No. 5 on iTu ... More >>
First time I interviewed The Gourds' Kevin Russell I asked him, of course, about his band's "Gin and Juice" cover. I think it's a requirement actually. Fair enough: The band's had some great moments--and probably more musically impressive ones--over the course of its career, but there's little doubt ... More >>
In addition to The Burning Hotels' new release and the big major label debut from Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, it looks like another big local release is up for the taking on iTunes. Though it won't see a physical release until next Tuesday, Doug Burr's new release, O Ye Devastator, ... More >>
Alisha HurtDavid Ponder, guitarist for the local alt-country combo Somebody's Darling, just sent word that his band and The Boxmasters (Billy Bob Thornton's band, which just played The Loft earlier this week) will both play the Screen Actor Guild's Holiday Party tonight at Gilley's.Although Gille ... More >>
After just announcing the release of his new digital-only EP release a couple week's back, The Rocker Summer's You Gotta Believe, was released today, seemingly by a glitch that posted the four-track release to iTunes a day early. But, no matter--it hasn't seemed to deter the one-time Alternative ... More >>
If there's one thing not to adore about St. Vincent's just-released sophomore release, Actor, it's that the album includes two bonus track in addition to its listed 11 songs. Only, they're not available on the CD.Instead, the songs "Bicycle" and "Oh My God" are exclusive bonus mp3s that come with th ... More >>
It says on iTunes that Carter Albrecht's solo album Jesus is alive ... and living in London has been available since February 9. Carter's father, Ken, and Robert Jenkins, whose Summer Break label is co-releasing the disc in conjunction with the Carter Albrecht Music Foundation, say that's wrong, and ... More >>
Could your cellphone's ability to stream music render the iPod obsolete? Quite possibly.
Rupert Murdoch's toy is trying to go legit; mayhem may ensue, and success may not
A couple months back we mentioned that former Chomsky co-frontman Glen Reynolds would be releasing his solo debut, In Between Days, on Idol Records -- home of his former band, actually. The record now has a release date: June 5. Or: last Monday. Because, see, that's when all the cool kids started do ... More >>
There's a story -- or is that an ad? -- in today's New York Times about Verizon's new "experience store" in Southlake, where customers can download music, play video games, watch football games in high-def and, for all we know, get a happy ending. Sounds like a little bit of paradise nestled in a li ... More >>
Normally around the holidays, an album title like, oh, Kill My Distant Relatives That Are Overstaying Their Welcome and Jacking With the Cat Because My Holiday Spirit Has Been Robbed of Me would be most appropriate. But we haven't even gotten to Thanksgiving yet, so we'll take a deep breath and stic ... More >>
Kelly Clarkson returns to Smirnoff
New copy-protected CDs screw over the only honest customers the music industry has left
Get yourself--and Congress--ready for the next wave of absurd anti-file-sharing tactics
Thursday, September 9
With the proper machinery in place, a band could remain a Secret no more
The Polyphonic Spree is one Big Moment away from stardom. Right?
Is the online music store the Apple of digital music's eye? It should be.
Sounds Eclectic Too (Palm Pictures)
Or: How Mark Cuban would have--and could have?--saved the music biz
The Top 10 Things I Downloaded in 2001 That Weren't Applications Made to Download Things That Aren't Applications
The record industry crippled Napster with litigation. But has it made things worse for itself?
Six things you have to hear
Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their "free" music?
Maximum Records lines up to lead the fight to keep Napster alive. Oh yeah, and to promote its bands too.