This is not your everyday Billboard chart. Each week, we'll tell you which bands are selling in the fine record shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where we consumers of music have impeccable taste. Record Store Day is still having an effect on the sales at local independent record shops; how ... More >>
Unlike Jesse Hughey and Darryl Smyers, I do not have children yet. I come from a large family. My father is eldest of five, so it's understandable why I, a 33-year-old, have cousins who are teenagers. Something I've wondered about with my cousins is the kind of music they like these days. Is their ... More >>
The actual artistry of the album cover has been making a comeback. Of course, over the years, the cheesy head shot has gradually (for the most part) faded away and been replaced by, well, art. Go figure. Anyhow, 2011 was a particularly good year for the album cover. Well, there were a few examples w ... More >>
In an episode of 30 Rock from last year's fifth season, Tina Fey's alter-ego Liz Lemon walks the street, moping about the end of writing as career path. (I feel you, sister.) (Fistbump.)Eventually, she runs into a group of other bygone careerists living in a subway, ready to adopt h ... More >>
It's tough to complain too much about the sporadic rain that's literally watering down the second afternoon of the 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival. Texas needs to drink, y'all. No, it's not all bad. Another upside: The wet ground makes you feel like less of a jerk for sparking up. So ... More >>
We had some fun yesterday trying to guess the bill for the 2011 Austin City Limits Musical Festival -- and, hey, we were right about Kanye West, if nothing else. Early this morning, the folks behind the festival announced for full lineup for their end-of-summer offering. And, as expected, the 10t ... More >>
It's already been a heck of a year for Denton's Seryn. Right around the turn of the calendar year, after numerous delays, the band finally got around to releasing their anticipated debut record, This Is Where We Are. And the sprawling, uplifting affair, the disc proved well worth the wait, deserved ... More >>
Those Darlins perform at Rubber Gloves tonight.We've already had a busy week of shows, but that doesn't mean the weekend's shows will be spare. There's actually quite a few nice choices this weekend. Let's start by re-capping the oneswe've been mentioning all week.Tonight, Those Darlins will brin ... More >>
OK, here she probably smelled like blood and semen...According to fragrance industry insiders, Lady Gaga has requested that Monster, the perfume she is developing, smell of "blood and semen." Frankly, that's a head-scratcher for us -- it sounds more like a Bloodhound Gang scent, or perhaps a Load ... More >>
Eisley's kid sister Christie DuPreeWe had a chance to catch up with Eisley over the weekend at Brewtones in Tyler, where they played a warm-up show for their "Over the River and Through the Wood Tour." Turns out the young kids in Eisley aren't so young anymore. All are now married, save for bass ... More >>
For a band that by some accounts had broken up over a year ago--and with only a five-song EP to show for its efforts--The Middle East should consider its current US tour nothing less than triumphant. An impromptu showing at NX35 elicited the sort of enthusiasm from a Dan's Silverleaf crowd usually r ... More >>
A Nick Too Far?Last we we asked about chains. This time around, we were wondering about small-scale expansion. Word came recently that Nick Badovinus, chef and owner of Neighborhood Services, would soon open a second and third branch of the restaurant. Nothing wrong with this--expansion is someti ... More >>
What's that Ruckus?Besides the great (but unheralded) Volebeats, Detroit hasn't exactly become known as a haven for Americana music. Frontier Ruckus hopes to change that.Formed in 2003 by Matthew Milia and David Winston Jones, the band didn't get around to releasing a proper debut until 2008. The ... More >>
In next week's paper, we'll unveil our national package on the best music of the year (the following week, we'll tackle the best in DFWd music). But, as a teaser, here's our paper's contribution to the national package: Noah W. Bailey's picks for the best Americana/folk releases of '08. Picking the ... More >>
Look at all the concerts ACL is leading our way this weekend (while ignoring the ugly side effects)!
Pride (Dead Oceans Records)
The Shepherd's Dog (Sub Pop)
No need for ACL--there was plenty to see within Dallas city limits
Band of Horses rides the open range
The Brave and the Bold (Overcoat Recordings)
Just because bands are cashing in on live albums this Christmas season doesn't mean they can't get it right
Saturday, October 29, at Ridglea Theater
Doug Martsch runs the biggest little band on Earth
In the Reins (Overcoat)
How Shall They Hear? (Spune)
Woman King (Sub Pop)
All families are complicated. The Nourallah Brothers are more complicated than most.
In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote.
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records.
You've Got Your Own EP (Acuarela)
Music From the Motion Picture Garden State (Epic)
The Baptist Generals want to make a happy album. They just can't.
Let SXSW stay in Austin. We're OK with that.
The Top 10 musical ties of 2002
Sub Pop set to release Baptist Generals disc