Two years ago It'll Do Dancing opened it's doors and filled a void in the Dallas dance scene that had been dominated by V.I.P. bottle service clubs and big arena festivals. Both skewed more towards mainstream pop music than old school dance culture. Brooke Humphries moved into an old Latin dance hal ... More >>
Thursday night in a disco club in East Dallas, the DJ spun one record into another, floating the desperate lyrics of Ace's "How Long" over a slick beat that bumped right into sexy European saxophones. As the music washed over the crowd, hundreds of people dusted off their souls and danced with a tri ... More >>
It's Monday morning after a holiday weekend, and we're all just trying to get through the day. Whether you spent the weekend record shopping, bleeding from your eyes, or observing the Sabbath-- you're probably moving a little slow today. Get caffeinated, because this week is full of shows that are g ... More >>
After a few days too full with family, hot stuffing, dry meat, sugary cranberries, and sticky pecan pie, folks rolled out to It'll Do dance club thirsty for a calorie-burning, head-clearing workout. James Murphy, late of LCD Soundsystem, was on the scene to lead us through the cleanse. DJ Redeye, I ... More >>
Every week more and more shows are added to the Dallas Observer live music calendar --here's how to make sure your show is included. And you can always peruse every upcoming concert on our calendar. Below are this month's additions, the newest are in bold.
Established musicians composing film scores is nothing new. Some of the best scores of the last 50 some odd years have come from pop stars: Dylan's score for Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, Danny Elfman's whole career and Queen's legendary Flash Gordon score. With the rise of various indie studios worl ... More >>
Liz Tracy, Music Editor of our sister paper Broward-Palm Beach New Times, is aboard the S.S. Coachella cruise this week. Day one is here. No one's really interested in reading about the actual performances taking place on this musical ship of contradictions, the S.S. Coachella. Instead, you want a ... More >>
By Liz Tracy The S.S. Coachella set out to sea rather unceremoniously. There weren't horns, not a streamer in sight, and no one smashed bottles against the body of the ship. But we'd all been aboard the Celebrity Silhouette for about four hours at that point, and Father John Misty was launching ... More >>
Passengers as Eggs EP Self-released
Donald Glover/Childish GambinoSouth Side Music HallMay 2, 2011Better than: open mic night at the Dallas Comedy House.Kevin TodoraMore in Kevin's slide show, the many stage faces of Donald GloverThere's no doubting the popularity of actor/comedian Donald Glover and his maybe-not-moonlighting-gig a ... More >>
Welcome to Staff Trax, the weekly feature here on DC9 where we shed some light on the music we've been enjoying of late, regardless of the touring or album release schedules that tend to bear the focus of most of our coverage. Consider it a chance for you readers to get some more insight into ... More >>
Tomorrow night brings Mates of State to town, which is fine and good and all that, sure. They've been great the last two times they've come through. But we here at DC9 are looking most forward to the opening set from Minneapolis' Free Energy, a band that, as Daniel Hopkins explains in his interview ... More >>
LCD Soundsystem, Holy Ghost!Palladium BallroomJune 9, 2010Better than: pretending to be too cool for this shit.Mattie StaffordLCD Soundsystem's James MurphyFor someone who's made a career out of his cooler-than-thou persona, LCD Soundsystem frontman and mastermind James Murphy sure is a weird dud ... More >>
Wednesday, June 9, at Palladium Ballroom
This Is Happening (DFA/Virgin)
It's Friday! Party time! Excellent! After Tuesday's festivities, it almost feels redundant to have an actual weekend. But there are plenty of musical reasons not to waste the weekend catching up on all the things that hangover kept you from finishing on Wednesday. As for stuff going on Friday, ... More >>
Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>
Dallas Independent School District certainly has put itself in a ridiculous position over this Sherri Brokaw deal. She’s the lady they tried to blame for their credit card scandal. Problem was, an internal hearing panel ruled that the credit card mess wasn’t her fault and said she should not be ... More >>
Dallas Morning News reporter Kent Fischer has a story on the Metro front today revealing that the Dallas Independent School District (has been lying about fired credit card manager Sherri Brokaw. I wrote about her case in the paper version of Unfair Park in September, and I said she was being used a ... More >>
Mayor Laura Miller -- and her pal Councilman Leo Chaney, standing to her immediate right -- attended her last groundbreaking today. Pastor Fredrick Eddington is third from the left. Mayor Laura Miller, Councilman Leo Chaney, my pastor -- Elder Fredrick Eddington, Sr. -- and several other city and ne ... More >>
Sound of Silver (Capitol)
Pat Cotton has hired Dallas lawyer James Murphy to sue The Dallas Morning News and political reporter Gromer Jeffers over quotes Cotton says she never said. On September 6, in a story that appeared in the paper that was republished online, Jeffers quoted Cotton as threatening to "destroy" city counc ... More >>
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