It seem hard to believe, but it's already that time again: school is just around the corner. (Granted, if you're reading this there's a good chance that school isn't really at the forefront of your mind, but whatever.) That means that there are only so many more summer nights left to squeeze in thos ... More >>
By Art Tavana Was 1994 the best year for pop music in history? Quite possibly. Sure, some of it was terrible, but overall it was amazing: Nordic black metal, Britpop, pop punk, trip hop, and the best R&B of the '90s (Boyz II Men were peaking). Hip-hop's Golden Age was winding down, but a new, ... More >>
Steely Dan and Backstreet Boys are both in town this week, two bands your friends can't tell if you like sincerely or ironically. Looks like they're about to find out. If you answered neither, fret not! You've got plenty of options. Looking for something a little hard, fast, and intimate? Well, you ... More >>
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. The day has finally come and Bill Wisener, Bill's Records owner, can hardly contain his excite ... More >>
Dallas Beer Week gets tapped this Thursday and lasts for a solid eight days of sudsy celebrations. All you need to do is get your fancy beer-drinking pants out of the cleaners then just drink local beer everywhere. The goals, aspirations and, most important, calendar for the city-wide drink-off can ... More >>
Hopdoddy is an upscale, yet casual, burger restaurant and bar that originated in Austin just a couple years ago. Founders Larry Perdido and Chuck Smith are old hats in the restaurant business. According to Austin Culture Map, they sold their Eddie V's Prime Seafood and Wildfish Seafood Grille to the ... More >>
100. Tripping Daisy, "Sonic Bloom" Before this album, the band had a grunge-pop affectation, but this song, from 1998's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, was more heartfelt than anything they'd done before. - Daniel Hopkins 99. Pleasant Grove, "The Plaque at 16ft" Bret Egner wrote "The Plaque at 16ft, ... More >>
Songs #100-80 Songs #79-60 Songs #59-40 Songs #39-20 The Spotify playlist for songs #19-1 19. Billy Preston, "Nothing From Nothing" Houston pianist Billy Preston got to hang around some decent talent (The Beatles, The Stones), but his solo material went in another direction altogether. This is ... More >>
Best Texas songs, #100-80 The Spotify playlist for songs #79-60 79. Lift to Experience, "Falling From Cloud 9" From one of the best albums of any North Texas act in recent history, "Falling From Cloud 9" is one of the more accessible songs on 2001's The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. It's probably t ... More >>
George Gershwin's "Summertime" has racked up thousands of covers since it appeared on the soundtrack to Porgy & Bess is 1935, and while several jazz and blues artists covered it in the 20th century - Billy Stewart's version being perhaps the most goosebump-inducing, next to Janis Joplin's - its appe ... More >>
A lot of people are home for Thanksgiving nursing food hangovers and hanging out with family, which explains why most of this weekend's shows are from local acts. That doesn't mean there aren't some big shows happening this weekend, like the one from Dallas' own Demi Lovato tomorrow at Verizon Th ... More >>
The scene in Lewisville during Labor Day weekend 1969Longtime Friends of Unfair Park are by now well aware of my lifetime obsession with the Texas International Pop Festival, held during Labor Day weekend in 1969 in a Lewisville field. The roster, put together by, among others, Angus Wynne, was l ... More >>
Via.Click to embiggen if you want to remember laughter. Or Minsky's Music.For those playing along at home, this long-weekend's offering fills in an estimable blank. Because so far we've time-traveled back to that field in Lewisville in '69, when Led Zeppelin joined Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Johnny ... More >>
Man Man, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers Sons of Hermann Hall May 6, 2011 Better Than: Wearing sunglasses at night. Doug DavisHonus Honus and Pow Pow before the lights dimmed One of the images that comes to mind when I hear the musical chaos known as Man Man, is the clown scene in the Disne ... More >>
Yesterday ESPN and Texas agree to a 20-year, $300 million deal to launch a 24-hour Longhorn network in September. Planned programming includes sports, original series, studio shows, historical programming and academic and cultural events. More precisely ESPN/UT hopes to televise at least one exc ... More >>
Richard Hayner, keeper of the Texas International Pop Festival website, maintains he's still -- still -- writing a book about that Labor Day Weekend when Angus Wynne brought Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Ten Years After, Santana, Johnny Winter, Sly and the Family Stone and on and on and ... More >>
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Grace Potter and the NocturnalsPalladium ShowroomSeptember 23, 2010Better than: well, not beholding the power of music that can make a white man try to dance.Sharon Jones and her Dap-KingsLast night, an audience of about 600 people at the Palladium Showroom (former ... More >>
All pubs are not created equal. Typically, a Dallas pub, whether of English, Irish, or generic extraction, will have a wide selection of beers and ales on tap and in bottles, plus a sufficient selection of eats. You can usually count on fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches, maybe nachos, and a fe ... More >>
Bill Engvall carries Foxworthy's torch
The 11th grade Biology teacher once shared this insightful observation aimed specifically at those of us with long hair: "Sons, this country is divided into three groups of people: the people who shower before work (re: white collar workers); the people who shower after work (see "blue collar"); and ... More >>
Remember when summer was awesome? No? Well, Here are 10 great summers in music history to jog your memory.
The Summer of Love got all sorts of coverage on its 40th Anniversary. So wheres the love for 1968?
Kristofferson helps Bass Hall make it
Didn't she make you feel...
Two worlds collide, then coincide
Photo by Casey Monahan The highlight of our Saturday night: singing "Happy Birthday" to Roky Erickson as he turned 60 years old, in the city in which he was born. At first, we wondered how many folks might show -- coulda been half-empty or sold-out, we guesstimated on our drive to the Granada Satur ... More >>
Relive the Summer of Love at the AllGood
Jimi, Janis, Jim and Kurt haunt the Granada
Kingdom Come (Roc-A-Fella)
Check out hip-hop, indie rock and superstar secret shows--all before Hump Day.
More music biopics? Good. Bad musicians starring in them? Not so much.
Singing it loud and proud at WaterTower; Echo trio tries red-hot political comedy
Janis, the Dead, the Band and others take the happiest trip of their lives
In a vault for 30 years, the Festival Express was put back on track
Patrice Pike goes solo, and she's better than she's ever been
It's a race to the finish for Dallas video-makers
Ghetto Fame-Us lost three members but gained much more
The Monthly's music issue strikes a bum note
Tary Owens helped rescue the early roots of Texas music. Then those songs saved Owens from himself.
Kris Kristofferson has lived a dozen lifetimes, and they keep on coming
Jerry Ragavoy and the ghost of Janis Joplin
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX