Metal has always had a natural fit with fantastical landscapes that look like they were crafted by the hand of Frank Frazetta. The Fort Worth metal group The Hack and Slashers, however, don't live in a world that looks perfectly suited for a custom painted van in the '80s or the cover of an early R ... More >>
It's the 25th Anniversary of the DOMA. And while it's true that bands and venues come and go, many of the people behind them have been here all along. We asked a few of these long standing music veterans -- now behind the scenes at DOMA nominated venues The Kessler, The Foundry and Rubber Gloves Reh ... More >>
Saturday, August 16, at The Double Wide
John Freeman, the mastermind behind The Dooms U.K., Telethon, Sloppyworld and too many other contributions to Dallas’ music and art history to list, is bidding adieu to the Big D at the end of August. His Dutch Treats, however, will say goodbye to the city about a month before then. The Dutch Tr ... More >>
This is not the Sloppyworld sound system. This is just a tribute. John Freeman's had himself a rough 2008 so far, between opening Sloppyworld, perhaps closing Sloppyworld, definitely closing Sloppyworld and trying to scrounge up the money to pay Sloppyworld's leftover bills. Now, just four months b ... More >>
Courtesy Uncle Sloppy As Pete points out over on DC9, some of us 'round these parts got a classified-ad missive yesterday from one John Freeman -- you know, the Dutch Treat behind the shuttered Sloppyworld. Well, Uncle Sloppy is headed to NYC to work on a rock opera with one Corn Mo, but before he ... More >>
In case you missed his posting, Friday was Rich Lopez’s last day as the Dallas Observer’s clubs editor. Now that he is raking in the big bucks as a freelance writer and bookstore clerk, I have the formidable task of taking over for him. That means club owners, music booking agents, promoters, m ... More >>
If you’re an e-friend of John Freeman--or his defunct DIY venue--chances are you recently received a bulletin item letting you know that you can still donate toward Sloppyworld’s outstanding legal fees. We spoke to the Dutch Treat today, and he clarified (again) that Sloppyworld will not reope ... More >>
Well, John Freeman, the man behind the recently shut-down-by-the-city Sloppyworld, has some more news about his experimental DIY venue in Exposition Park: "Basically, what the deal is," Freeman says, "is Sloppyworld is officially closed." There are a number of factors behind Freeman's decision. Ma ... More >>
Over on DC9 at Night, music editor Pete Freedman chats with John Freeman about the fate and state of Sloppyworld, which was shut down by the city earlier this month because the venue does not yet have its certificate of occupancy. Turns out, Sloppyworld's a thing of the past, as the Dutch Treat's go ... More >>
For those following, but not too closely, the saga of the shuttered Sloppyworld, last night the mighty John Freeman posted word on Unfair Park that the highly anticipated Negativland show originally scheduled for the Expo Park venue has a new home. Says the Dutch Treat, Negativland will now perform ... More >>
Oh snaps. This just came out over the MySpace bulletin board a few minutes ago (which would be just a tad after 11 p.m.) all caps and all. John Freeman over at Sloppyworld says that this promising venue is closed down. At least for now: SLOPPYWORLD SHUT DOWN BY THE MAN TONIGHT RIGHT BEFORE THE BAN ... More >>
View Larger Map Early this morning over on DC9, Rich Lopez posted word that John Freeman has closed down the newish yet already beloved Sloppyworld -- only because, well, five Dallas police officers and an assistant city attorney made him. See, Freeman -- the genius behind Dooms U.K., Dutch Treat ... More >>
Finding hope for Dallas' live music scene among Sloppyworld's DIY clutter
Brian Harkin Local music fixture John Freeman, at bottom far right, was among the 100 or so folks who attended today's City Plan Commission hearing. So, at least one bar's safe for the moment: The Amsterdam Bar, among a handful still left on the City Plan Commission's to-do list this long afternoon ... More >>
Rock Lottery celebrates its 10th anniversary, and it's still so Good/Bad
Dallas loses another young talent
Saturday, December 16, at Dan's Silverleaf, Denton
Since Dallas Morning News management refused to publish book critic Jerome Weeks' farewell column last week--he was among the 111 who took the paper's buyout, about which we can find little else to say at this late date--it has been posted today on Critical Mass, billed as "the blog of the national ... More >>
Thursday, December 29, at Dan's Silverleaf
Area benefits look to raise money for cats, kids and a music man, too
A few more area musicians make appearances on the Cartoon Network
New Year's day; Texas Punk Sweethearts; Growth spurt for Polyphonic Spree; Waging Red Animal War
X'd out; Columbia compiles rockabilly; Hellions tribute to the Circle Jerks; Gig plugs galore; And Street Beat is ch-ch-ch-changing?
All the music news that's fit to print, and some that isn't
Earl Harvin shows; Sugarbomb signs; Dooms U.K. get the Details; Plus more
Bad mouthing good bods; Keeping up with the Buck Joneses; the Broose is loose; Tim DeLaughter speaks; And much more
Danger is John Freeman's middle name
Drew Phelps finally gets Round To It; The Meat Helmets decay away
Making music on someone else's dime
Jet is in labor on the WWW; Notes from KNTU's underground; Return of the Children of the Corn Mo; Prescription: Mark Ridlin; Rotating drum stools
Or: What do cake walks, the Backstreet Boys, and Jon Cunningham have in common?
Picking the best locally made records of 1998 was easy. Who knew?
December 31, 1998 - January 6, 1999
Matthew Duncan made an amazing record. Then he had no idea what to do with it.
Bless 'em, Dooms U.K. make art for Art Rock's sake
Trance Syndicate--Texas' best label--closes its doors, leaving Bedhead without a home
This was the year local music broke, but was it fixed?
After seven wacky years, 14 Records prepares to close its doors
Slobberbone is the dumbest name for the best new band in town