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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. Below are the this month's best new additions, to date. The most recent announcements are in bold.
Together, Dean Allen Spunt & Randy Randall make up the experimental post punk duo No Age. Since 2005, they've proven to be one of the most durable and exciting bands in punk. At the end of this month, they'll hit Oak Cliff's Texas Theatre for an intimate performance that promoter Spune is describing ... More >>
The festival now known as 35 Denton first set up its permanent residence in the city five years ago. More than 20 musicians from the area have played all four previous incarnations and will be back again this year. We asked a few of them to share their thoughts on the festival and its growth. See a ... More >>
Conversations with the bands that have been with 35 Denton from the beginning.
Name (from left to right): Bonnie Rue, Chris Flemmons Style influences: Bonnie: "I used to have a fashion line called Model Citizen Clothing, but that project's currently on hold. When it's cold I wear dark colors." Chris: "Family Dollar." At 35 Denton to catch: Bonnie: "The Baptist Generals, wh ... More >>
Denton's Doug Burr is continuing with his fixation on very sad-looking veiled brides. The cover of his Trembling Lips and Pale Fingertips 7-inch record, out today on Spune/Velvet Blue Music/Tree Fall Sounds, shows an alternative shot of the same bride featured on the cover of his 2010 album O Ye ... More >>
North Texas music festival 35 Denton, which takes place March 8-11, may be young in age, but its lineup is far from novice. The fest announced today it will bring British post-punk rockers The Raincoats to Texas for the first since the band's inception in 1977. The female four-piece from Lo ... More >>
I hear Pete's gone; wonder if I can be music editor aga ... excuse me, I've just been told: No, no way. Ah. Anyway. Doesn't mean I can't post this playlist that's been sitting on my desktop for way too long: a complete-ish collection of covers performed by St. Vincent, for whom DC9 at Night was q ... More >>
Roky EricksonIt's difficult to pick the top show this weekend. There's just a lot going on. All over the place, too. For instance, if you take the elevator up to the thirteenth floor, you'll probably run into troubled genius, Roky Erickson, who is headlining at The Kessler Theater tonight. Howeve ... More >>
There's quite a bit of an international flavor to the musical offerings in our area this evening, which is one of the more interesting Monday nights we've seen in a while.
Monday, May 23, at Dan's Silverleaf
Kings Of LeonThe first time the Kings of Leon came to town, they played an intimate show at the Gypsy Tea Room. And what a different time that was: Critics referred to them as The Stokes of the South, and before long, Kings Of Leon found themselves as the opening act for Julian Casablancas & ... More >>
Because nothing is more happening at SXSW than Twitter right now -- or so we can only assume by all the people we're seeing with eyes fixated on their cameras instead of their phones -- we present to you reviews of the shows we caught last night, in standard, 140-character form. In all, we caught ... More >>
Well, at least one local will be participating at South by Southwest in the coming spring.In anticipation of its 25-year anniversary, SXSW has just just released its earliest performer announcement in history, and, alongside acts like A Place to Bury Strangers, Asobi Seksu, Designer Drugs, El Gui ... More >>
Patrick MichelsCheck out this photo set for more photos from the kiss-in.It wasn't quite the complete and total kiss-o-rama the posters suggested, but toss in the pecks on the cheek, the hugs and the still-awkward bro-pats between strangers, and there was plenty of same-sex affection out in the o ... More >>
Thursday, June 25, at the House of Blues'Cambridge Room
Not that you needed the reminders, I'm sure, but, seriously, check out tonight's schedule:Tallest Man on Earth and John Vanderslice at the House of Blues' Cambridge Room. (Which, hilariously enough, is no longer called the Pontiac Garage. Shocking, I know.)Paul van Dyk at the Lizard Lounge.Starlight ... More >>
Romanian Names (Dead Oceans)
Getting to the Point Is Beside It (Summer Break/Glurp)
Oh, I know -- you think St. Vincent's overrated, a big ho-hum. Well, that ain't gonna stop me from posting this: Annie Clark and John Vanderslice covering the Magnetic Fields' "Yeah! Oh, Yeah!" at the Echo on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. Oh, yeah. --Robert Wilonsky
We know her as Annie Clark, but the world knows her as St. Vincent
Saturday, May 5, at Dan's Silverleaf, Denton
We were perusing the Arcade Fire's North American tour dates -- no Dallas gig yet, at least through June 2 -- and noticed something interesting: Dallas' own Annie Clark, better known as Unfair Park fave St. Vincent, is opening for the indie kids' favorite Neon Bible-thumpers at two spots along the j ... More >>
Friday, May 5, at the Gypsy Tea Room's "Tea Room"
Blind Spot (Nitrolian)
Pixel Revolt (Barsuk Records)
Friday, October 22
Friday, June 11
And summertime means more music