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Jonanna Widner

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    October 9, 2008
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    November 29, 2007
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    November 15, 2007
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    November 13, 2007

    Video: Glow Sticks Still Cool at Lizard Lounge

    Found this footage of the Lizard Lounge on YouTube a minute ago (many people have asked why we started this music blog--it’s because it’s a good excuse to surf for goofy videos instead of reading copy on deadline day), and it cracks me up. The whole thing is so dark, all you see are the four peo ... More >>

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    October 29, 2007

    Midlake Lauded in Spin

    Big ups to the big man on the Observer campus, Robert Wilonsky, for pointing out that the November issue of Spin magazine, which hits newsstand tomorrow, has a meaty little review of Midlake’s recent Chicago show. The article’s author, Josh Modell, does a fine job of describing the Denton band ... More >>

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    October 29, 2007

    Heard in Deep Ellum, Vol. I

    What follows are several items we overheard whilst spending a good part of the pre-Halloween weekend trolling the streets in search of spirits, of both the goblet and goblin variety: “Dude, you know why I’m wearing this costume? Because I fucking hate emo, that’s why.” “Vietnam! Yeah! Vi ... More >>

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    October 22, 2007

    Happy Bullets Pick up New Members

    Hey, quick scoop for ya'll: The following is an exclusive press release from Dada/Bocatinta mistress Amanda Newman: "The Happy Bullets have new bandmates and a new music video. Joshua Warr (J.D. Whittenburg) is now on bass and James Porter (The Tah Dahs) is the new drummer. They'll be making their ... More >>

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    October 18, 2007
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    October 17, 2007

    Polyphonic Spree Pitchforked

    We were happy to see Pitchfork give the Polyphonic Spree a shout-out today, noting the Dallas band's new single, a remix of "We Crawl," off Tim D, et al's latest disc The Fragile Army. -- Jonanna Widner

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    October 16, 2007

    Win Free Tickets from the Granada

    Our much-loved locally-owned venue the Granada Theater just gave us even more reason to want to kiss owner Mike Schoder’s hemp shoes. The following is a MySpace bulletin sent via the Granada’s new MySpace page: How much do your friends care about you? Do you really know who your friends truly a ... More >>

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    October 12, 2007

    Kelly Clarkson Returns from Down Under

    Sigh. We here at DC-9 would feel remiss if we didn’t post the just-breaking info about Kelly Clarkson’s new tour. And, rather than try to slather a thick layer of sarcasm on what really is already a parody, we figured we just be straight about it. So, Clarkson, according to the press release I j ... More >>

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    October 11, 2007

    Pantera on a Rhino Records Disc?

    Rhino Records, that label I love to hate because they keep reaping the benefits of nostalgia by releasing expensive, retrospective box sets of, like, every genre you could think of, has released the self-explanatory Heavy Metal Box. I haven’t heard it, and probably won’t, but over at PopMatters. ... More >>

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    October 11, 2007

    Video: 'Underground' MC Jimbo Jenkens

    Wow. I just stumbled upon a video of Dallas underground -- way underground -- MC Jimbo Jenkens flexing his crazy free-style skills. Aside from the rap itself, my favorite part is the occasional flash of the rake on the garage wall. According to his MySpace page, Jenkens is a poet, writer and musicia ... More >>

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    October 9, 2007

    Idolator takes a swing at music blogs

    ...Does that mean Idolator is punching itself? I normally don’t read Idolator because I think they are snotty jerks. But tomorrow my cover feature on Interweb phenoms Ghosthustler comes out (ah, yes, I can already hear the swelling collective groan from little d music obsessives), and much of the ... More >>

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    October 8, 2007

    Kweller Kwestions

    Check out this interview with local-boy-made-good Ben Kweller (this time, sans tampon) at the 2007 ACL fest a couple weeks back (wait…a month back? Three weeks? Jesus, what day is it?). It’s cool and everything, especially the shoutout he gives to Club Dada, except looks like word never made it ... More >>

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    October 4, 2007

    Artist in Residence Returns to Club Dada

    Shitfuckfart! In all the koo-koo madness here at the funky Office Space-style digs we have here at the Observer (Yep, Wilonsky’s been Xeroxing his ass again. And then comparing it to the picture of Mark Cuban’s ass he keeps posting on Unfair Park. But that’s another story.), I lamely forgot to ... More >>

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    October 4, 2007

    Midlake Joins the Cult of MTV

    Hey kids, we saw this Midlake item awhile ago, but just now gettin' around to el posto. Suffice to say: Midlake succumbs to MTV's evil powers and give the TV crew a tour of Denton. (I saw this on Pegasus News, but I think Denton Rock City posted it first, for those who care about scoops n such.) -- ... More >>

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    October 1, 2007

    Inner City All Stars Added to Rebirth HOB Show

    We just found out Denton’s Inner City All Stars have been tapped to open for Rebirth Brass Band at the House of Blues Oct. 7. If you haven’t seen this crew before, there is no doubt in my mind they’ll blow the headliners off the stage. This is an old-school funk crew, as in dropping the beat o ... More >>

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    September 26, 2007

    Bonde Do Role Cancels Dallas Show

    Just got word the Bonde Do Role's Dallas' show scheduled for Oct. 5 at the Palladium has been nixed. No word as to why. When we get the skinny, we'll be sure to share. -- Jonanna Widner

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    September 25, 2007

    Norah Jones Kicks Off New ACL Season

    Dammit, I heart Austin City Limits. The show, not the festival. Well, the festival’s fun, too, but right now I’m talking about the show. The venerable PBS show, a music-lovers wet dream and a good excuse to stay home on a Saturday night, has announced the schedule for its upcoming season -- its ... More >>

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    September 21, 2007

    Smile Smile Talks CMJ with DC-9

    I had a quick chat with Smile Smile’s co-singer/guitarist Ryan Hamilton, a.k.a. the nicest guy in the world, on the phone to get the skinny on the band’s upcoming CMJ appearance. Turns out, Hamilton and his singing cohort Jencey Hirunrusme don’t know yet with whom they’ll be playing at their ... More >>

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    September 20, 2007

    Smile Smile Headed to NYC for CMJ

    DC-9 at Night has just learned that local group Smile Smile will perform at the esteemed CMJ Festival in New York this year at the Alphabet Lounge on October 17. Details to come. -- Jonanna Widner

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    September 18, 2007

    Shanghai 5 to Get Political at the Space

    We just got word Shanghai 5, that odd, fun little torch-rock-twisted-burlesque band fronted by she-with-the-mind-bending-voice singer Amy Curnow, is prepping for a big ol’ political extravaganza. Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Dallas County Young Democrats will host a wing-ding with S5 headlining and the ... More >>

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    September 13, 2007
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    August 23, 2007
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    August 16, 2007
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    August 16, 2007
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    July 20, 2007

    Tiger Army: Dallas "Has No [Effing] Place to Play," Nothing Personal

    Lest you think grieving over the deaths of the Gypsy Tea Room and Trees and other Deep Ellum venues is mere hipster posing, let us offer you the following video. It arrives courtesy our new art director, Alex Flores (aka "Warhol Reject"), who captured Tiger Army’s Nick 13 last weekend during the D ... More >>

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    July 3, 2007

    Because Our Founding Fathers Would Have Wanted You to Rock

    Three cheers for the red, white and blue, and, no, we’re not talking about the 17-games-out Texas Rangers. We speak, of course, of tomorrow's festivities (and tonight's, early-starters), and if you’re the type who prefers bands and beers to Mom and apple pie, here are a few select Independence D ... More >>

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    June 29, 2007
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    June 25, 2007
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    June 15, 2007

    Drowning Pool Gives One Back to the "Soldiers"

    Remember the Dallas band Drowning Pool? Tragic story, absolutely. Well, they have a new album, Full Circle, due out on July 24, the first single from which is titled “Soldiers" -- payback, turns out. As you may recall, members of the U.S. armed forces in the Middle East took to playing the Drowni ... More >>

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    June 7, 2007
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    May 18, 2007

    Art for Sale! Cheap! Very Cheap!

    Just a reminder: Head over to Kettle Art in Deep Ellum tomorrow night for the opening of their Spring Cleaning show. Kettle owner Frank Campagna tells Unfair Park it’s a great way to get fantastic art for cheap -- which is to say, a “high-quality hodgepodge" at "rock-bottom prices.” The galler ... More >>

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    May 18, 2007

    Slip on Yer Rubber Gloves, Kiddies

    Big ups to our writer Jesse Hughey, who has graciously compiled this here lovely lineup for this weekend’s Rubber Gloves anniversary blow-out (as promised this week in the paper version of Unfair Park.) Props to ya, Little D. The list is after the jump. --Jonanna Widner

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    May 15, 2007

    We're Addicted to White Drugs

    Damn, the White Drugs are good! Addicting, even -- so good they make your ears ring and your face go numb. So here's your hit -- from Denton’s White Drugs, whose fun, fuzzy, freaky punk will smack you right in the face. The Drugs will release Harlem, their debut album, May 28 at Rubber Gloves Reh ... More >>

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    May 8, 2007

    Mayoral Candidates to Tear This Mother Down Tonight, Unless They're All For Historic Preservation

    Tonight you can go ask Ed Oakley about the 2,000 apartments he wants to tear down -- to stop the crime, of course. A note to all our Friends concerned about the future of Deep Ellum (and the rest of Dallas, for that matter): You should attend tonight’s Dallas Mayoral Leadership Forum, scheduled to ... More >>

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    April 30, 2007
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    April 19, 2007

    The Best Just-Turned-21-Year-Old Singer-Songwriter in Town

    Sarah Jaffe's opening for Bill "Smog" Callahan tonight at the Sons. Take your sons. And your daughters. Couple of musical notes this lovely p.m.: Seems yesterday, whilst touting tonight's Bill Callahan gig at the Sons of Hermann Hall, I neglected to mention the local-fave opener -- one Sarah Jaffe, ... More >>

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    April 12, 2007
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    March 13, 2007

    The Paper Chase to Appear on NPR; Promises to Speak in Dull Monotone And Beg for Money

    Used to be it was Garrison Keillor whistlin' Dixie Chicks (the original, Sweethearts of the Rodeo version) on A Prairie Home Companion; thank God those days are over. On Saturday, National Public Radio's live-music series will feature Friday Night Lights favorites Explosions in the Sky, with Dallas' ... More >>

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    February 15, 2007

    Eat Up, Then Listen Up

    Dine with Iggy and the Stooges March 5. Well, kinda. Remember back in the day, when you had to actually purchase a physical object in order to listen to music -- you know, records and CDs, as opposed to bits and bytes? And remember when that much-anticipated album was due out on some Tuesday, and yo ... More >>

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    January 25, 2007

    Fair Enough

    Get your tickets now: As if this year's Coachella music-fest (April 27-29) lineup wasn't stellar enough, boasting acts from Rage Against the Machine to Willie Nelson to Roky Erickson, there's one more reason for Dallasites to pack up their tents and make the long journey to the deserts of California ... More >>

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    November 1, 2006

    Shut Up & Sing & Drink

    Who needs an excuse to get hammered? Not the ladies of the Dallas Observer, that's for sure. But Rock Star Karaoke is a good reason to knock a few back nonetheless. Rivaled only in excellence by Wednesday nights at the Goat, RSK at the Barley House is tip-tops in local karaoke fun. While other karao ... More >>

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    November 1, 2006

    Tuck It Like You Mean It

    We wish Big Tuck luck with, what else, a capital "T." Big Tuck, Dallas's answer to the much-hyped Houston hip-hop juggernaut, just might be single-handedly spearheading the surge in Big D's rap rep. Tuck's the lead artist on T-Town, which inked a deal earlier this year with Universal for a fat $7 m ... More >>

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    October 20, 2006

    Those Lemony Fresh Scents

    If you can't make the Gothic Archies show, which starts right about now in Frisco, they will be in Waxahachie tomorrow. No kidding. Yes, we know y'all are all worn out after wetting your pants eight times at the sight of Stephin Merritt, but let's hope a second, post-Gothic Archies wind comes your w ... More >>

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    October 5, 2006

    First Impression

    Poking around the new Deep Ellum W/W: Deep Ellum | Dallas Observer Losers Awards Show

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    September 28, 2006

    Politics as Usual

    Make martinis (and music), not war

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    September 20, 2006

    Oh No, Ne-Yo

    This is what happens when you're between music editors: The Ne-Yo show our dead-tree edition said was happening next week at Smirnoff Centre ain't happening. Was canceled a while ago, in fact. Please ignore our screw-up, which no doubt has former music editor Sam Machkovech smiling in the wilds of A ... More >>

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    September 7, 2006
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