The Antlers With Thus Owls Trees, Dallas Saturday, July 19, 2014 I was more than a little shocked when I walked in to Trees on Saturday night. Call me stupid, but my expectation was a respectable and respectful turnout for the Antlers. After all, this is a band whose main currency is lyrical explor ... More >>
Wye Oak With Pattern is Movement Trees, Dallas Saturday, July 5, 2014 About a quarter of the way through Wye Oak's set at Trees on Saturday night, a mother led her three children through the crowd carrying a pizza. They retreated to the upstairs segment of Trees, sat down and proceeded to have the ... More >>
On Saturday George Strait is supposed to play his last live show ever, with the caveat that while he won't be performing live any longer, he does have a five-album deal to fulfill for his record label, MCA Nashville. This is the sort of "retirement" we constantly see in the music world, as acts who ... More >>
Naming your band TEEN can have some repercussions. Just ask Kristina "Teeny" Lieberson. While some might assume a band called TEEN might feature a least a few teenagers, Lieberson simply used her childhood nickname as the inspiration for a moniker. And there is nothing immature about the music of th ... More >>
Well people, this is not a drill. We are in a full-fledged government shutdown, for the first time in 17 years. Have you noticed how people keep saying that like 17 years is a really long time? Seventeen-year-old people were born in 1996. Think about that, lamestream media. We were doing the Macaren ... More >>
Tuesday, May 1, at The Palladium Ballroom
In late 2009, America encountered a British band named Florence and The Machine on music charts and the web. My first thought when I heard "machine" in its name was that Florence Welch and her band must have some nifty sci-fi theme. When I finally heard Lungs, what I got was actually better than r ... More >>
Better than: Staying home and watching the Morrissey: Live in Dallas DVD Morrissey crooned the lyrics of The Smith's "I Know It's Over" to a packed SMU McFarland Auditorium last night "...tonight is just like any other night" he sang, as three security guards escorted a shirtless man up ... More >>
Pace yourself this weekend. Lots of good shows to see.Halloween is on Monday, so there should be a good handful people in costume out and about this weekend -- kind of like the zombies at the Dallas Observer Music Award Showcase. And there will be many opportunities to get out and about this week ... More >>
Sunday, July 17, at Verizon Theatrein Grand Prairie.
What a great hump-day musical lineup we have this evening. Definitely something for everyone in this list of goodies...
Monday, April 4, at the Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
Wild Nothing, Abe Vigoda, Soft Environmental CollapseSons of Hermann HallFebruary 5, 2011Better than: enduring another day cooped up at home and off work because of the icy weather. Abe Vigoda, the band.There was very little between-song banter from any of the acts on Saturday night's bill at Son ... More >>
Fences is an indie pop outfit masterminded by Christopher Mansfield, an intense 27-year-old who now calls Seattle his home. Originally from Boston, Mansfield has the look of a scrawny punk, but the guy's music is a fascinating amalgamation of emo and alt-country. His songs have drawn comparisons to ... More >>
Bring a little rock to your Christmas.There are few things more refreshing on Christmas morning than wheeling the dial and finding an original Christmas song. Or, at least, one that is not by Mariah Carey. Our parents have to be sick of it too. They just have to be. The frustrating thing is that ... More >>
We've got quite a backlog of CDs we've never gotten around to, so we're going to try to chip away at the pile with this regular feature. The plan: to take a few at a time and play each CD for as long as I can stand it. Aaron Neville (New Orleans, LA) I Know I've Been Changed (EMI Gospel) Kic ... More >>
This is, by far, the oddest quartet of shows I've mentioned with this thing.
Wednesday, November 10, at the Granada Theater
K, you know how I said yesterday that because I was kinda-sorta nice about Tim Urban's Beatles performance, that he'd either get kicked off or one of my faves would be? Well, I was was right. Someone was trying to punish me. But not really. But kinda. Because, see "Big Mike" Lynche, the badass wh ... More >>
I'm going to warn you, I am going to disagree with the American Idol judges today. Hard. So very hard. I realize you may not like it because you may be rooting for sweet-faced hipster-haired youngsters. But, I am not related to said youngsters and don't feel the need to support anyone who decides ... More >>
So I return from the Memorial Day holiday to find a surprising announcement in my mailbox: Yaz has reunited for the first time in 25 years and is coming to the Lakewood Theater. Yeah, that Yaz (or Yazoo in the UK). Like, Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke (also of Depeche Mode and Erasure). As in, “S ... More >>
Seventh Tree (Mute)
Imogen goes futuristic at McFarlin
Tuesday, August 29, at the Gypsy Tea Room's "Tea Room"
SXSW 2005: The crowds, the hype bands and all the Shiner Bock you can drink
The Futureheads ignore their post-punk contemporaries--and their buzz
Follow your intuition to Psychic Drive-In
All's so-so in the off-the-mark hoop drama Love & Basketball
Laura Nyro, 1948-1997