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    August 25, 2014

    Aerosmith at American Airlines Center, 8/22/14

    Aerosmith With Slash Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Friday, August 22, 2014 When Aerosmith hit the stage at American Airlines Center on Friday night, Steven Tyler appeared dressed in a sparkly long coat and top hat. He was posed with guitarist Joe Perry in the middle platform as the band launced into ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    Hip-Hop's Illuminati Dropout Class of 2014.

    It's that time of year again: Graduations have party-blocked out every May weekend while springtime optimists flock to their favorite blogs to discover soon-to-be summer hits. You know, the kind of hits that stealthily attack radio and multiply like a pop virus. But what about your favorite hip-hop ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    Pitbull's "Timber," featuring Ke$ha: Why This Video Sucks

    Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. In his new column, he writes about his life and times. Right now, Pitbull's "Timber," featuring Ke$ha, is number two on Billboard and number one on ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    Bruno Mars at American Airlines Center, 8/12/13: Review

    Bruno Mars American Airlines Center August 12, 2013 Bruno Mars stands on the very end of the stage, adorned in a brown Panama hat, bathed in red-hued stage lights and wearing a smirk on his face. For the last hour and a half, Mars has driven the capacity crowd into a tizzy by running through the va ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls Has Come a Long Way since Manning a Hotdog Vending Cart

    Although the Goo Goo Dolls gained most of their fame via slick, syrupy ballads such as "Name" and "Iris," the band actually began life as a rather snotty punk/metal outfit way back in 1985. But after drummer Mike Malinin joined in 1995, the music of the Goo Goo Dolls became increasingly pop friendly ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul at Verizon Theatre: Review

    Chuck D says knock you out. The Kings of the Mic Tour has repeatedly been compared to a big classic rock arena show - old timers busting out riffs familiar to a graying crowd. But that's the wrong comparison. The Kings of the Mic Tour is more like if Chuck Berry went on tour with Elvis Presley, Lit ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    The Nine Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: June 27-July3

    There's a lot happening in music around here -- a lot has happened this week, in fact. In this sprawling metropolitan music scene, with a kaleidoscopic framework of ever-changing people and bands and venues and ideas, a lot happens at once. The only thing we know for sure is that the people who make ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    11 Dads Who Aren't Having a Good Time at a Ke$ha Concert

    Father's Day may have been a few weeks ago, but walking around Gexa Energy Pavilion on Sunday gave a whole new perspective on what lengths some fathers will go to support their children's choice of music. So, presented with marginal comment, a small photo essay called "The 11 Best Dads at Ke$ha/Pitb ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Ke$ha and Pitbull - Gexa Energy Pavilion - June 23, 2013

    Ke$ha | Pitbull Gexa Energy Pavilion June 23, 2013 As the music wafted over Gexa Energy Pavilion's lawn, a tanned twentysomething sporting the uniform of the day (cutoff jean shorts, a sleeveless blouse, a drink in hand) was so overcome by the music that she managed to lose her balance mid-dance-m ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    Ten Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: June 20-26

    I'm not gonna lie, you guys, Robert Plant is one of my longtime idols, so anything below the blurb that Gavin Cleaver wrote below about him and his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, is purely filler (KIDDING!). The important thing here is that Robert Plant is legend. He is coming to town. An ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Nine Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: June 6-12

    This week in DFW music, it's all about folk and pop. The two genres are spanning the calendars this summer, and this week in June is no exception, so in honor of that, here are five super surprising pop music facts, according to BuzzFeed. (By the way, it wouldn't be Dallas without a Manson/Cooper sh ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    This Week's Top Show Announcements: Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, Keith Urban, P!NK and More

    It's all pop stars and mainstreamers today. Lil Wayne, P!nk, John Mayer, Mumford & Sons ... this is a show announcement post that doesn't happen all too often. Soak it in. But let's not lie, the biggest announcement is Lil Wayne's tour, especially since we've all been wondering if he's OK since bein ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    Good Service, Bad Service: WTF is Up With the Bar Troll at S4?

    Normally, I sing Station 4's praises to the high heavens. It's not a place I frequent all that often, but now and again everyone could benefit from the catharsis of a night spent jumping awkwardly in place to Ke$ha with a sloshing plastic cup of nondescript vodka substance. But on Saturday night we ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    Wayne Coyne Is Not An Ageless Vampire Who Drinks Ke$ha's Blood For Energy

    There's been an ambient awareness of the Flaming Lips this year, and frontman Wayne Coyne has been the source. He's taken on the role of social media's merry prankster, most recently Tweeting potential nudie photos of Erykah Badu on the set of their recent video shoot. There's also the matter of Hea ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    The Flaming Lips Cover The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows"

    Have you ever wanted some of Ke$ha's blood, but you were afraid to ask? Fortunately, now you can purchase a "blood vinyl" edition of The Flaming Lips' Heady Fwends Record Store Day exclusive double LP. For the small sum of $2,500, you can own one of 10 copies that features the encased blood of Eryka ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    New Fumes Covers Gary Numan's "Observer"

    Today, we mark Gary Numan's 54th birthday with a Covering Tracks homage by Dallas' own New Fumes. The godfather of synth-pop is still going strong, touring extensively last year, performing 1979's The Pleasure Principle in its entirety and providing guest vocals on the Battles track "My Machines." W ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    The Problem With... Nicki Minaj's "Starships"

    Since the beginning of the year, Nicki Minaj has blazed across entertainment media like a supernova, all on the run up to her next album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. Along the way, she's managed to incite controversy with vindictive misogyny in "Stupid Hoe," and used religious imagery in her Grammy ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    The Problem With...'s "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)"

    After a merciful summer and fall without The Black Eyed Peas, the group announced they would take a hiatus. My first reaction was relief. However, my second reaction was wordless dread. This means Fergie and's egos are no longer contained by editorial buffers and Taboo. Will i ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Worst Musical Trends of 2011

    C'mon, guys​It's been quite a year enduring the Top 40 in "The Problem With....". Looking back at the year and my reviews, I've noticed three things about music that I loathe and think need to change. Too many collaborations (feat. Rihanna, Lil' Wayne, Pitbull, Jay-Z...) The less we talk abou ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011
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    September 15, 2011

    The Problem With... Dev's "In The Dark"

    As a musician, one surefire way to get yourself on the charts is to plug a cliché sex idiom into your lyrics. It's a common ploy, one that happens so often you sometimes just wanna gag. (That's what she said.)Seems newcomer Dev is going that way with her single, "In The Dark."

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    August 5, 2011

    Last Night: Ke$ha, LMFAO and Spank Rock at Gexa Energy Pavilion

    Ke$ha, LMFAO, Spank Rock Gexa Energy Pavilion at Fair Park August 4, 2011 Better than: trying to get by without water in this climate.Taryn WalkerK. E. Dollar sign. Ha?​ The Gexa Energy Pavilion's stage housed a two-story steel scaffolding with vertical LED light rods and a large diamond in the ce ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011
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    July 21, 2011

    The Problem With... Britney Spears' "I Wanna Go"

    It's a funny thing growing up hearing about Britney Spears. I remember conversations between my friends and me in the school cafeteria about how much we loathed her. Somewhere along those acne-anointed, styrofoam-tray screeds, we got to asking whether Britney Spears could retreat from pop and do a ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj

    Tuesday, July 12, at American Airlines Center

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    July 7, 2011

    The Problem With... Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera's "Moves Like Jagger"

    I gotta tell you something, readers. I haven't really followed The Voice, NBC's singing competition show. It was never a conscious decision. I just haven't really followed reality shows since the first couple seasons of Survivor. I guess, as a writer, I want to support my peers who work on scripted ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Picture Show: Ke$ha Played House of Blues Last Night, We Took Some Photos, Blah Blah Blah.

    Mattie StaffordOMG, it's Ke$ha! With a guitar!​She'll take on the big stage at Gexa Energy Pavilion (nee Starplex, a million other names) on August 4, but, last night, the unavoidable pop star known as K-E-Dollar Sign-Ha! stopped by the House of Blues in Dallas last night, playing before a jam-pac ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Tonight, Tonight: Ke$ha at the House of Blues, Willie Nelson at the Meyerson Symphony Center

    Could there be two more disparate acts playing Dallas than the two we've got tonight?

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    April 20, 2011

    BUZZ KILL: Fifteen Songs About What Happens To You When You Do Drugs.

    ​Good morning, potheads. Enjoy your wake and bake? Good, good, glad to hear it. We hope your early-morning sesh was, like, "totally killer."Where were we, you ask?Oh. About that. Well, sorry to "harsh your mellow" and all, but, um, some of us don't work behind the counter at the local head shop; w ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Starbucks Bite Size Desserts: Low-Cal Reasons to Support Coffeemaker's World Domination

    For years I hated Starbucks. I sensed they were plotting a world takeover starting with the invention of their own sizing scheme, which to this day I refuse to adhere to (it's a small not a tall). I would accuse anyone who drank their coffee as a co-conspirator and kept their name on a secret list, ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    The Problem With... Ke$ha's "Blow"

    I didn't think I'd have to review another Ke$ha track this year. I kinda thought the industry and fans would be done with her by now. When I saw a new track "Blow" on the charts back in February, I didn't want to hasten the day. Then, it finally hit me: K-dog is arch-villain of The Problem With... ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Q&A: Ty Segall Talks His Favorite Music Formats and Becoming "The Next Jay Reatard"

    Ty Segall​By our estimation, 2010 can be best summed up as the year of beach music. All year long, it seemed, new bands from coastal regions were cropping up with their hazy guitar tones and rich vocal harmonies, all soaked in reverb and packed with more pop hooks than we previously thought could ... More >>

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    February 6, 2011


    Patrick MichelsKe$ha sings a song called "Dinosaur," which is about not wanting to have sex with old dudes.​WHAT IT DO D-TOWN?? LOL.First off, let me say that I am real fuckin' glad we didn't have to wait in that three-block line to get into the BUD LIGHT HOTEL last night! Corbin from Rhino's frie ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Gonna Drink It Up at the "Bud Light Hotel"? Then Get 25 Bucks' Worth of the Way Home.

    ​Speaking of beer and wine ...From the sound of the latest forecast, at least, the idea of standing outside the Aloft Hotel Wednesday morning for a press conference could be rather, well, unpleasant. So we'll go ahead and pass along this bit of news related to what the release calls a "safe-ride-h ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Listomania: What Scents Would Be Most Appropriate For The Future Perfumes and Colognes of Today's Biggest Music Icons?

    OK, here she probably smelled like blood and semen...​According to fragrance industry insiders, Lady Gaga has requested that Monster, the perfume she is developing, smell of "blood and semen." Frankly, that's a head-scratcher for us -- it sounds more like a Bloodhound Gang scent, or perhaps a Load ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Hey, At Least Now We Know Where the Playboy Super Bowl Party'll Be: Across from City Hall!

    ​I thought about stopping off for an adult beverage at the downtown Aloft bar, W XYZ, the other night after a meeting at City Hall, but passed -- maybe later. Like, oh, I dunno -- Super Bowl week, maybe. Says the announcement that just landed in the Unfair Park in-box, Bud Light's taking over the ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Arbitrarily Grading The Year That Was: A Look Back At The Major Music Happenings of 2010.

    Not quite an A . But 2010 was still a pretty good year for music.​If the '00s were dominated by hip-hop, this decade looks as if it's being dominated by electronic music. While electro-pop has had some resurrections over the years, it's now a mainstay of popular music. Look no farther tha ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    The Problem With Ke$ha's "We R Who We R"

    Diogenes and Ke$ha. Separated at bath?​Y'know, after months trying to forget about Ke$ha -- and I tried a lot -- a weird idea occurred to me. What if Ke$ha is trying play like the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinope?You see, both of them live in bathtubs -- yet ignore their hygiene and ap ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Show Announcements: The Walkmen, The Octopus Project, Sarah Jaffe, Will Johnson, Devin the Dude, Pete Yorn, Mogwai, Ke$ha, Bobby Patterson, Lions, Hayes Carll & More!

    The Walkmen don't actually look like this.​Over the last 10 years, The Walkmen have released acclaimed album after acclaimed album, with only a few duds along the way. 2008's You & Me proved the band's longevity, and 2010's Lisbon fortified it. And they'll be bringing their raucous fly-by-the- ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 19: Lucy Wrubel

    ​Lucy Wrubel has been DJing for over a decade now. The stand up comedian turned DJ got her start in Rome Italy, where she found she could overcome the language barrier through music. "I found myself unable to communicate with the locals, unless I was choosing the music." Wrubel says, "After spen ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Bonus MP3: Datahowler -- "Ice Cream Paint Job (Dorrough vs. Bassnectar)"

    Datahowler​Speaking of mash-ups, it seems Datahowler (formerly Objektiv One), though now a chillwave artist, hasn't given up on the mash-up front where he originally made his name and caught our attention. Earlier this month, the man born Ross Edman debuted two new mash-ups (one pitting Kanye Wes ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    The Problem With... Jason DeRülo's "Ridin' Solo"

    I'm starting to think that this Jason DeRülo character is going to end up as a serious, serial pop peeve of mine...

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    May 27, 2010

    35 Songs Hollywood Needs To Stop Using

    "Somebody Once Told Me The World..." SHUT UP​Dear Hollywood, We know it's hard to cut trailers, and you want to the maximum possible appeal. It's understandable, and we all know the game. Unfortunately, you've recently achieved critical mass on one subject: overused, hackneyed trailer songs. Some ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Top 100 Most Annoying Summer Songs

    Shut up, Jimmy Buffett.​You know what really gives us the summertime blues? "Summertime Blues," not to mention other maddening summer hits like "All I Wanna Do," "Margaritaville" or the shotgun-in-mouth-inducing "Hot Hot Hot." It's bad enough global warming is cooking the planet like a plastic cu ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    The Problem With... Ke$ha's "Your Love Is My Drug"

    I think I'm going crazy, folks. Ever since I started this column by reviewing the song "TiK ToK" by Ke$ha, I've been haunted by the song every time I step out of the house. On the radio, it's there. On TV, it's there. While watching trashy- but-privileged people walking down the street, I see the dr ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Show Announcements: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Carrie Underwood, The Hold Steady, The Script, More...

    Ariel Pink​My all-time favorite music list is riddled with bands that started out being a little too weird and "out there" for me. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti is on that list of bands. The band started off sounding like a slightly out-of-tune AM radio to me, but the blissed-out melodies enticed ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    Idol Rich: One North Texan in the Bottom Three

    ​Tim Urban was the second of the American Idol contestants to end up in the dreaded "Bottom Three" on the painfully long voting results show. It looked like Casey James might end up there too, but then it came down to him and Panhandle Texan Lacey Brown to fill the last space. The red-headed nymph ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    The Problem With... Ke$ha's "Tik Tok"

    Welcome to the first in a blog post series called "The Problem With..." where we'll immerse ourselves in pop music, tackle a noteworthy piece of the racket, and tell you why it sucks. So. Ke$ha's kind of a catchy musician. And she wants me to tag along to some party? Looking back, I should have see ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    Lilith Fair To Return This Summer With Local Artists And A Dallas Stop

    This logo wasn't lying. ​In yet another sign that the '90s are back, or perhaps never really ended, Lilith Fair is returning this summer with a 33-city schedule (including Dallas) revealed so far. Even better news: the lineup is strong enough that you won't have to promise your boyfriend a blowjob ... More >>