For Every ZZ Top and Steve Miller our state produces, there are thousands of bands that either wallow in obscurity or just get by with endless, backbreaking tours and the hope of having enough cash to finance some studio time. Here are some acts that should have hit the big time in their day and a ... More >>
Over the weekend, Rebirth Brass Band packed out Oak Cliff's Kessler Theater in a sold out show. I arrived early, walking six blocks from Bishop Arts District to the historic venue, because it was a beautiful evening for a stroll in one of my favorite Dallas neighborhoods. On the way I pass a bar pat ... More >>
We've got some good ones for ya this week--a nice, healthy blend of genres and artists, ranging from gigantic pop stars to local unknowns; Young DJs to old classic rock legends. This week in April, Dallas is yours for the taking. See also: -The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List -The Ten Most ... More >>
If for some reason you find yourself in Denton this weekend sans the shiny wristband required for entry into 35 Denton, the town's four-day, walkable music festival, don't fret! There's still plenty of cool shit to do and excellent music to see that costs absolutely nothing. Below is a list of the b ... More >>
See also: Kessler front-of-house man Paul Quigg finds a niche in Oak Cliff Melissa Davis Hennings stumbled into photography, really: Her first shot was The Black Keys. But taking photos of local bands isn't how she makes ends meet. She's the bar manager at The Kessler, an ideal gig for someone with ... More >>
If you live in or have passed through Deep Ellum in the last few days, you've noticed the white tents crowding the streets. That's because it's time for the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The event, which has seen better days, is now in its 17th year, and will feature performances from The Virgin Wolves, ... More >>
Hey, remember that best local hip-hop post we ran the other day? The one that mentioned A.Dd ? Well, the aforementioned duo, along with the help of DJ Sober, put out a special WADD Radio Holiday Podcast, featuring classic holiday hits, hilarious between-song banter, and they even took phone calls ... More >>
Get a double dose of Coldplay next summer.This week, we learned that ticket demand for two shows we recently wrote about (Coldplay and Tool) was so overwhelming a second show has been added for each. On Saturday, June 23, Coldplay will perform a second show at American Airlines Center. Tickets fo ... More >>
It would be a stretch to say that this week's show announcements are all that strong. There are some notable ones -- though perhaps not for the right reasons. For instance: On Sunday, November 20, the Palladium Ballroom has Korn and a handful of opening acts with names that don't mean anythi ... More >>
TV On The RadioThis weekend, Dallas benefits heavily from the Austin City Limits Music Festival spillover effect, which has some of the best bands in the world looking for a place to play in and around town. There are a whole bunch of these shows, as well as a few others, making this weekend an e ... More >>
Gorilla Vs. Bear FestivalIf you've been keeping up with DC9 in any capacity over the last few weeks, or if you've seen the cover story of this week's Observer, then you know we're pretty psyched about Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival this weekend. Not only is there a carefully curated handful of brillia ... More >>
Kristy Kruger has looked better...Ever the road warrior, Dallas-based singer-songwriter Kristy Kruger recently found herself performing a gig in Victor, Idaho. The show went well enough, but the load out proved problematic. Check out that photo to the right. Yeesh."I'm not sure how exciting the s ... More >>
Autumn de WildeWilcoAs we enter a pretty solid weekend of shows, we can't help but look to Saturday night as the best of them all. That's when Wilco performs at the University of North Texas. The tickets for the show have been sold out for weeks. But, starting tomorrow at noon, according to the b ... More >>
Peter Bjorn and JohnIn 2006, when Peter, Bjorn and John broke through with their catchy hit song "Young Folks," which might be more commonly known as "that whistle song," the blogosphere ate it up, and so did droves of newly acquired American fans. Rightfully so: Writer's Block was one of the bes ... More >>
Les Claypool of PrimusAmong the many arguments that dominated our corner of the high school cafeteria was the topic of world's best bass player. One kid was confident that Flea was the greatest. Another kid was a really big fan of Dave Matthews Band, so he thought that guy was really good. But in ... More >>
MoondoggiesDespite having a terrible name, Moondoggies' brand of Americana and alt-country is surprisingly good -- so good that, last month, the Seattle quartet's song "What Took So Long" was featured as NPR's song of the day. While drawing some comparisons to Fleet Foxes, their four-part har ... More >>
Quite the hopping Thursday evening we have here. Enough to make a lowly music critic like myself wish he could be in two -- maybe even three -- places at once.
Paper BirdThings are gonna get real down and folky tomorrow night at the Kessler Theatre in Oak Cliff, as three fine locals--Bosque Brown, The Fox and The Bird and Kristy Kruger--join in to form a bill also featuring Denver's Paper Bird.But there's more than folk at play here: Each of the acts on ... More >>
Tim DeLaughter and The Polyphonic Spree perform at Festival At The Switchyard on Friday.Well, we've finally recovered from our Austin City Limits Music Festival hangover--and just in time, too. This weekend's Festival At The Switchyard in Carrollton is yet another suburban rock fest featuring som ... More >>
Eisley--not so green anymore.After spending the better part of a decade on the rollercoaster ride that comes with being on a major label, the Tyler-based band Eisley is back on the road. And much has happened for them in the last two years: "We had four weddings in 14 months," says band manager a ... More >>
Rose's Pawn ShopRose's Pawn Shop is an alt-country outfit hailing out of Los Angeles that boasts a couple of quality Americana albums, including the recently released Dancing on the Gallows. But there's a local tie, too: Local singer/songwriter, and former Dallas Observer Music Award winner Krist ... More >>
We do what we like, and we like what we do.Many apologies for the slow blog day today--hell the slow blog week, really. Things have been especially hectic this week, for reasons I won't bore you with. On the promising front, though, the weekend is here--and when the work-week kicks back up on Mon ... More >>
Erica FellicellaYou can stand under Kruger's umbrella... ella... ella... ey.One of my favorite local singer/songwriters, Kristy Kruger, just send along an email detailing a cool event happening this coming Monday at Opening Bell Coffee: The Third Annual Dia de Los Muertos Music Festival. Since hi ... More >>
I swear, one of these weeks, I'm gonna be able to make it out to The Libertine for its weekly Monday night event, The Local Yokel Show, where it's all local music, all the time on the bar's PA.And, actually, tonight seems as good a time as any for me--or, y'know, you--to finally get around to check ... More >>
Eric NealIf you're done with your taxes (unlike, say, me) there are a couple of shows worth venturing out for this deadline Wednesday...Local singer/songwriter Eric Neal headlines a nice local bill at Dada's Listening Room. Back in August, Pete did a nice post on Neal's Birthday Bash, also at ... More >>
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