Blazing through guitar riffs on stages across Texas isn't something an average 15-year-old does. But Tyler Tallant of Keller/Fort Worth area isn't your average teenager. He's someone whose passion for music causes him to spend most of his waking hours mastering the craft of guitar playing. And his c ... More >>
From Keith Richards and his swagger to Jimmy Page with his operatic solos, sexy guitarists have been dominating our minds for more than four decades now, causing fans to riot as if the guitarist itself exuded something magical. In the '50s, Beatle-mania forced police to wear riot gear while thousand ... More >>
It soars into the air, a sparkling baton for rock singers. It's chrome-plated shaft sears fingertips upon contact. It spins first, then tumbles while singer Ayrn Black of Scorpion Child dances and jams with the solos being played on a Flying V and a Les Paul. He doesn't need the microphone for anoth ... More >>
Ever since Mike Scaccia and Dimebag Darrell broke on through to the other side, many Dallas metal fans have been longing for someone to step into the limelight and accept the legendary guitarslingers' mantels and inspire a whole new generation of headbangers. Never fear true believers (hey, didn't ... More >>
There it is. Nestled in South Dallas, rescued by caring souls of our local arts. The beacon that is The Kessler. A majestic Texas juke joint, pampered with TLC and vision that only a handful of true music fans could bring. The Kessler (or rather, "The Kessler X " as our subject refers to it) is o ... More >>
Ray Wylie Hubbard is a storyteller without equal, who inspired a flock of country and blues poets. The Dallas native made a stop this week on Letterman, in promotion of last year's The Grifter's Hymnal. He and his excellent band played a track from that album, "Mother Blues," which remembers the nig ... More >>
Brendon Smalls is the creator of the animated series Home Movies and Metalocalypse, and the driving force behind the most successful animated death metal band in the history of metal, Dethklok. He's an amazing guitarist who graduated from Berklee College of Music. His band has two of the highest-rat ... More >>
Tony Rand and his two boys, Greg and Bill, owe the government money, and a lot of it. Last year, they admitted that their humble family business, Aspen Exploration, was more of a Ponzi scheme that leveraged the company's supposed oil and gas holdings to raise $100 million from investors. Rather than ... More >>
Mike BrooksScratch Acid at Trees Since this Sunday is Christmas, we decided to do something a little different with this week's edition of My First Show. Checking back in with a number of the people we interviewed this year, we wanted their takes on the best shows they saw, and to also get a ... More >>
You know this guy, but you don't usually know his name. Chances are good you've heard and seen him. And, uh, it is always a guy. Never a female by my experience.Anyway, right before a band he's about to see plays their set, he gets a close look at the band's equipment and his mind starts to race. ... More >>
Not a bad bunch of shows we have this Monday evening, especially if you like legendary guitarists and cool indie pop.
Monday, April 4, at the Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
Kurt Vile & The ViolatorsCity TavernNovember 19, 2010Better than: Revisiting the NightmareKurt VileThis was sooo much better. Forced to relocate from what would have been a triumphant re-opening of Club DaDa to City Tavern (thank you, ponderous permitting process of our local gove ... More >>
Neil YoungMorton H. Meyerson Symphony CenterJune 7, 2010Better than: Almost anything. When I'm old and grey I'm pretty sure my shortlist of best life experiences will go something like this: my wedding day, the birth of my children and the night I saw Neil Young at the Meyerson.Danny HurleyNeil You ... More >>
"Well, I was passing by a pawn shop in an older part of town, something caught my eye and stop and turned around / I stepped inside and then I spied in the middle of it all, was a beat up old guitar hanging on the wall / 'What do want for that piece of junk?' I asked the old man / He just smiled and ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Wednesday, April 29, 2009...Guitar legend and inventor Les Paul has passed away.No one is immune: Kasabian's lead singer has swine flu. Bat-shit-crazy right wing pundit Glenn Beck is a big fan of Muse. I wonder what he'd do if you told him they ... More >>
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