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    August 22, 2014

    12 Highly Entertaining Indie Musicians To Follow On Twitter

    By Ivan Guzman Way back in 2006, I bet the founders of Twitter had no idea the social-media platform would become the force it is today. Sure, you can interact with your friends and whatnot, but perhaps the coolest, most intriguing part of Twitter is the way it makes us music lovers able to see wha ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Lights All Night Teases 2014 Festival Date, Ticket Sales

    If you've been eagerly awaiting news of Dallas' annual year-end EDM extravaganza, Lights All Night, then today should be a good day. Or at least a mostly good one. The promotional folks over at Highland Concerts and MCP Presents gave us a little tease this morning of this year's festivities when th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    The Best Show of My Life Was at Lights All Night, Right When I'd Lost Hope

    Two days, twelve hours in, and I feel like a stuck balloon. No energy drink can pull me from the oppressive blankness that clouds my mind. I lie in a broken, noodle-like mass on the floor outside of the main stage, searching for restful escape in an iPhones' application folder. This is the conseque ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    How Lights All Night Became Dallas' Biggest EDM Festival

    There's one week until Lights All Night, and co-founder Scott Osburn is sick. It always happens this way, right when you can ill afford time spent laying around, recuperating, foggy from medicine. Things are ramping up quickly now. They're already working on the massive, elaborate staging inside the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Lights All Night 2013: Full Lineup Features Icona Pop, Major Lazer and Deadmau5

    Lights All Night returns to the Dallas Convention Center late this December. We already told you about headliners Deadmau5 and Kaskade, and the full lineup has just arrived. It is spectacular, and surprisingly eclectic given the confines of an EDM fest. It features pop band Icona Pop, cartoon vigila ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    The Mad Decent Block Party Through the Eyes of A Cynic and A Student: Reviews and Photos

    Editor: We sent two writers to this weekend's Mad Decent Block Party. Vanessa Quilantan was mostly worried about the kids asking her for drugs and pissed about Action Bronson canceling. Carmina Tiscareno is a college student and therefore much more a member of the Block Party's target demographic. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Win Passes to the Mad Decent Block Party, Featuring Major Lazer, Action Bronson and More

    On Saturday, cool-kid record label Mad Decent will throw a welcome-back-to-school, summer's-not-quite-over party at Club Zouk. Head honcho Diplo will play with Major Lazer, alongside heavyweights like Dillon Francis, Baauer, Action Bronson and Flosstradamus. Many things will bounce. Including you, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    The Eight Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, August 29 - September 4

    Steely Dan and Backstreet Boys are both in town this week, two bands your friends can't tell if you like sincerely or ironically. Looks like they're about to find out. If you answered neither, fret not! You've got plenty of options. Looking for something a little hard, fast, and intimate? Well, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    The Best and Worst of Electric Daisy Carnival

    If there is any lingering question about the mass popularity of electronic music, one need look no further than Electric Daisy Carnival. We'd be remiss to call EDC the "Woodstock of EDM," because even one of rock's most iconic festivals doesn't hold a candle to the production, logistics, and near in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Taylor "Effin" Cleveland's Official Summer Mix for DC9 at Night

    The beatmakers, producers and DJs in Dallas are busting the local music scene wide open. We here at the Observer wanted to showcase that talent through mixes made by the best in the business, especially for DC9 at Night. So stream, download and share the mix with your friends. Relive the weekend and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    The Best of Coachella: Weekend Two

    The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant floresce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    The Ten Best Raver Dance Moves at Ultra: GIFs

    Getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha freak on! We all know that there are lots of ways to become immortalized at a massive outdoor music gathering like Ultra Music Festival.  Say, humping a tree. Or dancing naked while getting arrested. But yo' momma would probably prefer if you lived forever ... More >>

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    March 17, 2013

    Snoop Dogg's St. Patrick's Day Concert: Review and Photos

    Snoop Dogg delivered an hour-plus of his finest yesterday on Greenville Avenue for the Observer St. Patrick's Day Concert. We had a fine contingent of writers there, but I, your highly addled editor, was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-35 on the Megabus headed back from Austin. Throughout t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, March 11-14

    The time has come. We are officially knee-deep in festival season. On top of that, all of the best shows happen in the springtime, when the weather is best, which means that we won't get a break until we're running on fumes, with our little engines barely puttering into summer. For now, we're going ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Dragonette Talks About the Canadian Music Scene, Electro-Music and Their Growing Commercial Success

    Canadian band, Dragonette has had a big year so far. The electro-pop act has been nominated for a Juno award (a Canadian music award, for those not familiar with music on-goings north of the border), they've scored some serious commercial publicity by recording the theme song to "Mr. Rogers' Neighbo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Muse, Wale, The Black Crowes, Danko Jones and More of This Weeks' Top Show Announcements

    Muse, Dead Sara Wednesday, March 13, at American Airlines Center, $36.50-$61.50 Well, we all knew it was coming. After October's The 2nd Law dropped, and, of course, after being unable to escape the "Madness" single no matter how far from civilization one ventured, we all knew it was only a matter o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Holy Ship!! Wrap-Up: It Was the Best of Times....

    There were a lot of grim faces on Monday morning as the electro-loving masses emerged off the MSC Poesia -- a.k.a. the EDM party boat Holy Ship!! -- and did a slow zombie shuffle through U.S. customs and back into the real world (a.k.a. Fort Lauderdale). Here in the industrial port, the sky was over ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Holy Ship!! Day One: A Surprise Guest Whose Name Rhymes With Drillex

    On Friday afternoon, nearly 3,000 raver chicks, dude guys, scenesters, club kids and DJs assembled at a port in Fort Lauderdale and boarded the MSC Poesia, a.k.a. Holy Ship!! (There are two exclamation points because this is the second edition of the EDM party cruise put on by L.A.'s Hard Events.) T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Lights All Night - Fair Park - 12/31/12

    Lights All Night Fair Park Monday, December 31 New Year's Eve is always a tricky proposition, what with the whole cottage industry built around getting you out, getting you tipsy and then trying to get you home. This is probably why Lights All Night saved some of their biggest acts for the third an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Eight Music-Themed Gifts You Never Knew You Needed

    Ah, the holidays, that time when you frantically try to figure out what exactly to give whoever you got stuck with in the secret Santa drawing. Maybe you got lucky and selected a music fan; maybe you think you want to give that music fan something that's not just the latest Pitchfork-blessed album, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    In Defense Of... Usher's "Climax"

    In the past couple years, Usher went through a few personal crises, which caused a musical mid-life crisis for the artist. Usher's top singles since 2010 were overloaded dance floor tunes like "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" and "More." This phase of Usher's career resembled the excesses and lost dign ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Switch Turns on Rio Room with a Less-Than-Edgy Set

    DJ Dave Taylor, aka Switch.​The Winter Night Lights series at Rio Room is the staff's attempt to bring edgier, more underground (for lack of a better word) DJ's to town. At least edgier and more underground than the Vegas-style top 40 or electro house sets that can typically be heard at Rio Ro ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    Last Night: Diplo at Rio Room

    DiploRio RoomSeptember 1, 2011Better than: watching the movie Rio, I assume.Diplo​It was a packed house at Rio Room last night -- a fact that, initially, maybe isn't all that impressive considering the room's 300-person capacity, but one that earns some serious points on other fronts. Like, say, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    On, The Greatest Thing Going Right Now In Internet Music

    ​Back in January, Stickybits co-founder Billy Chasen registered the domain name Earlier this month, the previously alpha-tested music-sharing site made its debut as as an invite-only beta site, the only prerequisite being that new users had a Facebook friend with an already registere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    The Problem With... Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)"

    After a year away from music, Mrs. Sean Carter is now looking to get back on the spotlight. Tracks from the 2008 release I Am... Sasha Fierce endured for a while. With "Video Phone," she pushed the gadget industry to include video phone functionality, which the iPhone eventually did. "Single La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    White Rabbits' Stephen Patterson Shares The Aim, Potential Titles For His Band's Next Disc

    White Rabbits​When White Rabbits headlines The Loft this Saturday, the band won't be doing so as part of a big national tour. Rather, the group, which has been holed up in Austin for the past few weeks working on their upcoming, third long player, is treating its brief swing of Texas dates as a br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2011

    Last Night: Diplo and Cee Lo Green at the Axe Lounge

    Diplo, Cee Lo GreenAxe Lounge (normally Rio Room, formerly Suite)February 5, 2011Better than: hanging out in a lounge filled with Axe body spray. Fortunately, this sponsorship was in name only.All photos by Justin NamonCee Lo's appearance was short but sweet last night. Go here for a full slideshow ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Unexpected Influences: DJ Sober May Be Known For Hip-Hop, But He Loves Him Some Annie Lennox and They Might Be Giants, Too.

    Welcome to a Unexpected Influences, where we talk to musicians about the music no one expects them to like. Kelsey FosterDJ Sober​In a city as chock full of DJ talent as Dallas is, there still has yet to emerge any real rock star. And yet, if there were such a figure whose longevity and skill war ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Q&A: Rusko Explains Dubstep And Tells Us Why Bass Is The Best, Why American Music Is Boring and Why His Shows Keep Improving

    Rusko​UK-bred, LA-based producer Rusko has had a busy year, what with being signed to Mad Decent, partaking in Diplo and Switch's Major Lazer tour, and releasing his debut album O.M.G.! As such, the dubstep pioneer is taking the US electronic music scene by storm, showing absolutely no signs of sl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Night Moves: Lazers and Broken Teeth at SXSW

    ​Here, we present the DJ and electronica side of SXSW. Y'know: DJ Craze, Reid Speed, Redeye, Kill The Noise, The Broken Teeth crew showcase, Harmonious Discord showcase, Bird Peterson, Le Castlevania, Major Lazer--all those rumpshaker-makers. The Lek Brothers, before freezing their butts off, caug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Tracklist: The Local Hang With Playlister P, Vol. 4

    This comes up when you google "local hang." Go figure.​Kind of a crazy night last night at The Libertine for the fourth go 'round of the once-a-month local music love-fest we're still calling The Local Hang with Playlister P. It featured the biggest crowd we've seen to date, for one. And it was a ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Tracklist: The Local Hang With Playlister P, Vol. 3

    Sooner or later, I'll get a real logo.​Many, many, many thanks to all those who showed at The Libertine last night for the third installment of my little first-Monday-of-every-month residency there called The Local Hang with Playlister P. It was quite the grand ol' time. And a successful one, too- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Today In Music News: Diplo Hooks Back Up With M.I.A., Morrissey Leaves A Show And Cake Goes Green

    Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, November 9, 2009...Sure, it's pretty awesome that Diplo has reteamed with M.I.A. for her new album--but Major Lazer may come to Adult Swim!Morrissey exited his show in Liverpool in the middle of a song after getting hit in the head with a bottle or ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    A Couple New DJ Mixtapes Worth Checking Out...

    ​A couple of area DJs released some impressive mixtapes this week--good listening, I'd say, especially as you count down the minutes until, your weekend officially gets started. First up, check out the latest from Wanz Dover, aka Blixaboy, called, quite simply enough, "Summer Bass Mix." Like most ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009
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    July 3, 2009

    Get Yer Independence Day Dance Jam On With A Few Choice Local Mixtape Downloads

    There's gonna be a whole lot of barbecuing and pool-hopping this weekend, if common sense is any indicator for what we should expect to go down on this Fourth of July weekend. Course, there needs to be a soundtrack to it all...So, on that note, here are a couple DC9-approved mixtapes from area DJs ... More >>