Yesterday afternoon social media started to fill with laments when word trickled out that one of North Texas' most lauded and best loved artists, Centro-matic, would be calling it quits after their upcoming December tour. The group's fervent fan base is sure to make their 14 remaining dates as a ba ... More >>
On "End of the Line," the bluesy, smoky fifth track from Adult Roommates, the newest album from Dallas' Somebody's Darling, lead singer and songwriter Amber Farris sums up the heart and soul of the new record with a few simple words. "This is the oldest we have been, this is the youngest we will eve ... More >>
Centro-matic With True Widow and Cliffs of Insanity Kessler Theater, Dallas Saturday, June 14, 2014 Early on in Centro-matic's Saturday night show at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff, a shout from the middle of the comfortably crowded throng provided with a well-timed bit of levity -- and a healthy ... More >>
For over a decade now, Casey Di lorio's musician colleagues have asked him for help them making a record. Nowadays, it's the basket he puts all of his creative eggs into, at his own Valve Studios. Di Iorio played in One Ton Records-signed rock outfit Valve back in the day, who had quite the fun run ... More >>
Paul Ford spent some time playing in a couple local bands, including The London Scar. In 1997, at only 16 years old, he and a colleague formed Yuppiefest, which brought local talent to the 'burbs of Lewisville, including Bowling For Soup, The Latchkey Kids, Darlington and more. Ford claims they dona ... More >>
I've spent many years behind a drum set. When I go to shows, I almost always catch myself peering at the drummer, no matter how engaging or magnetic the rest of the band is. I've come to admire the drumming of several local drummers from whom I've nicked many riffs and tricks.The following is a list ... More >>
In recent months, the North Texas country community has produced some solid albums, and future months will witness the release of anticipated records from Somebody's Darling, Grant Jones and Ronnie Fauss. While vets like Eleven Hundred Springs, Tejas Brothers, the King Bucks, Nate Kipp and Mo Robson ... More >>
Mike BrooksMind Spiders on the rooftop of The Bone. It's tough to look back on an event like Saturday night's Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase and try to come up with a conclusive best-moments list. With 52 bands playing 10 stages over the course of a ten-hour period all throughout Deep Ellu ... More >>
Welcome to our 2011 Dallas Observer Music Awards breakdown, wherein we'll use the weeks leading up to the DOMA showcases on Saturday, October 15 (which is also when voting ends), to explain the nominees in each category Today, we look at the nominees in the Best Cover/Tribute Act, B ... More >>
Centro-matic, Sarah JaffeJuly 7, 2011Dan's SilverleafBetter than: listening to old-timers go on and on about the "glory days" of local music.Matt PenceCentro-matic still has plenty of fun these days.It's abundantly clear at this point: Sarah Jaffe is a big deal around these here North Texas parts ... More >>
Centro-matic has long been a jewel of the local music scene -- and emphasis on long, as the band's been around since 1996.That year was when main man Will Johnson -- fresh out of Funland -- released Centro-matic's debut album, Redo the Stacks, recording each and every instrument on his own, with ... More >>
Sundress hates cats.Speaking of albums produced by Matt Pence: The Denton dreamscapers in Sundress have a new album on the way -- their "debut" EP, if you're pretending that their 2010 EP, Fever, never happened, which the band apparently is doing. The six-track self-titled affair won't be out unt ... More >>
A whole three months have passed since we first shared with you the above video for "Only In My Double Mind," the awesome lead single off Centro-matic's forthcoming release, Candidate Waltz. So, we'll excuse you if you haven't seen it yet, I guess. Some things have changed over that time, though -- ... More >>
Allison V. SmithIs True Widow looking at a more acoustic future? Perhaps.Speaking of True Widow, as we were earlier today, we just stumbled across quite the treat for those who, like us, are salivating at the thought of the band's to-be-released-in-March sophomore album, called As High As The Hig ... More >>
Friday, May 7, at the Granada Theater
As I retweeted just moments ago (check out our Twitter-log in the right-hand column on this page...and follow me, too, if ya want), Centro-matic's got a gig tomorrow night at the Granada Theater with the fine fellows of The Crash That Took Me and Austin's The Monahans. And while that's fine and good ... More >>
Will Johnson says everything will be just fine. (Matt Pence)Yeah, Robert already mentioned this over on Unfair Park (you can take the man out of the music editor gig, but you can't take the music editor gig out of the man, I guess), but it's certainly something worth mentioning over in these parts: ... More >>
Centro-matic's balls-out show at the Granada topped off a big week for the local scene
Airline uses its powers for good. Usually. (Jason Upshaw) - Remember when we told you about Airline getting some college radio love? Well, now the band's getting more: Airline's album, Farewell Republica, ranks #171 in the most recent CMJ 200 chart and has earned airplay on 50 more college radio st ... More >>
Friday, July 13, at the Granada Theater
Centro-matic began as a one-man band. Ten years later, it's Denton's greatest quartet.
Case Solved: Killer musicians captured, thanks to your tips
Dallas Observer Music Awards 2005
You voted. We counted. It's your favorite local acts, amplified.
Lewis makes more progress with Deep Elm Records
Electronic acts make a good showing around town
Pimpadelic, Tommy Boy Records split
A great year for local music gets better
We'll take most of the blame, but not all of it.
Narrow margins remind us that everyone's a winner
New Chanukah songs
We knocked over the stack of local releases and found eight you need to hear
Floor 13 moves out of the country; Transona Five heads East; Johnny Reno moves to Deep Ellum; Centro-matic moves around;
For Matt Barnhart, Quality Park Records is job one
Jeff Whittington has moved away from Adam's Farm and built his own brand-new thing
Josh Baish and Denton fit together like a band and Rubber Gloves
Matthew Duncan made an amazing record. Then he had no idea what to do with it.
The "Amazing One-Man Band" signs on with one of the greatest living American writers
After 10 years of being told he was the Next Big Thing, former Three on a Hill and Funland frontman Peter Schmidt makes the best record of his career. And he did it, for the most part, all by himself.
Producer Dave Willingham makes noise in the middle of nowhere
Will Johnson's new adventures in lo-fi