Prior to 1986, Robert Cray was just another talented blues guitarist wondering where his next gig was going to be. But after the Strong Persuader album and the hit single "Smoking Gun," Cray became a viable commercial proposition across several genres. Cray has parlayed that success into a four- dec ... More >>
This weekend the staff at Majestic Theatre took every necessary precaution to ensure that no tomfoolery or shenanigans would take place for the long sold-out Neutral Milk Hotel concert this past Saturday. Lead singer and notorious recluse Jeff Magnum has been known to be spooked by over zealous fans ... More >>
Twenty years ago, The Backstreet Boys were unleashed on an unsuspecting American public and the "boy band" phenomenon was officially under way. Inspired partly by the great doo-wop groups of the '50s and partly by the R&B of the '90s, Nick Carter and the rest of the boys were quickly scooped into in ... More >>
This week 14 years ago, Dallas's then-next-big-thing, Tablet, suddenly decided to call it quits. Well, actually, according to the story written by former Observer music scribe Matt Weitz, the only one who was ready to break up the band was lead singer Steve Holt (no, not the guy from Arrested Dev ... More >>
Can you really blame the rest of Creed for wanting to ditch this guy?In the late '90s and early 2000s, there were few bands higher on the proverbial food chain than Creed, with their first three multi-platinum albums amassing a total sales of over 30 million copies during their heyday. But dozens ... More >>
Steve Poltz is a Canadian-born singer-songwriter currently based in San Diego. Perhaps best know for co-writing “You Were Meant for Me,” the No. 1 hit for Jewel (and having a brief fling with her), Poltz’s songs are filled with satirical lyrics and simple melodies that often endear themselves ... More >>
Get down with The Planets in Arlington
I was saddened to read this morning in The New York Times about the death of rock critic Paul Nelson, a writer who had an estimable impact on, among others, Bob Dylan, as the man himself recounted in the 2005 Martin Scorsese-directed documentary No Direction Home. He worked for Circus and Rolling St ... More >>
The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture
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Dallas duo creates an online record label
Deep Ellum's club owners and retailers set aside egos in the name of charity
Dallas-Denton-Forth Worth bands make their biggest impact yet at SXSW
Impossible to ignore
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Ben Kweller will eventually release another record, but it won't be Sha Sha
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Radish may be loosening their label's restraining bolt
DTC's Dinah Was strikes a jaunty balance between decay and delirious musical celebration
Mercury Records will be making a huge mistake if it doesn't release Sha Sha
Chonita "N'Dambi" Gilbert is a back-up singer no more
Signing to a record label can be bad for a band's health. So why do they keep doing it?
Broadcast Data Systems listens to the radio so you don't have to
George Reagan ponders grown-up life during -- and after? -- Hagfish
Local rap label gets no love at home and takes its show on the road
Dallas' hip-hop scene is more vital than ever, but you'd never know it: no clubs, no radio, no major-label deals. But the musicians, some of this city's best, refuse to give up.
Mitchell Froom provided the sonic boom behind some of the '90s' best records
During South by Southwest, the harsh reality is always a free drink away
Radish's Ben Kwellar needs a rock and roll mentor, and a guy named Joe is just the man for the job
The best reissues of 1997 prove nostalgia pays off
In today's music business, tomorrow's revolution is yesterday's fad
The old world discovers the Old 97's
Stop freaking out-- Tablet's deeper than you think
Once portrayed as a bumpkin, she's finally wised up
This was the year local music broke, but was it fixed?
Wayne Hancock rides shotgun down the Lost Highway
Dallas' forgotten Star Talent Records label got there before Sun's rise