"The album is dying in front of our very eyes," Variety columnist and music business know-it-all Bob Lefsetz wrote recently based on LP weak sales, including Katy Perry's Prism, which sold only about 220,000 copies in its first week. "If your plan is to increase your audience, spread the word and ... More >>
Davynin, Via.[Editor's note: For those who might have forgotten, Michael Corcoran is formerly of the Austin American-Statesman and Dallas Morning News, a one-time Observer contributor and one of my favorite writers in the history of ink. This morning, he dispatches this preview of Saturday night' ... More >>
The Relatives, back when Channel 39 was the best station in townWhile I finish up what's sure to be the most scintillating story you read all day about a famously failed real estate development, allow me to direct your attention to a vintage clip I discovered a few days ago on the Texas Archive o ... More >>
I've considered retiring this weekly feature many times in recent weeks; we're about out of the good stuff, I fear -- unless you're just dying for a ladies-choice between Linda Ronstadt at Reunion in '82 or Courtney Love and Hole at Deep Ellum Live in '94, which I'd briefly considered last night. ... More >>
The great Floyd Dakil, at far left, died over the weekend.David Dennard just sent some devastating news: Floyd Dakil is dead. Circumstances remain a little murky, but his bandmates in both Floyd Dakil and the Pitmen and the Floyd Dakil Combo confirm that the man behind the quintessential Dallas r ... More >>
Guitarists from all over tend to cite Stevie Ray Vaughan as their primary influence. He may very well be the "Pride and Joy" of the Dallas area, even if Austin claims him as its own.Back on March 26, in 1987, Michael Corcoran profiled the Dallas blues guitar icon for the Observer. At this point, ... More >>
Robert Wilonksy just directed my attention to this little blog entry by former Dallas Morning News music critic and current Austin American-Statesman scribe, Michael Corcoran, on Dallas' own Floyd Dakil, who, despite retiring from music in 1984, will be heading down to Austin for a SXSW performance ... More >>
Lucinda WilliamsHouse of BluesFebruary 19, 2009 Better than: sitting on my couch trying to (badly) play Lucinda Williams' "Drunken Angel" because it has easy chords (as opposed to "Crescent City" which has harder ones). Word was that folks at the House of Blues were fairly blue--ticket sales for ... More >>
Sarah Jaffe's opening for Bill "Smog" Callahan tonight at the Sons. Take your sons. And your daughters. Couple of musical notes this lovely p.m.: Seems yesterday, whilst touting tonight's Bill Callahan gig at the Sons of Hermann Hall, I neglected to mention the local-fave opener -- one Sarah Jaffe, ... More >>
Blind Lemon Jefferson: Ya know, he's not just the namesake of a failing club in Deep Ellum. Over the weekend, a friend wondered precisely what good reason this city had for not having a Dallas music museum in, say, Deep Ellum, where Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly hopped off the train some 80 ye ... More >>
Apparently, there are two folks in this virtual world you don't wanna cross: Mark Cuban and Austin American-Statesman columnist (and occasional Observer contributor) Michael Corcoran. On Sunday, the Statesman ran a lengthy profile on the Mavs owner written by film critic Chris Garcia. That very afte ... More >>
At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band
Sometimes, the best new music is the best old music
SRV (Epic Records/Legacy)
Dixie Chick Emily Robison riffs on Fly, high-fives, and why you need to check your tube top before you sing
Darlingtons bass-less again; Vibrolux takes the stage once again; Deep Blue Something cracks the top 50
What's Not To Like?
What's Not to Like.
Or: Looking for the heart of South by Southwest
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Michael Jackson tells HIStory to whoever is left to listen to it
A.J. Gonzales emerges from the '80s time warp with ever-stellar cheese enchiladas
Texas journalism loses a great writer and friend in Grover Lewis