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Michael Corcoran

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    The Album is Not Dying, Despite What You May Have Heard

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Why Saturday's Cowboys Game Is the Most Important Game Ever (This Week, Anyway)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Get On Board With The Relatives

    The Relatives, back when Channel 39 was the best station in town​While 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2011

    For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: The Full-Custom Gospel Sounds of Arizona Dranes

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    The Great Floyd Dakil, Who Taught Dallas to "Dance, Franny, Dance," Has Died at 63

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    This Week in Dallas Music History: Stevie Ray Vaughan's Out of Rehab and Ready To Rock.

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    SXSW: Catching Up With Floyd Dakil and Announcing Erykah Badu and The Cannabinoids' Free Auditorium Shores Performance

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Last Night: Lucinda Williams at the House of Blues

    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 >>

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    September 3, 2007
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    April 19, 2007

    The Best Just-Turned-21-Year-Old Singer-Songwriter in Town

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2006

    "Dallas Rag" and Other Stomps

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2006

    Be Like Mark. Or Mike. Or Both.

    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 >>

  • Music

    March 21, 2002

    Bang to Hype

    At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band

  • Music

    November 23, 2000

    Gave the People What They Had

    Sometimes, the best new music is the best old music

  • Music

    November 16, 2000

    Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

    SRV (Epic Records/Legacy)

  • Music

    August 10, 2000

    Emily Does Dallas

    Dixie Chick Emily Robison riffs on Fly, high-fives, and why you need to check your tube top before you sing

  • Music

    October 21, 1999
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    July 29, 1999

    Scene, heard

    Darlingtons bass-less again; Vibrolux takes the stage once again; Deep Blue Something cracks the top 50

  • Music

    April 15, 1999

    The Dixie Chicks

    What's Not To Like?

  • Music

    April 15, 1999

    Dixie Chicks

    What's Not to Like.

  • Music

    March 25, 1999

    Tom Waits for no one

    Or: Looking for the heart of South by Southwest

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Listen up

    1998 was not a very good year, but it's still worth the bother

  • News

    July 2, 1998

    Getting the business

    With the new Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb, Tripping Daisy has made the best record of its seven-year career. So what took so long?

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    May 23, 1996
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    May 9, 1996
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    April 25, 1996
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    March 7, 1996
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    February 8, 1996
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    January 4, 1996
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    December 28, 1995
  • Music

    June 15, 1995

    Fading star

    Michael Jackson tells HIStory to whoever is left to listen to it

  • Dining

    June 15, 1995

    Retro cool

    A.J. Gonzales emerges from the '80s time warp with ever-stellar cheese enchiladas

  • News

    June 8, 1995
  • Music

    May 4, 1995

    Farewell from Cracker Eden

    Texas journalism loses a great writer and friend in Grover Lewis

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