Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>
If you care at all, by now surely you've heard: Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills have called it a day. Good Lord -- has it really been 31 years? "I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision," Stipe writes on the band's website, "but all things must end, and we wanted to do it rig ... More >>
David Card at Poor David's on Lower Greenville in a photo taken some time in the mid-1980sI was digging through our old photo archives Friday afternoon -- I think I'm the only one left 'round here who knows we even have such a thing -- looking for a photo that, turns out, I remembered wrong. I th ... More >>
Via.Speaking of great shows at Moody Coliseum ...Floating out in the ether, all by its unmarked lonesome, is this resonant echo: R.E.M. at Moody Coliseum on November 18, 1987 -- a stop along The Work Tour in support of that year's Document, the band's fifth and final album for I.R.S. Records. I w ... More >>
Our pal Maria May at the AT&T Performing Arts Center sent about an hour ago that Natalie Merchant, one of the 10,000 Maniacs, will be performing August 19 at the Winspear Opera House in support of her new album Leave Your Sleep. She confirms: This'll be the first pop show in the Winspear (rec ... More >>
Welcome to Staff Trax, the weekly feature here on DC9 where we shed some light on the music we've been enjoying of late, regardless of the touring or album release schedules that tend to bear the focus of most of our coverage. Consider it a chance for you readers to get some more insight into ... More >>
Outside the Theatre Gallery in Deep Ellum a quarter-century ago.It was the summer of 1984 and the city of Dallas was in the midst of a serious makeover. The Republican National Convention was coming to town and Big D was trying to put a conservative foot forward as the media spotlight fixated on our ... More >>
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scen ... More >>
Still looking for that perfect gift for the music lover in your family? Well, the holiday season is traditionally a time when compilations, box sets and reissues flood the marketplace--and this year is no exception. What is exceptional, however, is the surprising high quality of this year's re-issue ... More >>
Rupert Murdoch's toy is trying to go legit; mayhem may ensue, and success may not
Jackson Browne Nokia Theatre October 29, 2008 Better than: Attending (with wife and kids in tow) the various fall festivals at churches in my neighborhood. At 7:30 p.m. sharp, while many folks were still trying to find their seats, Jackson Browne hit the stage at Nokia last night and opened wi ... More >>
Accelerate (Warner Bros.)
Placebo's Stefan Olsdal finds U.S. reaction hard to swallow
The Inwood gets spacey
Black Comet (Baria)
Thursday, July 7, at Gypsy Tea Room's "Tea Room"
If Conor Oberst overcomes his disdain for his president, his audience and himself, he'll rule the world
The Deathray Davies remember a few of 500 shows
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records.
For musicians these days, speaking out against President Bush isn'trisky so much as trendy
Around the Sun (Warner Bros.)
In Between Evolution (Zo Records)
How can you steal music you can't even buy?
Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure & Unknown Recordings (Elektra/Asylum)
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
Reveal (Warner Bros.)
The writer-star of Chuck & Buck on sexual ambiguity and the dark parts inside people
The singer-songwriter hasn't died. He's just gone online.
A top-notch cast compensates for dubious credibility in Where the Heart Is
Cohen plays Fugazi like an Instrument
The acclaimed rock-video director has made one of the year's oddest, funniest films. So why is he scared of his own shadow?
No one loves Vic Chesnutt like Vic Chesnutt
R.E.M.'s new adventure in hi-fi is its finest in years
With Tuatara and R.E.M., Peter Buck goes on some new adventures in hi-fi
The Deep South decadence of Memory Dean
In today's music business, tomorrow's revolution is yesterday's fad
Pop punkers Pansy Division love sex, so they sing about it. A lot.
Caught between two generations of Beatles fans
Surprise! It's Syd Straw.
1994 wasn't The Year of Anything--except great music