• Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    How to Find the Party at Fun Fun Fun Fest

    In 2011 I got to work Fun Fun Fun Fest as security. I got the job through a friend of mine who had worked the fest in years past. As we walked through the various backstage areas to find the head of security and pick up my credentials, I got to take in the layout of the fest. There was no crazy segr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Syd and the Internet Got Dallas into the Groove on Saturday Night

    While you'd expect a young crowd for most Odd Future shows, Trees was filled on Saturday night with a diverse mix of fans of all ages. Then again, The Internet's Neptunes-influenced, neo-soul tinged, starry eyed R&B is not what you'd normally expect when you think from an off-shoot of a west coast h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    The 9 Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, March 27-30

    Do you feel that, Dallas? That's sunshine. The weather is finally getting to be enjoyable again and it's time to hit the streets and catch some great live music picks this weekend. Between Beenie Man, The Internet, and Meat Puppets-- we've got some rarities on the horizon this week that you really d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Tyler, The Creator's Ten Best Tracks

    With a virulent wit, a deep antipathy for authority and a boiling paradox of emotions, Tyler has made some of the most controversial music of the 21st century. Far from mere shock fodder, his music reflects not only internal vulnerability and brokenness, but also the ever-fragmenting moods, morals a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    10 Must-See Acts at SXSW 2014

    There's anywhere from 1 to 10 billion bands at any given SXSW. This year I think there's more. This makes planning one's festival schedule a daunting monstrosity. But don't worry, The Dallas Observer is here to help. Because it's our opinion that festivals should be about seeing great bands, not try ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    MellowHigh at Club Dada, 10/24/13: Review

    When this show first popped up on the calendar, it raised a lot of eyebrows. Club Dada? For Odd Future offshoot, MellowHigh? Seeing as though the full collective packed out Palladium Ballroom last time they came to town, it didn't seem feasible that a club as small as Dada would be enough space for ... More >>

  • Music

    October 24, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    The Eight Best Shows in DFW this Week, October 24 to 30

    Halloween is the best holiday, and that is just a fact. Christmas presents and Thanksgiving dinner are all well and fine, but how often do you get to get shitfaced wasted at a block party dressed as Miley Cyrus or a Ninja Turtle? Probably not enough. This weekend, the holiday festivities are in full ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Earl Sweatshirt Makes Jay-Z Look Silly On His New Album

    "It's money" opens Doris, the way-way-way-too-much-anticipated album from Odd Future standout and internal rhyme genius Earl Sweatshirt. "It's money," the intro repeats, "It's money." If you bought a physical copy, you're hearing that opening while thumbing through the artwork: an intoxicated-lookin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    The Nine Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: June 27-July3

    There's a lot happening in music around here -- a lot has happened this week, in fact. In this sprawling metropolitan music scene, with a kaleidoscopic framework of ever-changing people and bands and venues and ideas, a lot happens at once. The only thing we know for sure is that the people who make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Big Boi Opens for Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. The Future is Weird.

    Jambalaya really was the right name for Scoremore's one day festival offering at The Palladium on Saturday. It was an appetizing and sometimes surprising mix of hip-hop and EDM artists that only the folks at Scoremore could assemble. Headliners Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt of Odd Future ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Eleven Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: May 23-29

    Hello again, all! So, what you may not know is that each week I try to decide which picture of which band should go at the top of this weekly blog post. This week I settled on Guns N' Roses, since their fans span several generations; even though the tickets to their show this week are so totally out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Why Kanye West May Prove to Be the Perfect Punk Rock Rapper

    This weekend Kanye West released two new singles off his upcoming album, Yeezus, in the most grandiose possible fashion. On Friday, he announced the video for his newest single, "New Slaves," would be projected onto 66 buildings across six cities around the world in one night. Crowds gathered by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2013

    Earl Sweatshirt is Somehow Underrated: A Review from Coachella

    Earl Sweatshirt Coachella April 12, 2013 It was past midnight in Coachella's Gobi Tent when Tyler, the Creator climbed the scaffolding like a gargoyle. He clung to the metal bars above the stage with one arm, ready to pounce on the crowd at any moment. Earl Sweatshirt rapped with a black bucket hat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Dom Kennedy - Trees - 12/8/12

    Dom Kennedy, Raw Elementz Trees Saturday, December 8 On Saturday, Dom Kennedy saved the best for last. On the final date of his Yellow Album tour, he sold out Trees, making him the third West Coast rap act in three months to sell out a Dallas date. Not only was it another great night for the new We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Photos: Odd Future at Palladium Ballroom

    See also: - The fans of Odd Future

  • Music

    December 6, 2012

    Odd Future

    Thursday, December 6, at Palladium Ballroom

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, December 3-6

    Revolutionary Pants Fundraiser with Yells at Eels Monday, December 3, at Texas Theatre, $25 Revolutionary Pants, a local DIY organization which focuses on creative urban development and city planning in Dallas, is hosting a fundraiser to fund the cost of filing for 501(c)3 non-profit status, and its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Seven of This Week's Best Show Announcements: Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift, The xx and More

    Mary J. Blige Sunday, November 18, at American Airlines Center, $49.25-$199.25 Tickets go on sale today for Mary J. Blige's "Liberation" Tour, which will feature special guests Brandy and Kendrick Lamar. The tour is in support of Blige's upcoming 2013 release, My Life II...The Journey Continues (Ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    ACL 2012: Sunday's 10 Best & Funniest Moments at Zilker

    The rains came early on Sunday morning, but by the time the ACL opened up for business before noon, there was hardly a cloud in the sky, making for an extremely warm and muddy day. The biggest acts of the day -- Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy & the Stooges, Crystal Castles, and the Avett Brothers -- he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    On Frank Ocean, Sexuality and The Slow Shift Forward

    We are having a conversation about Frank Ocean's sexuality. We are living in a time and space where a talented, mainstream R&B singer admits to same-gendered romance. It's news. Or a Twitter sensation. Or a Tumblr-wave. Or whatever entertainment news is referred to as these days. Late Tuesday even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Schoolboy Q - The Door - 6/30/12

    Schoolboy Q The Door Saturday, June 30 On a night defined by sweat and hype, Schoolboy Q showed that sometimes you can be too good. Taking the stage after a litany of local artists, Q stalked the stage and effortlessly shifted gears between songs, taking control of style after style, showing exactl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    A.Dd 's Top Eight Moments of SXSW

    Dallas own' A.Dd had quite the spin during SXSW 2012, playing roughly half a dozen showcases and day parties before getting right back on tour with Black Milk on Saturday. And with each show, they seemed to gather more fans. At their Thursday Audible Treats showcase, they ended the set in the crowd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    SXSW Coverage Ahead. Plus, We're Sponsoring 50 Cent, Big K.R.I.T. and More

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

  • Music

    December 29, 2011
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    November 10, 2011

    Keep Austin Fun Fun Fun

    Austin's little fest has grown big and sponsored--and that's fine by us

  • Music

    October 27, 2011

    Damaged Good$

    Kickin Teef Self-released

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Spoon, Black Lips, Cannibal Corpse and Others Join Still-Growing Fun Fun Fun Fest Bill

    ​Further proof that Fun Fun Fun Fest is making a serious run at Austin City Limits as the go-to Austin-based music festival this fall: Today, rather unexpectedly, the three-day, Transmission Entertainment-promoted event has added a few more names to its bill, including Austin heroes and ACL vets S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    The Conversation: When is Music Too Negative, Too Hateful? Is There a Line?

    Tyler, The Creator seems like a nice young man.​Just last week, DC9 ran a review for the Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival that took place at the Granada Theater. The show, which featured 10 acts -- from Shabazz Palaces to Preteen Zenith -- was pretty great. But a big hot-button topic surrounded the venue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Public Enemy, Slayer, Henry Rollins, Passion Pit and Odd Future Top 2011 Fun Fun Fun Fest Bill

    ​Since the names of some of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011's performers started leaking in mid-July, we've been sharing with you the info, a good chunk of which has been fairly exciting -- like Odd Future and M83 and, of course, the almighty Slayer, just to name a few of the early-released names.Now, thoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Slayer Is The Latest Act To Join The Increasingly Impressive Lineup For Fun Fun Fun Fest '11

    The above video, released today, confirms the latest addition to the ever-impressive 2011 bill for Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, which, by moving out of Waterloo Park and into Auditorium Shores, stands to be the fest's biggest offering yet. Who's the latest add? Why, the mighty Slayer, of course. Or " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Starts Leaking Lineup, Announces Odd Future, X, M83 Performances

    We're big fans of Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest here at DC9 HQ -- and not just because the name of the festival reminds of our or favorite 1964 beach-pop jam. Fact is, the festival's a heck of a take, a capable competitor for Austin music festival supremacy, offering the hipster elite set a more palatab ... More >>