It was three days before Christmas when guitarist Mike Scaccia took the stage for his final performance. He'd reunited with the original members of local metal legends Rigor Mortis earlier that year to record their first album in more than two decades, and tonight they were performing in celebration ... More >>
Every once in a while, you see a music fan in Deep Ellum who is having so much fun going to see bands that they inadvertently end up on the professional side of things. Nicole Ryann is one of those, now a tech-in-training now. And she's good. She has an eye, ear and pretty keen cerebral sense for li ... More >>
Now that the weather has turned to something other than scorching, we can turn our attention to catching a show outdoors. Although most promoters (and many in the crowds) don't seem to mind a show taking place in the middle of August, I sure don't mind having dehydration and hyperthermia being the e ... More >>
When things go horribly wrong and then keep going that way, there's no better strategy to maintain your sanity than to think about the story you'll have. Music writer Jon Niccum has collected a bunch of those stories from musicians and published them in a book called The Worst Gig: From Psycho Fans ... More >>
On December 23, thrash metal lost another legendary pioneer when Mike Scaccia, lead guitarist for Ministry and Rigor Mortis, died shortly after collapsing during a performance at the Rail Club for Rigor Mortis/Warbeast frontman Bruce Corbitt's 50th birthday celebration. Scaccia, who suffered from ... More >>
Reality shows and social media over the last 20 years have obviously altered the landscape of pop culture and entertainment. Those two mediums have also had an enormous effect on the musical evolution of drummer Keith Reber. Back in 2004, he had his first taste of fame as a bassist in the metal band ... More >>
Last night, I finally got around to starting Ozzy Osbourne's just-released autobiography, I Am Ozzy, which, no surprise here, is already a New York Times best-seller. And, this morning, the Barnes & Noble here in Dallas on the Northwest Highway has confirmed some big news on that front: The O ... More >>
Plenty going on this weekend, not the least of which includes Art Conspiracy 5 tomorrow, featuring performances from Telegraph Canyon, RTB2, The Crash That Took Me and The Boom Boom Box. Unfortunately, we don't have much time this afternoon to expound on too many of this weekend's doings. So let' ... More >>
Well, it's Friday the 13th again, folks. Hope you've planned ahead and set aside 13 bucks for a "13" tattoo at Oliver Peck's Elm Street Tattoo. As for your show-going plans. Well, we've got your collective procrastinating backs. First, the shows we've already hyped.Tonight, for instance, has a to ... More >>
Look at all the concerts ACL is leading our way this weekend (while ignoring the ugly side effects)!
With such a diverse roster on its bill, Projekt Revolution might be the closest thing out there to the old Lollapalooza days. Just ask Chris Cornell.
We're so into metal right now. Have to be--Ozzfest is only, what, like seven weeks away or something? Right! So that's why we're pointing this out: Somewhat frequent Observer contributor D.X. Ferris just penned himself a book on Slayer's Reign In Blood. It's the 57th book in Continuum's lauded 33 1 ... More >>
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