Pete Freedman

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    September 19, 2011

    Night Three of Austin City Limits '11: If You're Gonna Go Out, You Better Go Out With a Bang.

    Pete FreedmanArcade Fire played a familiar set to end Austin City Limits 2011. But it was still thrilling.​ The hot sun from the morning of Day Three at the 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival persisted well into the afternoon and evening at Zilker Park. But with the festival end looming and pl ... More >>

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    September 18, 2011

    ACL Night Two (With Pics!): The Calm of Stevie Wonder Meets The Storm of My Morning Jacket

    Pete FreedmanTV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, possibly among those disappointed in what would later happen with Stevie Wonder's set. Kind of an awkward second night at the 2011 Austin City Limits Music last night. The worst part: It could've been great. Alas, in the end, not so much. But, sure enou ... More >>

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    September 18, 2011

    Day Three of Austin City Limits '11: Dallas-Born Ruby Jane Kicks Thing Off and The Sun is Back

    Pete FreedmanDallas-born 16-year-old Ruby jane kicked off Saturday's proceedings in fine fashion.​ After a lackluster Saturday, things are already heating up on Sunday afternoon at Zilker Park. Actually, they were plenty hot in the morning, too: Temperatures soared into the '90s, but, more importa ... More >>

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    September 17, 2011

    Last Night at ACL (With Pics!): Kanye West Is The Best Performer You'll See, Just Ask Him.

    Kanye WestBud Light Stage -- Austin City LimitsSeptember 16, 2011Better than: what you probably heard about the show, unless you heard it from Kanye.Pete FreedmanKanye West​It didn't take long for Kanye West to buy into his own hype last night, as he headlined the first night of the 2011 Austin Ci ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Welcome to ACL '11: Zilker Warms Up For A Big First Night; It's Already Buzz-Thirty, Dudes.

    Pete FreedmanCold War Kids tear down that first-day ACL wall.​Off in the distance, the song of the summer, Foster the People's can't-stop-won't-stop "Pumped Up Kicks," is blasting away over Zilker Park, blaring from the P.A. over at the Google (nee Dell) Stage. There's a marvelous tag-team effort ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    What It Was Like: Here We Go Magic, The Middle East, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Frightened Rabbit and Those Darlins

    Night One of SXSW 2010 saw things kick off on quite the bitchin' note--and not just because of the big names. They were around, sure--Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Broken Bells and Spoon all shared a stage at Stubb's (and a massive line to get in, natch)--but there was plenty else to see without ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009
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    April 29, 2009

    Vampire Lounge Returns To The Coffin

    Just months ago, Pete Freedman wrote about the reopened Vampire Lounge. Co-owners Jimi Fritz and Matt Story were confident the Harry Hines Boulevard club would succeed, despite thin crowd turnouts for national metal acts and the club's Halloween Bash. Unfortunately, the club never managed to overcom ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    The End Of The End Of Year Lists: Pete Freedman's Favorite Albums And Singles Of 2008

    Sure, 2008 may be done, but the list-making still continues... This year, five contributors to the Dallas Observer's music section were asked to participate in the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, which compiles the lists of hundreds of music critics across the country into one m ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    Picture Show: Fair To Midland at the Curtain Club

    Saturday night in Deep Ellum was hopping for two reasons: The New Frontiers' final show and, well, the reason for this here post, Fair to Midland's crazy-packed one-off gig at the Curtain Club. We'll have more on the specifics of that show, as well as plenty of news on FTM's ongoing writing process ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Ladies and Gentlemen: Your Halftime Act For The Last Game Ever At Texas Stadium... a metal band made up of 14-year-old high school freshmen called Crooked X. They've toured as openers for Ted Nugent. Were featured on CBS' The Early Show. Even had a song in Rock Band. All nice accomplishments.But, c'mon. Seriously? --Pete Freedman

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    December 17, 2008

    Fight Bite Enters The Year-End List Battle Royale

    Stumbled across a couple sites this afternoon that name drop Fight Bite's Emerald Eyes as one of the year's tops--including this blog from Stark Magazine which drops the disc in at the No. 43 slot on its year-end Top 50. And, in other good news, Jeff Louis and Leanne Macomber's powerhouse "Swissex L ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Centro-matic/South San Gabriel Enters The Year-End List Game

    It ain't Rolling Stone or Spin. Hell, it's not Bona Fide Darling or Subservient Experiment either. But, either way, sure, I'll mention it: The blog It's Hard To Find A Friend has named Centro-matic and South San Gabriel's split double-album Dual Hawks as its third favorite record of the year. Grante ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    A New Track From The Upcoming Marked Men Record Has Leaked

    Good news first: The I Rock Cleveland blog has leaked the song "Ditch" from The Marked Men's upcoming record Ghost, which is due out in January on Dirtnap Records. It's a fierce little two minute jaunt through in-your-face, straight ahead punk.And now the bad news: The blog incorrectly calls the ban ... More >>

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    December 1, 2008

    The Bright Were Totally Featured On Last Week's Episode Of The Hills

    Uh-huh. True story: Dallas pop act The Bright's song "Cemetery Street" aired approximately 17 minutes into last week's episode of MTV's faux-reality show The Hills, or so the glorious press release that just popped up in my inbox promises.The placement puts the uber-radio-friendly locals in the este ... More >>

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    October 24, 2008

    Picture Show: Ben Folds At The Palladium Ballroom

    While the rest of us were taking in the Sorta show at House of Blues (more on that later), Observer Web editor Patrick Michels hit up the Palladium to geek out at Ben Folds' concert. And, lookie here, he took some pictures (including the one above) and turned them into a slideshow for your viewing ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    Today Was Slow, Yeah. But Tomorrow? Tomorrow, The Tix Will Hit The Fans

    Might want to keep an eye on this space tomorrow, as we'll have tickets galore to give away all day--so much so that we may, in fact, dub the day "Free Ticket Wednesday." Probably not, though. Anyway, we'll have tickets to send your way from shows featuring bands with names similar to, but not ex ... More >>

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    September 8, 2008

    The Most Creative Press Release We've Seen In A Long Time...

    ..comes courtesy of these guys. Check it out. And you can download the Slider Pines' entire five song EP for free here. Haven't listened to the whole thing yet but, so far, it sounds pretty good. [Also: Sorry for the slow blog day. Just not too much going on.] --Pete Freedman

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    August 20, 2008

    If You're Gonna Throw An Elvis Costello Tribute Night... might want to spell his name right in your ad. Oh, and these guys' name, too. Just sayin'. But, hey, we all make mistakes. Like, for instance: We screwed up and said the Tom Petty show next Wednesday night is taking place at Center when it's really going down at American Air ... More >>

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    August 19, 2008

    The Secret Machines Leak Secret Track, Kinda. Sorta. Or Not. I Dunno.

    My head hurts. Here's why: The song's called "Dreaming of Dreaming" and it's a b-side from The Secret Machines' upcoming self-titled release (due out October 14), meaning it's not on the album. But the I Rock Cleveland music blog is (rightfully) touting it as a return to form to the band's older stu ... More >>

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    August 18, 2008

    Tahiti Remixes Lil Wil; Big Tuck Laughs And Gets Whole City Of Houston On "Not A Stain On Me"

    ...or that's how it went down in my head. First, check Tahiti's very Nintendo-like take on Lil Wil's "My Dougie." Then hop over to Big Tuck's Myspace page and hear the newest remix to his fabulous "Not A Stain On Me," which features Paul Wall and Slim Thug among others. (There's a Dallas Remix to ... More >>

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    August 5, 2008

    Apples In Stereo Was On Colbert Report Last Night...

    ...and look who got some decent face time! Yes, that's right: Apples drummer and Dallas native John Dufilho (who you may as the frontman for local favorites The Deathray Davies and I Love Math). Check it out: Guy can run a count-off, huh? --Pete Freedman

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    July 31, 2008
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    July 30, 2008

    Photos: Apples In Stereo At Sons of Hermann Hall, Saturday, July 26

    Wasn't able to make it to Sons on Saturday night to see Apples in Stereo play the homey Deep Ellum venue. (Total sidenote: It's a nice venue, but I don't get why everyone's always so up in arms over-the-top crazy about the place. Are people just really big Marty McFly fans around here or something ... More >>

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    July 30, 2008

    Rock Band Tour With Panic at the Disco, Dashboard Confessional, Plain White Ts And The Cab Coming To Town

    Life will imitate art imitating life on Nov 12 at Nokia Theatre. Me? I'd prefer it better if, say, this game toured: Quick, grab the umbrella! --Pete Freedman

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    July 22, 2008

    Like You Need Another Reminder: DOMA Ceremony Kicks Off At 8 p.m.

    Sorry things have been slow over here all week. We've been kinda busy--you know, putting together a little awards show thingy. Kicks of at 8 p.m. at the Granada tonight, and, uh-huh, it's free to attend. Show up, preferably en masse, then, oh, just enjoy it. Me? I'll be running around like a chic ... More >>

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    July 11, 2008

    CD/DVD Pirates Taken Down In Cowtown

    The "Argh".I.A.A. strikes again! This NBC 5 report says the yesterday's bust on a CD and DVD pirating operation not too far from TCU in Fort Worth is apparently "the largest such pirating operation ever taken down in the U.S." Which, turns out, is fairly surprising... mostly 'cause the FWPD went i ... More >>

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    July 9, 2008

    The Brave Combo-Scored As The Wrench Turns Premieres Tonight At 7 O'clock

    The Bravo Combo-scored As The Wrench Turns, which, as we told you about last month, is PBS' first primetime animated series and focuses on the lives of NPR radio personalities Click and Clack from Car Talk, premieres tonight at 7 o'clock on KERA, channel 13. As a reminder, this Brave Combo track i ... More >>

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    July 2, 2008

    DOMA XX Best Song Nominees: "The Sparrow Spooked The Crow" by Dove Hunter

    Dove Hunter's debut release, The Southern Unknown, wasn't released in time for our nominees to hear it and give it Best Album consideration. But "The Sparrow Spooked The Crow," one of the album's songs, is well-known around these parts anyway, thanks to its constant presence on the band's Myspace pa ... More >>

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    June 24, 2008

    Our 20th Annual Music Award Ballots Hit The Streets Tomorrow

    Make sure you grab your hard copy of the Observer tomorrow, folks. It's kind of a big issue. Inside it, you'll find our 2008 Dallas Observer Music Awards ballot. That's right: We're fast-approaching our 20th annual DOMAs. So grab your copy and send in your votes. Or follow the instructions and vo ... More >>

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    June 18, 2008

    Dallas' Zane Lewis Is Up For Independent Artist Of The Year...In The French Country Music Awards? Really?

    There's something quite Freudian about this shot. (Steve Thornton) Dallas-based country artist Zane Lewis, who has been the subject of a heated debate in our comments section since we discussed his sound back in April, has been nominated for the Independent Artist Of The Year award in the 6th Annua ... More >>

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    June 17, 2008

    ...And Today In Dallas Emo Pop-Punk News: A Bird A Sparrow Gets Some Love

    A video of the bratty emo pop-punk act has been put up on this national Web site, where it currently resides on the front page as the featured item... VIMBY - A Bird A Sparrow I think it makes sense to compare these bands to Gremlins. They keep multiplying, and people keep thinking they're cute. A ... More >>

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    June 13, 2008

    Forever The Sickest Kids Were On Conan Last Night. Whoa? Oh?

    Forever the promotional push. (Evan Hunt) Dallas' own Forever the Sickest Kids, who are about to head out on the road as part of this summer's Warped Tour, performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien last night... ... I know. Believe me, I know. We'll have the video as soon someone who cares mor ... More >>

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    June 10, 2008

    Stream The Toadies' "No Deliverance" At

    It was just over a week ago now that the Toadies started streaming a 22-second clip of the title track from its upcoming album, No Deliverance, on its Web site. Now there's this:'s got a full stream of the track on its site this afternoon. For what it's worth, this version at least inspi ... More >>

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    May 30, 2008

    Giveaway: Tickets To See Steve Miller Band At Starplex

    Yes, I'm pumped about The Dark Knight. But that ain't why I'm posting a picture of the late, great Heath Ledger as The Joker. No sirree. I'm doing it because we just got two pairs of tickets to give away to tonight's Steve Miller Band and Joe Cocker show at Center. And, well, I could ... More >>

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    May 28, 2008

    Hear Jessica Simpson's New Country Song...

    ...if you dare. It's over on Unfair Park. But be warned: It kinda sucks. No wait. It really sucks. It's like Gone Country bad. --Pete Freedman

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    May 23, 2008

    Erykah Badu Lends A Hand To Strange Fruit Project

    ...and, I say, "Get Live" is a good 'un from the Waco crew. --Pete Freedman

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    May 13, 2008

    Hear Blame It On Gravity And Meet The Old 97's At The Granada Tonight

    It's free. Starts at 8. Doors at 7. Then read my interview with Rhett Miller about the new disc in the Observer tomorrow. --Pete Freedman

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    April 29, 2008

    Speedealer Among 7,874 Artists Not Getting Paid

    Hey Speedealer: Looks like you're owed some money. Well, you and thousands of other artists, according to this story. A Nashville-based entertainment lawyer says he's got a list of 7,874 artists that are owed money from Sound Exchange, a company that's supposed to collect royalties for artists, bu ... More >>

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    April 28, 2008

    Edgefest 17: It Actually Doesn't Look That Bad...As A Slideshow

    Sorry, guys, but there was no way I was heading to Pizza Hut Park yesterday to see Edgefest 17. A festival headlined by 3 Doors Down and Puddle of Mudd doesn't really tickle my fancy. And it wouldn't have in 2002, either. Apparently, though, DC9 photographer Roger Caldwell didn't get that memo. He ... More >>

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    April 14, 2008

    New Jersey Takes Over Texas: The Video

    So, I alluded to this earlier today... ...and, of course, it was only a matter of time before it ended up on Youtube. --Pete Freedman

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    April 9, 2008

    Badu's New Concert Posters Are Ridiculously Awesome

    Power to Badu's people. Someone at Idolator has been reading Soulbounce, apparently, as both outlets are currently ga-ga over the prints that poster artist Emek has created for Eykah Badu's world tour. We're not all that surprised--we told you not once, but twice, how cool these posters were--but ... More >>

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    April 4, 2008

    Cross Canadian Ragweed Show Postponed Until May 31

    Not coming to town just yet. On the off-chance that my write-up in this week's paper on Cross Canadian Ragweed got you all riled up for the band's Fort Worth performance tonight, well, I've got some bad news for ya. The show's been postponed two months or so until May 31. And talk about a shitty ... More >>

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    March 26, 2008

    Some Good SUP News For Deep Ellum/Expo Park

    Still sudsin'. According to Alison Welsh of the Deep Ellum Association, both July Alley and Bar of Soap passed their SUP hearings today. While no one truly expected much opposition to these establishments' applications, the official word certainly comes as good news to Deep Ellum's advocates and pr ... More >>

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    March 11, 2008

    Something's Afoot At The Old Tower Records Spot On Lemmon

    What a great shot this is! (Pete Freedman) Driving to and from lunch today, we noticed something going on at the old Tower Records location on Lemmon Avenue. You might remember it going out of business about a year and a half ago? Anyway, there were people there today! Doing stuff, too! OK, they ... More >>

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    March 3, 2008

    Jenna Bush And I Like The Same Bands

    Our lists are frighteningly similar. And I don't know how I feel about it. John Norris, meanwhile, seems giddy about her choices. I don't know how I feel about that either. I definitely know, however, that this a perfect example of why MTV News has become a huge waste of space. Wherefore art tho ... More >>

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    February 26, 2008

    Sick Of Erykah Badu Yet?

    No? OK then... If you're not going to tonight's House of Blues show, you'll want to watch VH-1 Soul tonight at 8 to catch Ms. Badu's Storytellers performance. After a write-up about tonight's show for tomorrow's blog, we promise we'll stop might consider backing off Erykah for a bit. -- Pete Freed ... More >>

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    February 25, 2008

    D-Notes: Weekend Review...In Video!

    Another weekend, another slew of good shows here in the D. I only managed to hit the Melodica Festival (for about 20 exhausting hours of the course of the weekend), which you can read all about in the next Observer. In the meantime, there was a whole bunch of other stuff going on. And, if you missed ... More >>

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    February 18, 2008

    Ashlee Simpson "Rocks" Purgatory

    Someone posted a YouTube clip of Ashlee Simpson's performance of "L.O.V.E." at Purgatory from last Thursday. Tough to tell if she's learned her lip-syncing lesson given the phenomenal camera work/angle here. (Yes, this was a blatant attempt on our part to get Google hits. Suckers!) -- Pete Freed ... More >>

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    January 8, 2008

    We've Got a New Music Editor

    After months of searching, we've finally signed up a new music editor. Pete Freedman, who is currently the arts and entertainment editor at the Colorado Springs Independent, will step into the position February 4. Freedman met up with the Observer staff last week, and while in town made a point to h ... More >>

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