Pete Freedman

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    July 22, 2010
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    July 21, 2010

    Gig Alert: Freedman, Wilonsky and Grimes Bring Snark Off Blog, Into The Loft​Typically, us Observer peeps keep our ever-simmering hearts of hate hidden behind the gentle curtain of the written word. But, tonight, we are coming out from behind our mixed metaphor to make an exception for you, our readers, whosoever of you are foolish en ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009
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    December 18, 2008

    The Secret Machines' Brandon Curtis Takes On Silent Night, Donations

    Over at The Secret Machines' web site this morning, you can listen to Brandon Curtis' pretty haunting (and borderline disturbing) take on "Silent Night". It's worth a listen, if for no other reason than the fact that it's a different from most interpretations. And who knows? You might like it. If so ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    MTV Names New Amerykah The 9th Best Disc Of '08`

    Considering that I've only seen eight of the 25 artists mentioned in MTV's year-end best albums list (Kanye West, Lil Wayne, No Age, Death Cab, Vampire Weekend, Panic At The Disco, MGMT, Coldplay) actually have their viddeos played on MTV or sister network VH1, you've gotta imagine that, for 17 of t ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Ben Curtis' School Of Seven Bells Get Some Stereogum Love

    Former Tripping Daisy member, Secret Machine and Dallasite Ben Curtis and his new bandmates in School of Seven Bells are at the receiving end of some fine love today from the folks at Stereogum, who are featuring SVIIB in the debut of a new video performance feature called Decomposed, in which bands ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Probably The First And Last Time Brave Combo Will Ever Face Off With Sith Lords

    More proof that Brave Combo's nothing to polk fun at (sorry): The band has been nominated for an "Annie" award, which claims to be the highest honor in animation, for the use of its "William Tell Overture" take as the theme for the PBS animated series As The Wrench Turns. In the "Music in an An ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    More Love For Play-N-Skillz's Efforts On Lil Wayne's Disc

    MTV News' hip-hop department has announced today it's picks for the top 28 commercially release hip-hop singles of the year (which, I guess, means no remixes are eligible), and lookie there, right at No. 19, yep, that's Lil Wayne's "Got Money (feat. T-Pain)", as produced by area hotshots Play-N-Skil ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Dean Guitars Sets Up Online Dimebag Memorial

    Yesterday, of course, was the fourth anniversary of Dimebag Darrell's untimely death--which probably explains the large amount of information we keep finding about him and the biographies being written about him and whatnot of late. And, sorry we didn't post this yesterday when it went up, but, to c ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Picture Show: GWAR At The Palladium Ballroom

    We're pretty sure the photos Brittan Dunham brought with her to the office this morning are from last night's GWAR show at the Palladium. Although, really, they could just be stills from the production of the upcoming sure-to-be zombie classic World War Z. Either way, check 'em out. --Pete Freedman

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    December 3, 2008

    My Brightest, Brownest Christmas Compilation

    The weather outside is weather, which means, yep, we're being absolutely inundated with Christmas albums and compilations here at DC9 HQ. Anyone want not one, but two brand-new Brian Setzer Orchestra seasonal delights? Seriously, ask me for them. They're yours....What, no takers? Oh well...That bein ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Stereogum Premieres The First Single From Greenville Native Ben Kweller's Upcoming Disc

    Greenville native Ben Kweller's come out and set a date for his upcoming release, Changing Horses, which we last heard about in August. Anyway, according to Stereogum, which posts a "Progress Report" item today on the status of the album, the disc will be released during the first week of February. ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    OK, So This Just Keeps Getting More And More Impressive

    Kii Arens Another impressive show to add to the growing list of jaw-droppers the Door's been booking to its stage lately: The Eagles of Death Metal. No, seriously. On Friday, December 12. Add that to the list that already includes Ice Cube, Fishbone, King's X, Plain White T's, Job for a Cowboy a ... More >>

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    November 14, 2008

    At West Village This Weekend: Wii Got The Beat

    Dear rare Dallas music fan who wouldn't mind being seen in Uptown this weekend, According to this blog post I just stumbled across, there's gonna be some sort of Wii Music demonstration thing with street performers and stuff tomorrow and Sunday at West Village. Might be cool. Dunno. But it shou ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008

    So. See You At The Double Wide Tonight, Yeah?

    Tonight at the Double Wide, in honor of the great Chelsea Callahan's birthday, the venue is throwing Cha-Cha's 5th Annual Rock-And-Roll for Charity. And it's a pretty busy event, starting tonight at 8 and running until the bar closes at 2 in the morn'. There's free bbq from Sonny Bryan's from the g ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    You Know What, Stetson? YOU SUCK.

    You let some dude from Austin to win your stupid little competition. Way to go against the grain. --Pete Freedman

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    November 3, 2008

    So. We Shot JR Launched A Record Label.

    Yep. It's true. Oh, and it's vinyl-only (like Nova Posta) and the label's first release will be a Fight Bite single. Also: The free launch party/concert to celebrate the new label is set to take place Friday night with Fight Bite, fellow new labelmates Darktown Strutters and Orange Coax, plus two o ... More >>

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    October 11, 2008

    It's Official: The Cardinals Show Is On For Tonight

    Just got word from Ryan Adams' publicist that the show is a go. So, no need to freak out any more. Have fun tonight, if you're going. --Pete Freedman

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    October 10, 2008

    Head On Over To Bill's Records, Like Right Now

    Just a reminder, since Good Friday won't be ready for, oh, another hour or so, and since this show's about to start within the half-hour: Pete Best, the Beatles' original drummer, will be performing a free in-store set at Bill's Records any minute now. So, y'know, get on it. --Pete Freedman

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    October 2, 2008

    Three Van High Twirlers Kissed Girls, Liked It, And Then Got Suspended For It

    If you haven't yet seen it, let me please point you toward what is probably the greatest piece of music journalism ever produced by the Dallas Morning News. Here's the gist of it: Three members of the Van, Texas, high school twirl team have been suspended from performing at the next two high school ... More >>

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    September 22, 2008

    Turns Out A DFW Artist Not Named Erykah Badu Is Playing ACL...

    You won't see Dallas rapper Pikahsso on the poster for this year's ACL Fest, but, still you can rest assured that he'll be there, on stage, performing alongside fellow Texas hip-hop mainstay Bavu Blakes as the two perform their collaborative song "Smiley Faces" on stage on Saturday. And that's goo ... More >>

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    September 15, 2008

    Seems CBS 11 Loves It Some Matthew JC And The AllStars... much so that it hired the area band to write a song for its new promo spot (or so says Uncle Barky). I've never seen/heard these guys before, so I have no idea if this information is accurate. But, at the very least, it's pretty amusing. And it could mean that, if you're really into the CBS ... More >>

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    September 15, 2008

    Download: Led Zeppelin In Dallas, 1973 (Soundboard Recording)

    Speaking of concerts in Dallas in the '70s, I just stumbled upon this live soundboard recording of a Led Zeppelin's May 18, 1973 performance at the Memorial Auditorium--but you'll need to be a bit torrent downloader to get it. I know nothing about this show, other than that John Paul Jones apparen ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Another Awards Show, Another Award For Erykah Badu's "Honey" Video...

    And so it goes: Just got word that Erykah Badu and her "Honey" co-director Mr. Roboto (I think some domo arigatos are in order, yes?) took home the Best Direction award at this year's MTV VMA "Professional Catergories" awards show for their collaboration on the "Honey" video, beating out Panic at th ... More >>

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    August 19, 2008

    Jonathan Tyler & The Northen Lights Officially Sign To Atlantic Records

    After some fairly intensive competition between interested labels (more on that in the coming weeks), Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights have, as expected, finally put pen to paper with Atlantic Records. That's the word, at least, straight from the band manager's mouth. What's that mean? Well, af ... More >>

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    August 8, 2008

    You Might Want To Pre-Buy Your Tickets To Tonight's Valient Thorr and Early Man Show...

    Bring it? No, no, no. Valient Torr says it's already been broughten. ...and not because the Club Dada show tonight is likely to sell out. Actually, it's so you can get the most bang for your buck. John Iskander of Parade of Flesh, who booked tonight's show (and, let's face it, has had some bad lu ... More >>

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    August 1, 2008

    Getting Knee-Deep In "Stage Dumps"

    Will Johnson takes a load off at Good Records. Stage Dumps--a Denton-based blog that features candid live photos of musicians who, while trying to rock out, end up looking like they're dropping a deuce--has been having its hot, smelly day in the sun lately, thanks to some national linkage. On Mon ... More >>

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    July 31, 2008

    Grab Your Copy Of Fight Bite's Emerald Eyes On Saturday At Good Records

    Denton's Fight Bite keeps getting all sorts of Internet love--last week alone, the band found itself, again, with mentions on Stereogum and Gorilla vs Bear, among other blogs and local publications--despite the fact that the band's disc won't see an official national release until October (well, as ... More >>

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    July 24, 2008

    Forget Disney: Demi Lovato Is Now Appearing On An MTV Station Near You

    Not to belabor the point, but this Demi Lovato girl from Colleyville sure is blowing up pretty big... Case in point: The infallible barometer of all things underground and credible--MTV News, of course--ran this feature (video embedded to the right) on the former Observer cover girl yesterday, ask ... More >>

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    July 18, 2008

    Aw, Crap: 100 Damned Guns Can't Play Tomorrow's Showcase

    100 Damned Guns ain't playing tomorrow. Sorry. (Vishal Malhotra) Some bad news, gang: Due to a personal matter that just came up with one of 100 Damned Guns' members, the band will not be playing our showcase tomorrow. As a result, there will be no 7 p.m. set at Sugar Shack, and the festivities t ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008

    The Jonas Brothers' Slideshow Is Finally Up. And It's Everything You'd Expect It To Be. (Which Is To Say: "Incredible.")

    I think it's safe to say that Observer photographer Brian Harkin hit this assignment out of the park. Amazing stuff. --Pete Freedman

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    July 2, 2008

    Midlake's McKenzie Smith Officially Joins The Fieros

    Just came across an interesting Myspace bulletin from The Fieros (formerly The Valentines), who recently left town for the bright lights of New York City. First, the band mentions that it'll be heading out on a California swing later this month to showcase its tunes and shop them around a bit. S ... More >>

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    July 2, 2008

    DOMA XX Best Song Nominees: "Julianne" by The Crash That Took Me"

    No other song on The Crash That Took Me's Best Album-nominated disc, Orchestrated Kaleidescopes, better exemplifies the sound of this collective of music scene vets than "Julianne." That sound? Big. Beautiful, too. Check it out after the jump. --Pete Freedman

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    June 27, 2008

    Toadies Nab Some Rolling Stone--And Even More Spin--Coverage

    Proof that the '90s are truly back: Rolling Stone gives the Toadies some love on a blog post today and Spin continues showering the Toadies with hype, this time filming some exclusive acoustic rooftop sets in Manhattan with the Fort Worth boys. --Pete Freedman

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    June 26, 2008

    Deep Ellum Town Hall Meeting Set For Tomorrow Night, Frankie Campagna Set To Open

    As if tomorrow afternoon's event, with Mayor Tom Leppert running a town hall meeting in Deep Ellum, wasn't a little weird to begin with, there's this: Frankie Campagna of Spector 45 will be opening for the mayor. In other news, I'm gonna be auditioning bands to open for all of my future public appe ... More >>

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    June 25, 2008

    David Byrne's Weird, Animatronic Connection To Dallas

    Seems like the former Talking Heads frontman is working with a Richardson-based robotics expert on an art exhibit currently on display in Spain. Wilonsky's got the story over on Unfair Park. --Pete Freedman

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    June 17, 2008

    Norah Jones Welcomes Your Little One Into The World

    Idolator heps us to the fact that Dallas' own Norah Jones' "Sunrise" (see above video) has been included on the March of Dimes benefit CD, Stork Tunes, a disc that aims to relax soon-to-mothers as they go through labor. Awesome! No, it's not as cool as, say, Rockabye Baby!: Lullaby Renditions of Th ... More >>

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    June 16, 2008

    Micah P. Hinson Gets Stereogum Nod

    Abilene-based country-tinged crooner Micah P. Hinson, whose played more than his fair share of DFWd gigs over the years, got himself a write-up on Stereogum's The 'Gum Drop today. Check it. --Pete Freedman

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    June 2, 2008

    Kirtland Records And The Toadies Deliver A Little No Deliverance

    The Toadies (Jason Janik) If you aren't a die-hard Toadies fan, you can feel free to stop reading this post right now. If you are, though, (or if you're just curious and/or can't stop reading something once you've started), then this might interest you. Over the weekened, Kirtland Records made a s ... More >>

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    May 28, 2008

    A Japanese Band You've Never Heard Of Is Actually Pretty Awesome And Is Making Its Stateside Debut In Dallas This Weekend

    You might've heard that A-Kon 19, which claims itself to be the oldest continually running Anime convention in North America, is going down at the Sheraton Dallas (formerly the Adam's Mark) this weekend. You might've even heard the nerd-tastic news that the convention's going for a doozie of a Guinn ... More >>

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    May 12, 2008

    The New York Times Is On To Denton.

    Hey, now! The travel section of yesterday's New York Times has sweet little profile of the little d in it, and it gets all "Is Denton the Next Austin?" while namedropping a bunch of local acts and even including a media player with songs from Midlake, Sarah Jaffe, The Baptist Generals and Record Hop ... More >>

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    May 8, 2008

    Local American Idol Contestant Finally And Mercifully Gets Voted Off

    I haven't watched a single second of American Idol this season, the show's seventh, and clearly I'm not alone; the ratings just keep dropping for the reality singing competition that made Burleson's Kelly Clarkson a star. But area TV viewers did have a reason to watch the Fox reality show thanks t ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008

    Women's Chorus of Dallas Doo Doo Doos Its Way Into Our Hearts

    Only a handful of people have so far watched this Youtube clip of the Women's Chorus of Dallas performing "Istanbul (Not Contsantinople)": Let's fix that; this is a damn fine performance. Well done, ladies. --Pete Freedman

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    April 16, 2008

    Jay-Z And Mary J. Blige Video From Last Weekend

    Wondering why DC9 blogger Quia Querisma called last weekend's Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z show "best concert I've attended in my life"? Well, this video might help a little... ...but I imagine it doesn't quite do the show justice. Or so the rest of her lavish praise on the gig would have me believe. ... More >>

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    April 4, 2008

    Good News/Bad News: I Love Math To Release New Disc, Tour

    Why doesn't I Love Math love us? Good news first: The new album from I Love Math--you know, the side-project from John Dufilho of The Deathray Davies and, recently, The Apples in Stereo--is going to be called Getting To The Point Is Beside It. It's been slated for a May 27 release. Yippee! The bad ... More >>

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    March 26, 2008

    Hey, Dallas Jazzheads: Get Ready To Party

    Return to Forever is just one new addition to your jazz to-do list. OK, so Return to Forever isn't playing the Nokia Theater until June 1--but this show's something of a big deal, folks. The Chick Corea-led RTF hasn't played together since 1983. But, now, 25 years later, the band's reunited for a c ... More >>

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    March 24, 2008

    John Freeman: Born to Rock Opera

    Over on DC9 at Night, music editor Pete Freedman chats with John Freeman about the fate and state of Sloppyworld, which was shut down by the city earlier this month because the venue does not yet have its certificate of occupancy. Turns out, Sloppyworld's a thing of the past, as the Dutch Treat's go ... More >>

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    February 25, 2008

    Macavity Reunion Show Upcoming...

    Reunion's the name of the game of late in the Dallas music scene. A couple bands got back together for the Melodica festival this weekend and, well, we already know about Chomsky's return. Next up: Macavity, whose reunion show will take place on March 8 at the Double-Wide. In anticipation, it look ... More >>

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    February 14, 2008

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Local American Idol Angle...

    His name is Jason Castro and he calls Rowlett home. You might recognize him from the MTV show Cheyenne, in which he played love interest numero uno to Frisco's Cheyenne Kimball. (This is a growing trend, apparently, that has a lot of AI viewers calling bullshit on this season--a whole bunch of them ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008
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