Fight the power! The Door in Dallas has just announced they're bringing Public Enemy to town on December 29. Tickets are set to go on sale this Thursday, November 21.
Chuck D says knock you out. The Kings of the Mic Tour has repeatedly been compared to a big classic rock arena show - old timers busting out riffs familiar to a graying crowd. But that's the wrong comparison. The Kings of the Mic Tour is more like if Chuck Berry went on tour with Elvis Presley, Lit ... More >>
Turning 50 is certainly not old by today's standards. But rock & roll conventionally has a different scale. After all, at that age who wants to even go to a concert, much less embark on a nationwide tour performing hit songs you wrote half a lifetime ago? Lots of people, as it turns out. As rock i ... More >>
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 >>
You know, this seldom happens, but I can say without a doubt that I have every single one of these artists in my iPod. Maybe I'll make it into a playlist. This'd be a good playlist, right? Either way, here are your top show announcements this week, and if you're like me, you're flabbergasted by th ... More >>
I've been to every Fun Fun Fun Fest since its inception in 2006, back when it was a one-night event and Spoon played to a small crowd of very cold attendees. Since then, the fest has grown in scope and size, seen legends and up-and-comers grace its stages, and matured out of its original Austin loca ... More >>
Recently, over at NPR, a 19-year-old intern was tasked with reviewing Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, an album he had ostensibly never heard or had little knowledge of. He reviewed it, didn't really like it, and was subsequently annihilated in the comments section. It ... More >>
This week, the Cheap Bastard eats at the Purple Onion, 1838 Irving Blvd., 214-747-0101. The place has a picture of a Viking on the wall, yet she neglects to make any Spam-Spam-Spam jokes. That's it, then. Alice is out of the audio-video club. Number of pictures on the wall of guys in Viking helmets ... More >>
Austin's little fest has grown big and sponsored--and that's fine by us
By now, you should know a lot about the 2011 Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. There's the fact that the Austin fest will take place this year on November 4, 5 and 6. Also: That it's moved out of Waterloo Park and over to the bigger Auditorium Shoes. And Slayer will be there. Spoon, too. Public Enemy a ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, October 23, 2009...Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to his gun charge in New York. It's amazing what kids will do for some street cred.Even Bon Jovi gets an O2 Arena residency. Really?I realize that Public Enemy is past its glory days, but, I didn't r ... More >>
It's raining Polyphonic Spree members.On Thursday, September 24, Dallas' own The Polyphonic Spree will perform a free concert at the Palladium Ballroom, as part of Southern Comfort's national underCOVER concert series. Oddly enough, the opening act on the bill will be Public Enemy's DJ Lord, who, ... More >>
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