Last night, one of the most renowned post-punk bassists of all time sat in with The Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. I can't think of a more random gathering of talents under one roof, though admittedly this sort of thing does seem to happen on Fallon. When the little romantically subversive ... More >>
Last Sunday, Dallas lost a true beacon in the scene. Christopher Evans Kelly, a.k.a. DJ Quick Chris, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure after a year-long fight with lymphoma. "Even through his ongoing stays in the hospital, Chris continued to create new and original sounds," says his si ... More >>
The return of terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad rain made Saturday a muddy but fun mess. Thankfully, the downpours didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd on day two of ACL, but it did seem to thin out the herds. Aside from remembering how to walk in inches-deep goop like we did back at the Dillo ... More >>
See also: Bonnaroo Thursday See also: Bonnaroo Friday Do not, under any circumstances, forget to bring earplugs to a Mogwai concert. Thank the concert gods I didn't learn this lesson the hard way during their Saturday evening set at Bonnaroo, having just bought a pair from some high-schoolers rais ... More >>
I was feeling anti-social on Friday night, which is difficult considering the Deep Ellum Arts Festival had drawn a thousand or so extra faces to the neighborhood. I had a soft goal in mind: to end up at the 2 Chainz concert at Main Event Center. No phone calls had been made. No emails had been writt ... More >>
It would be slightly unfortunate to have scheduled a concert on the same weekend as 35 Denton, but it's not like everyone's going up there, right? [Crickets chirping; the entire office is headed North on I-35.] But, for those of us left behind, there are still plenty of things to do around town, ... More >>
It's been quite a few years since Austin's Spoon played an open-to-the-public show in Dallas. Odd considering that most notable Austin acts play in Dallas at least a few times a year. But that's what makes this show announcement so special. On Thursday, April 12, Spoon will perform at Granada The ... More >>
Hey, we know those dudes! Unless you've been living under a rock, this is old news: Rio Room is kind of killing it these days. Forget the fact that Playboy named it one of the best clubs in the states last month; the Travis Street hotspot has played host to the likes of Erykah Badu (twice!), Ques ... More >>
In the latest issue of Playboy, the magazine synonymous with naked ladies and nightlife, the publication's editors compiled a list of the 14 best nightlife hot spots across the US. And we'll be damned if Dallas wasn't included. The uber-trendy Travis Street night club Rio Room made the cut -- for ... More >>
Metta World PeaceWhen Lakers forward Ron Artest announced last week that he is legally changing his name to Metta World Peace, the Internet exploded with bafflement and criticism. Obviously, this is coming from sports fans. We in the music world are accustomed to odd stage names. Dallas' own Eryk ... More >>
Via Diplo's Twitter accountDiplo and Dirk NowitzkiYes, it's true: Dirk Nowitzki celebrated turning 33 years old yesterday by hitting the town on Saturday night -- stopping off, even, at Rio Room to catch DJ sets from Questlove and Erykah Badu. There, as the clock struck midnight, the Mavericks fa ... More >>
Photo by Kevin TodoraThe scene in the Esplanade Fountain at Fair Park last night during Electric DaisyShortly after 11:30 last night, not long after an infinitesimally small amount of Dallasites elected a new mayor, the calls and email began pouring in, all saying more or less the same thing: Cha ... More >>
A Soulquarians reunion? Almost! Tomorrow night, after an affair last night that saw NBA champion/Mavericks guard JJ Barea and even Miss Universe stopping on by Rio Room for DJ Klever's set (Mavs Championship Party Tour 2011 is the best!), the posh Uptown spot will host another pretty massive deal ... More >>
The strong bond between Dallas' Own Erykah Badu and Philadelphia's The Roots has been cemented for years -- since back in 1996, actually, when Badu enlisted the would-be Best Band in Late Night for work on her debut release from 1997, Baduizm.Why Badu wanted to work with The Roots? Well, that much i ... More >>
Christian Dean Ward, perhaps better known around town as Dean Dillinger, got his start spinning records way back when, as a producer/board operator at WERQ-92.3 92Q Jams in Baltimore. "I used to play records for Reggie Reg and K-Swift (Rest In Power) when they went to the bathroom, or were on the ... More >>
We'd been wondering when Erykah Badu would schedule a hometown performance in support of her new album, New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh. Earlier this week, when Badu announced her tour schedule, we got our answer: She'll be playing the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie on June 14. After the ... More >>
There's no video to be found at the moment of Erykah Badu's performance alongside The Roots on Friday night's episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon anywhere we know of on the Internet, which sucks. (What gives NBC?) But there's this: Over the weekend, Questlove, The Roots' drummer, post ... More >>
In a year that saw Ozzy, the Jonases and The New York Times storm through North Texas, which area music stories will go down as the most important of 2008?
The Roots, Gym Class Heroes, Estelle Palladium Ballroom October 11, 2008 Better than: dealing with the fallout from a long overdue nastygram to your boss... I’m the first to admit that the most I know about Gym Class Heroes is that “Cupid’s Chokehold” song that comes on the radio every ... More >>
Yeah, Grandmaster Flash graced the ones and twos at Ghostbar this weekend. But who cares? The people there didn't seem to.
With six months X'd off of the calendar year, we look back at the best music of the year—and wonder which albums we'll remember come December
Tuesday, June 17, at House of Blues
Lay It Down (Blue Note)
It's Dave Chappelle...bitch! Quia's gonna be checking in first thing tomorrow morning with a review of tonight's Erykah badu show at the House of Blues, but before she does, we've got to mention something else of note: In addition to a slew of big names we already knew Erykah was bringing in to help ... More >>
The songstress burst through her stuggles with writer's block and created a solid record
Everyone's favorite local R&B/soul/neo-soul singer, Erykah Badu, has got a couple killer shows coming up in the near future. This one at the Ghostbar with Q-Tip looks cool: This one at the House of Blues, with ?uestlove, Pharoahe Monch, Bun B and others, looks even cooler: (Right-click images ... More >>
She is the songstress Amy Winehouse wishes to be
Allow me to preface this review by saying every Roots performance I've been to has been the best show I've ever seen. Last night's Hip Hop Honors tour kept the trend, but delivered a special dose of showmanship, because the Roots crew wasn’t there to play its own songs. The group wasted no time j ... More >>
Planet Earth (Sony/BMG)
The evolutionary ?uest of the Roots
You know who I miss? Corn Mo. And if you miss the gone-to-NYC Dutch Treat as much as I do, go to his Web site and download a handful of tracks, including the immortal Kevin Von Erich trib "Shine On, Golden Warrior," which I do believe appeared on one of our Dallas Observer Scene, Heard compilations ... More >>
Monday, February 19, at Gypsy Tea Room
I seem to recall that a few years ago, we wrote something unflattering about Chris Burney, who's second from right. Wonder what that was... Did you know Chris Burney, guitarist for Bowling for Soup, is in the new intro to Monday Night Football? (This assumes, of course, you know who Bowling for Soup ... More >>
Tuesday, March 14, at the Gypsy Tea Room's "Tea Room"
Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party
Thursday, August 25, at the Gypsy Tea Room's Ballroom
The Tipping Point (Geffen)
Rap has always been about community. Now the community is online.
Cody Chesnutt's lo-fi album is a raggedy, sprawling, beautiful mess. Think he cares?
December 7 and 8
Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo are revolutionary producers. Now they're doing it for themselves.
There will always be a little Miles Davis in electric jazz. And maybe some Christian McBride, too.