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    October 9, 2014

    The Best Punk Venues in North Texas

    Punk venues are a little like snowflakes: Each one is different and they're all uniquely special. Well, okay, maybe that comparison will be lost in this part of the country, but the point remains the same. Which is to say, as far as music venues go punk venues are a special breed, meant more often t ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    The Best North Texas Venues that Opened in 2013

    North Texas already had more than its share of places to see live music. But it got a few notable additions in 2013, especially in Deep Ellum, where Three Links has wasted no time becoming a fixture and Twilite Lounge started to feel like it had been there for 50 years about three weeks after openin ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    The Six Best Concerts In DFW This Week, Including a Farewell to Zubar

    It's always sad seeing a good bar or venue close its doors. This week we're losing Zubar, a Greenville Avenue bar that has hosted a lot of great DJ residencies and some pretty phenomenal reggae, house and hip-hop sets in its nearly 17-year span. On the bright side, they're throwing a massive party ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013

    Nine Must-See Concerts In DFW This Week: July 11-17

    Fun fact!: If you watch Robert Downey Jr.'s performances in both Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man 3 in the same week, you may be prone to dreams of him taking over your job duties at the Dallas Observer, including this weekly blog post, and tweeting bad things about you to all of your friends behind you ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013

    Eight Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: July 4-10

    If you haven't been able to tell yet from all of our Willie Nelson content on DC9 at Night this week, it's Willie Nelson Week here on the music blog! I know! We love him just as much as you do. But don't worry, we've got some other awesome options for the people who either can't make it out to see W ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    The Nine Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: June 27-July3

    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 >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Top Nine Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: June 13-19

    I know I say this every week, but Dallas REALLY DOES have a little something for everyone this week, including a local band's EP release, an underground hip-hop show, a gig from a country singer-songwriter, a national folk-pop duo, a metal and hardcore show, a gigantic '90s music concert and a Tom W ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Ten Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: May 30-June 5

    Hey guys, guess what. Scientists recently decided that the world could instantly turn into a solid state at any moment, so before that happens, go catch these 10 must-see concerts in DFW. Scroll down to make your bucket list, then find the link to this terrifying NPR article on page two.

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    May 15, 2013

    Spooky Folk Fans Explain What the Band Means to Them at the Farewell Show

    It was an emotional night for more than a hundred who gathered for Denton's folk-pop quintet Spooky Folk's farewell show at Dan's Silverleaf on Monday night. The beloved five are putting their live shows on hiatus so that singer Kaleo Kaualoku can marry and move to Denver at the end of the month. Se ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    The 10 Best Jukeboxes in Dallas

    Jukeboxes serve a simple yet critical role in bars everywhere. They can help you cope after a breakup, relax you after a long day of work, remind you of what you love most or fire you up and give you something to dance to. A jukebox used to be the imprint of a bar's spirit, hosting a select set of ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    The Top Ten Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: April 18-24

    Can we just take a second to acknowledge that the weather in Dallas-Fort Worth these past couple of weeks has been glorious? Optimal for outdoor shows, BYOB events and the like, the weather should remain this awesome--barring a tornado or two--for a short while longer (before the inevitable Texas su ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013

    The Nine Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: March 28 to April 3

    Editor: Welcome to our weekly rundown of our nine favorite shows, all of which are better than this new Lil' Wayne album. It's terrible, guys. If you're looking for loud, head to Dada for The Casualties and awesome friends. If you're looking for something a little more multi-generational on this E ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    When Texas Was the Center of the Music Universe

    This week's cover story chronicles the 11 day stretch in early March when Texas becomes the center of the music universe. There were festivals in Denton and Austin and Dallas and Grand Prairie and on and on. We were at a lot of them, and in case you find tons of blog posts presented in backward chro ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, March 18-21

    Spooky Folk, Babar, New Science Projects, Peopleodeon, Cool Womb Wednesday, March 20, at J&J's Pizza, Free They should rename this show "Musical Chairs of Denton." In celebrating his 20-somethingth birthday, Chris Bryan of Peopleodeon has put together a hefty bill of bands, considering the mere thre ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    The Best of 35 Denton Night Four: Herb, Jameson and Finding Our Limits

    Yes, we were there for the music, but if you weren't a local, you were also had a town to explore. The Denton trip is a short one, but for a Dallas lady like me it's generally just for a show. Maybe from the window at Paschall's I can sit and day dream about an afternoon spent roaming the charming D ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, March 11-14

    The time has come. We are officially knee-deep in festival season. On top of that, all of the best shows happen in the springtime, when the weather is best, which means that we won't get a break until we're running on fumes, with our little engines barely puttering into summer. For now, we're going ... More >>

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    March 10, 2013

    13 Things That Make for the Perfect House Show

    The other day I told you about all of the super cool unofficial house shows and day parties that this 35 Denton has to offer. Turns out they don't disappoint. Or, at least the one all-day house show at 1401 Bolivar St. yesterday didn't. It had all of the correct elements for a perfect Denton house s ... More >>

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    March 10, 2013

    The Best of 35 Denton Night Three: Thunder and Other Noises

    There is no physical way you could carry or wear enough clothing to properly prepare for Texas weather. I thought at the beginning of the day that a sweater might have been overkill. About two hours later I felt distinctly underprepared. Actually, given that it was too much in warm weather and soake ... More >>

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    March 9, 2013

    The Best from 35 Denton Night Two: Metal Wrestling and Fence Repair

    By the calendar, we're halfway through 35 Denton 2013, though much of the good stuff is yet to come. Keep checking DC9 for daily updates from the fest. The highlights below are in a very (very) loose chronological order. In cases where the photos don't refer directly to the words on either side of t ... More >>

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    March 9, 2013

    Six Musicians Show Us What's in Their Pockets at 35 Denton

    The nerd. Joey Liechty, also known as DJ Yeahdef, has the following in his pockets: - Nintendo DS -Envelope full of cash -Cutter cassette tape

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    March 8, 2013

    The Best from 35 Denton Night One: The Dancing, The Technological Advances and The Artisanal Jello Shots

    Work is miles away; the real world is even further. It is festival season. We begin at Hailey's in Denton. Terminator 2 kicks off the official portion of 35 Denton with a flexing of enormous sound. My everything shakes involuntarily, and it is perfect. --Kiernan Maletsky Before there was a note fro ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    The Six Best Concerts in DFW This Weekend, March 7 to 10

    I know this is hard, trust me. This weekend's options seem almost endless. Between 35 Denton's four-day lineup of hundreds of musicians, and other major names like Eels and Andrew W.K. rolling into town, it feels like you'll never sleep again, right? Well, that's probably true--at least for now--but ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    The Six Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, February 25-28

    Tame Impala Wednesday, February 27, at Granada Theater, $22/$24 There is no edge to the earth, but if there were, Perth, Australia, would probably be in spitting distance of it. So it's unexpected for a band to overcome such geographic remoteness to find a place on the world stage. Tame Impala have ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, February 21-24

    Electric Six Saturday, February 23, at Dada, $15 Electric Six, the warhorses of heavy and frantic disco-rock, roll into Dada to spray high-energy chaos over Dallas' most extensive corner stage. After the release of their latest album in October, a live greatest-hits number, "The Six," as I have arbi ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    Trebuchet Exposes their Unusual Process in a Documentary and After-Party Performance

    The Film: Denton rock experimenteers Trebuchet have a recording idea, and it sounds a little cockamamie. 'Course, the way they write music isn't exactly some safe-bet formula either, but we'll get to that. Four Nights in December, their new making-of documentary (initially meant to be only music vi ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    The Fifteen Worst Make Out Records Ever

    It's a classic Valentine's Day dilema -- you've planned ahead, made the sweeping gestures, made eyes across a white tablecloth and now you're ready to express yourself with some good old fashioned parts-rubbing. Whatever you do, don't play any of these records.

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    February 14, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, February 14-17

    Patti Labelle Thursday, February 14, at The American Airlines Center, $31-$86 KSOC-FM "Old School" 94.5 has earned the nickname "The Baby Making Station," as the station's nighttime programming of "Old School Lovin'" has become a go-to staple of gatherings in the area. So it comes as no surprise tha ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, February 11-14

    The xx Wednesday, February 13, and Thursday, February 14, at The Granada Theater Achingly hip Londoners the xx have a two-night stay at The Granada this week, meaning twice as many Dallasites will be swept away by songs from their now-ubiquitous debut album and the recently released Coexist. We're k ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    The Six Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, January 31-February 3

    Toro Y Moi Friday, February 1, at Trees, $17 Fans of Toro Y Moi have been eagerly awaiting their January release, Anything In Return. Buzz from the album leak earlier this year was that Chaz Bundick, Toro Y Moi's frontman-producer, had created a piece of pop art that will take the chillwave movement ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts In DFW This Week, January 28-31

    Lady Gaga Tuesday, January 29, at American Airlines Center, $65-$200 Jan 29th sees the Dallas leg of Lady Gaga's latest attempt to put some relevant words in front of the word "Ball" and successfully market it as an event. To be fair to Lady G, she's one of those rare pop phenomenons who managed, at ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Of Mice & Men

    Tuesday, January 22, at Trees

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    January 7, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, January 7-10

    The Growlers, The Vacant Lots Thursday, January 10, at Dada, $13/$15 Since 2006, Orange County has claimed a band of revved-up boys looking to start a fire, although more often than not they stick to creating the experimental surf sounds that mimic California's beachy landscape and add a twist of dr ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, January 3-6

    Night Game Cult, Shiny Around the Edges Saturday, January 5, at New Media Recordings House, $5 Shiny Around the Edges and Night Game Cult soundtrack this night dedicated to the legend of Bozo Texino. Texas filmmaker Bill Daniel's 2005 documentary on the rail-car graffiti, which has appeared on train ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    A Dozen of Our Favorite Posts and Stories of 2012

    As the sands in the hourglass run out here at DC9 HQ, and making year-end lists feels more like penance than pleasurable mental exercise, we thought we'd take a break from quantifying albums and concerts, and instead qualify some of our favorite posts from the last year with an, "Oh man, that was a ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Starparty

    December 31 at Hailey's Club

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    December 27, 2012

    The Overserved Has Some Ideas for Dallas in 2013 (That Still Involve Being Overserved)

    Resolutions. I have only ever kept one. Still, the year's end is a moment to take inventory of what I want less or more of, and it's hard not to get swept up in the promise-keeping to our newer, shinier, skinnier, well-read selves. I will get eight hours of sleep. I will not consume simple carbs. ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts In DFW This Week, December 17-20

    Libertine's 13th Annual Toy Drive Monday, December 17, at Libertine Bar/Single Wide, Donations accepted More than a dozen acts are slated to play this annual benefit show, now taking place at Libertine and Single Wide. The O's, Ryan Thomas Becker, Grant Jones & the Pistol Grip Lassos, Cutter, J. Cha ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    George Quartz, Midnight Movie, At Night - Double Wide - 12/8/12

    George Quartz', Midnight Movie, At Night Double Wide Saturday, December 8 In a last-minute switch-up, The Atomic Tanlines, who were slotted to open the three-act bill at Double Wide Saturday night, were replaced by a local electronic band called At Night. It was a pleasant surprise though, as the w ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, December 3-6

    Revolutionary Pants Fundraiser with Yells at Eels Monday, December 3, at Texas Theatre, $25 Revolutionary Pants, a local DIY organization which focuses on creative urban development and city planning in Dallas, is hosting a fundraiser to fund the cost of filing for 501(c)3 non-profit status, and its ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012
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    November 9, 2012

    Odes To Our Favorite Burgers: In Which City of Ate Reflects on the Best Meats

    With burgers, like many things, beauty is in the mouth of the be-eater. While I've been running around town looking for my perfect burger, I realize that everyone has their favorites, and no amount of smackdownin' is going to change the mind of a devoted burger enthusiast. I polled the staff of the ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    The Eight Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, November 8-11

    Dallas Observer Music Awards Saturday, November 10, in Deep Ellum, $10 The 2012 Dallas Observer Music Awards are here! We're inviting you to come party with us at our 24th annual local-music showcase, which celebrates the North Texas music community and its various contributions this past year. More ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    The Seven Best Concerts In Dallas This Week

    Nas and Lauryn Hill Monday, October 29, at the Palladium Ballroom, $54.75 This pairing is an inspired one, and especially notable for fans of Lauryn Hill, who have been wondering where the follow-up to 1998's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has been hiding. That (hopefully) comes with the release of ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    The Five Best Shows In Dallas This Weekend

    Ben Kweller Friday, October 26, at The Kessler Theater, $22.50-$30 Texas native Ben Kweller is currently finishing up the handful of shows on his 62-date worldwide tour, in support of his February release, Go Fly a Kite. A now happily-married father of two, Kweller's most recent album is a little mo ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts In DFW This Week

    Norah Jones Monday, October 22, at McFarlin Auditorium, $60.55-$71.32 Norah Jones is making her way back to her old stomping grounds tonight at McFarlin Auditorium, after kicking off her fifth world tour this past May. After pairing up with Danger Mouse for her fifth release, Little Broken Hearts, J ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend

    Madonna Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, at American Airlines Center, $48.50-$358.50 Get your outfits ready, Madonna is upon us. When she kicked off her world tour back in May, thus began her gigantic seven-month, 89-date trek through Europe before hitting North America, and she'll event ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    The Six Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend

    Check out more of this weekend's shows via our shiny new concert calendar Afghan Whigs, Centro-matic Sunday, October 14, at the Granada Theater Within the bowels of the '90s reunion machine, Ohio's Afghan Whigs are one of those bands you never really expected to be spat out again. Their 1993 LP, Ge ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    Free Pussy Riot Benefit

    Saturday, September 29, at Rubber Gloves

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    September 27, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend

    Find more of this weekend's best shows in our shiny new concert calendar. Fort Worth Music Festival Will Rogers Memorial, Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 Whether it's the deep soul of Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, the tears-in-my-beer ballads of Hayes Carll, or the smooth ... More >>

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