Angus Young looks like a possessed school boy as fire literally explodes from his fingertips each time they dance across the fretboard of his signature Gibson SG. His older brother, Malcolm, has been providing fuel to his fire for more than four decades. And together they've created some of heavy me ... More >>
Last week on Fox News, anchor Megyn Kelly took it upon herself to advise the children of America that Santa is in fact Caucasian. Tasteless? Yes. Unnecessary? Absolutely. Racist? Of course. But no one could've predicted how wrong she'd be proven when just a few days later, Santa would prove to be a ... More >>
June 24th saw the entirely unheralded ten-year anniversary of modern prog-rock landmark De-Loused In The Comatorium, the debut album of recently defunct The Mars Volta. Given that the critical response to its appearance back in 2003 was so incredibly varied (although it currently holds a Metacritic ... More >>
For more than three decades fans have been waiting for a Black Sabbath album with the original founder, the Lord of Darkness himself, whose distinctive growl along with Toni Iommi's pulse-grinding rhythms influenced generations of metal heads to pick up an ax and replicate the metal purity that reve ... More >>
Sunday, June 24, at Gexa Energy Pavilion
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes in local music. Lou Medina was born in Denton, grew up in Brooklyn, and moved back to DFW after getting his feet wet behind the turntables. He makes his living as a studio producer and devotes his time beyond that ... More >>
Been saving this one for today: February 26, the day John R. Cash was born in Kingland, Arkansas in 1932. It's a keepsake from Cash's last-ever show in Dallas: March 15, 1997, at the Majestic Theatre, with June Carter Cash by his side. Johnny had hoped to hit the road months earlier to tour behin ... More >>
Saturday, February 18, at Trees
Roger CaldwellFinally, another excuse to use this photoMost all of us know the deal when it comes to new music from a famous, old school rock artist: It's a waiting game. A waiting game daunted with a lot of vague answers, and sometimes pretty flaky behavior. Some would say this is due to ... More >>
In last week's edition of our regular feature, The Conversation, Pete Freedman and Daniel Hopkins debated on whether 1991 or 1994 was the greatest music year of the '90s. It was an interesting read for sure. And, since this week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of both Nevermind and The ... More >>
It's a busy Wednesday evening that features a rescheduled arena show, two great club performances and a local bill that will definitely have the oddest fashion sense out of all of these options...
Wednesday, March 2, at American Airlines Center
Can you really blame the rest of Creed for wanting to ditch this guy?In the late '90s and early 2000s, there were few bands higher on the proverbial food chain than Creed, with their first three multi-platinum albums amassing a total sales of over 30 million copies during their heyday. But dozens ... More >>
The Avetts don't let success get in the way of family
Sorry if this post comes off as a little, I dunno, off. As I write this in the ACL press tent, Daniel Johnston's giving an on-air interview to my right, School of Seven Bells is giving a web chat interview to my left, and Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights are talking up a print report ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Tuesday, June 23, 2009... Perez Hilton allegedly got punched by the Black Eyed Peas' manager for calling Will.I.Am a "faggot." It's funny how it's OK for him to call a straight man that. A little bit of a double standard, ya think? Kid Rock is ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Wednesday, April 29, 2009... What do you do when your competition has about 90 percent of the market? You make your product link to the Xbox. Yep, Microsoft isn't ready to give up on the ol' Zune yet; it will launch the Zune HD in the fall. Looks like ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Thursday, February 26, 2009... Apparently DMX has decided not to follow the Lord. It seems he'd rather assault a police officer while he's up in that system. He's possibly looking at another eight years. After a very long hiatus, No Doubt ... More >>
Remember when summer was awesome? No? Well, Here are 10 great summers in music history to jog your memory.
Loretta Lynn visits Bass Hall
Not only did rock icon Bob Dylan recently performed three sold out shows at House of Blues, but the famed songwriter seems to include Dallas as a stop on just about every tour he has. Odd then that his son Jakob would stub the metroplex for his initial solo tour. The hunky leader of the Wallflower ... More >>
Cornell outlived grunge and didn't sink "Like a Stone"
American V: A Hundred Highways (American/Lost Highway )
Personal File (Columbia/Legacy)
George Jones visits Bass Hall
Taking the Long Way (Columbia)
For years, former Observer music editor Zac Crain and I took delight in poking at the Dixie Chicks for pretending the former Dallas street-corner performers didn't exist until singer Natalie Maines joined the band and for acting as though they hadn't released an album till 1998's Wide Open Spaces. ( ... More >>
Saturday, February 25, at Hailey's
12 Songs (Columbia)
The Velvet Teen might have been stars. They'd rather be a great band.
Music From and Inspired by Spider-Man 2 (Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax)
Indie hip-hop label Definitive Jux plays kingmaker for the underground
The Man in Black left his mark not only on the music world, but on ours as well
Is Russell Simmons' 360HipHop.com the best hope to bring hip-hop culture onto the Internet?
Finally, June Carter Cash gets her own record, and maybe some of the credit she's always deserved
Black Sabbath has reunited, but has it cost its members their souls?
Lucinda Williams' Car Wheels roll on a perfect road
Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash are still our greatest Storytellers
Soul Food Cafe throws in the towel
A former Chili Pepper embraces his demon
Paul Size, ex-Red Devil guitarist and one-time Jagger sideman, leaves L.A. and returns home
Some of the best records are the ones never released