Austin's Sons of Fathers is the brainchild of David Beck and Paul Cauthen, two guys who were born and raised all over Texas in musical families. After meeting at a park in San Marcos, the duo christened themselves Beck and Cauthen only to have representatives from Beck Hansen send them a cease and d ... More >>
While Dallas-Ft. Worth is a massive media market, and we certainly have our share of beloved faces and voices that we've welcomed for many years. For fans of Texas Country / Red Dirt Music, there might not be a personality in North Texas more revered than Justin Frazell. What makes Frazell's story a ... More >>
Walking into Plano's Courtyard Theater on Thursday night felt a bit like walking into Addison's WaterTower Theatre or perhaps Dallas' Kalita Humphreys Theater. Among the well-dressed crowd, there were some older folks milling about, chatting in the modern-designed foyer as an air of formality wafted ... More >>
Is there such a thing as the end of festival season here? I don't know. What I do know is that there are a couple more this weekend -- Fort Worth Music Festival features twang on Friday and fuzzy guitar bliss on Saturday. And Wildflower remains the most fun I can imagine having in the general proxim ... More >>
As we sit in our cubicles, school chairs or desks today, the Texas sky is relentless with its 73-degree beauty, tempting all of us to turn on some tunes, throw up our hands and have recess. Texas has just reached the perfect time of year when all of the alchemy is correct for hosting a plethora of m ... More >>
So, this is definitely a top-five weekend in North Texas music annually. We're flush with bands this time of year, what with the mid-size tour Mecca four hours south and four days away. But much of what's going on in the Metroplex in the coming weeks owes at least as much of its awesome to our own d ... More >>
Home by Hovercraft, Datahowler, Bethan Saturday, March 2, at Dada, $10-$15 Five-piece classical-meets-pop band Home by Hovercraft are finally releasing Are We Chameleons? this week, an album we've been waiting for since the unique operatic group popped up on our radar after announcing they were crea ... More >>
To call a place a honky-tonk is almost as nebulous as labeling a place a dive bar. Ask five different people what one is, and you're more than likely to get six different answers. Of course, North Texas has dozens of places that complement any of them. The earliest published mentions of the term h ... More >>
Best Texas songs, #100-80 The Spotify playlist for songs #79-60 79. Lift to Experience, "Falling From Cloud 9" From one of the best albums of any North Texas act in recent history, "Falling From Cloud 9" is one of the more accessible songs on 2001's The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. It's probably t ... More >>
Last weekend was a little dead, y'know with Christmas and all, but this weekend is the opposite. In fact, there are so many New Year's Eve events worth checking out that we've got a separate massive list here.The biggest one, though, is easily the Dallas Observer-sponsored Lights All Night festiv ... More >>
It's a far cry from B.B. King's legendary 1968 performance at Fillmore West in San Fransisco, where the story has it that he was booed by black audience members. But, as he's done many times since, King is returning to perform at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth on Saturday, February 25.Tickets fo ... More >>
If I'm allowed on K-Ticket airwaves for a fourth annual Christmas dance party, I will ask management to carve space enough for a 17-hour set. The list of songs I wanted to play but didn't is much longer than those that actually made the air. Then again, if you really want a copy of Anya Marina's ... More >>
There are weeks when the show announcements are about as flimsy as a wet persimmon. Fortunately, this is not one of them. For starters, Grimes is coming to town. Her last performance was a brilliant showing at Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest, in which she wooed the audience with her mix of Madonna's ... More >>
Grant JonesRegular readers of DC9 and regular drinkers at just about any North Texas honky-tonk are likely familiar with Grant Jones & The Pistol Grip Lassos by now. Between celebrating a great victory in the 2009 Shiner Rising Star Contest (where they won a recording contract) and suffering ... More >>
These things are called "chairs." They're meant for sitting.It's a rock show reflex: When the curtain goes up and the lights go down, you stand up and prepare to wig out. Fact is, many of the area's best venues make the choice of whether to sit or to stand during the show an easy one. By typicall ... More >>
Federal Reserve Bank of DallasSeveral Friends of Unfair Park, including a grumpy one below, have asked if we'll make mention of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fisher's speech given in Midland yesterday. Sure, absolutely, happy to. Because, first, I'm ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we meet the people in the local music scene that you don't see on stages. Penny Lazo. With LMFAO. And a taco. No, the taco isn't real.Penny Lazo is a DFW-based rep for Universal Records. Despite being very rock 'n' roll in appearance, her main beat is coun ... More >>
For fans of country music here in North Texas, it's hard to imagine hitting the various bars and honky-tonks of our fine area without stumbling upon performances from folks such as Somebody's Darling, The Will Callers or Grant Jones & The Pistol Grip Lassos. Aside from being among the area's ... More >>
Thursday, June 30, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
TobaccoLess than a year ago, Tobacco, the Pennsylvania-born electronic musician and frontman for the experimental group Black Moth Super Rainbow, released his latest solo album, Manic Meat, a dark and seedy work that outshone its 2008 predecessor, Fucked Up Friends. As a solo artist, Tobacco ... More >>
This particular hump day evening provides some bands with interesting band names that, thankfully, make interesting music.
Quite the hopping Thursday evening we have here. Enough to make a lowly music critic like myself wish he could be in two -- maybe even three -- places at once.
Ben NicholsYesterday, we mentioned the first batch of shows listed for the next few months over at Club Dada -- but we still thought that Lucero's performance set for Thursday, February 24, was worth mentioning again. Last time they came through, they didn't really get a fair shake, playing at 1 ... More >>
With apologies to Robert Earl Keen, Devin the Dude, Cake, Hayes Carll and the multitude of also-rans filling up the regional concert calendar in these final weeks of 2010, it's safe to say, I think, that, with Friday night's Wu-Tang show at the Granada Theater, the year in live music effectively ... More >>
Better than: Seeing the Flatlanders at the Wyly or the Granada, where they've played their last two shows. The ballroom at the Sons of Hermann Hall is their natural element, as dusty and real as the colorful West Texas characters that populate the band's best songs.Will Van OverbeekThe silver-hai ... More >>
The Wu-Tang BunchThe biggest show announcement we've had in a while--no, not you, Aaron Neville--is the Wu-Tang Clan's just-announced show at the Granada Theater on Friday, December 10. Although billed as an all-original line-up, there is a certain issue with one Old Dirty Bastard, who passed awa ... More >>
A couple of nice triple-bills, plus some hardcore country, makes for a pleasant Tuesday evening of music, no?
Tim DeLaughter and The Polyphonic Spree perform at Festival At The Switchyard on Friday.Well, we've finally recovered from our Austin City Limits Music Festival hangover--and just in time, too. This weekend's Festival At The Switchyard in Carrollton is yet another suburban rock fest featuring som ... More >>
All photos by Danny FulgencioRudy "the Civilian" Almaguer, who trained for the event with a visit to Plucker's last weekend. When we got word that WFAA's Good Morning Texas was looking for suckers contestants to enter a televised wing eating contest, it sounded like the right time to reshuffle th ... More >>
Friday, October 3, at AllGood Cafe
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The Pied Piper of frattys plays Smirnoff
Proof that George Bush doesn't have a monopoly on luvin' the U.S. of A.
Hometowner Jack Ingram embraces his newfound Nashville success, even after dropping a dozen Music City F-bombs
Darryl Lee Rush released his debut album just a year shy of his 40th birthday. How's that for a mid-life crisis?
Texas Stampede is rockin', ridin' and rodeo
When Jack Ingram chose the path of most resistance, he stumbled across himself
Unwrapping our annual roundup of musical season's greetings--and beatings
Willis Alan Ramsey's cult keeps growing, 28 years after cutting his first--and final?--record
Terri Hendrix proves you can't keep a girl down on the Farm
The musical midway of Citizen Lane
Slaid Cleaves finally molds his influences into the shape of his own voice
KNON fixture Roy Ashley bids a fiery farewell