It soars into the air, a sparkling baton for rock singers. It's chrome-plated shaft sears fingertips upon contact. It spins first, then tumbles while singer Ayrn Black of Scorpion Child dances and jams with the solos being played on a Flying V and a Les Paul. He doesn't need the microphone for anoth ... More >>
There are wheezing old rock stars, cashing in on the long-gone fire of their youths. And there is Robert Plant, who is older than them and still more colossal onstage than pretty much all the kids who owe him their careers. The most famous living front man made a stop in Dallas last night with his ... More >>
100. Tripping Daisy, "Sonic Bloom" Before this album, the band had a grunge-pop affectation, but this song, from 1998's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, was more heartfelt than anything they'd done before. - Daniel Hopkins 99. Pleasant Grove, "The Plaque at 16ft" Bret Egner wrote "The Plaque at 16ft, ... 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 >>
Word began to spread late last night: Gale Hess, said friends, died two days ago. Cancer is to blame, say those who've been close in recent years. Gale was young -- young enough to have been first violinist in the W.T. White Symphony Orchestra in 1973, at least. And she was among the most talented m ... More >>
After nearly 40 years of professional playing, guitarist still finds revelations.
The scene in Lewisville during Labor Day weekend 1969Longtime Friends of Unfair Park are by now well aware of my lifetime obsession with the Texas International Pop Festival, held during Labor Day weekend in 1969 in a Lewisville field. The roster, put together by, among others, Angus Wynne, was l ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we'll be meeting some people behind the local music scene who aren't musicians, but more behind-the-scenes folk.Josh RobinsonJosh Robinson, to a first-timer, might look like he's about to kill you. He's a large, somewhat menacing, tattooed and black-bearded ... More >>
T Bone BurnettThe Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy swears it's kind of a big deal, having created a "best practices guideline" and leading various charges, etc., since forming 10 years ago. OK, whatever. Doesn't really matter.Because, if nothing else, what it's doing in the ... More >>
Marc RibotKessler TheaterSeptember 25, 2010Better than: Being challenged by musical banality.Marc RibotThe Kessler Theater presented its first "Storytellers at the Kessler" event on Saturday night, hosting Marc Ribot in his first-ever Texas performance. And the combination of music and space coul ... More >>
The big show this weekend almost didn't happen. A few weeks ago, the entire blogosphere stopped down to report that Phosphorescent's van, with all of their gear, had been stolen in Brooklyn. Things weren't looking good for the tour that was scheduled to start only a few days later, but luckily al ... More >>
Paul NatkinWho: Steve AlbiniVenue: Hailey's Club Time: 1 p.m.Musical and recording expertise aside, Steve Albini thinks he might have a knack for instilling guidelines for effective business meetings: "Just tell the motherfucker you're going to cut his throat if he charges you anymore." It has be ... More >>
Two follow-ups in this particular radio round-up. First, I exchanged a few messages with Alan Ayo via Facebook, and the long and short of it is, he's not at all upset that Clear Channel gave him his walking papers yesterday. Writes the former midday host and music director at KDGE-FM:I'm feeling rat ... More >>
"Are you one of the beautiful people? Is my name on the list? I want to be with the beautiful people... I wanna feel like I'm missed..." Eels - "Guest List" I went to high school with a kid named Greg Holman. His father was a painter named George, who lived in the old Expo Park space that l ... More >>
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