Thirty years ago this week, The Smiths released their self-titled debut. It arrived at a time when every bass groove, dissonant guitar and echo-ey drum machine rhythm that would become identified with late '70s and early '80s post-punk music was at its peak. However, this debut also represented a ne ... More >>
As I watched a rather glowing and melodic performance by Black James Franco in the late evening at a fairly packed Hailey's, I pondered something: Why would a Dentonite attend a festival comprised mostly of artists and musicians who play somewhat regularly, sometimes for free, on any other given ni ... More >>
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 >>
Chuck D says knock you out. The Kings of the Mic Tour has repeatedly been compared to a big classic rock arena show - old timers busting out riffs familiar to a graying crowd. But that's the wrong comparison. The Kings of the Mic Tour is more like if Chuck Berry went on tour with Elvis Presley, Lit ... More >>
It's my favorite three-hour tour, no matter which direction I am heading. Leaving Austin late on a Sunday night, I-35 winding behind me as I speed towards bed, always has the same tone. You spend that ride trying to piece together the disparate parts of the weekend, the three hours spent rememberi ... More >>
Fun Fun Fun Fest Auditorium Shores Friday, November 2-Sunday, November 4 In its seventh year, Fun Fun Fun Fest has settled into a very curious meta place. Standing in a crowd at any one of the four stages, you were often watching a show via someone's iPhone or iPad. That Terrence Malick has been f ... More >>
I've been to every Fun Fun Fun Fest since its inception in 2006, back when it was a one-night event and Spoon played to a small crowd of very cold attendees. Since then, the fest has grown in scope and size, seen legends and up-and-comers grace its stages, and matured out of its original Austin loca ... More >>
Headlined by reunited legends like X, Run-D.M.C. and Public Image Ltd, this weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest has a little something for the older folks, as well as the young. With that much talent over three days, there are bound to be some tough decisions between stages. Here are a few scheduling conflic ... More >>
See also: Run-D.M.C. reunite for Fun Fun Fun Fest Fun Fun Fun Fest announced their full lineup last night, and as usual, they knocked it out of the park with the additions. Public Image Ltd. should be a trip to see, and they've stepped up their hip-hop selection (Danny Brown, A$AP Rocky, De La Sou ... More >>
Fun Fun Fun Fest announced this morning that NYC hip-hop pioneers Run-D.M.C. will reunite for the November fest for the first time in a decade, with surviving members Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels. The join a lineup including Rakim, Danny Brown, David Cross, Bob Mould and Agai ... More >>
In the realm of the DJ, it's been proven there's strength in numbers. Dallas DJs Spin, Ivy Tron and Inzo, collectively known as the Latin House Krew, came together in 1997, when Spin and Ivy Tron had their own show on KNON 89.3. Inzo joined soon after, and their respective careers took off. Aside ... More >>
Sleigh Bells, Javelin, Elite Gymnastics Granada Theater Tuesday, April 17 Brooklyn's Sleigh Bells made a Tuesday night feel like a Friday, like you've seen Run-DMC, Katy Perry and Atari Teenage Riot all at once. At 15 minutes to 10 p.m., vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller came out wi ... 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 >>
At the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, Justin Timberlake got on the mic and pleaded with MTV to "play more videos!" Timberlake's sentiment was hardly a new one. The station switched from heavily playing music videos to being a reality TV-based network in the early 2000s -- shortly after the old for ... More >>
Before there was "Ben & Skin," the local morning sports radio talk show on KESN-103.3 FM ESPN Dallas, there was Jeff "Skinny Fresh" Wade and Ruben Ayala, who made up Hydroponic Sound System. And, in a 2001 issue of the Observer, former music editor Zac Crain profiled the duo, who had just rel ... More >>
Elton John & Leon RussellThe biggest show coming to town this weekend is, without a doubt, Elton John and Leon Russell at the Fort Worth Convention Center on Saturday night. The two piano-playing legends of yesteryear have teamed up on a new album called The Union. And with producer T-Bone Bu ... More >>
Wade Randolph Hampton, aka DJ WISHFM, is seasoned at his craft. The DJ/booker/promoter and now, band manager, has been spinning for 25 years at this point. Never one to slow down, Hampton books for The W's rooftop club, Ghostbar, serves as that club's resident DJ, and manages popular local acts i ... More >>
Everclear, Clayton Senne, Oso ClosoHouse of BluesJanuary 2, 2009 (Barely) better than: Staying home and listening to my "best of" Everclear CD We've also got photos from the show here in a slideshow.A surprisingly large and diverse crowd assembled at the House of Blues last night to catch ' ... More >>
Danny notes that "Smokey Robinson's eyes are supernaturally intense... like, seriously." Click to expand; see for yourself.Our Danny Fulgencio happened by the Dallas Rocks benefit Saturday night at Union Station, where Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons gathered quite the hodgepodge of celebritie ... More >>
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Dj Fishr PryceDallas-based DJ Fishr Pryce is recognizable for a few reasons: One, he's often the man working the ones-and-twos behind Damaged Good$' impressive live displays about town; and, two, he always seems to have a new mixtape on his person, ready to hand out, every time you speak with him.Th ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, March 23, 2009...Eminem and Flea are among the presenters for this years Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Em will induct Run-DMC; Flea will induct Metallica.It's funny how 50 Cent likes to take jabs at easy targets like Rick Ross, but, when it ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, January 30, 2009... Run-DMC will be the topic of a new biopic from the writer of Notorious. Let's just hope the acting and storytelling are a little better... Can't get enough of Dee Snider's cult classic Strangeland? Well, kids, you ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Thursday, January 15, 2009... Run-DMC (the Kings of Rock!), Metallica and Jeff Beck are the newest inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I wonder who's going to DJ for Run-DMC since Jam Master Jay has passed? I pray to god it's not Grand Mas ... More >>
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