• Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Dallas Hip Hop Needs a Unified Sound to Get National Attention

    The most popular rapper to have ever come from North Texas is one Robert Matthew Van Winkle. You probably know him as Vanilla Ice. This is nothing short of equal parts silly and embarrassing. Vanilla Ice is the Psy of the '90s and "Ice Ice Baby" is hands down the "Gangham Style" of those times. Drop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    Which New Dallas Old-School Hip-Hop Station Should You Listen To?

    Since early Saturday morning, the people of Dallas are momentarily retiring their auxiliary cables and tuning into not one, but two new radio stations, both specializing in a virtually untested format. As we reported Monday, both Boom 94.5 FM and Hot 93.3 FM made an unprovoked about-face early Satur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Dallas' Finest Are Sporting Some Pretty Sweet Halloween Costumes

    Dirk Nowitzki as Rev from Run D.M.C. .@swish41 & friends dressed up (and rapping) like Run DMC? Yes, please! #Mavs #AllBall— (@NBAcom) October 31, 2014 Dallas Police Chief David Brown as Wyatt Earp Wyatt Earp is ready for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    The 10 Post-Punk Albums Every Music Fan Should Own

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Was First-Year Denton Festival Oaktopia a Success?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    The Five Wierdest References to Joy Division in Pop Culture

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul at Verizon Theatre: Review

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Stop Texting and Help That Guy Crowd Surf: The Overserved's Guide to Concert Etiquette

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    This Is Not a Love Song: Thoughts on Fun Fun Fun Fest 7

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    10 Acts to Catch at Fun Fun Fun Fest

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 1, 2012
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    October 30, 2012

    Top Five Schedule Conflicts at Fun Fun Fun Fest

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest: The Full Lineup Announced

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Run-D.M.C. Reunite For Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    In Session: Latin House Krew

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Sleigh Bells - Granada Theater - 4/17/12

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Five Music Shows We Wish MTV Still Aired

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    This Week In Dallas Music History: Before Ben & Skin, There Was Skinny Fresh & Ruben

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    September 23, 2010


    Twatobahn (Self-released)

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 23: DJ WISHFM

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Last Night: Everclear at House of Blues

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Smokey Gets In Your Eyes and Other Famous Faces from the Dallas Rocks Red Carpet

    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 >>

  • Music

    July 16, 2009

    Aerosmith, ZZ Top

    Sunday, July 19,at Center

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Download: DJ Fishr Pryce and Mes The Jive Turkey's Stealing Stars Mixtape

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Today In Music News: Eminem and Flea Head To Hall Of Fame, 50 and Weezy Are Fueding and Jane's Addiction Offers Up Free Reznor-Produced Tracks

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Today In Music News: Run-DMC To Get Notorious Treatment, Dee Snider's Strangeland To Get Sequel

    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're i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Today In Music News: There Are Some New Hall of Fame Inductees; Ryan Adams Says He's Done; Neko Case Teases For A Good Cause

    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 Mast ... More >>

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    December 25, 2007
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    December 6, 2007
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    September 20, 2007

    Review: The Roots at House of Blues

    Allow me to preface this review by saying every Roots performance I've been to has been the best show I've ever seen. Last night's Hip Hop Honors tour kept the trend, but delivered a special dose of showmanship, because the Roots crew wasn’t there to play its own songs. The group wasted no time j ... More >>

  • Music

    May 18, 2006

    The Beatdown

    Have April showers led to Derrick May's Saturday night shower?

  • Music

    September 8, 2005


    Run-DMC, King of Rock, Raising Hell, Tougher than Leather (Sony Legacy)

  • Music

    October 21, 2004

    Bad Boys

    Even a few lame political songs can't suh-suh-stop the Beasties

  • Music

    June 17, 2004

    The Rap Sheet

    What's crunk, what's bootleg and what do those words mean anyway?

  • News

    December 26, 2002

    For Our Homies

    Plus: Kaboom, Edited for Content

  • Music

    December 12, 2002

    Missy Elliott

    Under Construction (Elektra)

  • Dining

    November 28, 2002

    Border Wars

    What's the difference between Mexican and Tex-Mex food?

  • Music

    November 7, 2002

    That DJ Made My Day

    Jam Master Jay, 1965-2002

  • Culture

    October 24, 2002

    True Dat

    A Run-act play starring the Simmons brothers, Russell and the Rev

  • Music

    October 3, 2002

    Jimmy Fallon / Andy Dick & the Bitches of the Century

    The Bathroom Wall (DreamWorks) / Andy Dick & the Bitches of the Century (Milan)

  • Music

    June 28, 2001

    Fire Starters

    For the Arsonists, there is no underground. It's all just hip-hop.

  • Calendar

    March 8, 2001

    Tricks and Treats

    These are not your parents' magicians

  • Music

    March 8, 2001

    Way Out

    For Hydroponic Sound System, mixing hip-hop with everything else is just Routine Insanity

  • Calendar

    June 22, 2000

    Science friction

    Where good villains go to make a buck

  • Music

    November 25, 1999

    Out There

    Beastie Boys

  • Music

    July 1, 1999

    My Adidas

    Limp Bizkit are the new kings of rock. Why?

  • Music

    May 6, 1999
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    August 6, 1998

    Back in the game

    At 38, Public Enemy's Chuck D goes 'where no age has gone before'

  • Music

    July 9, 1998

    Got ill

    The Beastie Boys throw down Nasty, but what's the point?

  • Music

    December 8, 1994

    Chestnuts and lumps of coal

    Bennett, Buttholes, and John Tesh--these are a few of our favorite, and least favorite, things

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