It's really easy to call Dallas-based country singer-songwriter Troy Cartwright a "young-gun" or a "promising up-and-comer." Partly that's thanks to the fact he can write and sing the hell out of a song in his early 20s the way most folk vets might once they've been around for a couple of decades. B ... More >>
For touring musicians, the ease and profitability of living-room concerts prove there is no place like someone else's home.
Well people, this is not a drill. We are in a full-fledged government shutdown, for the first time in 17 years. Have you noticed how people keep saying that like 17 years is a really long time? Seventeen-year-old people were born in 1996. Think about that, lamestream media. We were doing the Macaren ... More >>
This is not your everyday Billboard chart. Each week, we'll tell you which bands are selling in the fine record shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where we consumers of music have impeccable taste. Lance Price, CD Source owner, says a recently turned solo artist with a classic sound is makin ... More >>
Fort Worth's Dreamy Soundz revive the analog arts.
Robby and Jennifer Rux greet me at the front door of an old brown fourplex, nestled comfortably on a tree-lined street in Fort Worth's Fairmount Historic District. Their apartment, covered in posters, tapestries and age-old vinyl, serves as one of the few exclusively analog recording studios in Nort ... More >>
Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest IISaturday, July 28, at Granada TheaterIn its second year, Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest has (smartly) shortened things a bit, thus giving more breathing room to the bands, which included Glass Candy, Chromatics, Twin Sister, Chromatics, Taken By Trees, Laurel Halo, A.Dd and DJ Sober.
Kathleen EdwardsCanada's Kathleen Edwards has, perhaps too quietly, put together one of the stronger collections of albums by any young artist in the past decade. After turning heads at SXSW in 2002, she released her debut, Failer, a vulnerable audio-diary that had people lazily drawing the typic ... More >>
Friday, February 18, at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton
Joe Pug, Doug BurrSons of Hermann HallJuly 8, 2010 Better Than: Waiting to see on TV where LeBron chose to play basketball. Joe PugKXT-91.7 FM's Barefoot at the Belmont show turned into a Hardwoods at the Hermann one on Thursday night. Since the open air of the Belmont Hotel isn't, you know, ... More >>
Some may remember Roger Hoover from his former band, The Whiskeyhounds, which drew quite a bit of press while releasing two albums of earnest alt-country--a band that was essentially just Hoover and whoever he played with. But with his new project, The Magpies, Hoover has created a dynamic that i ... More >>
Shawn HannonNicholas Altobelli's got a deal for you.Local alt-country singer-songwriter Nicholas Altobelli has just completed work on The Regulator, his third effort, due out in April of next year. Besides finishing off the new album, though, Altobelli's been busy scheduling shows and other appea ... More >>
Over on NPR.com today, a real treat: The National Public Radio folks have posted a stream of the new Norah Jones track "Light As A Feather" for all to listen in on.It's a track of note because, for one, Jones didn't write it; rather, mercurial and prolific alt-country icon Ryan Adams did. And, li ... More >>
Buddy GuyHouse of BluesOctober 15, 2009 Better than: hob-nobbing at the foundation room bar upstairs. "Hi, can I ask you a question?" your author said to the sound engineer at the front of the house. "Yes?" "I'm a journalist for the Dallas Observer, here to cover the show. I was wondering if t ... More >>
"Chasing Pirates," the first single from Norah Jones' upcoming The Fall, started making the rounds on the Internet this morning. Check it out right here.It's no "Don't Know Why," but given the list of collaborators Jones has enlisted to help her with this release (Ryan Adams, Okkervil River's Wil ... More >>
Quite an interesting mix of area talent coalescing tonight at Lakewood Bar and Grill: Amber Farris, front person for Somebody's Darling, will be joined by Taylor Davis, Cully Woods and Nicholas Altobelli for an evening of sensitive, acoustic meanderings. Possessing a powerhouse set of pipes, Farris ... More >>
[Editor's note: This review was penned by our newest Observer/DC9 contributor, Eric Grubbs.] Mark Olson and Gary LourisSons of Hermann HallApril 17, 2009 Better Than: wondering if Ryan Adams and Caitlin Cary could successfully do a reunion record and tour. The average age of ... More >>
For a guy who so ferevently tries to subvert the world of pop Music, Jay Reatard sure does write some good pop songs.
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My Morning Jacket is from Kentucky. Stop holding that against them.
We endured nine straight nights of booze and smoke to bring you this news. You can thank us later.
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