Many moons ago, I worked at an Applebee's Bar & Grill. It's been a while since I threw in the apron, but to this day I still cannot listen to a handful of songs that were on a torturous loop at the neighborhood bar and grill, including "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles, "Joy to the World" ... More >>
Certainly, there will be lists coming forth that will discuss the wonderful local tour stops for many national and international bands in 2012, whether Radiohead at the AAC, Sharon Von Etten at Trees or Frank Ocean at South Side Music Hall. See also: - The top five musical resurrections of 2012 ... More >>
Some local bands play so much that you take them for granted. In the case of Elkhart, they've barely played this year, but with good reason. Luckily, their Americana-influenced rock returns to City Tavern tonight. Frontman Travis Hopper, who told us earlier this year about the band's futur ... More >>
Make sure you're alone, cold and in the dark before listening to these songs.We're just on the cusp of a time change. Oh, you know what that means. You know. It means: it'll get darker soon, the clouds will hang gray and low in the sky, and it'll be bone cold. Unless it's not cold because Tex ... More >>
Welcome to our 2011 Dallas Observer Music Awards breakdown, wherein we'll use the weeks leading up to the DOMA showcases on Saturday, October 15 (which is also when voting ends), to explain the nominees in each category Today, we look at the nominees in the Best Solo, Best Cou ... More >>
Radio Waves & Telephone Wire Self-released
Heavy Sugar (Idol Records)
Some pretty solid pickings on this Thursday evening, thanks to three music shows and an art show from some of the area's finest rockers.
Eek! It's time for SXSW spillover, the yearly event in which the hoards of bands heading to Austin collect a little gas money by playing our fair area. But I'm not one to complain: Good music is good music, no matter where or when it's played.
Well, all right! Tonight's the night: We're finally starting to feel the effects of Super Bowl XLV in tonight's goings-on in the form of two pretty major concerts. But for those local die-hards hoping to avoid the madness, there are still some other fine options. Just be sure to be careful out the ... More >>
Smile Smile's Ryan HamiltonDelightfully catchy.That's exactly how you can describe the folk-flavored indie pop being made by the boy-girl duo Smile Smile. Members Ryan Hamilton and Jencey Hirunrusme are riding high on the success of their Kirtland Records-released sophomore offering Truth on Tape ... More >>
Quite the nice and busy Thursday evening of music going on in our area tonight -- one highlighted by a very nice collection of local acts.
A couple of nice triple-bills, plus some hardcore country, makes for a pleasant Tuesday evening of music, no?
Sufjan StevensQuite the packed hump day evening we have tonight. Lots of cool choices...
Greg ReichelRaised in Oklahoma, but now a resident of Dallas, Greg Reichel is the best kind of alt-country songwriter, one who enjoys both the old-school, rural soul of Townes Van Zandt and the snotty genius of Ryan Adams.Reichel released his debut album back in 2007 and he's been skimping and sa ... More >>
Lucy Wrubel has been DJing for over a decade now. The stand up comedian turned DJ got her start in Rome Italy, where she found she could overcome the language barrier through music. "I found myself unable to communicate with the locals, unless I was choosing the music." Wrubel says, "After spen ... More >>
Saturday, June 26, at The Hydrant, Denton
In this week's paper, Mark Schectman reviews When We Were Wild, the long-time-coming-but-well-worth-the-wait full-length debut from Fort Worth's The Orbans. And Schectman makes no bones in shouting out the disc's merits:[It's the Orbans'] blending of styles that truly makes When We Were Wild such a ... More >>
Vishal Malhotra Calhoun's back, even if it's just those two on the left...Over on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's site today, a real treat for fans of Calhoun, one of the finest bands from that city: Seems the band, which called it quits last May, isn't done yet. And there's proof: A week ago toda ... More >>
The Fall (Blue Note)
Saturday, November 14, at House of Blues' Cambridge Room
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 >>
Friday, September 4, at the Granada Theater
Yeah, yeah. I know that these oldie tours are an easy target for the cool, indie rock naysayers out there, but most of the acts on tonight's Hippiefest bill at Nokia Theatre are just a wee bit older than Aerosmith and ZZ Top, and I didn't hear anyone complaining about that recent gig. Anyh ... More >>
Something in the Wheel is a clever country duo consisting of Mimo Morreale and Daniel Pease. Both members sing, as well as play banjo, guitar, harmonica and mandolin, and, flanked by a few extra players, the duo captivated a crowd with its down-home sound as it performed on the acoustic stage at las ... 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. Steven CohenThe ave ... More >>
Pete Freedman Phosphorescent captivates the crowd at Mohawk's Patio.Night two at SXSW 2009 very much encapsulated everything I love about SXSW: Writing down a schedule of shows to see, throwing it out the window and catching a whole different lineup of acts that were probably better than any ... 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 >>
Since we're on the topic of CD release parties already: You may recall a few months ago when I wrote about this local, young, up and coming alt-country singer/songwriter, Nicholas Altobelli. Basically, I stumbled, quite literally, into The Cavern one night and was taken aback by Altobelli's way-beyo ... More >>
Sad Bullets | In Deep | Handstamps
Raise a final beer (or seven) to the boys in Speedtrucker at their farewell shows
Two former music editors weigh in on the future of Trees
Like Her> (Turquoise Mountain)
Where does Ryan Adams fit in among the great meltdown artists of yore?
Friday, October 1
The "40 best artists making music right now?" Nah.
Skyscraper National Park (Hardwood/Badman) / Sleeping on Roads (4AD)
Back to business as usual: I dig music
Slobberbone is still a little bit country and a lot rock and roll