"Harlem Shake" is the No. 1 song in the United States of America this week, which means that now is your chance to listen to more than fifteen seconds of it. Baauer's meme soundtrack is the beneficiary of a Billboard rule change--YouTube views have been added to the Hot 100 calculations, joining phy ... More >>
Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here.
This piece originally appeared on August 31
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It's been 45 years since trumpeter Lester Bowie, in the introduction to his track "Jazz Death?" (on Roscoe Mitchell's album, Congliptious), answered the rhetorical question, "Isn't jazz, as we know it, dead yet?" with the knowing rejoinder, "Well, that all depends on what you know."
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Milwaukee-based trio Jaill comes back to Dallas at Bryan Street Tavern this Friday, with the Coathangers and Sealion, in support of their latest album, Traps. We caught up with singer Vinnie Kircher last week while the band was in the middle of an eight-hour drive, and he shared plenty about the fi ... More >>
Listen, we know most of you aren't paying attention to the NBA finals like you were last year, but for those of who are (some out of Heat Hate, some out of love for the game), we've been treated to some rather abysmal NBA promos featuring Linkin Park's shitty, shitty music.
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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 >>
Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinning.It doesn't seem to matter what's going on in Libya, Egypt or even Washington D.C.; somehow, a pretty mediocre actor's personal life has been managing to lead every newscast and dominate discussion on every talk radio show throughout the past week. I ... More >>
At 68, legendary guitarist John McLaughlin has nothing left to prove. He's played with everyone from Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix. And, as leader of the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the '70s, McLaughlin created a bold new fusion of jazz, rock and Indian influences that remains some of the most challenging ... More >>
Richard Hayner, keeper of the Texas International Pop Festival website, maintains he's still -- still -- writing a book about that Labor Day Weekend when Angus Wynne brought Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Ten Years After, Santana, Johnny Winter, Sly and the Family Stone and on and on and ... More >>
Robert RandolphFor the past decade, few artists have become as synonymous with their instrument as has Robert Randolph with his blazing steel guitar. And, given his place on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time list, Randolph had quite the luxury in choosing from an elite list ... More >>
It's hard not to remember Santana's 1999 album Supernatural. Besides just the Rob Thomas collab "Smooth," which we've spent the past decade trying to erase from our memories, the album received a lot of attention at the time for being one of those records that featured a different collaboration w ... More >>
Shut up, Jimmy Buffett.You know what really gives us the summertime blues? "Summertime Blues," not to mention other maddening summer hits like "All I Wanna Do," "Margaritaville" or the shotgun-in-mouth-inducing "Hot Hot Hot."
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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 >>