Rural Texas towns tend to have unusual names; it is a well-worn trope. You seen the Eiffel Tower (replete with its own cowboy hat)? Need to get ahold of somebody in Telephone, Telegraph or Dial? They're locked and loaded in Gun Barrel City and Cut And Shoot. We could do this all day. But, let's no ... More >>
Steve VisneauPlay-N-SkillzWe've seen this coming for quite some time now -- that the Dallas-based, Grammy-winning hip-hop production dup of Play-N-Skillz was going to be taking things in a more electronic direction at some point.We saw it in the videos they've released, in their (highly successfu ... More >>
Metta World PeaceWhen Lakers forward Ron Artest announced last week that he is legally changing his name to Metta World Peace, the Internet exploded with bafflement and criticism. Obviously, this is coming from sports fans. We in the music world are accustomed to odd stage names. Dallas' own Eryk ... More >>
Seryn Regrettably, we didn't make it out to Paste's Thursday day party featuring North Texas' own Sarah Jaffe and Seryn (fellow North Texans Eisley played the magazine's Wednesday party), and, to hear Paste tell it, boy, did we miss out: The venerable and regrettably now online-only music rag cla ... More >>
To infinity... and beyond!Gossip, gossip -- if you've been following our daily power rankings of buzz at SXSW 2011 over the past few days, then you know that, yes, indeed, Kanye West has had it all week long at this year's annual festival in Austin.And, after briefly losing the top slot in our ra ... More >>
10. Was it just me or did Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Sean Combs sound just like Mike Tyson? 9. Acceptance speeches are always fascinating. Last night Lady Gaga thanked Whitney Houston and Arcade Fire thanked all of Canada. But strangest of all, Train lead singer Pat Monahan gave a shoutout to Howar ... More >>
Diddy had a pretty busy year in 2010, what with a starring role in Get Him To the Greek and keeping up with his brands. Oh, and he also released an album called Last Train to Paris with his new group, Diddy-Dirty Money. The latest single from the group is the reflective and sentimental "Coming Home. ... More >>
Robert's been doing a pretty decent job of keeping folks appraised of the Super Bowl-related(ish) events we can expect to be inundated with come February when the big ol' XLV comes through to rock Arlington (with the Black Eyed Peas) -- like the two-day Diddy-hosted affair, and the Pam Anderson p ... More >>
A couple of weeks back we passed on our invite to the concerts in the Cotton Bowl during Super Bowl week. But this morning, the Unfair Park in-box offered other options, among them: Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed will be taking over Centennial Hall at Fair Park on February 2 for the Aces & An ... More >>
Ray and Peter LekZouk is French for "Celebration," which Diddy is clearing doing.A couple of weeks ago on Unfair Park, Robert mentioned that the former Starck Club was set to reopen as Zouk. (It has a Facebook page and everything!) Sure enough, this weekend marked Zouk's Grand Opening with -- as ... More >>
Dorrough's getting bigger.Well, we're a week in to the official release of Dorrough's sophomore album and it looks like the disc going to be the successful follow-up Dorrough that was hoping for. Or, at least, the singles are still doing well. Currently, lead single, "Get Big," 14 weeks after bre ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Wednesday, July 7, 2010...Why would anyone be dumb enough to start a band with Amy Winehouse?That Diddy, he knows how to throw a party, no?Looks like George Michael either needs to quit driving completely or get off the drugs.
Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, April 16 2010...Peter Steele is dead.There are a lot of things that would keep rock and/or rollers away from performing... but, would you think it would be a cloud?Diddy is now the bosses boss.
No one was remotely worried about Casey James this week. And with good reason. That dude was safer than safe. But after landing in the Bottom Three AGAIN, Tim Urban survived to watch another, more emotive singer, be sent home. Not saying the dissed Didi Benami's "What Becomes of the Broken Hearte ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, March 19, 2010...Because it's always more impressive to show off a massive CD collection than a MP3 collection: Universal is lowering the price of CD's to $10 or less.Jack White feels the need to take up for Meg White's drumming "skills." But, ... More >>
Don't freak out. T.O.'s visit here in a couple weeks isn't to replace Roy Williams as a Dallas Cowboys' receiver, but rather to inject his unqiue persona into NBA All-Star Weekend. Owens, a two-time Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Celebrity Game, will be back to further embarrass the wa ... More >>
Patrick MichelsThe Mayor and Dirk at the NBA All-Star Game announcementI know exactly what Mavs owner Mark Cuban means when he says that when it comes to parties, the upcoming All-Star Weekend "will make the Super Bowl look like a bar mitzvah." Because I had my bar mitzvah at AMPM in the Mosaic o ... More >>
The past year brought the worst economy since the malaise of the 1970s, and like that era, it also saw dance music sweep the nation. Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, Beyoncé and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs all dabbled in the sound. Even Michael Jackson was said to be working on a dance album with the Peas ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, October 19, 2009...The ghost of Jim Morrison has allegedly been caught on film. I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not, but what better band to do it: The Flaming Lips have recorded a track-by-track "reimagining" of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The ... More >>
There's gonna be a whole lot of barbecuing and pool-hopping this weekend, if common sense is any indicator for what we should expect to go down on this Fourth of July weekend. Course, there needs to be a soundtrack to it all...So, on that note, here are a couple DC9-approved mixtapes from area DJs ... More >>
There's plenty of music business precedent for Santogold's reinvention as Santigold.
Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, March 2, 2009... Proof that dudes who wear eyeliner and don't go out during the day can be, like, totally awesome: The Cure are NME's newest recipients of the "Godlike Genius" Award. Surprise! W. Axl Rose hates Slash and blames everyone else ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, January 19, 2008...We knew he might be retiring from acting to become a musician, but, in what could be the world's most elaborate hoax, Joaquin Phoenix may now be looking to become a rapper. The whole thing is being filmed by Casey Affleck, and his ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, December 29, 2008...DJ AM got into the Christmas spirit a little early this year. On Christmas Eve, he not only sued Goodyear, Learjet and the charter company he used for the flight that crashed and left him and drummer Travis Barker severely burned ... More >>
Seeing as how I spent the day yesterday apparently dressed as a fisherman from Maine, I'm hardly one to talk about fashion. But Diddy has taught us all well about the appropriateness of wearing white after Labor Day, so this bit of bad news shouldn't come as a total shocker: John Iskander of Parade ... More >>
Big D competitors rock the no-string
More music biopics? Good. Bad musicians starring in them? Not so much.
If you ask the "Rev." from Run-D.M.C., the answer may be "God's house"
Friday, September 30, at Liquid Lounge
Running the rock is hard, but so is driving the rock
Love & Life (Geffen)
Bad Boys II: The Soundtrack (Bad Boy/Universal)
At the Winter Music Conference, P. Diddy blows up while the U.S. blows up Iraq
A racist Billy Bob gets funky in Monster's Ball
A new boxed set is the cardboard tombstone for a dead decade
A new boxed set is the cardboard tombstone for a dead decade
Seventeen years after its advent, sampling remains mired in legal and aesthetic controversy
Vanilla Ice, hip-hop's trivia answer, wants to prove he's still cool--but was he ever?
In today's music business, tomorrow's revolution is yesterday's fad
Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs fathers a return to hip-hop pop