• Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    10 Reasons You Should Rethink Not Going To Austin City Limits.

    Austin City Limits music festival is just around the corner, kicking off its first weekend this Friday and running through Sunday. With eight stages, two weekends and over 150 acts, ACL is one of the largest music festivals in the country. Lucky for us, it's practically in our backyard. Sure, you ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Lights All Night Reveal Full Lineup, Announce Zedd as Co-Headliner

    And now we have the whole picture. Lights All Night Fest has been slowly rolling out the details of their fifth-annual, year-end dance music bash to be held at Dallas Convention Center on December 26 and 27. Last month they unveiled the headliners, which were no slouches as far as EDM goes these day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    What 35 Denton Could Learn From Oaktopia

    In the fall of 2011, I got a gig as an in-house scribe for 35 Denton. It wasn't paid, save for a complimentary wristband to the four-day festival (which is damn near a golden nugget for any young music fan). One of our tasks leading up to the festival's weekend in March was trodding around Denton an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    Skrillex to Headline Lights All Night Fest in 2014

    Okay, then. Not bad, guys. A few months back, the folks at Lights All Night Fest, the Dallas dance and electronic music extravaganza that caps off the year at the end of December, teased us with the dates and ticketing information for this year's festival. They made us wait, however, to find out who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Austin City Limits and Homegrown Festivals Announce Full 2014 Line-Ups

    Nostalgia is making a real comeback -- in the music festival world, at any rate. Based on the announcements that were made yesterday, two of our local (or local-ish) flagships aren't looking to buck that trend in 2014. In the case of Deep Ellum's budding springtime star, Homegrown, now in its fifth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Ten Rules of the Rave: A Guide to Underground Dance Party Etiquette

    Electronic music's recent surge in popularity comes with serious side effects for underground-party aficionados. Suddenly, Daft Punk is winning Grammys, and drunk girls (and guys) are ruining life at 4 a.m. in a warehouse somewhere. By Sarah Stanley-Ayre Take this recent incident: Under a haunting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    I Honestly Tried to Like Imagine Dragons

    I'm going to let you in on the secret: I don't know anything about music that normal adult humans listen to. Avalanches of culture engulf our entire society while I sit in a grubby basement, hunched over a laptop listening to old Motorhead records. However, on occasion, I'm forced to stick my head o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    How I Learned to Love My Dad's Taste for Nu-Metal Music

    Yes, those are my parents in that picture. Their pet snake, Phallys, is no longer around, and thankfully my Dad has ceased wearing a chain linking a nose ring to his ear. (Click the photo to enlarge it.) But, now 43, he remains a wild man, especially when it comes to music. For almost my whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Why Are Old-School Electronic Artists Annoyed With EDM?

    Broadly speaking, if you're an electronic music fan over 40, you probably dig Danny Tenaglia more than Skrillex. And chances are, if you're a Skrillex fan under the age of 30, you're like, "Who the hell is Danny Tenaglia?" Coachella 2013 exemplified the generation gap in the world of dance music. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Meltdown Festival: The Best and the Worst of Dance Music and Culture

    The moment I became a believer came at 9:45 pm. The sticky, simmering sun had long since lowered, giving way to a clear night filled with cool gusts of wind. I had just sat through a few horrible sets at the Phoenix Rising Stage, deflated at how the festival had seemed to cater to the young, demogra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    The Best of Coachella: Weekend Two

    The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant floresce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Record Store Day Approaches and Ben Harper Premiers at The White House

    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. The day has finally come and Bill Wisener, Bill's Records owner, can hardly contain his excite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Local Independent Record Vendors are Rooting for the Underdogs

    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. Similarities emerged at CD Source and Good Records this week with top artists reaching high sa ... More >>

  • Film

    March 21, 2013

    The Spring Breakification of the Disney Princess Complex

    Spring Breakers is Harmony Korine's most accessible -- and yet his most experimental -- movie yet.

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    March 15, 2013

    Three Things The 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards Results Can Tell Us About Pop Music Right Now

    The 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards were handed out on Thursday, March 13, and though it was happening right in Austin I'll forgive you for not noticing. In any case I'm not sure how you can have an awards show at SXSW without handing out a prize for Least Essential Social Media App To Receive Venture Capit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Toro Y Moi Tops This Week's Dallas Record Store Charts

    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. Yo la Tengo and Tame Impala are still doing well this week; however, new to the mix and top se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Why EDM Is Thriving While Other Genres Are Sinking

    DJs are the new rock stars? Maybe. (Although chefs are already the new rock stars.) Still, the big name DJs do seem to be living pretty large, what with the constant travel to exotic locations, goofily-clad fans, eager women, drugs and parties. Just swap MacBooks for guitars and it doesn't look so d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Holy Ship!! Wrap-Up: It Was the Best of Times....

    There were a lot of grim faces on Monday morning as the electro-loving masses emerged off the MSC Poesia -- a.k.a. the EDM party boat Holy Ship!! -- and did a slow zombie shuffle through U.S. customs and back into the real world (a.k.a. Fort Lauderdale). Here in the industrial port, the sky was over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Holy Ship!! Day One: A Surprise Guest Whose Name Rhymes With Drillex

    On Friday afternoon, nearly 3,000 raver chicks, dude guys, scenesters, club kids and DJs assembled at a port in Fort Lauderdale and boarded the MSC Poesia, a.k.a. Holy Ship!! (There are two exclamation points because this is the second edition of the EDM party cruise put on by L.A.'s Hard Events.) T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    A Dude's Dream Comes True Aboard the Holy Ship!!

    Aboard the Holy Ship!! one gets to mix and mingle with the slew of name DJs. "Hey there's Zedd in line for pasta salad. Oh wow, there's Dillon Francis in the elevator. Oh damn, Diplo is out on the beach swimming with all the fans. "Jackbeats just bought all those people shots!" See also: Holy Ship ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    The 10 Best Fashion Moments Aboard the S.S. Coachella

    Liz Tracy, Music Editor of our sister paper Broward-Palm Beach New Times, is aboard the S.S. Coachella cruise this week. Day one is here and day two is here. Most of the people we met on the S.S. Coachella had never been on a cruise before. Like us, they weren't so sure what to pack or how to dress ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Get To Know Your 2012 DOMA Best DJ Nominees

    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. They are all hunched over the jukebox, scanning ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Where Are The Women in EDM?

    By Katie Bain In the past three years, one woman has ranked in DJ Magazine's yearly Top 100 DJs poll. (Lisa Lashes, #75, 2009). The international EDM circuit is dominated by men like Justice, Diplo, Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto, David Guetta and Avicii, and the underground scene is as mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Playing Fugazi's Repeater For My Kids: "I Like When They Shout Things"

    See also: Why every album you love should be ripped apart by a 19-year-old I've tried to walk the line between imposing my tastes in music on my kids and letting them discover music they enjoy on their own. My tastes are all over the map, so they've gotten a little of everything. My 14-year-old da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 44: T0MMYL33J0N3Z

    T0MMYL33J0N3Z (aka Robbie Call) has been DJing since the early 2000s, but he would prefer it if his DJ chronology started in 2007. "There was a time when I was a trance DJ in the early 2000s when I spiked my hair like a Dragon Ball Z character and was way too into trance," the DJ admits. "Let's forg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Bonnaroo 2012, The Wrap-Up: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Skrillex and Bouts of Vomiting

    See also: Bonnaroo Thursday See also: Bonnaroo Friday Do not, under any circumstances, forget to bring earplugs to a Mogwai concert. Thank the concert gods I didn't learn this lesson the hard way during their Saturday evening set at Bonnaroo, having just bought a pair from some high-schoolers rais ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Top Ten EDM Albums for People Who Don't Know Shit About Dance Music

    by Andy Hermann Electronic dance music (you know, EDM) is the hottest thing going right now. But to you, it still all sounds like "oontz, oontz, oontz" -- except Skrillex, who sounds like "wom, wom, wom." Right? Fear not. You don't have to be a kid yourself to know what the kids are into nowadays ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    ACL 2012 Announced: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Iggy & the Stooges and More

    The Austin City Limits Music Festival line-up was announced at midnight, and I'm kind of miffed that RHCP are billed above Neil Young. Beyond that, you've got the usual ACL formula: the top tier of tried and true go-to festival acts (no surprise seeing the Black Keys or Jack White on this bill).Then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    The 10 Most Awkward Dance Moves At This Weekend's Coachella

    At Coachella, folks come from all over the world to lose themselves in the music. They'll employ almost anything in this quest -- but mostly drugs. Some of the folks below have taken too many, some are badly in need of a buzz, but all are our favorite awkward Coachella dancers. We're not trying to d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Saturday 3/17/2012

    So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Friday 3/16/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    SXSW Coverage Ahead. Plus, We're Sponsoring 50 Cent, Big K.R.I.T. and More

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Drinking at Oddfellows. And We Don't Mean Coffee. We Mean Alcohol. Was That Not Clear?

    The smell of brewing coffee filled the air, rich and fragrant with undertones of cocoa and nuts. The dark brown, slightly viscous liquid dripped ever so slowly through a paper filter into an oversized glass flask -- a Chemex coffee maker, the likes of which I'd never seen before. It was an unseason ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Better Than Any Trailer (or Coffee), Badu and Ronson Re:Generate on Late Show Last Night

    This is absolutely within the purview of Unfair Park's more musically inclined sibling; my apologies in advance, Audra. But for months I've had this song stuck in my head; the same goes (and then some) this morning, following Lady of the Lake Erykah Badu's appearance on The Late Show with David Lett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Top Ten Reasons Why Dallas Smells So Damn Good

    GQ writer Chandler Burr couldn't quite figure out what composes Dallas' unique olfaction but went ahead and ranked it No. 10 in a world-wide list of good smelling cities yesterday. Burr suggested that our sweet aroma could be a cross-scent of live oaks and hot concrete -- well, I don't agree. Sure, ... More >>

  • Music

    December 29, 2011
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    November 30, 2011

    All-Time Top Five: The Devil Makes Three's Favorite Albums

    It's not inconceivable to figure that curious folks of the next few decades will look into the music and movements that surged just beneath the surface of the glossy mainstream in this millennium's first decade. Those would-be students of music history won't have to dig through too many virtual copi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Collaboration-Crazy Erykah Badu To Perform With Yo Gabba Gabba! Cast Tonight on Fallon

    ​Erykah Badu seems like a pretty awesome mom. I got a solid glimpse of as much first-hand about a week back when interviewing the famed Queen of Neo-Soul and proud Dallasite as part of a Dallas Observer Music Awards preview story that's going to run as the cover in this week's paper. About halfway ... More >>

  • Music

    September 22, 2011


    Wednesday, September 28, at the Palladium Ballroom

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    My Morning Jacket and Guns N' Roses Top a Good, Solid List of Show Announcements

    My Morning Jacket​On the heels of an incredible performance at Austin City Limits Music Festival last weekend, My Morning Jacket have announced that they'll be taking their show on the road. And, thankfully, since they skipped North Texas on the first leg of their Circuital album tour, they'll be ... More >>

  • Music

    September 15, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Last Night: Diplo at Rio Room

    DiploRio RoomSeptember 1, 2011Better than: watching the movie Rio, I assume.Diplo​It was a packed house at Rio Room last night -- a fact that, initially, maybe isn't all that impressive considering the room's 300-person capacity, but one that earns some serious points on other fronts. Like, say, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    City Releases Contract, Attendance Figures and Timeline of Events from Electric Daisy Carnival

    ​The numbers are in: Ticket sales place the number of people at Fair Park for the Electric Daisy Carnival on Saturday night at somewhere between 21,000 and 24,000. At 11 p.m., the last headcount taken estimated that some 21,000 had already passed through the gates.These numbers fall pretty much in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2011

    One Dead, Dozens Hospitalized at 2011 Electric Daisy Carnival in Dallas. (Updated With Statement From Promoter.)

    ​By 1 a.m. this morning, at least one attendee at Saturday night's Electric Daisy Carnival in Fair Park had been declared dead. At least another two dozen had been hospitalized.After a first year in Dallas that had been deemed a "phenomenal event" by city officials, the second Dallas installment o ... More >>

  • Music

    June 16, 2011

    Electric Daisy Carnival

    Saturday, June 18, at Fair Park

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Before Heading to Electric Daisy This Weekend, Catch EDC 2010 Headliner Klever at Rio Room

    DJ Klever​So pumped for the Electric Daisy Carnival this weekend, you guys. Already got my outfit picked out and everything. Fur boots? Check. Glowsticks marinating in the freezer? Of course. I'm no amateur.I mean, c'mon. Diplo? Paul Van Dyk? Skrillex? All in Fair Park of all places? And the City' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire and Coldplay Highlight 2011 Austin City Limits Bill

    ​We had some fun yesterday trying to guess the bill for the 2011 Austin City Limits Musical Festival -- and, hey, we were right about Kanye West, if nothing else. Early this morning, the folks behind the festival announced for full lineup for their end-of-summer offering. And, as expected, the 10t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Electric Daisy Carnival Returns to Fair Park on June 18 with Paul Van Dyk, Diplo, Many Others

    The Lek BrothersMoby performing at the 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival at Fair Park​Last year, you may recall, the Electric Daisy Carnival -- after 14 years in Los Angeles, a handful of years in Denver and just one in Puerto Rico -- made its Dallas debut with a pretty phenomenal showing at Fair Park. ... More >>

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