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    February 11, 2014

    How Should a Band Manage Its Finances?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Meet The Vliets, a Dallas-Affiliated Band That Calls The Internet Their Hometown

    The Vliets (Pronounced Vleets) describe themselves as 'experimental rock' , which seems an accurate enough description if you're a fan of understatement. If their name offers any indication, it's an homage to Don Van Vliet, the experimental musician better known as Captain Beefheart, a longtime col ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    Can a Band Overcome Bad Early Albums?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Spotify Gift Cards are Stupid: What to Give to The Music Fan Who Already Has Nothing

    Deep inside Spotify headquarters, at this very moment, some poor marketing team is tasked with the idea of making Spotify gift accounts sound like a good idea for a Christmas present. I know this because I am too cheap to pay to make the Spotify ads go away. So far they've been wise enough not to ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    The Album is Not Dying, Despite What You May Have Heard

    "The album is dying in front of our very eyes," Variety columnist and music business know-it-all Bob Lefsetz wrote recently based on LP weak sales, including Katy Perry's Prism, which sold only about 220,000 copies in its first week. "If your plan is to increase your audience, spread the word and ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Vanilla Ice at Grover's Bar & Grill in Frisco, 9/12/13: Review and Photos

    It is not every day that an email lands in my mailbox from my editor with confirmation that I'll be seeing Vanilla Ice at a restaurant/venue in Frisco. The Farmers Branch native's music may not be on top of most people's Spotify playlists these days, but there are clearly more than enough people who ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival Attendees Review The Show, The Blog and Dallas

    This Saturday, Dallas-based music blog Gorilla Vs. Bear hosted their third annual festival at Granada Theater. Local music fans flocked to the historic venue to watch Booty Fade, Empress Of, HAERTS, Blue Hawaii, and Danny Brown share the stage. We talked to the crowd to see how the night's festiviti ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013

    The Seven Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, August 15-21

    This week brings us another installment of Red Bull Sound Select, one of Texas' best country bands, a local radio milestone, and some of the most influential artists of their respective genres. Lil Wayne has had some health issues on the road this year, so here's hoping that his time in the Lone Sta ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    Buzz Osborne on Marriage, Golf and 30 Years of The Melvins

    Undeniably one of the most influential rock bands of the last thirty years, The Melvins roll through Dallas again this weekend, bringing their skull-crushing double drummer sludgey rock with them. Seeing them at Trees this Saturday night is a must. Before they made it to town, I managed to grab a ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    NPR Digs the Way True Widow's New "Four Teeth" Crunches

    Earlier this year, we could barely contain our excitement over the news that Dallas' favorite Stone-gazing trio, True Widow, had signed to the well-regarded label Relapse Records. Sure, it was cool that DH Phillips, Nicole Estill and drummer Slim TX landed on yet another legit label (they had previo ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    David Castell on Recording with Blue October, Famous Drummers, and DFW's Finest

    We caught up with producer David Castell here a couple years ago, but he's been up to an awful lot since then. Castell has produced, mixed, mastered and otherwise had his hands in local music dating all the way back to the early '90s, and he shows no sign of slowing...or aging really, for that matt ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    The Top Ten Douchiest Drummers of All Time

    What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who might actually de ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    Does Free Streaming Help Album Sales? It Worked for Daft Punk, At Least.

    Last week, on Wednesday, May 29, Steve Knopper of Rolling Stone.com detailed Daft Punk's domination of the Billboard album chart with the release of their eagerly-awaited Random Access Memories. The article moves into territory deeper than simple retail numbers, though. Knopper even dug into the num ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Boris - Rubber Gloves Rehersal Studios - April 26, 2013

    Take a little walk to the edge of town, and go across the tracks. Rather than a viaduct looming, there you will find the incomparable Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios. Described on its website as an "industrial dive bar", I take this to mean that the quantities of dive involved in the construction of ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Okay, Illegal Downloads Probably Are Hurting The Music Industry

    This would have surprised me no matter who had turned it up, but there was a special irony in learning that illegal music downloads "aren't hurting the music industry" from a beleaguered print magazine's free-news arm: Illegal downloads aren't hurting the music industry, new study claims | ti.me/10 ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    Señor Fin Hopes to Bridge Denton's Rock and Jazz Scenes

    Denton has been known for harboring the type of house shows that keep our youthful hope alive. That was exactly the case with a little house on Bernard Street this past January, when Denton's jazzy, experimental rock quintet Señor Fin threw a house show for the release of their debut full-length, U ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Billboard Now Counts YouTube Plays, so "Harlem Shake" is Number One

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Chubby Checker Sues HP For Penis-Measuring App, The Right To Appear In This Blog Entry

    Look, I told my editor, over the weekend: This Chubby Checker penis-measuring story is the blog post I was born to write. (This is not something I was excited to learn about myself.) I own and until recently used an HP Pre 3, which is a Palm WebOS phone that did not actually come out--the fastest ph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    House of Cards' Netflix Bow is Just Another Way for Pop Culture to Pretend it Unnerves Us

    It's been nice to watch TV--fresh off House of Cards's Netflix premier--deal with the same questions people have been addressing about music since Napster or iTunes or Spotify, depending on which iteration of the issue you remember best. Specifically: Now that Netflix can create programming based on ... 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    December 13, 2012
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    December 13, 2012

    Spotify and the Future of the Independent Artist

    On August 31, Todd Gautreau, the brains behind excellent area dream-pop act Crushed Stars, took to the band's Facebook page to sound off on a topic that's turned into a national debate among artists, record labels, music consumers and various streaming services, specifically and most notably Spotify ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Get To Know Your 2012 DOMA Nominees: Vanessa Peters

    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 October 3. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2012

    ACL 2012: Friday's 12 Best and Funniest Moments at Zilker

    In the interest of being tidy and not boring you with minute details of the three-day exercise in sweaty and human endurance underway in Zilker Park this weekend, Rocks Off is giving you a break. Our team on the ground at the Austin City Limits Music Festival -- Brittanie Shey, Craig Hlavaty and Mar ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Vanessa Peters On Kickstarter, Grizzly Bear and Keeping Her Chin Up

    The last ten years have seen singer-songwriter Vanessa Peters roaming the globe, living in Italy, and touring across Europe and the States. That nomadic lifestyle is reflected in her lyrics, like those of "Drowning In Amsterdam," from 2009's Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up: "Well it could rain for d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Playdough Digs Into Oddisee's People Hear What They See

    See also: Bludded Head's Nevada Hill riffs on Harvey Milk We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don't even care if it's good, we just want to know what the ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Nevada Hill Riffs On Harvey Milk's My Love Is Higher...

    See also: Smile Smile love the Ronettes See also: Shiny Around the Edges on Death Grips We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don't even care if it's goo ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Smile Smile Are In Love With Foxy Shazam, The Ronettes

    See also: T. Tex Edwards on John Fahey, the Hangmen We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don't even care if it's good, we just want to know what the music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    T. Tex Edwards Digs Up John Fahey, The Hangmen

    We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don't even care if it's good, we just want to know what the music community has been obsessing over, playing on repeat, ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012
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    July 31, 2012

    Best Texas Songs of All Time: #19-1

    Songs #100-80 Songs #79-60 Songs #59-40 Songs #39-20 The Spotify playlist for songs #19-1 19. Billy Preston, "Nothing From Nothing" Houston pianist Billy Preston got to hang around some decent talent (The Beatles, The Stones), but his solo material went in another direction altogether. This is ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #39-20

    Best Texas songs, #100-80 Best Texas songs, #79-60 Best Texas songs, #59-40 The Spotify playlist for songs #39-20 39. Billy Joe Shaver, "Live Forever" "Live Forever" is an emotional experience. The line, "Don't let the darkness take them" is tear-inducing, given that his own son, Eddy, was take ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #59-40

    Best Texas songs, #100-80 Best Texas songs, #79-60 The Spotify playlist for songs #59-40 59. Tum Tum, "Caprice Music" For years, the Dallas hip-hop community's had a love affair with the Chevy Caprice Classic. Tum Tum's "Caprice Music" was an ode to that car culture, illustrating the unique trend ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #79-60

    Best Texas songs, #100-80 The Spotify playlist for songs #79-60 79. Lift to Experience, "Falling From Cloud 9" From one of the best albums of any North Texas act in recent history, "Falling From Cloud 9" is one of the more accessible songs on 2001's The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. It's probably t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Girls Rock Dallas' Rachel Michaud Digs the Spazzys

    See also: Lauren O'Connor opens the history books for Girls Rock Dallas See also: Shiny Around the Edges on Death Grips, Patti Smith We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you l ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Tony Ferraro On the Soul of David Ruffin

    See also: Shiny Around the Edges on Death Grips, Patti Smith See also: Oil Boom on Donnie and Joe Emerson We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don't even c ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Shiny Around the Edges on Death Grips and Patti Smith

    See also: Oil Boom on the magic of Donnie and Joe Emerson See also: Vinyl Fantasy's Nathan Johnson on Sunn O))) We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don't ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    Oil Boom on the Magic of Donnie and Joe Emerson, Wolf People

    See also: Vinyl Fantasy's Nathan Johnson on Sunn O))), Carly Rae Jepsen See also: Dennis Gonzalez on Ramón Ayala We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    What Are You Listening To? Dennis Gonzalez Schools Us On Ramón Ayala

    We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don't even care if it's good, we just want to know what the music community has been obsessing over, playing on repeat, ... More >>

  • Music

    July 12, 2012

    SOPA is Dead, but the Copyright Debate Rages On

    And it's happening where it belongs: online.

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    June 28, 2012

    How Merle Haggard Turned Me On To Bedhead

    I was fortunate enough to speak with legend Merle Haggard for this week's print edition of the Observer. Aside from being in awe each time he mentioned Willie Nelson, Lake Shasta (his home for many years, which he refers to in multiple songs) or Johnny Cash, I was particularly struck by our quick di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    When Hipsters Procreate: Children's Music That Won't Make You Wish You Were Deaf

    I don't know how my kid does it. He's heard "ABCs" a thousand times and it's still his number one request. If you have a little one, you know you're going to hear the same song hundreds - no, thousands - of times. If you're particular about the music you listen to, choosing good music to play for yo ... More >>

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    May 1, 2012

    Area Man Admits to Liking a Marilyn Manson Song, Shames Parents and Former Youth Group

    Earlier today, an old friend of mine Tweeted, "Hey Marilyn Manson, 1995 called. They want their Metal Zone back." My friend is a guitar player and was referring to the eardrum-grating guitar pedal used by novice rockers to achieve a sort of '90s rock distortion.He and I come from a similar backgroun ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Beneath The Dead Eyes: Two Writers Correspond Via Letters About Boy Bands

    Welcome to Dear Audra/Dear Hunter, where Audra Schroeder and Hunter Hauk correspond through a series of dramatic letters about pop culture that flummoxes us, like we're Marlene Dietrich and Noël Coward. Dear Audra, I don't know if I can handle it again. I've been seeing headlines to the effect o ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    The 20 Best Madonna Songs You Won't Hear at the Super Bowl

    I've paid entirely too much attention to Madonna since the age of six, when I stood in front of a neighbor's TV, captivated by the "Lucky Star" video. And, no matter how annoying and schoolmarmish the artist has become in her 40s and 50s, part of me will always stop and stare when she's in my line o ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Best Musical Trends of 2011

    OK, Sexy Sax Man. Just 15 more minutes. ​Tell the world, rock is coming home This year saw a wave of rock bands catching up to a new generation. We got Soundgarden touring again, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink-182 and even less renowned bands like Urge Overkill and Bush releasing new albums. Aft ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    The Conversation: The Effects of Blog Culture on Music in North Texas

    Sachin TengThat's a Gorilla versus a Bear -- get it?​As you can see from the cover story this week, blog culture has undoubtedly changed the face of the North Texas music community. The sheer amount of blogs here in the metroplex is evidence that some feel their favorite artists are not being repr ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    America: Meet Spotify, Europe's Successful Foray Into The Future of Free(ish) Music...

    ​Americans are understandably wary of sites that offer free music. For the past decade, we've seen site after site go in and out of favor, sometimes quickly. We got excited about Napster back in 2001, but after all the foolishness that ensued in the wake of its demise, we're quick to give the side ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010
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