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    July 11, 2014

    Richard Haskins Turns a New Page with Ride, Boldly Ride

    Richard Haskins has been through the shit. For two years, he paid for attempted bank robbery with a jail sentence. Not everyone was there to help him when he needed. Haskins' own mother would sit in the bail bond room, telling people who tried to bail him out that he had already been bailed out. Bu ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    Spinster Records Aims to Be More Than Just a Record Store

    Oak Cliff has undergone quite the reinvention over the past half-dozen years or so. The Bishop Arts District has blossomed with coffee shops, art boutiques, restaurants and bars. Further down Main St., the iconic Kessler Theater has experienced a full-on revival. And now, thanks to David Grover and ... 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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    September 6, 2013

    Try Saying "I Don't Know That Band" Now And Again

    Hey, guys. Can I talk to you about something? Every year when this time rolls around we try to send you into your fall festing season with some proper tips. Usually, this is our not-so-subtle way to share with you the ways to make new friends or sneak, um, stuff (alcohol) (contraband) in. The ans ... 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 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 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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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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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    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 29, 2011

    Staff Picks: Top Ten Local and National Albums of 2011

    ‚ÄčI'm not one for New Year resolutions, but at the beginning of 2011, I made one I was actually pretty excited about keeping. My goal was to listen to more music this year than any other year before. Thanks to the help of some generous publicists, Spotify and some solid purchases over at Good Recor ... More >>