Unsatisfied with simply recording in a top-notch studio in Copenhagen, the members of Efterklang decided to head to the Arctic island of Piramida to create their album of the same name. Using the desolate climate as inspiration, the band used field recordings as the basis for each track. These dudes ... More >>
You can't really write a column about behind-the-scenes people in the Dallas music scene and not include Bucks Burnett. We are big fans of Bucks, and he's been featured in the Observer numerous times. Hell, one of the last times we tried to interview him, we kept getting interrupted by calls from th ... 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.
They are all hunched over the jukebox, scanning ti ... More >>
by Aaron Hillis
Not to knock films as fantastic as his Rachel Getting Married, The Silence of the Lambs, and Something Wild, but there's something wilder--or at least, more directly stimulating and pure--about Jonathan Demme's live-performance docs. The 68-year-old auteur immortalized a Talking Hea ... More >>
Back in the mid-'80s, Big Head Todd and the Monsters was the band even your college sweetheart could like. Todd Park Mohr and crew blended a touch of jazz into their blues-based pop and became a sizable concert draw.
Over the years, Park Mohr has gathered the guys together sporadically for live sh ... More >>
It's no secret St. Vincent has a certain affection for pop-punk heroes a few generations back. Note her impressive collaborations with the Talking Heads' David Byrne, which include live performances, a record and an interpretation by a 12-piece marching band. Now St. Vincent (er, Annie Clark) seems ... More >>
Miles FIsher in his American Psycho-spoofing Talking Heads cover's music video.Last week we posted the music video for the Dallas-born and raised actor/musician Miles Fisher's new song "New Romance." The video, a spoof on '90s television hit Saved By The Bell, coincided with the release of Final ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music'Mericans, where we'll be meeting some people
behind the local music scene who aren't musicians, but more
behind-the-scenes folk.Jason JanikCindy ChaffinOnce upon a time, Cindy Chaffin was the mastermind behind Texas Gigs, a blog and database that ... More >>
Mark BowmanBig Bucks, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth in Austin in 1996It was but one week ago today that James "Big Bucks" Burnett announced he was, at long last, opening his Eight Track Museum on Commerce Street in Deep Ellum on Christmas Day, but of course. At the same time he announced his new ... More >>
Black Stone RangersA couple weeks back, we caught the very tail end of a performance from new local duo called Black Stone Rangers. It wasn't much, but it was enough to pique our interest in the outfit, which, apparently, is named after an infamous 1960s Chicago gang. So we did as we do, and we c ... More >>