We caught up with the relatively new At Night, who opened for George Quartz a few weeks ago, and asked about their musical firsts.
Who inspired you to pick up a musical instrument? Was it a parent, sibling or band?
Jack Gallegos (vocals/guitar): For myself, I would have to say music was deeply em ... More >>
It occurred to me recently that, within the DFW music scene, people really love to draw county lines. So what we were trying to illustrate with our 2012 Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees is that Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton aren't three separate entities, but rather one big music community that ... More >>
This weekend, Houston's Venomous Maximus will bring the metal to the mostly punk Riot Fest, featuring Rise Against, the Descendents and more. Sonic brothers with Dallas' own Maleveller, we talked about dubbed cassettes, worst show experiences, and what their parents think of their music.
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El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Despot
The Granada Theater
Thursday, June 21
Listening to the recorded works of El-P, it's easy to get the feeling you're dealing with a robot who has somehow discovered the emotional razor wire that is living a human life. Last night, El-P pushed back t ... More >>
Bands that mash up several genres can produce some amazingly unique music as well as some unadulterated shit. New York's Mindless Self Indulgence is quite capable of doing both within the same song. For nearly 15 years, Jimmy Urine and crew have created what they like to call industrial jungle pussy ... More >>
Murder by Death started in Bloomington, Indiana, but bassist Matt Armstrong is a local who grew up in University Park. He took some time out and shared his first show experiences with us, told us why MBD is not playing SXSW and revealed a little about their forthcoming John Congleton-produced album. ... More >>
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Ever look up at apartments above some of our local bars and wonder who the hell lives there? Meet Ilona Scheel, who resides just above Expo Park's Amsterdam Bar. No, she's not a crazy ca ... More >>
Explosions in the Sky, Burning Hotels
Winspear Opera HouseOctober 28, 2011
Better than: living in Odessa Explosions in the SkyWhen they attempted to perform at the outdoor Strauss Square in Dallas last month, the persistent rain prevented Explosions in the Sky from playing. To prevent any recurr ... More >>
Fool's GoldThe Los Angeles-based indie rock band Fool's Gold has always been a work in progress. That is, until recently. The band is notorious for incorporating and African flavor into their music and their second album Leave No Trace, which dropped on August 16, holds true to that style. But fr ... More >>
Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, The Colour Revolt, The New Regime
House of Blues
July 5th, 2011
having your first colonoscopy.Taking Back SundayOne of the biggest complaints about venues that can hold more than 100 people is that the intimacy between band and audience gets lost. Those ... More >>
Foster The People, Gardens & VillaThe LoftJuly 3, 2011 Better than: going to a dance party where the host played some Foster the People. A little better, anyways. Mike Brooks / commiebike.comFoster The People
There's something to be said for bands that can reproduce their recorded ... More >>
PrioryPortland's Priory only recently issued its debut effort, but main songwriters Brandon Johnson and Kyle Dieker have been collaborating for several years. It just took getting a couple of other band members in place for the band to finally hit the studio with its plethora of material. It expl ... More >>
Willie Nelson, American hero.Just last night, the great Willie Nelson was in town to perform a gig at the Morton H. Meyerson Center and raise funds for LaunchAbility, a Dallas-based organization that provides services to assist both children and adults with developmental disabilities. Good guy, t ... More >>
Chef Salvatore GiselluThere is a pocket of coolness hiding out in Plano, and its name is Urban Crust. Dave Matthews and The Cure play over the speakers and both floors of the restaurant are packed with midday diners, couples and families and ladies who lunch. The walls are exposed brick and a ... More >>
Wild Nothing, Abe Vigoda, Soft Environmental CollapseSons of Hermann HallFebruary 5, 2011Better than: enduring another day cooped up at home and off work because of the icy weather. Abe Vigoda, the band.There was very little between-song banter from any of the acts on Saturday night's bill at Son ... More >>
The Get Up Kids, Steel Train, River City Extension The Loft January 23, 2011 Better than: polishing your multi-colored Hot Water Music vinyl records. Alexander FloresThe Get Up KidsAren't you glad when a reunion tour isn't a fluke? Fifteen months ago, The Get Up Kids triumphantly retu ... 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 >>
The trio behind Alkaline Trio? Well, that's just Matt Skiba, Dan Adriano, and Derek Grant. And their latest, This Addiction, is their first for Epitaph Records--quite the change, after putting out records on Asian Man, Vagrant, and Epic prior. With a sound that mixes the best of The Misfits, The Dam ... More >>