A riverside ranch, a three-day weekend amongst nature and a stream of psychedelic music may sound like a cult happening (and it kind of is) but more to the point it's the scene of Austin's Psych Fest, a musical celebration of all things mind-bending. In seven short years, Psych Fest has grown from s ... More >>
Most people have heard of psychedelic rock -- a mid '60s music closely associated with the psychedelia counterculture. But what you might not know is that its roots started right here in Texas, with 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson first using the term almost fifty years ago in 1965. Sin ... More >>
Neil HalsteadSaturday, August 4, at Good RecordsOnce the lead singer of one of the loudest and dreamiest shoegaze acts, Slowdive, Neil Halstead has somehow found himself far away from the style he once perfected. After a decade of playing country pop in Mojave 3, he's now strumming solo, in preview ... More >>
It was four days facing the elements: Wind, rain, solar flares and, on Saturday night, slime. In between, there were late-night basement dance parties, close calls with golf carts, mysterious bruises, random introductions and the chance to catch music at every turn. 35 Denton feels like what SXSW p ... More >>
We know this promo photo might get some of you fetishists fired up, but it's not what you think. The Dallas trio, who we profiled this week in preview of their excellent new album, Fake Infinity, just laid down a Violitionist Session, featuring two album tracks and an inspired cover of The Kinks' "T ... More >>
Looks like Rolling Stone has a jump on Rhett Miller's new live covers album The Interpreter: Live From Largo. The record is set to be released November 22, but you can listen to the entire thing on the Rolling Stone site.Just a word of warning, there are no original songs on this record. If you'r ... More >>
There's a good reason this two-sided poster, designed by Tractorbeam's Daniel Führer, has topped the list of this week's poster submissions. It's for a good cause, and it offers a glimpse into man's circulatory system that no other concert poster has yet.
As part of their ongoing strategy to make April the most hated month of the year, the U.S. government requires that you turn in your taxes on Monday. Yes, that's right: It's the time of year again where you have to strain your eyes and flip through your receipts, desperately hoping to find possib ... More >>
Welcome to a Unexpected Influences, where we talk to musicians about the music no one expects them to like.DatahowlerDatahowler, mad processor of decades of international culture, has a lot on his mind. Born Ross Edman (and formerly using the moniker Objectiv One), he has managed to push himself ... More >>
Speaking of Denton ranking highly on lists today, have you guys been watching VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time countdown this week? It's a guilty pleasure, for sure, especially if you enjoy hearing people like Sebastian Bach and members of the Barenaked Ladies talk about their musical heroes. ... More >>
With an extra day this weekend, an extra night: Blondie on December 1, 1979, from an unspecified Dallas venue; and Frank Zappa at the Dallas Convention Center Arena on October 17, 1980. Both, revolutionary in their own right.They're both flawless recordings -- Blondie because it was for radio. As ... More >>
Ray Davies, The 88The Palladium BallroomMarch 17, 2010Better than: Being the oldest person in the crowd, which I seemed to be at NX35.Sarah Jane SemradWhat a fickle position to be Raymond Douglas Davies. To be simultaneously a rock-and-roll oldies generation entertainer and a darling to the indie ... More >>
The Avetts don't let success get in the way of family
Those without plans for this Wednesday evening might want to think about heading to Denton to catch the Seattle-based The Blakes at Hailey's. For one, there's not too many acts channeling influences like The Who and The Kinks these days, and, two, The Blakes mix in enough of The Stooges to make t ... More >>
Oh!! Oh!! (Hit Records)
Local musicians weigh in on their favorite—and least favorite—Christmas songs
Sunday, November 12, Gypsy Tea Room
Rest in peace--please-- Zayra Alvarez
Danny Moloshok / Blue Pixel for MBP 2006 The woman in me says this is one bad dress Zayra Alvarez is wearing. So, last week on no one's favorite show, Rock Star: Supernova, Zayra Alvarez landed in the bottom three after an atrocious rendition of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me"--and rightfully so, ba ... More >>
Zayra, you have pretty much voted yerself off this island. Every time Rock Star: Supernova host Brook Burke says "the world's best unsigned rockers," I throw up in my mouth just a little bit. The last two weeks have been a horrible showing for what the world has to offer Tommy Lee, Gilby Clarke and ... More >>
Genderqueer: Straight or gay, these kids refuse to play dress-up by the rules
Get Tiki with it
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The Osbourne Family Album (Epic)
The center of the musical universe, Austin welcomes the beautiful and the ugly
At the annual South by Southwest music festival, it's the singer, not the song
MTV and Rolling Stone pick the 100 greatest pop songs ever, "from The Beatles to the Backstreet Boys." We demand a recount.
Sometimes, the best new music is the best old music
We knocked over the stack of local releases and found eight you need to hear
What would the face of rock history have looked like if the British Invasion had been a Britney Invasion instead?
Genius plus love still equals Yo La Tengo
Is there such a thing as a local supergroup? Ask Pinkston.
Up close and intimate, Francis Bacon's work transcends the clichés and introduces you to the real man
The Foxymorons don't need to sleep in the same city to make their bedroom pop
Post from Vermont is returned to sender; Who is A Quick One; The Cavern experiments; The Volares get good print
John Loza learns that making friends is easy for a city council member. Keeping them is harder.
Ray Davies gets the kinks-- but not the Kinks-- out of his career