The Mars Volta

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    August 6, 2014

    Texas Music Needs Cedric and Omar To Be OK

    Antemasque/Le Butcherettes Trees 8/5/2014 We've all had friends who got married to each other. It's strange when these friends fight with each other. It's even stranger when these friends get divorced. What side do we take? Who do we support? Who do we boo? When it comes to Texas alt-rock, we've g ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Our Concert Picks of the Week, 8/4/14-8/9/14

    We've now officially got our first taste of August. Between the weather and activities, it was a pretty perfect first weekend of the month. However, now that Monday is here, you might as well saddle up because there's only looking forward at this point. So start planning ahead because this week of c ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Christo Bowman of Bad Suns on the Meaning of "Indie" and Why He'll Never Leave LA

    Los Angeles' Bad Suns formed in 2012 and have quickly made commercial inroads via a couple of nice EPs produced by Eric Palmquist. Blending post punk influences from the late 80's with a modern indie sensibility, the band is capable of channeling both The Clash and The Cure. From his home in Los A ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    The 2013 Concerts I'll Never Forget

    I reviewed a lot of concerts this year. Partly I love live music, and partly it was a way to get out the house for cheap. Really though, I was excited to spend the year exploring every musical experience this part of the world has to offer. From shows I knew would be great to shows I kind of stumble ... More >>

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    July 8, 2013

    The Mars Volta's De-Loused in The Comotirum is Essential Listening: Here's Why

    June 24th saw the entirely unheralded ten-year anniversary of modern prog-rock landmark De-Loused In The Comatorium, the debut album of recently defunct The Mars Volta. Given that the critical response to its appearance back in 2003 was so incredibly varied (although it currently holds a Metacritic ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Bosnian Rainbows and Zorch - Trees - May 28, 2013

    It's an average night in Trees. The bar is dark, the lights are half-assed, the drinks are flowing and there's a reasonable crowd. Rock is playing over the PA, and there's a low chatter. The only clue that something weirder than the usual fare served up at Trees is going on is that I followed a guy ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Eleven Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: May 23-29

    Hello again, all! So, what you may not know is that each week I try to decide which picture of which band should go at the top of this weekly blog post. This week I settled on Guns N' Roses, since their fans span several generations; even though the tickets to their show this week are so totally out ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    This Week's Top Show Announcements: Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, Keith Urban, P!NK and More

    It's all pop stars and mainstreamers today. Lil Wayne, P!nk, John Mayer, Mumford & Sons ... this is a show announcement post that doesn't happen all too often. Soak it in. But let's not lie, the biggest announcement is Lil Wayne's tour, especially since we've all been wondering if he's OK since bein ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    The Worst Supergroups Of All Time

    A supergroup is a difficult project to make a success of. The work of previous band members overshadows any new material, and although it brings a ready-made fan base, it also brings unreasonably high expectations. Not only that, those that make up the new band might have similarly unreasonably high ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    Top Five Musical Resurrections of 2012

    2012 saw some big-name comebacks, emotional reunions, and just plain weird occurrences, proving that America's thirst for nostalgia has still not been quenched. Have recent years been the worst for this, or have I just forgotten about the last decade already? Could something as joyous as the resurre ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    13 of This Weekend's Best Shows: Neil Halstead, The Coathangers, KISS and 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 >>

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    July 5, 2012

    This Weekend's Goings On: Summerland Tour, Gigamesh, And So I Watch You From Afar and More

    Summerland TourSaturday, July 7, at Billy Bob's TexasThis tour consists of bands that have, at one time or another, annoyed the hell out of everyone in the Western world. The lineup -- all platinum selling artists -- consists of Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground.

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    June 13, 2012

    The Rocket Summer's Bryce Avary on Reading Ray Bradbury and Being on Double Dare

    Bryce Avary, the man behind The Rocket Summer, has been doing his project for more than a decade now. On the heels of his latest record, Life Will Write the Words, he returns to Dallas on Friday, with States and The Scene Aesthetic. En route to San Diego from Las Vegas, Avary called and we discuss ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    At the Drive-In, Zechs Marquise - Trees - 4/10/12

    At the Drive-In, Zechs Marquise Trees Tuesday, April 10 The last time At the Drive-In graced the stage at Trees, they looked like a band falling apart. Vocalist Cedric Bixler and guitarist Omar Rodriguez stayed on stage right, bouncing off each other while guitarist/vocalist Jim Ward, bassist Paul ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Baruch the Scribe - Dan's Silverleaf - 3/2/12

    Baruch the Scribe Dan's Silverleaf Friday, March 2 In what seemed like a battle for most effects processors and pedals, Denton's Baruch the Scribe headlined Dan's on Saturday night with the Coves, Botany and the very slick, very talented Gold Beach out of Austin. Their new seven-song LP, Intentions ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Penny in the Fountain: Five Texas Bands We Wish Would "Reunite" This Year

    As it goes with many reunions these days, the news of At the Drive-in's reformation neatly coincided with the release of the Coachella lineup on Monday. And yes, people are excited. "One Armed Scissor" doesn't sound especially dated these days, and The Mars Volta's 26-minute solo weed jam revue was ... More >>

  • Music

    December 8, 2011

    Zechs Marquise, New Fumes, Babar

    Thursday, December 8, at Bryan Street Tavern

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    November 17, 2011

    Between the Buried and Me

    Kaleidoscopic prog-metal goes conceptual

  • Music

    April 28, 2011

    Critics' Pick: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

    Thursday, April 28, at South Side Music Hall

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    April 28, 2011

    Giveaway: Five Pairs of Tickets to See Omar Rodriguez-Lopez at South Side Music Hall

    Omar Rodriguez-Lopez​In this week's print edition of the Observer, Craig Hlavaty talks up Omar Rodriguez-Lopez in advance of the Mars Volta and former At The Drive-In guitarist's show at South Side Music Hall tonight. Writes Hlavaty of Rodriguez-Lopez's solo material:Since 2004, Rodriguez-Lopez ha ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Seven Shows Worth Seeing Tonight in Dallas

    Quite a diverse collection of musical acts we have in our area tonight. Hell, there's even a Swedish hip-hop group. No joke.

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    December 21, 2010

    Unexpected Influences: Denton's DJ Yeahdef On How He Became A Fan of Jazz Fusion

    Welcome to a Unexpected Influences, where we talk to musicians about the music no one expects them to like. Yeahdef​Long-hailed as one of the region's Meccas for live music, Denton is a fine place to become well-known. And popularity is just what DJ Yeahdef, née Joey Lietchy, has achieved in t ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Bonus MP3: Gray, the New Black -- "I Don't Wanna Be With You"

    Gray, the New Black, in shades of gray.​After Mike Hamilton and Alan Uhler moved to Dallas from Michigan in 2009, it took the pair little time to hook up with James Alvarez and form Gray, the New Black. The band has been busy playing around the area and recording songs for its debut full-length th ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Good Friday: NX35, St. Patty's Day Parade and After-Party, RX Bandits, David Allan Coe, Snarky Puppy and Dick Dale.

    ​There's many things I enjoy about the NX35 Conferette, not the least of which is the fact that it sure makes writing this here post easier. (Yes, I'm that self-centered.)As you already know: The Flaming Lips, Midlake and Stardeath and White Dwarfs are playing the North Texas Fairgounds for free o ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009
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    September 16, 2009

    Gig Reminder: The Mars Volta at The Palladium Ballroom Tonight

    In this week's paper, I talked briefly about tonight's Mars Volta show at the Palladium Ballroom...It's been eight years since the break-up of At the Drive-In, the influential post-hardcore El Paso outfit that, post-dissolution, saw its members split off into the separate factions of Sparta and The ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Today In Music News: Courtney Love Is The Villain Again, DeGeneres Replaces Abdul and Mars Volta Takes A Chill Pill

    Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, September 11, 2009... Sooooo, Courtney Love didn't authorize the use of Kurt's likeness for Guitar Hero 5? But Activision has a agreement signed by her? Huh. Maybe she just forgot she signed it? Who's the logical choice to replace Paula Abdul on ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    The Mars Volta

    Wednesday, September 16, at the Palladium Ballroom

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    March 17, 2009

    Gig Alert: Marnie Stern at The Lounge Tonight

    Meet the guitar goddess.The realm of guitar gods, much like the beardo deities promoted by organized religions for centuries, is overwhelmingly dude-centric. Whether biblical originators (see Clapton, Hendrix and Paige) or post-modern satirists (see Angus Young and Nigel Tufnel), we know the routine ... More >>

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    November 29, 2008

    Q&A: Woven

    Los Angeles band Woven play an interesting mixture of electronica and rock. Though they explore a wide variety of sounds, they generally combine  unique, dark electronic textures and heavy two-drummer percussion into straightforward poppy rock songs. After the band's 2003 album, 8 Bit Monk, Wov ... More >>

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    April 15, 2008

    Austin City Limits Music Festival Announces Lineup

    Torn ACL fest? Austin City Limits announced its lineup today for its September 26-28 festival...and we're a little underwhelmed by it. There are a lot of good bands on the bill, sure. But we're most excited about the fact that both Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings ... More >>

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    April 9, 2008

    Last Night: The Mars Volta at Palladium Ballroom

    The Mars Volta at the Palladium Ballroom Tuesday, April 8.The Mars Volta April 8, 2008 Palladium Ballroom Better Than: Listening to your old At The Drive In discs. I was damn excited when this show was announced in February. Damn excited. I hadn't had the pleasure of seeing The Mars Volta since th ... More >>

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    April 7, 2008

    Over The Weekend: Collin Herring, Trey Johnson, Mars Volta Ticket Winner

    Friday night we went the art route and hit up AFI Live Wire and Hal Samples' gallery opening, but come Saturday we were all about live music. Also, the Mars Volta ticket winner is named after the jump. Collin Herring at The Cavern We caught Fort Worth's Collin Herring and Austin Collins from Austi ... More >>

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    April 4, 2008
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    April 4, 2008
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    February 26, 2008

    Mars Volta Coming to Dallas

    My knees just got a little weak. The Mars Volta will be in Dallas April 8. I will be there. Sure, I don't have tickets. Tickets don't go on sale until Saturday, March 1. No matter. I'll be there. The last time I saw The Mars Volta it was in a venue similar to Nokia Theater -- mostly seats with overp ... More >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2007

    Chief Beef, Joey Kendall, Veloura

    Thursday, September 6, at Andy's, Denton

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    April 5, 2007

    Same Difference

    With EITS and the Paper Chase, the song doesn't remain the same

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    March 29, 2007


    I'll Sleep When You're Dead (Definitive Jux)

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    January 18, 2007

    Unclear on the Concept

    Prog rock lives on--like a zombie

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    August 31, 2006

    As Tall as Lions

    Sunday, September 3, at the Door

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    March 2, 2006

    The Beatdown

    If you wanna hear Denton's best-kept national dance secret, then get to the Party

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    October 20, 2005


    Wednesday, October 26, at Gypsy Tea Room

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    March 17, 2005

    The Mars Volta

    Frances the Mute (Universal)

  • Year End Music

    December 30, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.

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    November 18, 2004

    Handsome Boy Modeling School

    White People (Elektra)

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    January 1, 2004

    Playing Favorites

    Local musicians pick the tops

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    December 11, 2003

    Words of Wisdom

    Hyah! Hyah! Sha-Clack-Clack! Or, the hip-hop poetry of Saul Williams.

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    July 31, 2003

    The Mars Volta | Vendetta Red

    De-Loused in the Comatorium (Strummer/Universal) | Between the Never and the Now (Epic)

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