The Sword

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    The Best Dallas Punk and Metal Concerts in September

    A quick glance at our comprehensive Dallas concert guide might give you the impression that this month is stuffed with some real crap, metal-wise. Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Godsmack, Seether; it's like an endless parade of nightmares that has no place in 2014. So we here at DC9 thought we'd take a q ... More >>

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    August 13, 2014

    Gas Monkey Live Makes Play For Mid-Size Dallas Venue Gap

    The weird entertainment complex loop at the corner of I-35 and Northwest Highway is one of northwest Dallas' stranger places to visit. Not quite Bachman Lake, not quite Harry Hines, and not quite Irving, it's in a vortex all of its own. Technology Boulevard, as this loop is called, is marked by a ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Mothership Is Taking Off, but Not Before Some Quality Time in the Hangar

    The Mothership Hangar, as it is called by the band, is as much a stoneriffic rec room as it is a rehearsal space. I'm sunk improbably deep into the cushions of the second-hand couch patterned in barf-colored geometric shapes and wedged between the room's door and a stack of PA speakers. To say I'm c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Top Ten Places to Grab Grub and Catch a Concert in One Spot

    It's Friday night, and after leaving work a bit later than you had hoped to, battling the traffic to get home, and finally making out the door again to head out for a night of steam-blowing revelry, mapping a night out is often more daunting a task than you'd prefer. It's late to the point where vis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    Gas Monkey Bar 'N Grill, Where a Reality TV Star Hosts Metal, Honky-Tonk and Plenty More

    This past Saturday night, the Gas Monkey Bar 'N Grill in Dallas lived up to the name of the television series that features its owner: car repair reality show Fast 'N Loud. With full sets scheduled from Austin's Hank Senior-recalling, honky-tonk hero Wayne "The Train" Hancock (on the venue's indoor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Nicole Ryann: Deep Ellum live tech-in-training.

    Every once in a while, you see a music fan in Deep Ellum who is having so much fun going to see bands that they inadvertently end up on the professional side of things. Nicole Ryann is one of those, now a tech-in-training now. And she's good. She has an eye, ear and pretty keen cerebral sense for li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows of the Summer in Dallas

    This summer Dallas brought the heat when it came to live music offerings. From Queen Bey's legendary turn at American Airlines Center to Greg Barrett's genre mashing Animal House party at Sandaga 813, there were plenty of shows we'll still be talking about this time next year. We've narrowed the fie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, August 1-7

    So who's ready for B L A C K I E to scare some people at Good Records today? We certainly can't wait. If you weren't already going (to this one or the show tomorrow at Macaroni Island in Denton), please read the great Shea Serrano's excellent profile of the Houston artist, published in our sister pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    A 13-Year-Old Boy Reviews His First Ever Concert: The Sword at Granada

    One question you'll always be asked, forever, is about the band at the first concert you ever saw. The first ever concert I attended, at 13, was Texas (I know, right?). Texas is a frankly awful indie pop band from Scotland, and for this one tour they were inexplicably popular enough to book arenas. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    The Six Best Concerts In DFW This Week, Including a Farewell to Zubar

    It's always sad seeing a good bar or venue close its doors. This week we're losing Zubar, a Greenville Avenue bar that has hosted a lot of great DJ residencies and some pretty phenomenal reggae, house and hip-hop sets in its nearly 17-year span. On the bright side, they're throwing a massive party ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    The Sword's John Cronise: Metal Fans Deserve Better Than the New Black Sabbath Album

    Formed in Austin nearly a decade ago, The Sword is one of the heaviest bands to emerge from that scene. Full of monstrous guitar riffs and typically bombastic sci-fi themes, the four Sword albums are intense, thought-provoking and filled with good humor. The band's most recent effort, Apocryphon, is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    For 17 Days, Dallas is Metal Heaven: Five Must-See Shows

    Jessi RoseGUYS. GUUUUUYS. Consider this your advance warning, Dallas. Amplified rock and roll is coming, and it's not only coming hard, it's coming at times that are mainly not weeknights, meaning you can combine two pursuits, metal concerts and binge drinking, that go hand in hand like butter on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    The Worst of Rocklahoma 2013, Starring Axl Rose

    Some of the attendees were of questionable nature, with a variety of tattoos and T-shirts expressing various viewpoints that are, shall we say, somewhat extreme. No doubt rural Oklahoma, with its various billboards on abortion, meth addiction and Christianity prominently displayed outside of the rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Here are the Scarborough Reniassance Festival Musicians' Favorite Modern Bands

    30 miles south of town there is a mini fortress wall, and once you buy your ticket and walk through its portcullises, the Scarborough Renaissance Festival awaits. It's a magical land, where the bacchanalia of 1533 (mead poured into horns!) meets the bacchanalia of 2013 (deep fried macaroni and chees ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts In DFW This Week, December 17-20

    Libertine's 13th Annual Toy Drive Monday, December 17, at Libertine Bar/Single Wide, Donations accepted More than a dozen acts are slated to play this annual benefit show, now taking place at Libertine and Single Wide. The O's, Ryan Thomas Becker, Grant Jones & the Pistol Grip Lassos, Cutter, J. Cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Top Five Schedule Conflicts at Fun Fun Fun Fest

    Headlined by reunited legends like X, Run-D.M.C. and Public Image Ltd, this weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest has a little something for the older folks, as well as the young. With that much talent over three days, there are bound to be some tough decisions between stages. Here are a few scheduling conflic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    The Sword's Kyle Shutt: "We're Not Making a Conscious Decision To Do Anything But Be Awesome"

    One of the many reasons Austin stoner metal kings The Sword gain fans by the boatload with each new release lies in the way in which each album, including their latest LP, Apocryphon, has been better than the album before it. This is a band that understands it's not only very metal, but tremendously ... More >>

  • Music

    October 25, 2012

    The Sword

    Tuesday, October 30, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Denton

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Riot Fest - Gexa Energy Pavilion - 9/22/12

    Riot Fest Gexa Energy Pavilion Saturday, September 22 Though the inaugural Dallas edition of Riot Fest was a mild success, here's something the festival's organizers should consider if it returns next year: give the audience some kind of clue when bands are going on. While the Heineken Pavilion sta ... More >>

  • Music

    September 20, 2012

    Riot Fest

    Saturday, September 22, at Gexa Energy Pavilion

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    This Week's Top 11 Show Announcements: Beach House, Animal Collective, Grimes, Air Supply and More

    Beach HouseFriday, September 21, at Palladium Ballroom, $22/$25Would a Beach House fan go buck wild if I said their new album, Bloom, sounds pretty much the same as its predecessor, Teen Dream? I'm not saying Teen Dream isn't an immaculate record, or that the band's previous performance in Dallas at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Riot Fest 2012 Expands From Chicago to Dallas, Brings Rise Against, Andrew W.K., The Sword and More

    Are you experiencing Festival Fatigue yet? Too bad. One more all-day-er has been announced for the summer: In addition to Toronto and Brooklyn, Chicago-based punk circus Riot Fest is expanding its reach to Dallas on September 22 at Gexa Energy Pavilion. Rise Against, Descendents, Municipal Waste, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2008

    Confirmed: 2008 Ozzfest To Be One-Day Fest In Dallas

    Metallica makes its Ozzfest debut this year, too. The rumors started a while back, but now it's been confirmed, with all the details worked out: Ozzfest 2008 will be a one-day music festival held in Dallas (not a two-day, two-city fest as was originally believed). It'll take place in Frisco on Aug ... More >>