By H. Drew Blackburn, Jaime-Paul Falcon and James Rambin There ain't much to do in Denton, Texas except party. We're talking about the quintessential college town, a place where the highest percentage of residents are between the ages of 20 and 29. A place where if you didn't end up there because o ... More >>
By Ken Bethea This weekend, the Old 97's take part in Dia De Los Toadies Festival at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth as the Toadies wrap up their 20th-anniversary celebrations of Rubberneck. With the Old 97's preparing to reissue their first album later this fall, guitarist Ken Bethea reflect ... More >>
School of Rock's Mollie Reyes is quite the character. She's animated, never taking life too seriously, but she's in a new position for the school that can be easily filed under high-pressure: one that wedges her in between the parents of suburbia and the youngsters of the metroplex who are dying to ... More >>
Diana Prevenslik has plenty of experience with Dallas culture. She was a member of rockabilly outfit Sawed Off Sick and also a skater -- a good skater, at that. In the world of Texas Rollerderby, she was "Panther City Princess" under the Dallas Derby Devils. Prevenslik also spent time serving in the ... More >>
Lloyd Banks runs Rockin' Rodeo in Denton, but he's been perched up north doing live music venues for a decade and a half: national touring acts mixed with local and regional bands, not only as opening acts, but also plenty as standalone showcase acts. He's managed a band or two over that time as wel ... More >>
We caught up with producer David Castell here a couple years ago, but he's been up to an awful lot since then. Castell has produced, mixed, mastered and otherwise had his hands in local music dating all the way back to the early '90s, and he shows no sign of slowing...or aging really, for that matt ... More >>
Denton's historically-popular Good/Bad Art Collective, an artist-run co-operative studio and gallery that was active from 1993 to 2001, comes out of the woodwork each year to organize its Rock Lottery event, and has recently announced that its eleventh one will take place at Dan's Silverleaf on Nov. ... More >>
Recently, I was gently reminded that the Toadies have a new album out, called Play.Rock.Music.. I listened to the album a couple times and tried to wrap my head around it. I waited for something to grab me: A hook, a melody. Instead, I found myself wincing. I couldn't bring myself to engage in the m ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes in Dallas/Fort Worth music. Vince and Dawn Barnhill have been running Universal Rehearsal since 1987, five years before they tied the knot. Over that time, they've hosted rehearsals by Erykah Badu, The Dixie ... More >>
Casey HessCasey Hess of the Dallas Observer Music Awards-nominated Descender (Best Hard Rock Act) is -- perhaps too quietly these days -- one of Dallas' great rock heroes. Since his stints in a few influential and popular area bands going back to the 1990s glory days of Elm, Main and Commerce, fe ... More >>
The Toadies, the Old 97's, Centro-matic and Sarah Jaffe 2011 Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase Main Stage Saturday, October 15, 2011 Alex ScottThe start of a glorious day in Deep Ellum. On Saturday afternoon, Deep Ellum boasted a buzz the area hadn't felt in years, as the Dallas Observer M ... More >>
This is Ume. That's Eric in the back.Ume might be an Austin-based trio, but they play Dallas enough that it would be easy to think they're based here. They last came through in late July, opening for Mission of Burma. They'll be back on Thursday, September 29, at Trees in support of their recent ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we meet the people in the local music scene that you don't see on stages. Melissa KirkendallMelissa Kirkendall is a filmmaker. It wasn't always this way. In her younger years, Kirkendall spent a good chuck of her time immersed in the local music scene -- ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we meet the people in the local music scene that you don't see on stages. Penny Lazo. With LMFAO. And a taco. No, the taco isn't real.Penny Lazo is a DFW-based rep for Universal Records. Despite being very rock 'n' roll in appearance, her main beat is coun ... More >>
Cabe BoothCabe Booth's name might not ring too many bells. But if you've ever been to the Curtain Club, you've seen his artwork. Creating stunning, life-like paintings of legendary bands, you might as well stare at them for hours.Booth's birthday is coming up this week, and for his birthday ... More >>
Deep Ellum is in many ways the music capital of Dallas. Yes, the area has had its ups and downs. No, it hasn't always been the center of the music scene, especially with Denton consistently pumping out artists at a rapid rate. But, fact is, without a doubt, Deep Ellum has for over a century now b ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans , where we meet some of the people behind the local music scene -- those who aren't necessarily members of local bands, but more the people who make the scene move.DJ Jeff K and the Old 97's at a Dallas Stars game.In 2011, both DJ Merritt and DJ Jeff K remain s ... More >>
Danny Fulgencio"I Come From the Water" is perfect for crowdsurfing. See more in Danny's slideshow.Yesterday was a banner day for North Texas music nerds. Without doing too much self-horn tooting, the St. Patrick's Day Concert--just outside the parade--presented some completely killer sets from lo ... 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.Michelle PelisseroMichelle Pelissero can be seen working at some of the luckiest of spots -- like rinkside at a Dallas Stars game or dead-center i ... 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. Scott BeggsScott Beggs, once one of the kids in the punk rock crowds back in the day, has been assembling live concerts in DFW since the mid-'9 ... More >>
This weekend marks the third annual (and biggest yet) Dia De Los Toadies Festival.Each year the location of the festival changes, so The Toadies and nine other Texas bands will take over Whitewater On The Horseshoe in New Braunfels tonight, and all day tomorrow. This year's most exciting new addi ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Since you guys salivate over local radio news, here's a zesty taste: Starting August 16 the new program director at 105.3 The Fan will be Bruce Gilbert. Yep, the same Bruce Gilbert who helped buil ... More >>
Toadies, LIONS, DescenderTreesDecember 30, 2009Better than: Any other Toadies performance we've seen since the release of No Deliverance.Expect a slideshow from last night's concert in the coming days...There wasn't much direct addressing of the crowd at last night's show, the first of two Toadie ... More >>
"Well, I was passing by a pawn shop in an older part of town, something caught my eye and stop and turned around / I stepped inside and then I spied in the middle of it all, was a beat up old guitar hanging on the wall / 'What do want for that piece of junk?' I asked the old man / He just smiled and ... More >>
Joshua Flemming, singer and guitarist for the relatively new local duo known as The Phuss, is hyped about the band's debut effort (which hits the streets this summer), as well as the band's big show this weekend, opening up for the Flametrick Subs and The Von Ehrics at the Longhorn Saloon on Saturda ... More >>
There are so many options for music lovers this weekend that it's almost overwhelming. Remember, back in the days when you used to go to video stores to rent movies, how it felt to just stare at the cases with no idea what you wanted to watch, and there were so many choices that you got a headache b ... More >>
In a year that saw Ozzy, the Jonases and The New York Times storm through North Texas, which area music stories will go down as the most important of 2008?
OK, so we have a pretty expansive definition of "local"
Scott Porter's year coulda self-destructed, but he got engaged instead
When record labels finally pay attention to Dallas, they usually likewhat they see
Little Grizzly finds itself, and its new album, somewhere along the way
Are the Toadies breaking up? We don't know.
Disaster strikes. Or does it?
The center of the musical universe, Austin welcomes the beautiful and the ugly
Band-related paper cuts and other ironies.
Another drummer steps to the mike
Counting down the days 'til February
Or at least a handful of musicians and music-industry types are, for a few brief moments
Bluh; Pleasant Grove in Germany; The Early Line; Trees turns 10; Rubber Gloves gets wet; And so much more
[DARYL]'s Communication; Centro-matic is almost automatic; Captain Audio has The Cure; And more
DOMA 2000 (of course), Baboon takes it live; Elliot Smith helps The Toadies; and much, much more
A handy guide to the worst local records of the '90s
Is there such a thing as a local supergroup? Ask Pinkston.
Bill's Records get Hitchcock; Quality Park fills Centro-Matic; Tripping Daisy headlines and mainlines Joe Butcher; Go Metric stays
Ex-Killbilly member Richard Hunter runs for Fort Worth office--no, seriously