On Monday night at Three Links, Angel Olsen began her set with two rolicking numbers, "Forgiven/Forgotten" and "Hi-Five," the second and third tracks on her outstanding new record, Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Olsen's opening choices were auspicious because the songs let her show off her solid fou ... More >>
The Vliets (Pronounced Vleets) describe themselves as 'experimental rock' , which seems an accurate enough description if you're a fan of understatement. If their name offers any indication, it's an homage to Don Van Vliet, the experimental musician better known as Captain Beefheart, a longtime col ... More >>
Every generation has an underground music scene that only an elite group of fans and the NSA know of. In the '60s, psychedelic music, for example, exploded onto the hippies' counterculture scene with music by The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. (And let's not forget the Velvet Undergroun ... More >>
If a tsunami of tasteless social media updates didn't clue you in already, Lou Reed has died. He was a writer, a guitarist, a singer--a visionary. As the principal songwriter of pioneering '60s act The Velvet Underground, he punched a whole in the veil separating rock music and art. As a solo artist ... More >>
The Velvet Underground's classic song "Rock & Roll" tells a story of a 5-year-old girl falling in love with the music coming from her radio: Young Susie, whose life was changed by rock 'n' roll. This week, the tale will resonate deeply with a group of Dallas-area girls. Girls Rock Dallas is an annua ... More >>
So, this is definitely a top-five weekend in North Texas music annually. We're flush with bands this time of year, what with the mid-size tour Mecca four hours south and four days away. But much of what's going on in the Metroplex in the coming weeks owes at least as much of its awesome to our own d ... More >>
Violent new drama endlessly argues crime is just business.
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.Tami ThomsenAs a high school student, Tami Thomsen, the main cog in the wheel that is (former Dee ... More >>
Turns out the Christmas Day opening of Bucks Burnett's Eight-Track Museum at 2630 E. Commerce St. in Deep Ellum was just a soft one. The grand opening, we now know, will take place on another holiday -- Valentine's Day, which, in case you've somehow forgotten, takes place on Monday, February 14.A ... More >>
Another Wednesday rolls around, and there are a number of intriguing musical options with it...
The WalkmenBand: The WalkmenVenue: HaileysTime: 11:25 p.m.The buzz was loud and the venue packed last night in anticipation for one of the bigger bands taking part in this year's version of NX35: New York City's The Walkmen. Since I got to Hailey's early, I happened to catch a couple members of t ... More >>
Elvis CostelloNokia Theatre, Grand PrairieSeptember 2, 2009 Better than: just about anything else on my plate on a Wednesday evening Pretty close to 8:15, the lights inside the Nokia Theatre went down and onto the stage strode legendary singer/songwriter Elvis Costello, along with his curre ... More >>
[Editor's note: This review was penned by our newest Observer/DC9 contributor, Eric Grubbs.] Mark Olson and Gary LourisSons of Hermann HallApril 17, 2009 Better Than: wondering if Ryan Adams and Caitlin Cary could successfully do a reunion record and tour. Steven CohenThe ave ... More >>
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