By Art Tavana Was 1994 the best year for pop music in history? Quite possibly. Sure, some of it was terrible, but overall it was amazing: Nordic black metal, Britpop, pop punk, trip hop, and the best R&B of the '90s (Boyz II Men were peaking). Hip-hop's Golden Age was winding down, but a new, ... More >>
It's finally May and -- surprise, surprise -- the music festivals are getting into full swing. There two noteworthy ones this weekend alone, and both are new kids on the block (or relatively so): tonight's JMBLYA Festival and tomorrow and Sunday's Suburbia Fest. And that's just the tip of the iceber ... More >>
Seeing that Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson hit the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie this evening, we thought it would be a good time to compile a list of the scariest acts in music. Scary can be a relative term. One person's demented can be another's delightful, but each of these 12 scary acts has ... More >>
This is not your everyday Billboard chart. Each week, we'll tell you which bands are selling in the fine record shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where we consumers of music have impeccable taste. Fleetwood Mac will be playing in Dallas at the American Airlines Center June 4, and their reis ... More >>
See also: Old records are outselling new ones for the first time Remember Lana Del Rey? It's OK if you don't, but 10 years from now, we might remember her for a different reason: the death of the debut. I know, technically Born to Die wasn't a "debut." But her manufactured reinvention and the unw ... More >>
In which our new music editor has a lot of feelings.
If it feels like things have been hectic of late, that's because they have been. October just tends to be that way around these parts, what with standard fall touring schedules pumping up the show-going options on top of the hype and added excitement that comes with such seasonal events as Austin Ci ... More >>
Allison V. SmithThe O'sIt's hard to put your finger on an actual date when The O's will officially celebrate the release of their new album, Between The Two. The hilarious duo, who we caught up with in this week's print edition, have already played a handful of release shows this week, but Club D ... More >>
Tuesday's not quite as busy as last night, but there are still a few interesting events to take in this evening.
I had intended to provide as this week's aural audio the entirety of Beck's redo of INXS's Kick, which features on guitar and vocals none other than Lake Highlands' own Annie Clark, or St. Vincent. (The formerly Dallas Observer Music Awards-nominated St. Vincent, Pete asks me to remind you as I d ... More >>
When the sun sets this evening, the final night of Chanukah will commence, ending an eight-day spree of phone calls from nagging Jewish mothers and the always pleasant gifting and receiving of holiday socks. Also coming to its unfortunate annual close? The (adorable) singing of the Chanukah praye ... More >>
The ACL festival may be going on right now down in Austin town, but North Texas music lovers aren't going to let some silly little no-compete clause ruin the weekend.First, let's review the shows we've already mentioned. Tonight, Telegraph Canyon releases The Tide and the Current at Lola's in For ... More >>
If you were wondering what is on Matt Kadane's iPod, you're in luck, as he's the current Random Ruler for The AV Club. In case you're unfamiliar with The AV Club, The Onion's entertainment section, Random Rules is a feature wherein a musician puts his or her iPod on Shuffle and comments upon whateve ... More >>
Stephin Merritt uses Distortion to protect the Magnetic Fields from mothers everywhere
Is Is (EP) (Artist Records)
Why buy the whole thing?
One man's Gabriel is another man's Lucifer.
Austin's Black Angels fly high with a gust of drone 'n' roll
Axis of Evol (Jagjaguwar)
When is the new Norah Jones CD not the new Norah Jones CD? When it's credited to The Little Willies, a band consisting of Jones on vocals and piano (duh), Richard Julian offering remarkably Lyle Lovett-like vocals and guitar, Lee Alexander on bass, Jim Campilongo on electric guitar and Dan Rieser on ... More >>
The Cellar Door Sessions (Columbia/Legacy)
Tuesday, November 1, at Granada Theater
Plus: The Glasgow School, History Lesson
Smog's Bill Callahan discovers new sounds and voices...and cleans up with Chloe Sevigny
Growing older with The New Year
Rhino assembles the definitive '70s punk collection. Pretty much.
Are the Dandy Warhols a rock-and-roll flowchart or just a rock-and-roll band? You decide.
Eleven things that made local music great in 2002
Plus: Dalbie and Tex, A List
The Modern Age (Rough Trade/XL/Beggars Banquet)/The Walkmen (StarTime International)
Shrek offers an amusing, if empty, fractured fairy tale
Cave-In finds Rock and Roll on Jupiter and brings it back to Earth
Genius plus love still equals Yo La Tengo
Reed Easterwood's record is one of the year's best. Good luck finding it
Jonathan Richman helped invent punk and geek rock. Now, he comes pogo-sticking back into your life with There's Something About Mary
The outer-space roots of Transona Five
The vitality stops, but the music just keeps on comin'
Or: Rock and roll isn't dead, it just doesn't smell bad
A portrait of Megadeth's Dave Mustaine as a lonely young man