Holly Williams, the 31 year old granddaughter of the iconic Hank Williams, has grown into a formidable artist all her own. Unlike her off-his-rocker dad and her crazy-ass half-brother, Hank Williams III, Holly hasn't really dabbled in the stone-cold honky-tonk sounds that her family has been making ... More >>
Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest IISaturday, July 28, at Granada TheaterIn its second year, Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest has (smartly) shortened things a bit, thus giving more breathing room to the bands, which included Glass Candy, Chromatics, Twin Sister, Chromatics, Taken By Trees, Laurel Halo, A.Dd and DJ Sober.
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>
O'DeathBack in March, our own Kelly Dearmore was among the many who caught New York band O'Death's stunning set at the 35 Conferette (now 35 Denton). He loved it, as you can see form what he wrote:As Josh T. Pearson and his beard watched on, New York's O' Death
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Les ClaypoolAs the leader of the geeky power trio Primus, Les Claypool somehow managed to turn his love of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart into a tangible career in rock music. Indeed: For the better part of three decades now, Les Claypool has stood tall as one of the strangest ducks in the roc ... More >>
Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose, The O'sGranada TheaterDecember 3, 2010Better than: seeing a washed up, crappy honky tonk wannabe band in some two-bit bar.Justin Townes EarleThere's a concept in the Orthodox Church that says, when you enter a worship service, you step outside of time into an et ... More >>
Designed by Don CentoBetween the goings-on at Oysterfest up in Frisco, Jamie Liddell playing the Granada and Jeff the Brotherhood playing The Nightmare, Saturday's concert calendar is already looking like a busy one. But don't let this show pass you by: At the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff that ni ... More >>
Mates of State, Free EnergyGranada TheaterJuly 7, 2010Better than: Sitting home and watching cooking showsMates of StateMates of State were back at the Granada last night playing to a very appreciative crowd of fans that filled the theater's floor level--but not the whole theater space. The balco ... More >>
Derek ComleyWhile looking for something to do tonight, I stumbled upon the MySpace for local act Derek Comley and the Bastard Sons of Rock n Roll. Intrigued by the band's self-description as "new wave, neo-soul, post-punk," I listened to the available songs and found myself wanting more.Seems Com ... More >>
This year was such a good one for heavy music, I wound up having to cheat when putting this list together. I just couldn't settle on ten albums that kicked my ass the hardest in 2009; there were dozens of candidates. The best I could do was fourteen, so each of my top four slots are ties.
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It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again.
As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scen ... More >>