This Saturday in Fort Worth at Dia de Los Toadies, on a line-up filled with promising talent and proven veterens, there may not be a band that represents the past while pointing to the future as vividly and dramatically as Pleasant Grove does. The five-piece, formed in late 1998 by Marcus Striplin ... More >>
Dave Little feels your pain musicians. Getting your music heard and exposed can seem like the most unlikely and uphill of battles in all of the entertainment world. Almost. You think getting your music creations exposed is a bitch? Try comedy on for size. It's really a mystery that more comedians d ... More >>
Pretty busy musical Thursday evening we have here, highlighted by three shows at venues that all begin with the letter "L." What are the odds?
Not the craziest Monday night ever. But, considering that it's Christmas week, there's still a nice selection of musical options this evening -- including a cool touring duo and four dependable local acts.
The biggest concert this weekend is undoubtedly the already sold-out Wu-Tang Clan show at Granada Theater tonight. With the obvious exception for Old Dirty Bastard, every member of the Wu will be at the performance except for RZA. But even without the drum machine genius, this is one of the most ... More >>
"Um, I actually ordered a Tuaca?"2010 wasn't the biggest year Idol Records has ever seen. The once-dominant local label responsible for past releases from area favorites such as the Old 97's, Centro-matic, Chomsky, [Daryl], The Crash That Took Me, Black Tie Dynasty, PPT, The O's and others releas ... More >>
The Flaming LipsThe Flaming Lips have been performing in Dallas for over two decades. The last time they came through town, they stopped short just north of Big D, for a headlining performance at the 2010 NX35 Conferette, during which the power blew several times. Hopefully, they won't have as mu ... More >>
The Walkmen don't actually look like this.Over the last 10 years, The Walkmen have released acclaimed album after acclaimed album, with only a few duds along the way. 2008's You & Me proved the band's longevity, and 2010's Lisbon fortified it. And they'll be bringing their raucous fly-by-the- ... More >>
Back to work and our area is still being affected by ACL spillover. So rest assured: Whatever Monday blues you may be suffering from, it be cured by heading out this evening to one of these fine shows.
Earl HarvinThis weekend has some pretty interesting shows. One of the most exciting is Jazz at The Kessler with The Mike Dillon & Earl Harvin Show at The Kessler Theater. Dallas drumming legend Earl Harvin makes his return to town after several years of living in Los Angeles and Berlin, with ... More >>
This weekend is stuffed with some pretty big shows, but the biggest one coming to town this weekend might be Saturday's Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Music Festival at Superpages.com Center with Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, our own Hellyeah and many more.Maybe getting all jacked up on repackaged ... More >>
Ronnie FaussIn a region filled to the PBR-soaked brim with alt-country talent, there's much to be said for an artist that manages to stand out above the crowd. Take, for a killer example, East Dallas' Ronnie Fauss. He's been on a serious roll lately, and has displayed a deft and delicate touch wh ... More >>
Trey Johnson released this morning a new music video for his song "Bombs," the lead single off his new album, Where The East Ends, his second release in the wake of Sorta's breakup. The video, directed by Michael Carter, is the first of Johnson's solo career and, like the tone of the song (and, real ... More >>
The softer side of The Soft PackJust north of Dallas, in Frisco, something is brewing at Lochrann's Irish Pub & Eatery. The bar's enlisted the help of Spune Productions to help diversify the music scene, who, so far, has done a bang-up job. More proof: On Thursday, October 14, garage rock ac ... More >>
Caity ColvardGet in the pool with this guy at Double Wide.The folks over at Double Wide had so much fun with their July Fourth pool party that they're blowing up the above-ground pool again Sunday, and this time Boys Named Sue will provide the soundtrack. It's the perfect weekend for it, too--wit ... More >>
Yesterday, we mentioned Trey Johnson, Danny Balis and Ward Williams songswap taking place tonight at AllGood Cafe, a sorta Sorta reunion, in a sense, as those three's former Sorta bandmate Chris Holt will also be in attendance. Will there be Sorta songs performed? We can't say. But four former me ... More >>
Mark Fuentes For obvious reasons, a full-blown Sorta reunion just ain't in the cards. But, tomorrow night at AllGood Cafe, fans of the DOMA-winning favorite are in for pretty much the next best thing, as four former Sorta members, (and some friends) are slated to share a performance stage once m ... More >>
Mount Pelée (Idol)
Patrick MichelsDanny Balis, still my favorite ABA starWhile I'm sitting around waiting for a few call-backs, a suggestion: Head over to DC9 for a moment, where Pete's got some songs worth downloading to your Walkman or whatever it is you kids use to listen to music these days. I highly recommend ... More >>
Stay cool, Trey. Stay cool forever.This week marks the release of former Sorta frontman Trey Johnson's debut solo release, Mount Pelée, a disc that finds Johnson and his familiar, classic, soothing voice heading in a somewhat different direction. How so? Well, the disc kinda sounds like it's a b ... More >>
A couple local record label deals and signings went through this weekend--although, to be fair, the two acts involved couldn't be more different.Late on Friday, Idol Records announced that it would be putting out the next disc from from former Sorta frontman Trey Johnson (above, right), called Moun ... More >>
Hal SamplesTrey Carmichael of Sorta performs at the Granada Thursday night.Check out more photos by Hal Samples in our slideshow.Last night a steadily growing crowd kept the Granada staff on its hospitable feet as well-wishers, friends and music lovers in general (and yeah, a news crew or two) celeb ... More >>
Just more than a year after Carter Albrecht was killed, Sorta releases its final discas its members grapple with how to properly present it
Soon to be seen above Dada's entrance. Have to say I felt a little out of place at the Carter Albrecht memorial show at Club Dada last night. Don't get me wrong; it was an affecting, cathartic evening--even for me, someone who just said he felt out of place at the event--but I couldn't help but fee ... More >>
Tonight, starting at nine o'clock at Club Dada, Salim Nourallah, Chris Holt and countless other prominent area (and returning) musicians who knew and loved Carter Albrecht (full line-up after the jump) will be hosting and performing at a special one-year anniversary memorial show for their fallen-bu ... More >>
Friday night we went the art route and hit up AFI Live Wire and Hal Samples' gallery opening, but come Saturday we were all about live music. Also, the Mars Volta ticket winner is named after the jump. Collin Herring at The Cavern We caught Fort Worth's Collin Herring and Austin Collins from Austi ... More >>
Friday, March 21, at Dan's Silverleaf, Denton
Obscurity, delays and ill-fitting genre labels: It's just another Strange day for Sorta
Allison V. Smith Sorta is kinda screwed at the moment: The band has no idea how it's going to release its new album in time to make the scheduled August 8 release date. Living up to their name, Quick published a music news short yesterday that was all speed, no substance. The paper reported that So ... More >>
A local band gets its big break on MTV. Excuse us while we yawn.
Area bands get in on the TV show soundtrack action
Sunday, March 27, at the Barley House
Dallas Observer Music Awards 2005
The best 10 local albums of 2004
Rock Lottery, rock for charity and rock GoGirls-style
Ranking radio, Liz loves Sorta, and Swinging My Vote
Area acts get their share of shout-outs
Rock, journalism and school kids: Can you say "corrupting the youth"?
Trey Johnson may not be much of a front man, but he's one helluva writer
We endured nine straight nights of booze and smoke to bring you this news. You can thank us later.
Sorta Plays for Lovers, and other musicians, on its debut