Recently, I stopped drinking alcohol for a few weeks due to a severe case of "turning into a tremendously fat man." As a result, I've been compensating by drinking cold press coffee -- a dark, sludgy substance that resembles the loneliness of space. It makes me feel like my brain is made out of tiny ... More >>
So who's ready for B L A C K I E to scare some people at Good Records today? We certainly can't wait. If you weren't already going (to this one or the show tomorrow at Macaroni Island in Denton), please read the great Shea Serrano's excellent profile of the Houston artist, published in our sister pa ... More >>
The plethora of beatmakers, producers and DJs in Dallas are bussin' the local music scene wide open. We here at the Observer wanted to showcase that talent through bi-weekly mix's made by the best in the business. So stream, download and share the mix with your friends. Relive the weekend and prepar ... More >>
The brunette in the backward pink mesh trucker hat and booty shorts grabs a megaphone and addresses her fellow campers. "WECOME TO COOOOACHEELLLA." The congregation of twenty 20-somethings lustily applauds. It's Thursday night, a dozen hours before the festival officially begins, and the rules ar ... More >>
Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped over a suit that looked like it was made of mercury. The vibrant collage was topped with a headpiece that Liberace might have worn had he ever bee ... More >>
Who says wishes don't come true? Last year, as I thought what could I do more of in this town in the new year, a few things came to mind. A Riff Raff live performance. Check, thank to March's South by So What bill. A late-night coffee option where I could pretend to get a little work done. Well, loo ... More >>
The xx Wednesday, February 13, and Thursday, February 14, at The Granada Theater Achingly hip Londoners the xx have a two-night stay at The Granada this week, meaning twice as many Dallasites will be swept away by songs from their now-ubiquitous debut album and the recently released Coexist. We're k ... More >>
Danyele McPherson just recently returned from taping Bravo's Top Chef, and now has been promoted to chef de cuisine at The Grape. McPherson is one of a handful of Dallas chefs to appear on the show and subsequently run a restaurant. Tiffany Derry and Tre Wilcox focus on high-end dining in upper-cr ... More >>
The Smoker's Club Tour/Aesop Rock Trees/The Granada Theater Thursday, August 9 Last night was a hard night for a hip-hop fan in Dallas. The Smoker's Club Tour had favorites like Juicy J and next big things Smoke DZA and Joey Bada$$ at Trees. Aesop Rock was bringing his flavor back to Dallas with Br ... More >>
The Angelus, Crushed Stars LaGrange Thursday, July 26 Last night at LaGrange was certainly a sit-down kind of show, but it wasn't a slumber party. Crushed Stars, the acclaimed combo led by Todd Gautreau, proved why they are one of Dallas' hidden treasures. The band rarely plays live (this was their ... 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.
OK, it's been a while, but the DC9er mixtape series is officially back in action. We're resurrecting the weekly DJ profile with a Q&A and mixtape from Dallas' '90s hip-hop enthusiast, DJ Sissy Ross. Check out her Q&A and original mix below.
If you don't know, now you know. Tomorrow night is our DC9 at Night Crawl, which starts at Single Wide around 6:30 p.m., then stops at the Granada for El-P and Killer Mike, who both just released excellent new albums. Then it ends at Beauty Bar for DJ Sober's Big Bang night, and the official after-p ... More >>
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Thursday, October 11, at Granada Theater, $25Legendary Canadian post rock act Godspeed You! Black Emperor have reunited for the first tour in nearly a decade. The band, famous for their intense live show, expansive arrangements and vivid projections, will be an incredible ... More >>
Got two hours to kill? Then, by all means, give the above clip of Miss Erykah Badu talking to the folks at the Red Bull Music Academy a watch and hear her talk about her sonic evolution, her musical upbringing and the debt she owes to artists such as J Dilla. Alas, if you don't have two hours -- and ... More >>
Black Star, Playdough, Topic House of Blues September 7, 2011 Better than: being blown away by a firearm. Mike BrooksMos Def in Erykah Badu's "Window Seat" ride post-show. Although each has enjoyed a remarkable solo career as one of the most important names in hip-hop today, Mos Def and Talib K ... More >>
As we've already mentioned today, one of the world's most prolific and creative rappers, Kool Keith, will bring his hip hop inventions, Horrorcore and Pornocore, to The Loft tonight. Some might remember him as Dr. Octagon, his moniker in the '90s -- since when, he has released 20 studio records. Now ... More >>
Welcome to a new recurring feature here on DC9 where we talk to people of interest in the metroplex about their taste in music, including likes, dislikes, and guilty pleasures. We're calling it Pedestrian Playlist -- because, hey, everyone listens to music.DJ Whiz T at work.The Dallas Maverick ... More >>
The Granada Theater offered DC9 readers five pairs of tickets to Saturday's Aesop Rock show, which is a must-see for fans of eccentric, thought-provoking indie hip-hop. Pitchfork may not be too keen on his latest project, the MURS/Slug collabo Felt 3: A Tribute To Rosie Perez, but Aesop Rock is s ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, April 27, 2009...In a move that screams "contractual obligation," The Killers are prepping a live DVD and covers album for release.Looks like the Today clip of Beyonce singing horribly was "just a goof" made by some dude.The girl who plays the bitch ... More >>
This week's show announcements include the Let it Rock Tour (with headliner Kevin Rudolf, pictured above), Billy Joe Shaver and Aesop Rock. Complete listing after the jump.
In this week's paper, Observer contributor Eric W. Saeger tackles the subject of L.A. rapper MURS: Now boasting a Warner Bros. contract, he nevertheless continues to lampoon the pigeonholes into which MCs are known to fall; he describes his music as "Sitcom Rap," taking elements from everyday li ... More >>
Maybe you know DJ Z-Trip. Maybe you don't. He's a pretty big deal on the touring DJ circuit, though. Know that. And he got himself fairly involved in the election, throwing various "Party for Change" events across the country alongside Shepard Fairey--the guy responsible for this image, which we l ... More >>
Del tha Funky Homosapien Granada Theater September 26, 2008 Better than: The GZA’s show a few weeks at ago at The Loft, despite a less-hip-hop-friendly venue. Del kept the fans at the Granada happy. (Bill Ellison) Del tha Funky Homosapien raised eyebrows recently when he moved to a new label a ... More >>
Thursday, September 25, at the Granada Theater
Remember Ms. Erykah Badu? We didn't forget her soulful vocals and enchanting beats. Well, we're in luck, because the Dallas native just released her first single, "Honey," from her forthcoming album -- tentative title Kahba -- which will hit stores on her birthday, Feb. 26. The new track, featuring ... More >>
Thursday, September 27, at the Palladium Loft
By now you oughta know the House of Blues opens tonight in the former White Swan Building in Victory Park, and by now you should know that Erykah Badu's going to be the first artist to take the stage in what will be Dallas' best-looking live-music venue, if not its best-sounding. Show ain't cheap: T ... More >>
Time to put your skillz to the test
DJ Rob Viktum's unlikely upbringing was in—get this—Amarillo
A front page story in the Wall Street Journal this morning explored how Prohibition-era state and local regulations-- originally constructed to keep single brokers from controlling the booze trade much as mobsters did during Prohibition—are crumbing under the force of court challenges on const ... More >>
If you want to clear up Soul Position's contradictions, don't study its Blueprint
Wednesday, March 29, at Tom Cat's
Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives (Def Jux)
Wednesday, January 19, at Tom Cats
Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.
Bazooka Tooth isn't a fable. It's Aesop Rock's reality.
May 24 / May 25
Brotherhood of the Bomb (Matador)
Dan "The Automator" Nakamura loves hip-hop -- but he loves music more
Where water tastes like wine