Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>
This weekend, Dallas celebrated one of it's most beloved local traditions with the Lower Greenville St. Patrick's Day Parade. The booze was flowing, the traffic was blocked off, and the turn up was very real. To further add to the excitement, our annual parade concert stage was headlined by none oth ... More >>
This is a statement that your brain will reflexively disagree with but also one that it will eventually accept as truth: Ludacris is one of rap's greatest and most unstoppable guest-verse performers of all time, and, despite his millions of album sales and shelf full of awards, remains somehow under ... More >>
It has happened to me a million times. I walk into a bar with the intention of sitting down for a relaxing beverage, and in between the time that I've paid and my first sip of beer, I realize that some 22-year-old asshole is having a birthday party. And that all they want to hear is Usher, Nelly or ... More >>
"Let me pour you the good stuff. I like to reward the creative drinkers," he said as he pulled out a fresh glass. The audience had just poured out of the McDermott Concert Hall in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on the vibrations of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's dynamic final offering from ... More >>
Last Friday, Voice Media Group announced the winners of their first music writing awards. This winning piece by Shea Serrano first appeared on L.A. Weekly's West Coast Sound music blog. By Shea Serrano 1:04 pm: In about 25 minutes, I'm going to be chaperoning a middle school dance. The dance is fo ... More >>
Last week saw the limited release of Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, and the director is currently receiving the type of media love reserved for those who rarely misstep and whose work is hailed as classic the moment it's released. What's always interested me about Anderson is his ability to perf ... More >>
Turquoise Jeep Dada Friday, September 7 I don't really like musical comedy. I appreciate the humor and a great comedian may be the nimblest of cultural painters, but even if I enjoy the joke, I am not going to play the music at a party or listen to it apart from the occasional YouTube viewing. Or e ... More >>
As we ease into the weekend, here are a few new tracks you might want to check out. Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso ft. Ryan Tedder, "Calling (Lose My Mind)" Recently named "an essential new tune" on Pete Tong's radio program across the pond, Sebastian Ingrosso and his protégé Alesso recently teamed ... More >>
In the past couple years, Usher went through a few personal crises, which caused a musical mid-life crisis for the artist. Usher's top singles since 2010 were overloaded dance floor tunes like "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" and "More." This phase of Usher's career resembled the excesses and lost dign ... More >>
Among the electronic music producers who have cashed in on dance music's popularity in the States, I'm most ambivalent about French DJ/producer David Guetta. Last year's album, Nothing But the Beat, took its title pretty literally with two discs of beat, and a couple cameos to keep things interest ... More >>
Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are rolling in something, but it's not holy.
It's hard to say how influential DJ and producer David Guetta has been to today's pop music. I'd argue in his defense. He first broke into American charts in 2009, when he produced "When Love Takes Over" with Kelly Rowland. Then there was that whole annoying Black Eyed Peas, "I Gotta Feeling" thing. ... More >>
After a year of playing second-fiddle to a bunch of pop stars, Pitbull is back in business with a new album, Planet Pit, which is an odd name for a planet. It sounds like the name of a Mad Max-like wasteland. To be fair: I credit Pitbull with refining Latin pop music by abandoning the stale regga ... More >>
Jason JanikBowling for Soup in a lake? Why not?In the wake of their recent split with Jive Records, the record label home to such artists as Usher, Justin Timberlake, Cage The Elephant, and Britney Spears, Bowling For Soup could have very easily slipped into a tumultuous time of uncertainty. Inst ... More >>
Hey, the Big Day is here! And, with it, those highly anticipated music performances! It's all so exciting. I'll be honest: I didn't pay too much attention to the pre-pregame stuff -- meaning Maroon 5's and Keith Urban's performances in tents outside of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. I caught some, ... More >>
The big news today about the Big Game's halftime show, in case you haven't yet heard, comes via an Associated Press story published early this morning by football writer Howard Fendrich, which quotes a "person familiar with the plans for Sunday's halftime show" and claims that the Black Eyed Peas ... More >>
Not quite an A . But 2010 was still a pretty good year for music.If the '00s were dominated by hip-hop, this decade looks as if it's being dominated by electronic music. While electro-pop has had some resurrections over the years, it's now a mainstay of popular music. Look no farther tha ... More >>
Sufjan StevensQuite the packed hump day evening we have tonight. Lots of cool choices...
If you're his neighbor, you already know his name. If you're everyone else, you know him as the inventor of sex. He's Trey Songz, y'all. And he wants to rock!
Take it from someone who's been there: DJs have great power if they do their job right. They can get people to shake, sweat, and pick invisible apples. But I can't remember ever getting people in the crowd to fall in love. I guess it wouldn't hurt to get back on the turntables and try doing that som ... More >>
Monday, July 5,at the Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
OMFG! Did anyone else hear the new Usher single, "OMG?" It makes me ROFLMAO. I know Usher is going through a tough time this year, but he must have been burning something to write a single such as this...
Last night, we got to see the Top 10 taking the stage with soul and R&B hits from the likes of Chaka Khan, Aretha and domestic threat Chris Brown. Oh, and we also got to watch the weirdest backstage camera shots ever. Mmm, creepy voyeurism...Usher served as the mentor this week and somet ... More >>
We had bikini pics of Ray Davies and Bon Jovi too, but trust us, you didn't want to see them. Alicia Keys will be performing with Shakira and Usher at the NBA All-Star Game on Valentine's Day, but that won't be her only North Texas stop this year. On Friday, April 2, the songstress will perform a ... More >>
Yep. Here's the press release announcing it: Dallas, TX – November 21, 2008: The 2008 Billboard Touring Awards took place last night at the Roosevelt Hotel Ballroom in New York City. House of Blues Dallas came away with the honors in the Top Club category. Other nominees in the category includ ... More >>
MSTRKRFT House of Blues October 25, 2008 Better than: The Girl Talk show. It’s Friday night and the Dallas air has bite. I check my oversized digital watch for the time. The face glows green and reads 11:24 p.m.--they’re finally about to open the doors at the House of Blues. Security dire ... More >>
(RegoVisualArts.com) Raheem DeVaughn, Bryan-Michael Cox Gilley's August 13, 2008 Better than: Dwele on his best day. Revelers headed to the Heineken Red Star Soul tour at Gilley's might have been taken aback by the traffic jam on Lamar Street. But getting closer to the venue, I caught a glimpse ... More >>
Monday, March 17, at House of Blues
Saturday, June 30, at Nokia Theatre, Grand Prairie
Double Up (Jive)
Despite doom-and-gloom predictions, 2006 wasn't at all bad
Engelbert Humperdinck visits Bass Performance Hall
Bill Maher visits the Majestic
Today's most popular radio serial drama is thanks to R. Kelly... and some guy named Rufus
In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top 10 music stories were all about winning the popular vote
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.
In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote.
Grammy noms, Denton cares and Deedle's last dance
Crunk Juice (TVT)
The Ultimate Collection ( Sony)
Denton's Rock Lottery trumps the American Music Awards
Ranking radio, Liz loves Sorta, and Swinging My Vote
How to make a puff piece: an instructional transcript
Comin' From Where I'm From (Arista)
1st Born Second (Interscope) / 8701 (Arista) / Godmusic (V2)
Cupid's Cactus (Smells Like Records)
Light It Up does just that in a recognizable high school setting