Most know Barry Kooda from his days in The Nervebreakers, a local punk act that good fortune smiled on in an awful big way in the '70s when they opened locally for The Boomtown Rats, The Police and even the grand triad of classic punk, The Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Clash. Kooda followed that peri ... More >>
Fun fact!: If you watch Robert Downey Jr.'s performances in both Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man 3 in the same week, you may be prone to dreams of him taking over your job duties at the Dallas Observer, including this weekly blog post, and tweeting bad things about you to all of your friends behind you ... More >>
In honor of the Jealous Sound's third appearance in the DFW area in 12 months (they play in the House of Blues' Cambridge Room tonight), we caught up with frontman Blair Shehan on how he got into playing guitar, hardcore punk, and where the band is now. What drew you to playing guitar? I grew up ... More >>
Auxiliary Voice's Matthew Hittle has had an interesting ride, musically. Long before he formed the ambient post-rock band with Justin Young, he had to deal with living in a house where secular music was hard to find. Hittle recently sat down with us and talked about his first musical experiences and ... More >>
2012 saw some big-name comebacks, emotional reunions, and just plain weird occurrences, proving that America's thirst for nostalgia has still not been quenched. Have recent years been the worst for this, or have I just forgotten about the last decade already? Could something as joyous as the resurre ... More >>
See also: A not-so-vulgar discussion of Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power Next Tuesday, Phil Anselmo comes back to Dallas with Down, to play a show that was originally planned for the Ridglea Theater, but has now moved to Trees. Anselmo talked about the first show he played, how he befriended fell ... More >>
See also: The best Texas songs of all time, #100-80 See also: The best Texas songs of all time, #79-60 Alex Moore, Alex Moore Barrelhouse pianist "Whistling" Alex Moore spent all of his life in Dallas, recording for Columbia in 1929, Decca in 1937, and RPM/Kent in 1951. During the '60s blues reviv ... More >>
See also: The Angelus, Le Leek Electrique at Dan's Silverleaf Local trio The Angelus is playing Thursday night at LaGrange with another local featured in this column before: Crushed Stars. Expect the music to be slow, but no doubt peaceful and heavenly. The three members of The Angelus took time o ... More >>
Before earning a spot as the drummer for Korn, Ray Luzier played some high-profile gigs with David Lee Roth and Stone Temple Pilots. So the guy obviously knows something about working with temperamental frontmen. Speaking from a car while driving from Abilene to Lubbock, and in anticipation of Kor ... More >>
Contraband Director: Baltasar Kormákur Writer: Aaron Guzikowski Condensed Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster Mark Wahlberg stars as a former pop star/underwear model turned actor turned smuggler turned former smuggler who gets himself in deep with a drug lord to protect his brother- ... More >>
A degree from Boston's Berklee College of Music holds a lot of clout no matter what type of music you make. Saying you went to Berklee will raise eyebrows of folks involved in classical, indie rock, jazz, hip hop and just about any other genre of music.And Berklee is scouring the world for talent ... More >>
Five Finger Death Punch.Five Finger Death Punch, All That Remains, Hatebreed, Rains The Palladium Ballroom November 12th, 2011 Better than: the Cain Velasquez/Junior Dos Santos heavyweight title fight. Even though getting to the Palladium Ballroom was difficult around 7 o'clock on Saturday ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans , where we meet some of the people behind the local music scene -- those who aren't necessarily members of local bands, but more the people who make the scene move.Dale mugging for the camera at LollapaloozaDale Brock got his start in the music business in Wichita ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we meet the people in the local music scene that you don't see on stages. Scotty Mankoff, aka "Crazy Picture Guy."Scotty Mankoff can be a bit menacing to witness at a live music show, with his hulking frame draped in black clothing, a flowing, curly ma ... More >>
Archway PicturesSpeaking of the Texxas Jam, as we're known to do from time to time, while researching yesterday's Fleetwood Mac attack at the Cotton Bowl in '78 I stumbled across an Internet Movie Database entry for something called Texxas Jam '78, which promises to be "the first real look at an ... More >>
You mean that Primus song wasn't about this guy?Primus is a band we discovered pretty early on in life and whose sharp and innovative playing we've only grown to respect more and more as we've aged. Unfortunately, though, our first exposure to the group was to their biggest single of the '90s:&nb ... More >>
Not a bad Tuesday night coming at you this evening. After the the jump, we highlight the three best.
Can you really blame the rest of Creed for wanting to ditch this guy?In the late '90s and early 2000s, there were few bands higher on the proverbial food chain than Creed, with their first three multi-platinum albums amassing a total sales of over 30 million copies during their heyday. But dozens ... More >>
Back to the drudge of the work week. But, hey, at least you have a couple of nice musical options this evening...
No more Cotton Eyed Joe! Please!You know the drill: A pitcher walks three batters in a row, and the coach comes steaming out of the dugout. Whoever's in the stadium's audio control box gets their cue, lunges for button, clicks it, and the entire stadium fills with "Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye." The au ... More >>
A few months back we spoke of the late, great Texxas Jam, and I'll be honest -- that poster at right is mine. It's framed and hangs in the Unfair Park home office, near the framed flier for Joe Jackson's June 2, 1984, Body and Soul Tour stop at the Fair Park Bandshell. It's my sole souvenir from ... More >>
Saw Blue October Friday night at House of Blues. Good. But not the best I've seen them. That would've been the show back in the summer of 2004 at the Lakewood Theater when lead singer Justin Furstenfeld - bum knee and crutches be damned - was as passionate as any singer I've ever seen. Got m ... More >>
Allan HoldsworthLegendary British guitarist Allan Holdsworth appears tonight at the intimate confines of Dan's Silverleaf. Perhaps best known for his work with the progressive '70s outfit UK, Holdsworth has also played with Level 42, Gong, Soft machine, Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson) and m ... More >>
All photos by Patrick MichelsDeath singer Bobby HackneyChoosing Fun Fun Fun over the Austin City Limits festival this year was a no-brainer decision, and I have not regretted the decision to pass on Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam and Ben Harper for a nanosecond. Sitting on the soft grass and turning aw ... More >>
Many of them were tucked away in suburban strip malls, their storefronts always the black sheep of the retail family. They were usually owned by a single lifelong music fan, someone who relished the opportunity to dog-paddle in the eye of the pop culture hurricane. Sometimes they smelled like incens ... More >>
Just because I'm dabbling on 105.3 The Fan doesn't mean I'm going to neglect or be conflicted about my sports media duties. Not at all. In fact, just this morning I was driving the kid to school and listening to "Muse in the News" on 1310 AM The Ticket's Dunham & Miller ... More >>
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What's Not to Like.
Signing to a record label can be bad for a band's health. So why do they keep doing it?
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A new boxed set is the cardboard tombstone for a dead decade
Austin's Sixteen Deluxe is as good as advertised
Jon Cunningham and his post-modern vaudeville