On a Scandinavian tour in 2002, the Gourds' friend and guide kept playing a recording by an old blues singer named Ramsay Midwood. So when a man with a scruffy beard and twinkling blue eyes came up to Kevin Russell after a gig in Austin in early 2002 and introduced himself, the Gourds singer had to ... More >>
Every generation has an underground music scene that only an elite group of fans and the NSA know of. In the '60s, psychedelic music, for example, exploded onto the hippies' counterculture scene with music by The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. (And let's not forget the Velvet Undergroun ... More >>
No other family of music artists like the forebears of a legendary name - Hank Williams - have captured the heart of what it means to be a country outlaw, a Southern rebel, a despicable bastard in the eyes of our more uppity brothers and sisters. Three generations of this inglorious family have domi ... More >>
Watching the Devil tune his guitar in the middle of the night isn't how Robert (or Tommy) Johnson imagined he'd be spending his Saturday night. When that ol' demon started playing songs, fire flew from his fingertips as an otherworldly sound reverberated into the night. According to legend, despite ... More >>
We're living in the golden age of Texas beer. Seriously, we are -- there are craft breweries popping up all around the state, our major cities are seeing growler-filling shops opening up and giving us the chance to take home brews that aren't available in bottle or cans, and we're being graced by mu ... More >>
This year, Dallas Observer music blog DC9 at Night and Houston Press music blog Rocks Off teamed up to bring you only the greatest moments from last week's SXSW madness. Here are the 12 best shows and moments we saw. See also: -There's an App to Get You Laid at SXSW, But You Absolutely Don't Need t ... More >>
So, this is definitely a top-five weekend in North Texas music annually. We're flush with bands this time of year, what with the mid-size tour Mecca four hours south and four days away. But much of what's going on in the Metroplex in the coming weeks owes at least as much of its awesome to our own d ... More >>
Red Bull and Trees hosted the Mountain South Regional Finals of the Thre3Style DJ competition on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Five of the region's most talented DJ stars assembled in a battle for the right to represent the Mountain South Region at the National Finals in Los Angeles this April. With ... More >>
It's been nearly a four-year wait on the new Santigold album, Master of My Make-Believe, which is set to drop on May 1 via Downtown Records. On the new album, Santigold's impressive blend of hip-hop and dance music has been bolstered by production from Diplo, Dave Sitek of TV On the Radio and Nick Z ... More >>
Roger CaldwellFinally, another excuse to use this photoMost all of us know the deal when it comes to new music from a famous, old school rock artist: It's a waiting game. A waiting game daunted with a lot of vague answers, and sometimes pretty flaky behavior. Some would say this is due to ... More >>
Mitt Romney CampaignConcerns have been raised over Mormonism's decision to move to Cleveland. Because, you know, it's Cleveland.Last month evangelical leaders gathered in D.C. for the Values Voter Summit, where disciples of the Pissed-Off Jesus harrumphed and yammered about how much America sucke ... More >>
Jagger and Richards in Some Girls Live shot in Fort WorthA reminder: Tonight and tonight only is that big-screen screening of The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live In Texas, shot during the band's Will Rogers Auditorium stopover on July 18, 1978, under the moniker the "London Green Shoed Cowboys." ... More >>
Buddy Guy, Buddy Whittington, Jim Suhler, The Rick Kelly Band, othersBedford Blues & BBQ FestivalSeptember 4, 2011 Better than: sitting outside and soaking in the blues when the summer hasn't ended. Buddy GuyAs a stiff breeze blew the last remnants of excessive heat from the area, legendary blue ... More >>
Whether they're deeply heartfelt tributes to the Lone Star State or commercial jingles burned deep into our memories that remind us where we're from, certain songs just seem very Texas to us. Some are by Texans that just seem to fit the Texas state of mind. Others are about Texas. Either way, in ... More >>
Jamie Oliver at AthensFrom the moment my inner ear first caught a bit of Jamie Oliver's East End, London, accent, with its gargled consonants and street urchin patois (he's the Artful Dodger with a frying pan) I was hooked. I've always considered Oliver to be a cut above most of the air-bru ... More >>
Listen: I'm not one to get into too many Internet flame wars. Especially not inter-city ones. (We've got plenty of petty bullshit to put up with here, thanks.) But, OK, since these dudes think I should say something about the post written yesterday by our pals at the Houston Press music blog call ... More >>
Christina, clearly frazzled by a busy tour scheduleIn last week's show announcements post, we made a big to-do about Christina Aguilera's forthcoming album, Bionic, and the tour she has planned to support it. Well, in a press release we received yesterday, Aguilera's people informed us that the t ... More >>
Jeremy Renner will be in attendance at tonight's Dallas debut of The Hurt Locker, at the Magnolia at 7:30.Last night at the AMC NorthPark, where he accepted the AFI Dallas Star Award following a screening of Chinatown, the film's writer, Robert Towne, spoke of how films were once the place where aud ... More >>
Texas music looks great. It provokes the imagination and illustrates the intangible. For years, we've been providing the necessary flavor to help filmmakers tell their stories. It's what we do; we're obviously good at this kind of thing. And it goes both ways: Movie soundtracks are the kind of thin ... More >>
For more photos, album art and show posters, check out our slideshow here.Dallas bands are usually judged within the context of their efforts and accomplishments. Some spend stupid money on hair care products and aspire to a label deal; other bands actually rehearse and wanna make an important art ... More >>
Crossroads Guitar Festival celebrates six-strings and the men who make them famous
Have today's country and western stars been consulting with the Fab Five?
How did The Bone shock the Dallas radio world? With market research, double entendres and hair bands.
Billy Bob has a simple plan: to sing about life and lovin' his wife
A flood of inaugural party invites hits our mailbox
American III: Solitary Man (American Recordings)
Sure, this column is full of cuss words and self-indulgence. So was my old paper.
Speedealer learns you can't fight the feeling or a big-name band, but the group is rolling with the changes
William for a new millenium?
Shanghai Noon goes way out West, but not far enough
The Monthly's music issue strikes a bum note
Lucinda Williams' Car Wheels roll on a perfect road
Two garage-rock compilations raise The Esquires, Irving's psychedelic-rock greats, from the dead
Steve Miller learned everything he knows about music while living in Dallas--but has he forgotten it all?
Jam bands burst into bloom
Tablet calls it quits
When the readers voted the rock, the Old 97's came away 'big' winners
Some of the best records are the ones never released
"Taz" Bentley explains why he left the Rev for Tenderloin
Slobberbone is the dumbest name for the best new band in town
The father of psychedelia is not insane, just a little crazy