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    August 15, 2014

    Volume Dealer Live the Heavy Metal Dream at the Ride for Dime

    In North Texas, Ride for Dime is the best of the best for metal gigs. It's an event that not only showcases a lineup of killer metal bands at two of the top venues -- Trees and The Rail Club -- for metal in the DFW area but also pays homage to local legend Dimebag Darrell Abbott, one of the most inf ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Texas Musicians Remember Johnny Winter

    For more than 50 years, Johnny Winter made his guitar sing the blues. A lightning fast player mixed with a growling voice, Winter was part of a long lineage of Texas blues guitarists like Lightnin' Hopkins, T-Bone Walker and Stevie Ray Vaughan who simply didn't just play the blues but channeled them ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    7 Of Our Favorite DFW Tribute Bands

    Cover bands, impersonators, tribute bands, they're often the next best thing to the original act. Tickets are cheaper, and lines are usually nonexistent to get inside the club. Some of the band members even look and sound as if they're channeling their idols as their instruments ignite the stage. Zo ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Scott Shelby, Dallas' Last Metal Guitarist Standing

    In the DFW metalplex we've seen legendary guitarists meet an untimely end to their careers. Ten years ago, Dimebag Darrell Abbott of Pantera and Damage Plan was murdered by a deranged killer while playing a show in Ohio, and recently, Mike Scaccia of Ministry and Rigor Mortis died of heart attack wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    The Heavy Metal Hall of Fame -- in Arlington? Could Be.

    Jerry Warden is a conduit for promoting heavy metal in the North Texas area. The former lead singer of Warlock, one of the first heavy metal bands in DFW, started in the early '80s hosting live shows in the middle of a pasture christened "Heavy Meadows." He continued with several DJ positions at KNO ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Fifteen Blues Artists to Watch in 2014

    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 >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Hank III is Coming to Town. He Suggests You Wear Close-Toed Shoes.

    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 >>

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    May 6, 2013

    The 10 Texas Blues Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Riding the Beer Trail for a Taste of Shiner, with Stops for BBQ

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    The 12 Best Things About SXSW 2013

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    The 35 Must-See Bands at 35 Denton

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    The Best of Texas' DJs Competed at the Red Bull Thre3style Regional Final at Trees: Photo Essay

    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 >>

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    July 26, 2012

    The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #79-60

    Best Texas songs, #100-80 The Spotify playlist for songs #79-60 79. Lift to Experience, "Falling From Cloud 9" From one of the best albums of any North Texas act in recent history, "Falling From Cloud 9" is one of the more accessible songs on 2001's The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. It's probably t ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Santigold, Sucre, ZZ Top and More Show Announcements

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    10 Intriguing Classic Rock Albums to Watch for in 2012

    Roger CaldwellFinally, another excuse to use this photo​Most 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Can Mormons Be Trusted? A Shallow Guide to Managing Your Most Ill-Informed Fears.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    It Only Took 33 Years For Dallas Filmmakers to Get Due Credit For "Lost" Stones Concert Film

    Jagger and Richards in Some Girls Live shot in Fort Worth​A 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 >>

  • Music

    September 22, 2011
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    September 6, 2011

    Over the Weekend: Buddy Guy at the Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Listomania: In Honor of Texas Independence Day, The 11 Most Texan Songs of All Time.

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    February 24, 2011
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    August 20, 2010

    Houston Press Writes Blog Post Saying Dallas Music Sucks, Presumably Because There Was No Interesting Houston Music News To Report.

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Show Announcements: Christina Aguilera Cancels, But Chromeo, Josh Pierson, ZZ Top, Blues Traveler, Lady Gaga and Others Are Coming...

    Christina, clearly frazzled by a busy tour schedule​In 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 >>

  • Music

    August 6, 2009
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    March 28, 2009

    The Bomb Squad: Some Suggestions for Your AFI Dallas Film Fest Saturday Sked

    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 audiences and filmmakers met to share their stories. In the 1930s and '40s, he said, those who made the movie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Echoes and Reverberations: You Shoot, We Score

    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 >>

  • Music

    December 18, 2008
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    April 16, 2008

    A Year After Its Splashy Debut, More Changes at Troubled Lone Star Radio

    J.D. Freeman, the ever-vigilant and always informative Dallas-Fort Worth market manager for Clear Channel Radio, delivers some breaking news -- well, broken news, if you want to get technical about it. Because almost one year to the day since Clear Channel announced that KZPS-FM (92.5) was going com ... More >>

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    March 17, 2008
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    November 21, 2006

    Sample Some of Hal Samples' Homeless Documentary

    Brian Harkin Hal Samples is trying to finish his documentary Dreamtown, about Dallas' homeless, and he could sure use your help. Whilst trolling through the usual YouTube trash heap this afternoon, I came across a gem you really should see; the video is after the jump. It was identified only as ... More >>

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    April 18, 2006

    "There's Lightning On Your Shoulder!"

    Can't say enough good things about Neko Case's performance at the Granada Theatre last night. It was my seventh time to see the Tacoma, WA, singer, so you might not trust my bias when I gush about the hour-and-a-half set, but she's never been in finer form. Her supporting cast also was the best I'd ... More >>

  • Music

    June 3, 2004

    A New Texas Jam

    Crossroads Guitar Festival celebrates six-strings and the men who make them famous

  • Music

    May 27, 2004
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    May 27, 2004

    Queer Eye for the Country Guys

    Have today's country and western stars been consulting with the Fab Five?

  • Culture

    September 13, 2001

    Feel His Pain

    Billy Bob has a simple plan: to sing about life and lovin' his wife

  • Music

    February 8, 2001

    Out & About

    Kid Rock

  • Music

    January 18, 2001

    Scene, Heard

    A flood of inaugural party invites hits our mailbox

  • Music

    October 12, 2000

    Johnny Cash

    American III: Solitary Man (American Recordings)

  • News

    October 5, 2000

    Met Memories

    Sure, this column is full of cuss words and self-indulgence. So was my old paper.

  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Name Game

    Speedealer learns you can't fight the feeling or a big-name band, but the group is rolling with the changes

  • Culture

    June 1, 2000

    Shake-ing it up

    William for a new millenium?

  • Music

    May 4, 2000

    Texas weakly

    The Monthly's music issue strikes a bum note

  • Music

    August 13, 1998

    Not fade away

    Two garage-rock compilations raise The Esquires, Irving's psychedelic-rock greats, from the dead

  • News

    February 19, 1998
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    March 13, 1997

    Pill poppin'

    Tablet calls it quits

  • Music

    April 18, 1996

    Winners take mall

    When the readers voted the rock, the Old 97's came away 'big' winners

  • Music

    February 1, 1996


    Some of the best records are the ones never released

  • Music

    October 12, 1995

    Beating meat

    "Taz" Bentley explains why he left the Rev for Tenderloin

  • Music

    March 2, 1995

    Uncle Whopelo?

    Slobberbone is the dumbest name for the best new band in town

  • Music

    February 2, 1995

    Roky's road

    The father of psychedelia is not insane, just a little crazy

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