We do not know if you can buy, say, a taco with a song in Denton. We haven't tried it. But we wouldn't be surprised if you could.
You can see Denton's musical influence all over North Texas. It's where so many of our best musicians found their voices, where our promoters and venue owners and, yes, media members got their start. But it's also where so many of them stayed, and there are certain shows and certain weekends where little d feels like the epicenter of something big enough to cover the earth.
We, the writers of DC9 at Night, got together and shared a few of our favorite things about our neighbor to the north. Some are directly about a specific music experience one of us has had there, some are more general.
20. Its city council members go to and host shows regularly (specifically Kevin Roden and Pete Kamp).
19. Half of all the parties are house shows.
18. To drink anywhere you have to be part of a club, and everyone loves being part of a club.
17. The best time I saw The Walkmen was when they played Hailey's.
16. Oaktopia, Thin Line, 35 Denton (welcome back!), The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival...
15. J&J's Pizza.
14. Your favorite musician is probably also your bartender.
13. It has 200 percent fewer highways.
11. The massive CD collection at Recycled Books, which is even bigger and better than their vinyl offering.
10. That Violitionist guy Michael Briggs and his endless quest to record every band in Denton from the comfort of his own house.
9. Every time I go there, I see Brent Best.
8. You can get drunk for less than 10 bucks.
6. House shows with circle pits that go from the kitchen to the living room.
5. Macaroni Island.
4. Even doughnut shops in Denton double as music venues.
3. Everywhere important is in walking distance.
2. There are at least three semi-thriving places to buy vinyl.
1. There are more bars than churches.
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