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Call for Writers: Punks and Metalheads Wanted

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We here at DC9 at Night are always on the lookout for fresh talent. Naturally, that means seeking out new music and the folks who make it. But it's more than that, too. It also means finding new writers to add to our roster of contributors. We always welcome interested parties, of course. Right now, though, we're extending a special invitation to the punk and metalheads of Dallas.

How do you know if you're our kind of contributor? If you're already out at shows most of the time, you might fit the bill. If you spend more time in Deep Ellum than a responsible adult should admit, you probably fit the bill. If you've been secretly pining to put your love for the new Mastodon album into writing, you almost certainly fit the bill.

Those aren't exactly qualifications, per se, but they're certainly good indicators. More specifically, ideal candidates should have:

-- A good working knowledge of the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas punk and metal music communities

-- Strong opinions about the music they listen to and a willingness to share and articulate them

-- An eagerness to report on and learn more about bands and genres outside of their comfort zone, especially ones outside of typical indie rock and mainstream coverage

-- The ability to generate story ideas, including more conceptual and outside-the-box pieces that go beyond standard show reviews and previews

-- Some experience interviewing bands and reviewing shows, although exceptions can be made

-- An adherence to deadlines and ability to meet them on often-overnight timeframes

Does that sound like you? You bet it does. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and writing samples to our music editor, Jeff Gage, at jeff.gage@dallasobserver.com.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

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