Dallas Observer Music Is Looking for Writers

When's the last time you left your house? Was it for a beer run? (If so, c'mon, you can get that shit delivered.) Or maybe it was for a concert (because, nope, you still can't do that from home). If the latter, we may have just the thing to get you off your couch, even if it is 105 degrees outside every day.

Here at Dallas Observer Music, we're about ready to start shaking things up again. Which can only mean one thing: a fresh call for writers! That's right, if you've been deliberating over whether you want to try your hand at writing about the music you love, then the time is perfect. We're looking for folks just like you.

As usual, we're looking for candidates of all stripes and musical interests. But we're extending a special invitation to fans of hip-hop, as well as those interested in the intersection of music with social commentary and activism. The greater the diversity of voices the better, we say.

So what else are we looking for in our would-be writers? Here are some guidelines:

— A good working knowledge of the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas music scene, including country, hip-hop, metal, punk, electronic and dance music (among others).

— 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, previews and band profiles.

— Some experience interviewing bands and reviewing shows preferred, but not required.

— An adherence to deadlines and ability to meet them on often-overnight time frames.

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

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