Three Can't-Miss Opening Bands at Clearfork Festival

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Plan on Getting Clearfork'd This Saturday by Lincoln Durham. He's Into It.

We don't even know if the term "festival" has much meaning around these parts any longer. It gets thrown around like so many of Tony Romo's practice balls during training camp and seems to now apply to any concert that has more than two artists and has at least a single food truck stationed nearby. (Or at least an Arby's.) But among the mass of events that christen themselves as festivals, this weekend's Clearfork Music Festival certainly deserves the distinction.

This year's festival, held on Saturday at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth, is headlined by a slew of Austin bands, including Black Angels, Wild Child and Bright Light Social Hour. But further down the bill there are some other fines bands you may be less familiar with but will be well worth the time. Here are a few to check out.

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King Camel Productions Likes to Keep Dallas Weird, One Gig at a Time

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Blackstone Rangers will help celebrate King Camel's one-year anniversary Saturday at Dada

King Camel celebrates its one year anniversary this Saturday at Club Dada. With the anniversary show's stellar lineup, you would that think prior to becoming a promoter, King Camel's Jeff Brown was already a fixture and popular guy around Dallas' music scene. But that isn't exactly the case. Sure, Brown, an eccentric man, found himself attending shows beforehand, but he hadn't really known anybody personally.


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Foxtrot Uniform Forge Their Own Brand of Rebel Country on Cisco

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When Kenny Uptain and Kelly Test started Foxtrot Uniform, they were looking to rebel. They'd become disillusioned by the strictures of recording session tradition. Hailing to the unflinching producer's demands, most of the Texas country scene was obligated to be "clean" for radio play. But for this pair, that just didn't sit right.

"Artists for the most part just want to make a clean record for the radio and they are willing to do anything that any semi-successful producer tells them...including using all session guys," says guitarist Uptain. "Kelly and I always seemed to leave the studio with a feeling that we were making a sub-par product all for a ridiculous goal."


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Gatsby's Mansion is an Essential DIY Punk Haven in Denton

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The Gatsby's stage, currently occupied by Bundrick and his band's equipment, usually occupied by sweaty, moshing Dentonites.

Out on his front porch with a clove cigarette, platinum-haired Cade Bundrick leans back in a lounge chair. Behind him sits a headless mannequin wearing a blazer adorned with buttons. The house, the location of which is kept carefully guarded, is recessed in a nook off the road and holds no hint that on the right day it transforms into a haven for the Denton punk scene.

Bundrick is the sole original tenant of Gatsby's Mansion, a DIY punk house venue in Denton that hosts, in Bundrick's words, three to 15 shows a month featuring local and touring acts. The other four tenants of the five-bedroom house have rotated since the venue's inception about a year ago.


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The Simpsons' 30 Best Musical Cameos: 15 - 1

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"Have the Rolling Stones killed."

Yesterday we got the ball rolling on our picks for the best musical cameos from The Simpsons' first 25 years on the air, in honor of the show's ongoing marathon of 552 episodes on FXX. We went through the first half of our list of 30 episodes, meaning it's time for us to finish what we started. So, without further ado, we'll count down the list all the way to No. 1.


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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 8/29 - 9/1

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Bilal will be here to help you get your dance on
It's the Friday before a three-day weekend! We apologize for the exclamation mark, but our excitement is something we're not capable of hiding at this point. Mondays suck, so getting to skip them is kind of great. (Besides, we've already chronicled our love for Sunday fun days.) This weekend is full of great shows, so go ahead and grab a pumpkin spice latte (Starbucks started selling them uncomfortably early this year) and see some of Dallas's best shows this Labor Day weekend.

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The Simpsons' 30 Best Musical Cameos: 30 - 16

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Look out! It's a Simpsons list, and Aerosmith are invited

Can there be too much of a good thing? Perhaps. Fans of The Simpsons have likely been asking themselves that question for years now, given that the beloved Fox TV show has been on the air for 25 years now and, arguably, past its best for quite some time. But for the past week, we've also been indulged to the fullest by FXX's brilliant idea to air a marathon of all 552 of the show's episodes back-to-back, beginning last Thursday, August 21.

Being the diehard Simpsons fans that we are here at DC9, we couldn't help but get in on the fun. Some of the show's most memorable moments have included cameos from famous musicians, so we decided to round up our favorites. But, in the spirit of the marathon excess, there was just too much to choose from. So today is the first part of our list of the the show's 30 best musical moments. Check back in tomorrow for the conclusion.


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Robert Cray on Being a Blues Legend: "At the End of the Day, You Have to Play Tomorrow"

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Prior to 1986, Robert Cray was just another talented blues guitarist wondering where his next gig was going to be. But after the Strong Persuader album and the hit single "Smoking Gun," Cray became a viable commercial proposition across several genres. Cray has parlayed that success into a four- decade-long career that has earned him four Grammys and a spot in the Blues Hall of Fame.

Speaking from a hotel room while on tour and in anticipation of his performance on Sunday, August 31 at the Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival, Cray spoke with DC9 about his love for the blues, his cameo in the film Animal House and how he's maintained such a loyal following for all of these years.

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Lance Lopez Brings the Blues to Coach Joe's Hat Tricks Each Week

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Lance Lopez brings the blues to Coach Joe's Hat Tricks
Lance Lopez knows the blues. The Dallas native has been sharpening his blues' slinging chops since he was a child. He can feel it in his bones, through his fingertips as they slide across the fretboard. Lopez's guitar skills sometimes seem otherworldly as he bends his strings to create something soul-wrenching in songs such as "Mr. Rattlesnake," "El Paso Sugar" and "2 Cigarettes." It echos the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan, a Dallas native whose legend is immortalized in Austin with a bronzed statue.

Now Lopez is bringing his blues magic to Coach Joe's Hat Tricks in Lewsiville, hosting an open mic live Blues jam session every Thursday evening. It's a night filled with Texas beer, Texas BBQ and Texas blues.

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Micky and the Motorcars on Performing with Their Brothers and Writing with Friends

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Micky and Gary Braun of Micky and the Motorcars have long lived under a formidable shadow. These two brothers are the younger siblings of Willy and Cody Braun, who make up the core of the stellar Austin-based roots-rock outfit Reckless Kelly. Born into a musical family in Idaho, performing has long been in the brothers bloodlines. But even with a handful of albums to their name, including a fantastic new one called Hearts From Above, and a recently completed tour with their older brothers' band, Micky and Gary are out to define themselves and their music on their own terms.

Micky and the Motorcars are swinging through town this weekend for a show at Hank's Texas Grill in McKinney to celebrate the release of their new baby, and we had achance to chat with Micky about life on the road, the limitations of writing country-rock songs and how happiness has helped his creativity.

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