The Bomb Factory Made a Stunning Debut in Dallas on Thursday Night

Categories: Last Night

Mike Brooks
This is what 4,000 people inside The Bomb Factory looks like

Erykah Badu
With Sarah Jaffe
The Bomb Factory, Dallas
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last night, the scene in Deep Ellum was unlike any we've seen before. Well, unlike any we've seen in many years, at any rate, depending on who you ask. It was still daylight and there was a line of people wrapping all the way around an entire block near the corner of Canton and Crowdus. And several hours later, the line was still there, with more and more people flocking to see what all the fuss was about with Dallas' "newest" concert venue, and possibly its most exciting: The Bomb Factory.

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The BatApp is a Radical New Album App Concept from Dallas' Bat Lanyard

Categories: Local Music

David Heidle
Bat Lanyard's Matthew Glenn Thompson has had enough with releasing music in physical media

Bat Lanyard will never release another CD again. Never. Mind you the band, which is the brainchild of Dallas singer Matthew Glenn Thompson, will continue to release music. But you'll never be able to find a physical copy of it, and you'll never find it on iTunes or Amazon either. That's because, at a time when many artists are looking to find a happy medium between the digital age and the retro-cool of vinyl LPs, Thompson has decided to go radical: He's created his own music app.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 3/27-3/29

Categories: Previews

Image via the Artist
The Toadies play the Bomb Factory's third night.

A brand new addition to the Dallas music scene has been hyped up and hyped up and hyped up. And well, the hype is well deserved. The Bomb Factory opened its doors to the public on Thursday with a spectacular sold out show headlined by the Queen of Dallas, Erykah Badu. This weekend you can catch plenty of other shows, like the second-ever at The Bomb Factory with the Toadies. There's also Reckless Kelly at Granada Theeater, Sir-Mix-a-lot at Trees and much, much more.

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Willie Nelson is Starting His Own Brand of Weed. What Took So Long?

Categories: Marijuana

Rachel Parker
Can imagine smoking Willie Nelson's favorite strain of weed? Yes, please.

We can't think of many things that make for a bigger no-brainer: Willie Nelson loves weed. Weed is legal in several states. Ergo, Willie Nelson should have his own brand of weed. Hell, Willie Nelson should have his own chain of weed stores. This is America, damn it all. Well, it now appears as though such wonderful ideas have gone from mere pipe dream (yes, pun intended) to soon-to-be realities, but the bigger surprise is that they haven't already happened.

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Panda X is the First Live Band for One of Dallas' Most Respected DJs

Categories: Local Music
Max Oepen
Max Oepen, Wanz Dover, Gerard Hanson

Gerard Hanson doesn't do interviews. Correction: Convextion doesn't do interviews. In a 20-year career as a DJ and producer here in Dallas, Convextion -- the name that Hanson performs under -- has preferred to remain anonymous. He rarely does press and prefers to remain faceless in pictures. He even once turned down an interview with London newspaper The Guardian.

But Panda X is different. The new electronic groove band, made up of Hanson and a few other local music veterans, is his first-ever band. He's performing with them under his own name, and he's even willing to talk about it. After all these years, Hanson's trying something completely different.

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Leon Bridges Got Introduced to America on The Late Late Show, and He Didn't Disappoint

Categories: Local Music

Screenshot from "The Late Late Show"
It's star time for Leon Bridges

It's been a heck of a week for Leon Bridges. (We're watching our language this time, in the spirit of Bridges' vintage sound.) Hot off a much buzzed-about run of shows at South By South West over the weekend, the Fort Worth R&B singer picked up the festival's prestigious Grulke Prize for the best "Developing U.S. Act." Then last night he followed it up with his network television debut, performing "Better Man" on CBS' The Late Late Show.

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Remembering The Bomb Factory's Original Run With the Dallas Observer Archives

Categories: Local Music

Mike Brooks
The Toadies played one of the final Bomb Factory shows in the '90s, and they'll play it again on Saturday

Tonight, The Bomb Factory sets off its revival after 20 years of stage silence. But before we rush full-speed-ahead into considering its promising future, we decided to turn back one more time to its history to divine what made the place so iconic in its heyday. With that in mind, we learned the true meaning of being ink-stained journalists and dug through hefty tomes of Dallas Observer archives to unearth relics from the venue's prime. Some of it sounded just as great as the rumors have you believe. Others, well, haven't aged so well.

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Selena to Be Celebrated This Weekend With Parties All Around Dallas

Categories: Texas History

Courtesy the artist
The Latino community in Dallas will celebrate Selena's life with parties this weekend

On March 31, 1995 Selena Quintanilla-PĂ©rez, known worldwide as just Selena, was murdered in a Corpus Christi parking lot by the head of her fan club. She was just 23 years old.

I was a living in Corpus at the time and going to elementary school. I remember the day clearly because they sent us home early from school, and there was no school the next day. The entire state of Texas basically shut down to mourn the loss of the young singer. Well, at least the predominantly Latino communities, anyway.

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The Bomb Factory's Return is About More Than Just Nostalgia

Categories: Local Music

Kathy Tran
The Bomb Factory has come a long way in the past couple months. It opens tomorrow night
This Thursday night, a long-dormant (and very large) room in Deep Ellum will open back up for business. The Bomb Factory, on Canton and Crowdus just a couple blocks from the heart of the neighborhood, hosts its first show since the '90s with locals Erykah Badu and Sarah Jaffe. Just two days after that, it hosts the Toadies.

With all the buzz, acclaim and anticipation over the last few months, Deep Ellum hasn't seen an opening like this since Trees reopened six years ago. It's a particularly fitting comparison since the people behind Trees' reopening, Clint and Whitney Barlow, are also behind The Bomb Factory's rebirth.

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DC9 at Night Mixtape with DJ Bryan C

Categories: Mixtape

Wanz Dover
Bryan C is a cratedigger in the truest sense of the word

Bryan Coonrod aka DJ Bryan C is a familiar face amongst vinyl crate diggers in Dallas. He is long in the tooth in DJ years, only a few years shy of the three decade mark. He has witnessed DJ culture in Dallas from the ground up. As a vinyl reseller he can be found selling records at various vinyl swaps around town and is a prime mover behind the Dallas Beat Swap. His depth of music knowledge is as deep and bottomless as a well. From country to house he has heard it all.

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