Elvis Depressedly at Prophet Bar, 7/28/14

Categories: Last Night

Courtesy the artist
Elvis Depressedly's Mat Cothran, a thoughtful young artist
Elvis Depressedly
With Alex G, the Vliets and Eyes, Wings and Many Other Things
Prophet Bar, Dallas
Monday, August 28, 2014

Among other endless phenomena, the Internet has prompted the breeding of a new generation of bedroom auteurs. Traditionally, the house garage was the cocoon from which great bands emerged--something about the proximity to oil cans and trash bags possibly triggered the uncontrollable outpouring of rock music. In contrast, the intimacy of bedroom recordings has been a catalyst for a new wave of idealized indie sounds, those of the lowest-fi, deliberately remote and DIY audio. At the Prophet Bar on Monday night a collection of Internet-famous bands came together to play in 3D.

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Four Denton Bands You Need to Listen to Right Now

Categories: Local Music

Haley Pittman
Anger House venturing outside Denton for a set at Three Links
The formula for the Denton music scene is no accident: cheap rent and plentiful venues make for a perfect melting pot for bands to pop up all over the place. Whether it's a house or dive bar show, there's somewhere for you to perform. If you either live in Denton or find yourself there, here are four must-see bands flying the flag for our neighbors to the north at venues like Rubber Gloves, Macaroni Island or Gatsby's Mansion on any given night.

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Quiz: Tori Amos Lyric or Dallas Bathroom Poetry?

Categories: Quiz

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Tori Amos doesn't seem to trust this quiz.
Even if you weren't a Tori Amos fan in the mid-to-late '90s, the odds are good that you knew a few of us who were.

Our Kool-Aid dyed hair and witch-length skirts helped visually amplify our hormonal angst to the surrounding world. As did our notebooks -- scribbled with words about nicotine patch addiction, little earthquakes, spinning in circles and other cryptic riddles that only Our Great Lady Guardian, Tori Amos, fully understood.

She's in town tonight at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in support of her 14th album, Unrepentant Geraldines. But if you've explored the ladies rooms of your favorite Dallas bars, you might think she's been here all along.

We went ahead and collected our favorite pieces of bathroom poetry so you could decide: Is it a Tori Amos lyric, or a girl shitting with a pen? Click through to find out.

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The 10 Biggest Classic Rock Douchebags

Categories: Columns

Photo courtesy of FLICKR/Takahiro Kyono

While rock 'n' roll is necessarily classified as a form of pop music, it is actually an idiom whose radical, destructive primitivism established a new type of socio-cultural disorder. It's about rejection of the status quo and celebration of the dis-imprisonment it instills.

Always exploited for profit, rock's unmanageable aspects have been steadily diluted by a sinister, commercially driven course of revisionist myth-making. There is no acceptable role in the marketplace for radicals like Charlie Feathers, Poly Styrene, Lux Interior or Roky Erickson, but there's always room for the homogeneous, money-hungry, play-it-safe phonies on this list.

These douchebags all have one thing in common -- they screwed up rock 'n' roll, big time.

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Bare-Knuckle Boxing at the Gathering of the Juggalos

Nate "Igor" Smith
Nebraska, a personable and modest 22-year-old dishwasher from Lincoln, Nebraska, takes a punch.
As our nation's culture and economy continues to deteriorate, more and more people are taking an interest in watching people beat the shit out of each other. While, under normal circumstances, these events are highly promoted and take place in giant arenas after two opponents carefully train, there is still a place where brawls remain brutal, honorable and organized.

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Overheard at the Gathering of the Juggalos 2014: The Best Quotations

Nate "Igor" Smith
Another Gathering of the Juggalos has come and gone, and with it thousands of face-painted, fun-loving freaks and misfits to and from the event's first year in Thornville, Ohio. While the move from the deep wilderness of Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, to this year's decidedly more inhabited location did make the experience seem less like being on another planet, there was still an overabundance of hilarious and strange things happening at all times.

Here are the best overheard quotations from the the 2014 edition of the Gathering of the Juggalos.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 7/28 - 8/3

Categories: Previews

Nate "Igor" Smith
Thought you'd heard the end of juggalos? Da Mafia 6ix hit town at the end of the week

Alright, folks, July is in its waning days. Starting Thursday it'll already be August, which is something we can look at a couple different ways. On the one hand, we could try and finish off this month strong. On the other hand, we could try and start next month off on the right foot. Or we could just do both. With shows like Boris and Tori Amos left still in July and a brace more to come later in the week, we're leaning toward that last option.

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Cirque du Soleil's THE IMMORTAL at American Airlines Center, 7/25/14

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OSA Images
Michael Jackson with a Cirque du Soleil filter
Cirque du Soleil
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Friday, July 25, 2014

Inside the American Airline Center a child of maybe five years stands next to the Cirque Du Soleil merch table wearing a replica of Michael Jackson's red leather jacket from the "Beat It" video. He's pointing out excitedly what merch he wants to his grandmother, choosing a shirt, a program and most importantly a $40 sparkling fedora. He puts it on, and adds a sparkling glove, then proceeds to pose for photos for people passing him for a good 15 minutes. The smile fixed on the child's face conveys the joy in the air, and everyone in attendance seems to share the same enthusiasm.

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Tori Amos: "Being 50 Has Been a Huge Inspiration"

Categories: Interviews

Amarpaul Kalirai
Tori Amos

Born Myra Ellen Amos, singer/songwriter/composer Tori Amos changed her name at 18 and embarked on a three-decade-long musical journey that has been fascinating to say the least. Amos' music can be filled with as much pretension as beauty, but it is always interesting. After a few neo-classical releases, Unrepentant Geraldines, Amos' most recent effort, returns the singer to more pop-friendly territory.

From a tour stop in San Francisco and in anticipation of her show this Tuesday at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Amos talked with DC9 about changing her name, challenging her father's religion and mellowing out, a little, at 50.

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Ten Reasons Juggalos are Better Than You

All photos by Nate "Igor" Smith
Life sucks. There is a multitude of reasons why, and no one has come to terms with this inescapable truth better than juggalos. Zen masters of nihilism and partying, they have become unquestionable experts at finding creative ways to cope with the unrelenting pain of reality.

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