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Twenty years ago, our local music scene was a bustling cauldron of rock goodness. Whether it be to the surprise of many or to a few, a couple of bands that made Dallas, Denton and Fort Worth proud back then are not only still making us proud, but are selling out rooms and slinging albums across the Great 48 to this day.
The Old 97's, the Dallas-raised alt-country flag bearers, have a new album out very soon (the excellent, cowpunk-filled Most Messed Up) and will be celebrating its release with a couple of thousand fans at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Saturday before embarking on what is sure to be another successful string of dates in some of the nation's greatest, most-storied clubs and theaters. Meanwhile, the Toadies, formed in Fort Worth in 1989, are on a triumphant 20th anniversary tour of Rubberneck, the record that spawned "Possum Kingdom," which might still be the most recognizable tune from the metroplex in the past two decades.
Which local act playing the clubs of North Texas will be able to celebrate its early days 20 years from now in front of sold-out crowds across the country? Are there any artists that will even come close to such notoriety?More »