The Top Ten Neil Young Songs

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Neil Young is simply beyond common musical criticism. Certainly among all of the classic folk, folk-rock and rock the man has recorded over the past 50 years, there have been some clunker albums. However, the sheer breadth of Young's influence on an amazing array of artists in several differing genres is fairly mind-boggling.

In honor of the man playing not one, but two shows, tonight and tomorrow night at The Meyerson, here is a respectful attempt to list 10 gems that only begin to skim the surface of the greatness that is Neil Young.


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Rageville Music Festival raves (or rages?) through Dallas

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Rageville Music Festival

Pulsing EDM and rattling hip-hop will officially be wed in trapped-out matrimony this Saturday, April 19, as Dallas welcomes the first ever Rageville Music Festival. The ADHD brainchild of Intelligent Grind Promotions, the one-night hodgepodge packs a broad lineup of masked rappers, live DJs, and trill robots. In other words, get ready for sky-high synths and heart-stopping beat drops because they're coming for Deep Ellum with no mercy.


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Old 97's ticket giveaway: tell us your story

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After all these years, there's still something special about seeing the Old 97's back where they started -- right here in their native Dallas. Perhaps it's Rhett Miller and the boys' longevity; perhaps it's whatever that certain something special is that leaves us longing for the "next" Old 97's. Either way, it's more than just nostalgia. (Their upcoming album, Most Messed Up, is proof of that.)

Then again, nostalgia never hurts. As we prep for the band's return to town this Saturday at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, DC-9 at Night has an offer to help make this visit an especially memorable one: a pair of free tickets to the show. Below the break, find out how you could be the lucky winner.


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Which Local Artist Will Matter in 20 Years, the Way that the Old 97's and the Toadies Matter Now?

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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?


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A Salute To AC/DC

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Angus Young looks like a possessed schoolboy as fire explodes from his fingertips each time they dance across the fretboard of his signature Gibson SG. His older brother, Malcolm, has been providing fuel to his fire for more than four decades. And together they've created some of heavy metal's most memorable tunes, including "Hell's Bells," "Highway to Hell" and "It's a Long Way to the Top (if You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)."

But after 41 years of inspiring legions of guitarists, the brothers and the rest of AC/DC may be calling it quits as early as Tuesday, reports the Sydney Herald.

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Dead Wax Records: DFW's Great Escape

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Photo courtesy Brad Sigler at Dead Wax Records

This March I found myself at Amoeba Music in LA, one of the most celebrated record stores in the world. The size, the selection and the pricing were all very impressive, but none of it compared to the sense of community living inside. It was contagious, enlivening. For a fan of the record shop experience - that social energy of shared passion and spirited conversation - it was especially uplifting. The shop was packed, a melting pot of freaks, geeks, jocks, tweens and businessman from all walks of life united under one roof by a communal love for music. The aisles were full of smiles and laughter; you could see strangers become friends. Honestly, this was something I thought had been lost--another cultural gem flushed down the drain with the collapse of the music industry. Amongst my excitement, a pang of unease snuck through, I wondered: would Dallas ever have this again? If so, when?

This Saturday I discovered that day had come.


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The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas this Week, April 15-20

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Rhett Miller and Old 97's are still at it, after 20 years.

There's a lot going on that you need to know about before we get hit with a weekend full of high holidays. Easter, 4/20 and Record Store Day are important and all, but that doesn't mean you should just stay in all week and wait. There's plenty of fun to be had in the meantime, with these 10 non-holiday related concert picks.


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The Rail Club Is No Longer "Just" a Metal Club

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The Rail Club has been a mecca for metal since opening its doors in 2010. But new owner Josh Campbell hopes to expand it to include other genres of music, making it a mecca for all musicians.

"When it comes to music, I play metal and I love metal," Campbell says. "But I don't think a venue can operate properly on just one genre of music."

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The Pet Shop Boys' 5 Best Covers

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Hard to believe that England's Pet Shop Boys have been doing the synthpop/alternative dance thing for over three decades. During that time, the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe has managed to evolve with the musical tides while maintaining a sizable audience.

Although known for original songs such as "West End Girls" and "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" Pet Shop Boys have also carved out a successful niche with cover songs. In honor of tonight's show at The Majestic Theatre, here is a list of the most successful covers in the repertoire of Pet Shop Boys.

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More than Drinking and Sexing: Mad Men's Characterization of Hip-hop

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Characteristically, Mad Men bleeds hip-hop. On the surface you may think, "Of course it does, the characters smoke a lot, they drink like there's no tomorrow, and to them sex is more casual than a handshake." And while that's part of the story, it's a little bit deeper than that. Skydiving into its final season, AMC's zeitgeist into the advertising industry's golden era generates weekly criticism and adoration for its themes of glamorous idealism toward success, dark realism in favor of authenticity, alongside a continuing list of social paradoxes.

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