Daniel Johnston is Coming to the Kessler

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Dick Johnston
Daniel Johnston and producer Jason Falkner.
Daniel Johnston will play in Dallas on September 28 at the Kessler Theater. The announcement came over the weekend, alongside several other good ones at Oak Cliff's finest music venue. But let's focus on Daniel Johnston, because it's going to be wonderful.

Johnston was born in California and raised in West Virginia. While living in Austin, he launched a music career that followed basically none of the conventional standards. He handed out his tapes in the streets. His music is simple and strange, welcoming and insane, just like his drawings. Talented musicians with more conventional aspirations routinely describe him as an original, a genius. There was a documentary.

Of his 30 or so tapes, about half have been formally released. He continues to make music -- his most recent album is 2010's Beam Me Up!.

Tickets for the Dallas show are $17.50 to $25 and on sale now.

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darrylrs
darrylrs

used to see Daniel in Austin in the late 80's. he would play two songs and then run off stage. he has mental problems and his music is take it or leave it. but i'll take it. i trust the guys in yo la tengo and they like daniel. it will be nice to see him at the kessler. haters stay away. and alex, go to the upcoming mudhoney show and get your ass kicked.

Alex Fuller
Alex Fuller

Hey, I know what bad music sounds like. I listen to Mudhoney, and they're terrible. Also, I thought stoner goofballs were supposed to be nice.

Rich Eerie
Rich Eerie

..If that guy can have an opinon

Alex Fuller
Alex Fuller

And as of April 1994 I thought we had all learned not to rely on Cobain's judgment about much of anything.

Alex Fuller
Alex Fuller

Isn't "unconventional genius" just code for "not that great, but Kurt Cobain liked him so there must be SOMETHING to it?"

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