50 Reasons to Be Thankful for Dallas Music

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Mike Brooks
Dear Dallas music scene: We love you thiiiiis much
Well folks, welcome to the best week of the year. "Why's that?" you might ask. Because Thanksgiving is this Thursday and it's the best holiday of the year. (Just ask our resident Englishman about it.) It's one of the rare times of the year when we all get to slow down, however briefly, and contemplate all of the things that we so often taken for granted -- friends, family, our health and well being.

For those of us here at DC9 at Night, Thanksgiving is also a chance to consider just how much we appreciate the music scene here in Dallas. As a token of our appreciation, we pulled together a list of the things we're most grateful for in our scene. The hardest part was narrowing it down to just 50 of them.

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The Best North Texas Folk Acts

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Brian Carroll
Jacob Furr's Trails and Traces is a beautiful yet heartbreaking album.

With the 26th annual Dallas Observer Music Awards just around the corner -- in fact, voting is open right now -- we're looking to spend the next several weeks taking the opportunity to highlight some of the nominees for this year's awards. And when we say that these artists are the "best," don't just take our word for it: We polled 150 local music experts to pull together the nominees this year, so they come on pretty good authority.

Like so many other once-solid genres, folk music's boundaries have become fluid, and that's made for some interesting times in the past decade or so. Sure, Dylan plugged in back in 1965, but he didin't have a kick-drum! While the sounds of this year's DOMA Best Folk Act finalists vary in many ways, there's an important thread which ties them all together in the most folkie of ways: These artists spin a yarn and weave a tale with the best of them. The story is king in folk music, and that will never change.

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The Best North Texas Experimental and Noise Acts

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Peter Salisbury
If you're looking for the best local noise music, Bludded Head has an offer you can't refuse
It's no secret that Dallas is an arts-minded city, one that is welcoming to experimentation and exploration in all its forms. This city's experimental music groups pull from a variety of wells for inspiration, from metal to electronic. When polled local music experts earlier this fall to help set our nominees for this year's Dallas Observer Music Awards, the artists they came up with for the Best Experimental/Noise Acts only reinforced that fact. Regardless of the source of their creativity, each of these bands have a penchant for pushing boundaries, drawing a linear thread through our city's vibrant experimental music scene.

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The Best North Texas Alt-Country Bands

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The O's Are One of the Great Selections for Best Alt-Country Band.

With the 26th annual Dallas Observer Music Awards just around the corner -- in fact, voting is open right now at musicawardspoll.dallasobserver.com -- we're looking to spend the next several weeks taking the opportunity to highlight some of the nominees for this year's awards. And when we say that these artists are the "best," don't just take our word for it: We polled 150 local music experts to pull together the nominees this year, so they come on pretty good authority.

Alt-country has a particularly happy home here in North Texas. A twang that's recognizable, but indefinable, perhaps. A soulful groove that isn't at home in a world of straight-forward garage bands. A banjo that does far more than pick 'n grin a little bit. It's all an ingrained part of the local music landscape, and this year's DOMA nominees for Best Alt-Country Band do it especially well.

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The Best North Texas Punk Bands

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Stephen Masker
Denton's Bad Sports lead off out selections for the Best Punk Bands in North Texas

With the 26th annual Dallas Observer Music Awards just around the corner -- in fact, voting is open right now at musicawardspoll.dallasobserver.com -- we're looking to spend the next several weeks taking the opportunity to highlight some of the nominees for this year's awards. And when we say that these artists are the "Best," don't just take our word for it: We polled 150 local music experts to pull together the nominees this year, so they come on pretty good authority.

The punk category is one with especially stiff competition -- there were more than enough bands that could've been considered worthy candidates -- but these five represent a perfect sampling for the diversity of options in North Texas. From the poppier end of the spectrum to industrial, this list runs the gamut.


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The Best North Texas Rap and Hip Hop Acts

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Mike Brooks
Step into the ring with A.Dd+'s Slim Gravy and learn about DOMA's Best Rap/Hip Hop Acts
It's that time of the year again when artists and creatives of the Dallas-Fort Worth area vie for honors in the annual Dallas Observer Music Awards. The polls are open and votes are being cast everyday for the city's most celebrated acts. To prepare you for the festivities -- the showcase takes place on Saturday, December 6 in Deep Ellum and the awards ceremony on Tuesday, December 9 at Granada Theater -- we're taking the opportunity to highlight the 2014 DOMA hopefuls.

One of the most consistently exciting and talked-about DOMA categories for the past few years has been the Best Rap/Hip Hop Act. Many local rap enthusiasts have watched these artists develop right before our own eyes: From the humble beginnings of open mics and opening sets for national artists to headlining showcases, release parties and festivals. Picking a winner may be extra tough in this category, but we'll help break it down for you with some background of each nominee.

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The Most Haunted Clubs in North Texas

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Danny Fulgencio
The basement of J&J's Pizza: Home to live music, and spirits?

Almost everyone, at one time or another, has a story about a haunted house or some other sort of paranormal activity. Maybe it's a benign spirit, some former tenant of a home or apartment that continues to inhabit its former residence. Maybe it's the ghost of a tormented soul who met an untimely death. Or maybe it's something as simple as the odd, inexplicable chill or sound of footsteps in an empty room. Call it a lark, but when Halloween rolls around it's the perfect time to indulge those stories.

In the spirit of the day's festivities, we at DC9 asked ourselves: What about the music venues of North Texas? Do any of them have their own claims to being haunt? Well, we found a few.


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The Best North Texas Bands That Will Scare the Hell Out of You

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Ken Penn
Power Trip is one of many North Texas acts that aren't for the faint of heart

There's nothing quite like getting the shit scared out of you, is there? It's why we love watching horror movies. It's why we do things like jumping out of airplanes for fun. Nothing else really gets the endorphins going the same way, you know? It's also why we love Halloween -- not just for the fun of playing dress-up and getting smashed in our Chewbacca costume (we do that all the time anyway), but because we love scaring ourselves.

With Halloween upon us, it's time to fully embrace our love of fear. To do it, we've selected a handful of the scariest goddamn bands you'll band anywhere in Texas. But be warned: You may not be able to sleep tonight if you read this whole list.


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The Best Metal Bands in North Texas

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Courtney Scholari
Baring Teeth are one of Dallas' most forward-thinking metal bands

With the 26th annual Dallas Observer Music Awards just around the corner -- in fact, voting is open right now at musicawardspoll.dallasobserver.com -- we're looking to spend the next several weeks taking the opportunity to highlight some of the nominees for this year's awards. And when we say that these artists are the "Best," don't just take our word for it: We polled 150 local music experts to pull together the nominees this year, so they come on pretty good authority.

Today we're highlighting the best in class for local metal bands. These five acts run the gamut for the genre, from the most technical varieties to doom, thrash, sludge and goth. Each one is pushing the envelope for what metal can be, and each stakes a worthy claim to be called the best in North Texas.

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What Your Favorite North Texas Band Says About You

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Mike Brooks
If you're Bob Crawford, you're awesome. All other music fans, we got your number.

By H. Drew Blackburn, Jaime-Paul Falcon, and Matt Wood

No matter what someone tells you, they generally tend to judge a book by its cover. This isn't a good human trait, but we do it. Often we're wrong about our first perceptions of people based on an extremely vainglorious surface level assumption. We also judge people by their taste: in food, in movies, in romantic partners, etc, etc, ad infinitum. What we're most likely to judge someone off of is their taste in music. Relationships go to the grave over the fact that someone is really into dubstep.

We're also very keen on assuming things about people because of what they have on their iPod. With that, we bring you a few stereotypes based on your favorite North Texas musical acts. Have fun being judged.


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