The Best Bro Bars in Dallas

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Roderick Pullum
What's the matter? You say "bro bar" like it's a bad thing. We got a DJ and everything!

What do we mean by "bro bar?" More specifically, what do we mean by "best?" (Guess we didn't use up all of our irony with the Best Hipster Bars list.) Well, it's a funny question. For a large segment of the population, "bro bar" means plaid shorts, beer pong and booze so cheap you'll make a bad decision or get into a fight (as if those are mutually exclusive). It might also entail a little racism. Simply put, for a lot of people it's "pure heaven."

Regardless of which side of the argument you land on, these are the creme de la creme of bro bars. Avoid them at all costs or seek them out as your go-to party spots this weekend. The choice is yours.


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The Best Dallas Songwriters

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C2, Calvin Collins, Knows What you Want. And He's Going to Give It To You.

Sure, we've already handed out the DOMA trophies, and we had a hell of a good time in doing so. Just because the showcase and the ceremony have past doesn't mean we're ready to stop celebrating the artists that were worthy of DOMA-love. So, let's tip a hat, a glass or whatever else that's tippable to some artists that are pretty swell, regardless of whether they won a prize or not.

So often, when one hears the term "songwriter," a pensive, diary-toting, chamomile tea-sipping type comes to mind, but here in North Texas, we recognize quality song craft in many forms and styles. The artists listed below represent a fantastic range of styles that are only ties together by the excellent results, because none of them sound anywhere close to one another. Which is such a very cool thing. This isn't a category for the best lyricist or best producer. These five have shown they can work all angles of a song in order to present a full-formed piece of art better than most.

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The Best Dallas Music Twitter Accounts

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Mike Brooks
Put down the goddamn phone -- unless, of course, you're Tweeting. In which case, carry on.

Alright my pals, not sure if you're aware, but there's this social networking site called Twitter. It's simultaneously a hellhole and enchanting corner of the Internet. It's a helluva source for news, but most importantly, a wonderful source for jokes and spirited rants alike. Snark aside (although what else is there?), we want to break down the best accounts from folks in the Dallas music scene.

But instead of just picking out some of the best accounts, we're going to make this interesting. Instead, we're going to hand out some awards. The rules for eligibility is that the users must currently live in Dallas, the account must be public, and no current Dallas Observer staffers or contributors can be included. (Otherwise I would fill every single spot, amiright?) Don't worry, this is no country for the Fake Deep™ or rappers who incessantly retweet compliments.


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The 10 Best Hipster Bars and Lounges in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

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Oh, get over yourself. Don't act like you have a problem with hipsters. If you're reading this blog, you probably have at least a few points against you in that category. (Or else you were trying to read about the Trinity River and came here on accident, in which case, keep reading so you don't end up at any of these places.)

Let's face it: There's nothing wrong with hipsters, and goddamn if we don't like going to the same bars they do.

So let's embrace it, shall we? These 10 bars (plus one) are the perfect refuge when you need a place to twirl you mustache, contemplate tacky art and drink Lone Star in peace, all while looking très cool doing it.

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The Best North Texas Rock Bands

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#QCNH #DOMA2014 #Winning

Sure, we've already handed out the DOMA trophies, and we had a hell of a good time in doing so. Just because the showcase and the ceremony have past doesn't mean we're ready to stop celebrating the artists that were worthy of DOMA-love. So, let's tip a hat, a glass or whatever else that's tippable to some bands that are pretty swell, regardless of whether they won a prize or not.

Perhaps more than any other category on the sizable DOMA ballot, Best Rock Act could be the one that most left the interpretation up to the many folks which handled the nominations, and then the voters who chose Quaker City Night Hawks as the eventual winner. As with any of the other categories, five, while a nice round number, is a tough amount to whittle down so much goodness. But alas, we did it, because we're just that brave. Here are the Five Best North Texas Rock Acts.

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30 Reasons to Be Excited for Dallas Music in 2015

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Mike Brooks
We don't need to wait for Spillover for Dallas music to heat up, but it will be better than ever

Welcome to 2015, and a solid three or four months of having to correct yourself every time you accident write "2014." (Good thing no ever writes anything by hand anymore, am I right?) It's the first full week of January, and we here at DC9 at Night are ready to stop with all the nostalgia for the year past; our sights are fully set on the year ahead and all the wonderful things that the local music scene has to offer for us. If Dallas music has been on the rise in recents years, then it only looks set to keep moving up in 2015. Here are 30 reasons that we're especially excited for the next 12 months in local music.


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The Best DJs in Dallas

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Mike Brooks
DJ Sober (left) is one-half of party-starting duo Bootyfade
Dallas is now a major event town in the U.S.A. This is a point that is not an opinion so much as it is the fact. We have become the destination for all kinds of major events. We've had a Super Bowl here. We have hosted the Final Four. We're getting Wrestlemania soon (if you believe what you read). Because of this recent influx in event traffic into Dallas, the city has slowly turned into an "event town." To be an event town, you need certain facets of infrastructure to support all the visiting people. Bear in mind, people visiting for events are not your regular tourists. They are there for a short window and are usually coming to unwind.

As such, the entertainment must be different. You need a strong club and bar scene, you need a world-class hotel game and you need DJs. You need damn good DJs. This is why L.A., NYC and Miami are the nightlife powerhouses in North America. Thankfully, in Dallas we are blessed with a pretty damn good group of homegrown DJs who are coming up along with the city itself. Here are five of the city's elite DJ's, as selected by our esteemed voters for the recent Dallas Observer Music Awards.

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Five Dallas Rappers to Watch in 2015

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I said a hip hop to the hippity hop, hop.

In terms of Dallas hip hop, 2014 was ruled by Blue, the Misfit, A.Dd+, the, Outfit, TX, Buffalo Black and Sam Lao. We talked about them incessantly and deservedly so. They made great music and performed their asses off. Hell, the Outfit, TX made their way to Art Basel in Miami and Blue, the Misfit graced our cover for the Dallas Observer Music Awards.

However, the scene here is robust with talent and there are a few people who are certain to make some noise in 2015. Of course, -topic will release a solid project. Picnictyme has a solo record on the way that will be straight fire, worth 17 flame emojis even, and we're all salivating to see what comes of Love, JT's time in Los Angeles with Dr. Dre. But, outside of those glaringly obvious acts to be excited for, here are some acts that can bully their way into becoming Dallas rap elite this year.


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Five Dallas Country Bands to Watch in 2015

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Troy Cartwright joins a slew of local country artists who could do great things in 2015
As great of a year as 2014 was for country music throughout North Texas, many of the headlines were dominated by veterans, both young and grizzled. While 2015 will surely see some fine albums from this area's better time-tested honky-tonk talents, there are a handful of fresher names we're particularly excited about hearing more from, as well as artists we haven't heard from in a while.

And as always, country music in Dallas and well beyond can show off an impressive array of styles and sounds. We're thrilled to know that some of the artists we're most excited about in 2015 are looking to take some chances and make something off-kilter while working within the framework of the genre. Here are five local country artists we're pretty pumped about as we head into the New Year.

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The Best Dallas Radio Shows

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Ed Steele
Hail! Hail! The Paul Slavens Show (and his improvisation skills)
Radio, the long lasting delivery service of news, drama and music, keeps trudging along despite endless challenges from new services both physical and digital. And while it seems people are ready to write off the medium, in Dallas the sound waves are still going strong. (Look no further than the buzz that surrounding the recent programming changes over at BOOM 94.5 and HOT 93.3 for evidence of that.)

So here's a look at the programs that made Dallas radio great in 2014, as selected by the fine folks who assembled our ballots for the recent Dallas Observer Music Awards. Sadly not all of these shows have survived the year, but some might never leave and others seem destined for greater things. But without a doubt we had a better year because of all of these shows.

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