The Best DJ Nights in Dallas

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Roderick Pullum
It'll Do is consistently the place to be on Saturday nights
Pretty well any night of the week, someplace in Dallas has a DJ waiting to help you get your dancing fix. Funk, soul, hip hop, house, drum and bass -- there's something for most anyone, no matter how particular your tastes may be. Recently, we picked out the best of the local DJ residencies who stick exclusively to vinyl. But, of course, there's so much more out there. So here now are the best DJ nights in Dallas, pulled from across all formats.

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The Best Patios in Dallas That Host Live Music

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Catherine Downes
This scene + live music = polar vortex bliss
Prime patio weather might have passed us by in, oh, May, but people in Dallas still love drinking their booze outside. Fortunately for us, the weather gods have seen it fit to bless us with a respite from the heat in the form of a summertime polar vortex. That means that for one brief, shining moment local happy-hour connoisseurs have their chance to shine.

They're not alone, though: A great patio offers the comforts of your favorite bar as well as the musical stylings of the city's best bands. Dallas bars are pretty skilled at booking good up-and-coming acts, and these patios are some the best places to unwind with your favorite adult beverages and a great show.

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The Best Dallas Bars to Feel Like a Cowboy

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Roderick Pullum
These Concrete Cowboy partgyoers may not look like cowboys, but they sure feel like it
You know that stereotype of Dallas that people go with? No, not the one about the city being extremely segregated, and stuck in a class warfare. We mean the one all the sports broadcasts use. The one where they show b-roll of the area to kill time between action, and you see people in boots, cows and other western-themed things that reinforce the idea that we're all a bunch of backward cowpokes.

So rather than shy away from it, we're going to own that stereotype with a list of the best tourist-trap country bars in the DFW area. No you won't find any Cedar Springs institutions, or Deep Ellum hot spots. We'll even spot you a certain Fort Worth venue, just to spice this sucker up. These are the places to go to when you want to embrace your inner cowboy (and maybe drink too much in order to try to blend in).

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The Best North Texas Albums of 2014, So Far

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Eric Ryan Anderson
Rhett Miller and the Old 97's released a classic record this spring. Was it the best in North Texas?
We've spent the past week looking back at all our favorite parts of Dallas (and greater North Texas) music from the first half of 2014 -- our favorite concerts, videos, rap albums and country albums. Now, on the eve of America's birthday, we're capping it all off with what we'd like to think of as the crown jewel of these lists: the best local albums of the year to date.

There have been plenty of exciting records dropped already this year and they've been all across the map stylistically. Hip hop, folk, country, electronic and scuzzy garage rock all made their way into our hearts and onto this list. So without further ado, here are our picks.

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The 10 Best Dallas Open Mic Nights

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Eva Raggio
Buzzbrews gets classical with its open mic nights.
On their way to reaching professional status, musicians go through many stages of sex, drugs and open mic nights. The latter, among other things, empower the aspiring artist with the means to project confidence on stage while getting immediate feedback on their writing.

The famed Apollo Theater in Harlem was one of the first to host amateur nights, but the modern open mic night has its roots in the folk clubs of the early '60s, a scene that produced artists such as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.

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The Best North Texas Concerts of 2014, So Far

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Mike Brooks
Over 100,000 fans attended George Strait's final concert in Arlington
Six months is a long time. Well, maybe not that long, but measured by concert calendar time, it's more than long enough to fit in lots of memorable experiences. So as we cross the midpoint of 2014 with the first day of July, DC9 at Night is continuing its recent look back at the year to date with a selection of our favorite Dallas and greater North Texas concerts from the past six months.

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The Best North Texas Music Videos of 2014, So Far

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Ronnie Heart shows off his entourage in "Tasty Destination"

We're halfway done with 2014 and, before we know it, it will be time to bring in the New Year. (Okay, maybe that's a little premature. There's something like another five months of summer left first.) There have been plenty of exciting things happening for Dallas artists through the first half of the year, from albums to tours to record deals. There have also been some pretty memorable music videos. So, to commemorate the six months past and to start this week off right, we've collected ten of our favorite North Texas music videos from 2014 -- so far.


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The Top Five North Texas Country Albums of 2014, So Far

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Shane Kislack
Matt Hillyer and His Bones

For a country music fan, living in North Texas is akin to a six-year-old getting locked inside a room over night where the walls are made only of assorted Minecraft games. There's plenty of variety and more than enough offerings to keep one busy without ever having to look too far beyond their immediate surroundings for attention-grabbing fun.

The first half of 2014 has been solid in terms of artists stepping up to offer their strongest efforts to date. The best of the bunch so far this year features a mix of well-known names, young upstarts and vets re-entering the scene after a bit of an absence. Here are the five best such records from this year -- so far.


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The 10 Best Dallas Metal Venues

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Mike Brooks
Since the days of Joe's Garage, North Texas' metal venues have hosted some groundbreaking local bands like Rigor Mortis, Pantera and Drowning Pool with mosh pits reaching same intensity as the ones appearing at summer festivals at Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco or Quicktrip Park in Grand Praire.

As any old metalhead in the "metalplex" will tell you that finding an appropriate place to allow the electric guitars to shred and the mosh pit to grow hasn't always been easy. In the early '80s, most metal bands had to sacrifice to the gods of thunder in a pasture as part of Jerry Warden's "Heavy Meadows" extravaganza, an event that always ended with people taking a nature hike to dodge police helicopters.

Today, dozens of venues showcasing local and national metal acts can be found across North Texas, and when one disappears, two more take their place. To pay homage to these bar owners who put up with the mosh pit and the messy aftermath that sometimes follow when you get a group of people fueled with too many whiskey shots moving in a circle with their elbows leading the way, here's a list of the best metal venues in North Texas to "let the bodies hit the floor."

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The Best Dallas DJ Residencies That Play Vinyl

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Wanz Dover
DJ Gabriel Mendoz of Stoned Soul Saturday
Vinyl has made an epic comeback over the past decade. It's a comeback few would have seen coming, given its seeming fall into obsolescence decades ago. But while the above-average music fans have gravitated back towards owning their favorite music on vinyl, the dj profession has by and large made a mass exodus towards digital DJing. The long-valued culture of crate digging continues to be a rarity.

In any era where DJing can be done from an iPhone, there are still outlets in Dallas where the DJs leave their computers at home in favor of the classic two decks and a mixer format. Here's a list of the best local residencies.

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