The Revived 35 Denton Is Showing No Pulse

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Ed Steele
35 Denton had an advance party at Hailey's, but the lineup hasn't lived up to expectations
Comebacks are a bitch. More often than not, they're a plain bad idea. But when we kept hearing, throughout the summer and fall of last year, that the organizers of 35 Denton were planning to bring back the festival after its one-year hiatus in 2014, we couldn't help getting excited. We wanted that hiatus to be a blip in the radar. We wanted to see it succeed. We wanted it to come back.

But with two rounds of announcements having been made now for the 2015 lineup, including a second batch revealed last week, the odds of an actual "comeback" seem more remote. Yes, 35 Denton will return in 2015. But to what ends? For the sake of not letting it die?

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The 10 Guys You've Dated in the Dallas Music Scene

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Ed Steele
He's the most popular guy in the room, but have you dated him before?
There's something about a man in a band. Or who can play the guitar. Or who can sing. Or really who even hangs out with the band. Put a guitar in front of or in the general vicinity of a man and women will drop their panties. Men will drop their boxers. Seriously. Don't believe us? Go to Guitar Center and try it right now.

As you know, Dallas' music scene is diverse enough for someone to have their pick of the musician litter. It's just like kittens. Exactly like kittens. So in that cute, cuddly spirit, we've compiled a guide to knowing the 10 types of men in the Dallas music scene that you've probably dated. Well, you thought you were dating him. His story is a little different, but that's neither here nor there.

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9 Ways to Make Denton Music Great Again

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Ed Steele
The kids are alright: Putting Denton in their hands is a safe bet for the music scene

Okay now, hear us out on this one. Last Friday, we ran a piece arguing for the benefits of Denton bringing in a larger, mid-sized music venue to help make the scene a little more robust. Not everybody liked that idea, which is fine; the point of healthy conversation is to get people from different sides talking. And we do it because we care: Seeing a strong, vital Denton is crucial to music all across North Texas.

So let's go one step further with this, shall we? Why stop with just the one proposition? We've put together a nine-point plan of what we think will help make Denton the best it can be. Hate us for it you will, but think about what's best for the scene we all love.


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Denton Needs a Bigger Venue to Keep From Flatlining

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Ed Steele
Sure, you can fill a venue like Hailey's, but what if it's the same few people always showing up?
Denton has reached critical mass. With so many local bands in its orbit, it was kind of an inevitability. But as the music scene spins on its axis, it lacks a gravitational center to anchor it to the city and keep bands and fans from floating off into the twisting nether.

The scene isn't struggling by any means, but it's hit a glass ceiling, capping out at what it could be. Little D severely lacks a large-scale venue to truly tap into its 100,000 citizens, to bind the city together with frequent and high-profile shows that will attract both casual and diehard local music fans. A unifying experience that will unanimously sum up that, yes, this is what Denton has to offer.

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The Ticket Needs a Local Music Show

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Mike Brooks
Alright, Ticket bums, time to start the local music show you were born to do

When 102.1 FM The Edge killed Mark Schectman's The Local Edge radio show last August, it left a gaping hole in the Dallas radio landscape. Suddenly the one show that focused entirely on showcasing local talent was gone, and without any explanation. Sure, there's the excellent Paul Slavens Show over on 91.7 KXT, although that's not wholly local. And as a station, no one can really compete with the local coverage offered by volunteer-run 89.3 KNON.

But when it comes to having one definitive local show, there's one radio station in Dallas that could unquestionably do it right: Sportsradio 1310 FM The Ticket. Yes, it's technically a sports talk radio station, but there's no one else in town with the cred, the good taste and the listenership to really make a difference for local music. It doesn't make a damn bit of sense there isn't already a local music show on The Ticket, and we think it's about time to change that.


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The 7 Types of Bands You'll Find in Denton

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Ed Steele
Okay Centro-matic, teach us how to Denton

Look, you know the drill. Denton has a tragically hip music scene teeming with talent and potential. And we will be the first to admit that seven archetypes will never quite cover all the bases. But we are invariably bound by similarities and shared idiosyncrasies that help us navigate the strange world of music and socialization that is set before us.

Within the zeitgeist of Denton's music scene exist the circles that overlap endlessly with different collaborations and projects. But independently these circles exist as microcosms of camaraderie and like-minded individuals banded together by genre, age and quirks. But this shouldn't be a source of divisiveness. We're all just weirdos trying to make it in this wicked world, and if you've ever weirded out in Denton, chances are you know these bands.

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The O's Make a Festival Epiphany at Steamboat MusicFest

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Courtesy of the O's.
The secret is to just keep drinking.

Editor: The O's are an Americana band comprising Taylor Young and John Pedigo. They've made the trek to Colorado for the Steamboat Spring MusicFest, where many of the 50 artists on the lineup (and the festival's 6,000 attendees) are also from Texas. They will document their first experience at the festival for the Denver Westword and Dallas Observer. There will be snow, beer, local fauna and (ahem) flora and possibly even music.

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Days Four and Five: Residuals, Recovery and Returning Home

Reflecting on last week requires strong mental fortitude. Elation and exhaustion have melded our memories. How can we describe this experience? MusicFest is all about piling beers atop beers that are piled on slices of cold pizza. Follow that up with more beer and vodka. It's like eating Cici's: Sure it's delicious, until the cornucopia of debauchery causes you to wake up the next day with gout. This is not the healthy living retreat that is readily available at any resort in Colorado. Out here in Steamboat for MusicFest, you play all day, hang out all night, and hope the hairs of the dogs get you through another morning spell. So we dredge from moment to moment hoping that we're heading closer to our goal: Festival Epiphany.


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The O's Get Access to the Belly of the Beast at Steamboat Music Fest

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The unlikely birthplace of many-a Texas music collaboration.

Editor: The O's are an Americana band comprising Taylor Young and John Pedigo. They've made the trek to Colorado for the Steamboat Spring MusicFest, where many of the 50 artists on the lineup (and the festival's 6,000 attendees) are also from Texas. They will document their first experience at the festival for the Denver Westword and Dallas Observer. There will be snow, beer, local fauna and (ahem) flora and possibly even music.

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Day Three: Floor Seven Exposed!

The mysterious seventh floor has opened it's righteous arms for The O's, and we've learned the true essence of Steamboat.


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The O's Go in Search of Snow and Fellow Texans at Colorado's Steamboat MusicFest

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Todd Purifoy
MusicFest brings 6,000 people to Steamboat Springs for a week each year.
Editor: The O's are an Americana band comprising Taylor Young and John Pedigo. They've made the trek to Colorado for the Steamboat Spring MusicFest, where many of the 50 artists on the lineup (and the festival's 6,000 attendees) are also from Texas. They will document their first experience at the festival for the Denver Westword and Dallas Observer. There will be snow, beer, local fauna and (ahem) flora and possibly even music.

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We've spent years touring the States and overseas, and never have we heard more about a festival than we have about the one that goes down every January in Steamboat, Colorado. For some time now (30 freakin' years), die-hard, red-dirt enthusiasts have said how incredible the Steamboat MusicFest experience is. But when we ask specifics, the answers are resoundingly vague: "It's so awesome!" or "It's my favorite 'thang' all year."

"Duuuude, you gotta go."

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Country Music Will Rebound in 2015 as It Shakes off Its Bro-Country Shackles

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Mike Brooks
Thanks to artists like Sturgill Simpson, we have reason to be optimistic about country music again
At this point, the jokes about country music make themselves. There is nothing fresh or relevant about making fun of country music anymore, especially if you're talking about the unfortunate bro-country subgenre. That doesn't mean that we'll stop making jokes about these inept and shirtless knuckle-draggers, but this is where we find ourselves.

After a few years of Florida Georgia Line and their contemporaries dominating the charts and the following growing disdain for what is defined as "country music," 2015 may bring sunnier pastures for fans that appreciated the genre before it was bastardized into the abortion that is its current state, described too accurately by 1310 The Ticket host Corby Davidson as "Nickelback with a fiddle."

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