The Best North Texas Rap Shows In August

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As PARTYNEXTDOOR sadly reported on the opening track of his new project; the summer is over. It won't physically feel that way for us down here in North Texas until about early to mid October, but that magical haze is fading away now. Everyone's going back to school. Football practice is in full swing. Patios beers just won't be the same. By the time this month is over, the so-called magic of the summer will be gone. So, here are a few ways to to end the summer with some rap; some hard 808s to cure your heartbreak.

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Peter Murphy at Granada Theater, 7/30/14

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It's hard to believe that Peter Murphy is touring behind his tenth studio album as a solo artist since his genre defining original band Bauhaus split up. I actually saw him quite a few times in the 90s'. Back then he would not play any songs from his old band. On one of those occasions a very young Nine Inch Nails was opening for him.

My friends and I all went to see Peter Murphy solo because it was the closest we were going to get to seeing Bauhaus. Bauhaus got back together for a series of reunion shows in the late '90s. That reunion did not stick, but it did put new energy into Murphy's solo material which has improved substantially since those reunion shows.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 7/25-7/27

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The Coathangers are coming for you, Dallas

If you're anything like me, you've been to more than a few concerts already over the course of the week. And hey, maybe you need a night off or two to recover from all the fun you've had on nights when you've still had work the next day. Then again, maybe you're just that much hungrier for more shows now that the weekend is coming up. In that case, you're in luck. It's the last weekend of July and there are plenty of shows to get ready for.


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JEFF the Brotherhood Works Hard, Parties Even Harder

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Don't let JEFF the Brotherhood's innocent faces fool you. They'll rock hard or get drunk trying.
Jake Orrall sounds tired. Granted he has a right to be. Jake and Jamin Orrall, better known as fuzzy two-piece JEFF the Brotherhood, have put out seven albums over 13 years, with yet another new EP coming this September. Jake has even been producing a different band's album, which is what he was doing all night the evening before I called him the next morning.

As we hop on the phone to discuss the band's appearance at Club Dada for the latest installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series this Wednesday, Jake doesn't sound enthused to be interviewed this early, but you can't necessarily blame him. Doing an interview probably wouldn't be anyone's first choice the morning after pulling a long night of work.

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How to Dress Like a Little Monster for Lady Gaga

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Mother Monster returns to Dallas this Thursday at American Airlines Center and this time she brings her artRAVE: The artPOP Ball along with her. Never mind the haters; seeing Lady Gaga in concert is still a crazy-fun experience and a great excuse to dress up. In fact, it's the Little Monsters who really steal the show. Arenas around the world are invariably filled with fans who go all-out on costumes inspired by one of many different Gaga incarnations.

If you're joining in on the fun tomorrow, you won't want to be the loser who shows up without a costume. It's an "artRAVE" after all. If you're not sure how to make that perfect costume, we have a handful of can't-miss tips to get you going. And even if you're not attending the artRAVE save the list anyway -- Halloween is just around the corner.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 7/14-7/20

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Lady Gaga coming to us straight from the future
It might be a little tough to get out of bed this morning, but at least we all have a great collection of shows to look forward to this week. Not only is Dallas receiving another visit from the Mother Monster herself, but cool kids far and wide are lining up for the return of legendary jazz-rock outfit Steely Dan. Add in a couple of performances from some indie pop players and some Texas country favorites and you have one heck of a week for DFW music.

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The Best North Texas Rap Shows in July

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Kitty (Pryde) knows better than to make eye contact with Texans
Say hello to July, everyone. While we've been taking special care to celebrate the wide bevy of versatile shows to visit the DFW in the past six months, it's been important that we highlight some of the great shows of the future. Although plenty of rap and hip-hop favorites will soon be making their way through the metroplex this summer, July is sporting some very interesting prospects, including a visit from one of rap's hugest hit-makers right now.

Here's a list of the best rap acts visiting North Texas this month. Take great pleasure in knowing that yes, it's completely Beyonce-and-Jay-Z free.

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The Best North Texas Rap Albums of 2014, So Far

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Buffalo Black, looking quite pleased to be on our list
With June (finally) ending, it's time to assess the slew of releases from Dallas' best and brightest for the first half of 2014. Although news has been majorly slow on the scene so far, Dallas' rappers have been diligent in releasing quality material across the internet. This list is a result of that, charting five albums released in 2014 so far that make the rest of the years seem so damn exciting. 

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Michael Gira of Swans: "Playing Live is as Close as I Get to God"

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Every photo of Michael Gira shares a set series of features: a stern grimace, a stoic, crag-like rigidity and a fiercely penetrating gaze -- a look that tunnels straight to your instincts, sets your nerves on edge. Even when a hint of a smile cracks its way across his face, the effect is chilling: angelic but cruel. Recently I spoke with Gira ahead of his band Swans' visit to Trees this Thursday. And even though I could not see Gira's expressions during our audio-only Skype conversation (instead, I was faced with his no-less-haunting avatar photo of Samuel Beckett), I couldn't shake the sense that those eyes were tracking me. The weight of Gira's presence is monstrous, even when divided by hundreds of miles of technology.


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How to Duke It Out at an Electric Six-Devil Driver Double Bill and Live to Tell the Story

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Sorry, Electric SIx, it's too hot here to wear suits
"Visually, to me, this is the best show ever. I get to watch sports highlights with subtitles and a heavy metal show." -- Dick Valentine, lead singer of Electric Six

That quote, ladies and gents, might perfectly sum up the madness that occurred between the hours of 5 p.m. and midnight at the Gas Monkey Bar & Grill on Sunday. A day that saw what amounted to a mini-metal music festival, featuring Whitechapel and Devil Driver on the outdoor stage, a bar packed with U.S. Men's National team supporters during the World Cup match, and finally, Yip Deceiver and Electric Six playing supposedly the last show ever on the indoor stage. It was exhausting, exhilarating and a testament to the limitless energy of the Gas Monkey Bar staff. Here's how the day went.

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