Chris McDonald is the Promotional Wizard Behind the Granada Theater

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Courtesy Chris McDonald

"I always say, with any job you're in there's that one question that you have to answer," explains Chris McDonald, Marketing Manager for the Granada Theater, as he chips crumbs off of an oversized chocolate chip cookie at the front table of Society Bakery on Greenville Avenue.

"Like their main question is," he says, motioning to the gleaming pastry case at the back, "'Alright, so how are we gonna sell cookies today? How are we gonna sell cakes?' or whatever. And ours is, 'How are we gonna sell tickets to Panda Bear?'"

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week 9/15 - 9/18

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Image via Artists' Facebook

The week ahead will have its mundane moments. That's just a part of life. However, as per usual, we here at DC9 have more than a few ways to spice it up for you with some live music suggestions. There's the biting satire of Lily Allen, Justin Nozuka's soulful folk, and some free tunes at Sammons Park supplied by the Boxcar Bandits. Without much further adieu, your picks:


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Josey Records Will Be the Most Ambitious Record Store in Dallas

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Wanz Dover
Josey Records is about to become the next new Dallas record store
Dallas is going through a bit of a record store renaissance. Over the past year, the vinyl comeback that has been root throughout the music industry has made its presence felt locally, as well. Of the stores opening, including the recently opened Off the Record and the soon-to-be-christened Spinster Records, the most ambitious looks to be Josey Records. Josey will carry CDs, DVDs and cassettes, but the main attraction is the mammoth inventory of new and old vinyl from as many genres as you can think of. In short, it will be a crate digger's dream store ran by a group of veteran crate diggers.

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The Best North Texas Hip Hop Concerts In September

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Emily Tan

Howdy, folks. The best thing that's gonna happen this month is the one and only State Fair of Texas. It's in your best interest to head on down to Fair Park and daze at the 55 foot gargantuan glory that is Big Tex. Gorging on fried foods that have the propensity to stop your arteries by the aroma alone is also highly recommended. If you can't make it, there's always the first half of October. The second best thing you can do this month is attend a rap show or two. So fear not, we've got you covered with a few suggestions there as well.


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Gatsby's Mansion is an Essential DIY Punk Haven in Denton

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Matt Wood
The Gatsby's stage, currently occupied by Bundrick and his band's equipment, usually occupied by sweaty, moshing Dentonites.

Out on his front porch with a clove cigarette, platinum-haired Cade Bundrick leans back in a lounge chair. Behind him sits a headless mannequin wearing a blazer adorned with buttons. The house, the location of which is kept carefully guarded, is recessed in a nook off the road and holds no hint that on the right day it transforms into a haven for the Denton punk scene.

Bundrick is the sole original tenant of Gatsby's Mansion, a DIY punk house venue in Denton that hosts, in Bundrick's words, three to 15 shows a month featuring local and touring acts. The other four tenants of the five-bedroom house have rotated since the venue's inception about a year ago.


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Unconscious Collective Played a Glorious Album Release Show in a Taco Shop

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Photo courtesy Paola Guzman Ramirez

I never thought I'd see a jazz show at a taqueria, much less a great one. To be fair, Saturday's bill at Taqueria Pedritos, including Unconscious Collective, HEX CULT, Drug Mountain and Baring Teeth, boasted a wide array of experimental offerings. Free jazz, no-wave, power electronics and metal were all represented. People gathered at this taco shop to celebrate the release of jazz-fusion trio Unconscious Collective's sophomore album, Pleistocene Moon. Those who came for this reason in particular caught some extra live music for their entry fee. Those who came for other reasons found out about one of Dallas' best new records.

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Founding Father of Techno Kevin Saunderson Plays It'll Do Club Saturday

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This Saturday It'll Do Club brings one of the original architects of Detroit techno to town. Kevin Saunderson was part of the first wave of techno artists in the late '80s. Along with fellow Belleville High School students Derrick May and Juan Atkins, he laid down the foundation of what became know as techno.

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Good Luck Karaoke Revives Autotune Karaoke Tonight at Twilite Lounge

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via Good Luck Karaoke Facebook page
Marvel at the impending hilarity of karaoke with Autotune!
From the ashes, Good Luck Karaoke rose out of Twilite Lounge, having lost its long-time home at the Doublewide last spring. But its new Deep Ellum base is, according to host Josh Hammertimez, a perfect fit.

Tonight, Good Luck will be offering another unique layer to their eclectic shows: all singing will be auto-tuned to be pitch perfect (or some hilariously god-awful approximation thereof). So to all those who shy away from the mic due to lack of confidence, it's your move.

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Dallas Jazz Pianist Dave Zoller to Be Celebrated Tonight at DMA

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Dave Zoller has made a life's work of his love for jazz piano
One month ago, Matt Zoller Seitz visited his father Dave Zoller in Dallas after hearing his father had suffered a stroke. At the time, Zoller, a renowned jazz pianist, feared he may not be able to play piano again, but after a strong recovery he has not only returned to his craft but will be playing tonight at the Dallas Museum of Art as part of a ceremony honoring his career in music.

"I was very concerned that it would affect his ability to play," Seitz says over the phone, speaking from his home in New York. "His eyesight was blurry, which is really not a good thing if you're a pianist. But then it got better after a couple days. The guy is indestructible."

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Soulja Boy at The Prophet Bar, 8/02/2014


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Artists Facebook Page
There are no less than 30 people on stage and it's been this way for the majority of the evening. Men mean-mug and bop in an attempt to look both cool and menacing. Women are in the back just barely dancing. A Virgin Mary suctioned to the dashboard of a car inching its way through a school zone moves with more panache. The women are accesories, no more or less than gold chains that shine brightly. The men are as well. They're props, mood-lighting, confetti. You are being indoctrinated into an environment where nothing else matters other than pleasure and an image. There is no better representation of all that is ridiculous, wonderful, boring exciting, troublesome and honorable about hip hop in its current form than a Soulja Boy show. 

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