Wild Detectives Embrace the Culture of Oak Cliff with Chicha Concert

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Kathy Tran
Wild Detectives won't be so peaceful come Saturday night
About six months ago, The Wild Detectives opened its doors with the intention to be more than just a bookstore. So far they've hosted readings, wine tastings and book presentations as well as their backyard shows. As an aspiring member of the Oak Cliff community (and not just another fixture of the rapidly changing Bishop Arts District), the store has strived to embrace its neighborhood.

Tomorrow night, they'll be expanding their eclectic offerings with a Chicha party featuring live music and cultural revelry. Food will also be served by Taqueria el Paderino because, let's face it, every facet of life is improved by adding tacos.

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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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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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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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