John Bullard is the Inspiration for the First-Ever Have a Heart Benefit

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Jeffrey Brown
John Bullard will be the beneficiary of this weekend's Have a Heart show at Trees

John Bullard has been in love with music ever since he could remember. As a child, he grew up listening to such staples as Cat Stevens and James Taylor, music his father would play for him, nurturing his fledgling music appreciation. "I can't play an instrument or anything, but music has always been my place of peace, really," says Bullard. "I really think people underestimate the power of music and [its ability] to bring people together and make a difference."

Today Bullard is an avid music supporter and frequent concert attendee. And this Saturday at Trees, the local music community, along with some pretty impressive national acts, will offer an opportunity to reciprocate their love and support for Bullard, through the Have a Heart benefit show.

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Kung Fu Saloon Could Lose Liquor License After Bartender Allegedly Assaults Patron

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So, good old Kung Fu Saloon, the glorified mall arcade full of drunken bros, is under scrutiny yet again, and this time it's somehow not for their discriminatory door policy. Go figure.

While the Dallas location is skirting direct scrutiny this time -- the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is investigating the Austin location over an alleged assault by an employee on a patron, who ended up with a severe brain injury -- it's still a glaring reminder to steer clear of that place, Uptown or otherwise.

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Grateful Dead Tribute Band Re-explores Forgotten Space

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Improvisation is a bold tool of the trade that some live performers would just as soon leave to jazz musicians or comedy troupes. Abandoning rehearsal and preparation for spontaneity could expose one's true creativity, or lack thereof. But Kenny Withrow, guitarist of North Texas' prominent Grateful Dead tribute act, Forgotten Space -- performing this Friday at the Granada Theater -- goes one step further and boldly explores a rare type of improvisation that exists between the two conventional worlds of covering original material and artistic free-form interpretation.

"It's interesting you know, it's interesting playing that music," says Withrow. "It's not like, I mean, it certainly is somebody else's material, but it's not exactly a cover band. It's its own kind of music."


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This Will Destroy You Tighten Up and Sharpen Their Focus on Another Language

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This Will Destroy You comes to the Kessler Theater tonight
On this Sunday afternoon, Alex Bhore is just packing and doing laundry in preparation for This Will Destroy You's upcoming East Coast tour. The band just returned from a European tour, where they played a show almost every single night for five weeks straight. Even though they've had a few weeks off before this show, that doesn't exactly mean there's downtime for Bhore.

When he's not working with This Will Destroy You, Bhore works on production for other bands in Texas. Over the phone, he fondly recalls working with Future Death, who's also opening for This Will Destroy You at The Kessler Theater for their show tonight, Tuesday, October 21. He also mentions working with Danny Diamonds, Blackstone Rangers and Nervous Curtains, plus a couple more that escape his memory at the moment.

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Chris McDonald is the Promotional Wizard Behind the Granada Theater

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"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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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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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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