Pat Green Releases Lyle Lovett Duet, "Girls From Texas"

Categories: DFW Music News

Mike Brooks
Pat Green Playing Last Year at Grand Opening for The Rustic in Dallas.

Texas country kingpin Pat Green is also a Fort Worth resident, Dallas restaurant owner and a heck of a live performer. He can now add "Lyle Lovett duet partner" to that list of titles with the release of a new song, "Girls from Texas." Save from his admirable 2012 collection of cover songs, the Texas Tech alum often credited with helping make the Texas Country boom a lot louder in the late 1990's hasn't had new music to show off since 2009's oily slick What I'm For, which was also his last album with BNA Records.

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Off the Record is a Stylish Bar and Vinyl Shop Hybrid in Deep Ellum

Categories: Local Music

Jeff Gage
Off the Record is a new combination bar and record store in Deep Ellum
Watch out, Deep Ellum; there's a new gang in the neighborhood. Well, sort of. The folks behind Club Dada rolled out a brand-new venture Tuesday night with the soft opening of Off the Record, a unique combination bar and record store in the space adjoining the Elm St. music venue. (It was, in fact, previously the backstage area for visiting bands at Dada.)

With over 20 beers on tap, a full liquor bar, and a selection of roughly 2,000 records on vinyl curated by Lower Greenville's Good Records, the new venue presents a fascinating and stylish new addition to the neighborhood.

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The Best Sunday Fun Days in Dallas

Categories: Best Of

Catherine Downes
If you're not sitting in the bed of a pickup, it's probably not a Fun Day

And on the seventh day, God created Fun Day. Well, okay, maybe not, but really that should have been the case. After all, what better way is there to give the workweek ahead a defiant middle finger than to spend all of Sunday drinking irresponsibly? Damn be the consequences, we say; our temple of worship bows to the unholy trinity of beer, shots and karaoke.

Like any red-blooded Americans, we start planning our weekend drinking on Wednesdays (at least), and this weekend is a special one for those who love the Sunday Fun Day: it's Labor Day weekend, meaning Monday is a vacation day. So in honor of this glorious occasion, here are the 10 best places in Dallas to celebrate the Day of Fun.

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OneRepublic at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 8/26/14

Categories: Last Night

Courtesy the artist
Ryan Tedder gave a mostly flub-free performance with OneRepublic last night at Gexa
With Christina Perri and Jamie Scott
Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It was a typical midsummer show at Gexa Energy Pavilion last night as pop stars OneRepublic hit town. Even late into the night, it was hot -- temperatures hung in the 90s -- and the old Stardust just compounded things by trapping the heat inside. Yet that and the fact that it was a school night didn't seem to stop people from nearly packing the place.

Ryan Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic, took notice, too. "I grew up about 200 miles north of here, so I know what it means to hang out at the end of August," Tedder said in solidarity with the sweating throngs of concertgoers. Fortunately, in return Tedder's vocal chops were better than expected. After some award show flubs, his pitch was on point and it was not lost on the audience, as they applauded the more difficult notes.

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DC9 at Night Mixtape with DVK

Categories: Mixtape

DVK aka Dustin Van Kleeck on the decks

Dallas' DVK, known as Dustin Van Kleeck when he's not performing, loves house music and his energizer rabbit level of enthusiasm reflects that. The mix he submitted for the DC9 mix has his personality written all over it. It's an upbeat and high-energy house mix that features the work of more than a few local producers. Folks like Denarkus Lewis, John Walker, JT Donaldson, J.Caprice and his partner C-rod (a.k.a. Chris Rodriguez) all make appearances.

DVK's deep love for Dallas house music culture also comes through in the Q&A that accompanies this week's mixtape. You can catch DVK dropping house bombs this thursday at Sandaga 813 for his Seven Deadly Sins party.

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Eli Young Band Announce Second-Annual House Party at Globe Life Park

Hello, Our Name is Eli Young Band and We Like To Party.

Last year Denton's Eli Young Band packed country into Globe Life Park in Arlington for the first installment of its cheekily named House Party concert. Last night Young and company revealed their plans for the follow-up at the home of the Texas Ranger, which will be held Novemeber 8. This year, though, the event is growing, as another massive show to be held a week later at the home of the Houston Astros, Minute Maid Park.

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Sealion Lives for the Thrill of Playing House Shows

Categories: Feature Stories

Karlo X. Ramos
2 out of 4 Sealions maintain steady eye contact

On a sweaty Sunday night in July, Fort Worth indie labels Dreamy Soundz and Lo-Life Recordings threw a party at the Where House. For Panther City music fans, the Where House is more or less the locus for boozy, large-scale, late-night DIY throwdowns. One of the two stages was set up outside in a spot normally reserved for a quarter-pipe, where skaters can drop in from a second-story catwalk. Among the bands playing out here was Dallas four-piece Sealion, who couldn't have been any more at home.

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"Smooth" is the Greatest Song of All Time

Categories: Columns

A great moment in music history.

By Diane Martinez

This summer marks the fifteen-year anniversary of the greatest song of all time. I KNOW. I couldn't believe it either, but fifteen years have come and gone since the first time you heard "Smooth" by Santana, featuring Rob Thomas. FIFTEEN. YEARS. CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THAT!?

"Smooth" is a song that has transcended both time and space. Santana's guitar riffs. The lyrics. Rob Thomas' hair. It's hard to believe that the heavens smiled upon us and gave us this great gift. Santana has worked with more than his fair share of music stars throughout the years, but "Smooth" remains one of the guitarist's best collaborations. But why? Why is this the greatest song of all time? I'm glad you asked. I'll tell you.

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5 North Texas R&B and Soul Acts You Need To Hear Now

Categories: Local Music

Will Von Bolton
Larry g(EE), one of the bright lights of emerging North Texas soul and R&B

Dallas, you're hard to understand. It's hard to contextualize a lot of your actions. How is it that even though Erykah Badu is from these parts, you don't give much attention to R&B and soul music. Badu is perhaps the greatest R&B/soul act since the Chitlin Circuit cooked its way throughout the south all those years ago. So it would make sense for an insurmountable hunger for all things like Queen Badu to pulsate through Deep Ellum.

R&B acts, as I've come to find out, are not very good at putting their music on the internet. They don't have the urgency of rappers who release songs at a rapid and unfettered pace. Nor do they have the nonchalant verve you see in rock bands who will record music with sound quality worthy of its own season of American Horror Story.

Nevertheless, here are a few R&B acts you should be listening to and/or actively trying to see perform, with a sample of their work.

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The Best Texas Music Venues for Road Trippin'

Categories: Best Of

Megan D. via Flickr
Ballroom Marfa, one of the many music venues worth road tripping to in Texas

As you might have noticed, we're a bit obsessed with traveling here at the Observer. We've given you weekend getaways, food centered trips, and hidden road trips. So it was only a matter of time before we got in on the fun here at DC9. Being that we live and breathe Texas music, here are the 12 music venues from around the state that are worth loading up the car and making the trip from Dallas to. It's time to gas up your ride, put on some music, and hit the road, because you've got bands to see and beers to drink.

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