Manchester Orchestra's Chris Freeman on Losing Band Members and Appearing on Letterman Four Times

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Andrew Thomas Lee
Manchester Orchestra

Atlanta's Manchester Orchestra play indie music with an epic feel. Over the course of a decade, this nimble five-piece led by the enigmatic Andy Hull have released four albums of quality alternative rock. The band's most recent effort, Cope, may well be the band's best effort yet.

Speaking from his home the day before starting the tour that includes a stop at the House of Blues on Wednesday, keyboardist Chris Freeman spoke with DC9 about producing Cope themselves and how Manchester Orchestra drew inspiration (and a band name) from the city in England.

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The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas this Week, April 21-27

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Nicole Nodland
Lana Del Rey hits Verizon this week.

It's Monday morning after a holiday weekend, and we're all just trying to get through the day. Whether you spent the weekend record shopping, bleeding from your eyes, or observing the Sabbath, you're probably moving a little slow today. Get caffeinated, because this week is full of shows that are going to send you to work with a weekday hangover at least one day this week.

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Doing the Rounds on Dallas' Record Store Day, 2014

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Jennifer Elliott
We all have our Record Store Day stories. Maybe we pulled an all-nighter to stake out a spot in line before the stores had even opened. Maybe we planned our day to avoid the rush and make a quick record-grab-and-go. Or maybe we just went to stand around in the sun, have a beer (or four), and work off that Friday night hangover.

Regardless, audiophiles of the world -- and specifically of North Texas -- were out en mass this past Saturday, and DC9 at Night had our troops on the ground at some of the most popular locations in the area. Here's what we found along the way.

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The Old 97's at AT&T Performing Arts Center, 4/19/14

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The Old 97's, Black Joe Lewis, Slobberbone, Madison King
Annette Strauss Square - AT&T Performing Arts Center
Dallas, Texas
Saturday, April 19, 2014

On the most pristinely calm night we've seen in Dallas in recent weeks, Saturday's sold-out Old 97's record release show for Most Messed Up proffered a taste of the past, present and future of North Texas country-rock in an insanely enjoyable, raucous package -- and all under the stars in the picturesque grounds of AT&T Performing Arts Center's Annette Strauss Square.


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Neil Young at Meyerson Symphony Center, 4/17/14

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Danny Hurley
Neil Young
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Dallas, Texas
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Don't tell Neil Young what to do. He may have grown into some grandfatherly approximation of old age, full of rambling stories and an easy, self-deprecating sense of humor. But deep down, he's the same prickly soul that he's always been.

That simple truth was borne out once more last night when Young visited the Meyerson for an intimate, one-man show. As he began explaining the origins of one of his many guitars (he had nine of them) late in the evening, he was interrupted by an impatient fan, who demanded from the balcony that he "just play it." Young, seated in a chair in the middle of stage, playfully shot back, "Don't push me" -- but when the fan repeated his demand the singer's good humor quickly wore out.

"What is this, work?" Young snapped, glaring up into the darkness of the auditorium with his head cocked back. And with that, he launched into a rendition of "Harvest Moon" that bristled far more than it was ever intended to do.

See also: The Ten Best Neil Young Songs


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Spider One from Powerman 5000 on Being Rob Zombie's Brother and Appearing on Beverly Hills, 90210

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David Block
Spider One from Powerman 5000

Even though he fronts the sonically aggressive electro-metal band Powerman 5000, Spider One (AKA Michael David Cummings) is a thoughtful and downright restrained individual. I guess you have to have a cool head to keep some form of a band going for 23 years. Over that time, Powerman 5000 has released nine slabs of intense industrial metal, including 1999's Tonight the Stars Revolt, one of the genre's signature statements.

Speaking from the tour bus in New Mexico and in anticipation of Sunday night's performance at Trees, Spider One spoke with DC9 about everything from being Rob Zombie's brother to how he got to be on the original Beverly Hills, 90210.


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Thrashin' Alan on His Love for Metal and Hosting KNON's Hard Time Radio for 18 Years

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For nearly 20 years "Thrashin'" Alan Tuggle has been promoting metal on his radio show Hard Time Radio on KNON. It's a position that has also afforded him opportunities to interview idols of the metal scene from Ronnie James Dio to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

He's become a fixture in the local music scene, and he's one of the most important metalheads to come out of North Texas. He's introduced us to metal bands like Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall when no one else in the DFW area was playing them on the air. He's a father, a musician and an all around cool dude.

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Your North Texas Guide to Record Store Day 2014

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Mike Mezeul
Shoppers at Good Records' Record Store Day party in 2013

Between 4/20, Easter, and Record Store Day, we're celebrating three of the holiest high holidays in one weekend this year. Record Store Day falls on Saturday, and with it comes a huge number of highly anticipated special releases and reissues, and a score of record stores hosting big day parties. Here's your idiot-proof guide to who to see live and where to shop in North Texas this Record Store Day. May it be a blessed holiday for you all.

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Introducing Jeff Gage, the New Dallas Observer Music Editor

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It's a long way from here to Minneapolis. About 14 hours, in fact. I know because I made the trip myself last weekend, having packed everything I own into a U-Haul and hopping on Interstate 35, which I followed virtually from one end of the country to the other. When I left, the Land of 10,000 Lakes was just emerging from one of its most frigid winters in recent memory. Now I find myself in Dallas, taking up the reigns as music editor for the Observer, just in time for what will likely be a summer much hotter than what I'm prepared for. Timing is everything.

And yet, the timing couldn't be better. I spent the past five years in Minnesota (having grown up in southern Wisconsin), most of which I spent working at the Minneapolis alt-weekly, City Pages. I'm thrilled to be joining the Observer, not only because it's such a fine staff of people, but because I get to join in a line of editors who have done so much to shape the musical landscape in North Texas over the past 30-plus years. Already, it feels like home.

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The Ten Best Neil Young Songs

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Danny Hurley
Neil Young is simply beyond common musical criticism. Certainly among all of the classic folk, folk-rock and rock the man has recorded over the past 50 years, there have been some clunker albums. However, the sheer breadth of Young's influence on an amazing array of artists in several differing genres is fairly mind-boggling.

In honor of the man playing not one, but two shows, tonight and tomorrow night at The Meyerson, here is a respectful attempt to list 10 gems that only begin to skim the surface of the greatness that is Neil Young.


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