Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians at North Oak Cliff Music Festival, 10/25/14

Categories: Last Night

Mike Brooks
Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians reunited in Oak Cliff over the weekend
North Oak Cliff Music Festival
With Edie Brickell, Seryn, South Dallas Funk Revue, Kat Edmonson, David Garza Trio, Fox and the Bird, Sarah Hickman, Meiko and Emily Elbert
Lake Cliff Park, Dallas
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Families are so uncool. So are old people, and so are people who listen to old music. If any of those opinions sound right to you, then you probably weren't among the attendees at Saturday's North Oak Cliff Music Festival, held at Lake Cliff Park and presented by the folks at the nearby Kessler Theater. "Family friendly" was decidedly the name of this fest's game, but it's a role that was also well-executed.

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Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line Danced on the Grave of Country at Gexa on Saturday

Categories: Last Night

Nicholas Zalud
Florida Georgia Line (with shirts on) playing in Houston earlier this year

Jason Aldean
With Florida Georgia Line
Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ebola causes you to leak fluids from your body's orifices and bleed internally until your body starts to slowly shut down. Then you die from a combination of low blood-pressure and organ failure. If you have the misfortune of being an American who catches this vile disease, the media will ruthlessly invade your privacy and reveal every minute detail of your life to the public. This is a horrid fate for anyone unfortunate enough to catch this terrible malady.

And I would gladly endure it all so long as I never again have to suffer the experience of sitting seven rows back from the stage while Florida-Georgia Line and Jason Aldean gleefully danced on the grave of one of the most purely American forms of art to the tune of cheers from 9,999 very intoxicated people.

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The Best Metal Bands in North Texas

Categories: Best Of

Courtney Scholari
Baring Teeth are one of Dallas' most forward-thinking metal bands

With the 26th annual Dallas Observer Music Awards just around the corner -- in fact, voting is open right now at musicawardspoll.dallasobserver.com -- we're looking to spend the next several weeks taking the opportunity to highlight some of the nominees for this year's awards. And when we say that these artists are the "Best," don't just take our word for it: We polled 150 local music experts to pull together the nominees this year, so they come on pretty good authority.

Today we're highlighting the best in class for local metal bands. These five acts run the gamut for the genre, from the most technical varieties to doom, thrash, sludge and goth. Each one is pushing the envelope for what metal can be, and each stakes a worthy claim to be called the best in North Texas.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 10/27-11/02

Categories: Previews

via Domino

The hottest ticket this week is of course Halloween. There's gonna be a shit ton of Halloween stuff for you to do this week and we know you started last week. Just couldn't resist. So of course our music picks for this week include a few Halloween-based ones as well as the usual civilian ones. Double Wide is dedicating three straight days to the holiday and on the other side of the spectrum the coolest band in rock, the Arctic Monkeys, head to Grand Prairie. Here's a list of the best shows for you this week.

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Crown & Harp Looks to Class Things Up with a New Renovation

Categories: Local Music

Courtesy Moody Fuqua
Howdy, partner: Moody Fuqua is helping lead a raft of changes at Crown & Harp this fall

Change is in the air these days at Crown & Harp. It may get by the casual visitor of the Lower Greenville club, but the differences are easy enough to see nonetheless. Long-time Monday night DJ Tony Schwa, the man behind Cool Out, has shifted to the weekly dance night to a monthly basis (for the time being, anyway, having recently had a kid). Some new recurring events have been added (the LBJ Experience) and others waylaid (Paul Slavens' weekly appearances), while Outward Bound Mixtapes continues to settle in as a weekly staple.

But in the days ahead, there will be even more ambitious renovations taking place to the bar itself. For bar manager and talent buyer Moody Fuqua, however, it's all part of a steady build.

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Last Night in Dallas, GWAR's Dead Singer's Disembodied Penis Ejaculated On the Crowd

Categories: Last Night

Ed Steele

Gas Monkey Live, Dallas
Thursday, October 23, 2014

In March this year Dave Brockie, better known as an intergalactic barbarian by the name of Oderus Urungus, was found dead of a heroin overdose. For a lot of bands, losing their lead singer and sole remaining original member would be filed under "setback." For GWAR, whose extraordinarily crude sense of humor is probably more renowned than their music, it's become both a source of material and renewal.

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Can Josey Records Become Dallas' Iconic Record Store?

Categories: The Industry

Kathy Tran
Josey Records opens its doors this weekend

The space is huge. And the clean black-and-whites, slick concrete floor, and pristine aesthetic make it seem even larger. For reference: It's not inconceivable that a shout or frisbee might fail to bridge the room wall-to-wall. It smells like fresh woodwork and feels, only in the very best sense, like a museum or some other high-end gallery. Row after row of record racks line the interior, and the mammoth walls are fresh with painted artwork. Even in mid-construction, everything in the soon-to-open Josey Records sits just so; from modern leather chairs to hand-etched coffee tables, design is no afterthought in this place. I've visited record stores the nation over, and still this yet-unfinished shop might be the most gorgeous I've ever seen.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 10/24-10/26

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via Tuff Gong Worldwide

There's a ton of great shows to check out this weekend. If you love Lynyrd Skynyrd enough to head north to Oklahoma that's an option. If Oklahoma is way too much for you to handle right now Red Bull Sound Select is bringing Chevy Woods, Fat Tony, Sam Lao and Goldyard to The Prophet Bar for an extremely affordable sum. Edie Brickell and New Bohemians reunite at the North Oak Cliff Music Fest. Ziggy Marley headlines a show at GranadaTheater, The Texas Rap Festival takes place at Gexa Energy Pavilion, and in a not at all surprising news a good punk band is playing at Rubber Gloves.

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She Banshee is a High-Functioning Group of Denton Misfits

Categories: Interviews

Dalton Kane
She Banshee
The land of dead musical dreams, or shall we say karaoke night, which is known for its rivers of Fireball whiskey and secondhand smoke has been the wellspring for many an idea. Those ideas --say, bands -- can often be short-lived or ill-advised, but there's one cluster of loud, fuzzy, mathy, do-what-you-want rockers with such origins who have some real staying power. That cluster is from Denton and it calls itself She Banshee.

"We started, me and Paisley, with a cover of 'Between the Bars.' We videotaped it. We thought it was sweet," says Zachary Snider, who plays in She Banshee with Paisley Parkin, Michael Gerrard and Trent Reeves. "Then we practiced. Paisley showed up and I thought she'd be pissed but she was like, 'Yeah, let's do this. Let's rock 'n' roll.'" And thus a band was born.

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What Your Favorite North Texas Band Says About You

Categories: Best Of

Mike Brooks
If you're Bob Crawford, you're awesome. All other music fans, we got your number.

By H. Drew Blackburn, Jaime-Paul Falcon, and Matt Wood

No matter what someone tells you, they generally tend to judge a book by its cover. This isn't a good human trait, but we do it. Often we're wrong about our first perceptions of people based on an extremely vainglorious surface level assumption. We also judge people by their taste: in food, in movies, in romantic partners, etc, etc, ad infinitum. What we're most likely to judge someone off of is their taste in music. Relationships go to the grave over the fact that someone is really into dubstep.

We're also very keen on assuming things about people because of what they have on their iPod. With that, we bring you a few stereotypes based on your favorite North Texas musical acts. Have fun being judged.

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