Ben Folds at ATTPAC -- Can We Talk About Rock Orchestras?

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Patrick Michels
Ben Folds with the Dallas Symphony in 2009

You've got a rock band. They're pretty good. They rock out. People seem to like them. What's the next logical step in the progression of this band or musician's sound? Get louder? Play faster? Dig the same groove onto the next album? Maybe even get quiet and introspective for a bit, but not enough to alienate the fanbase?

Nah, let's stick an entire orchestra behind them. That'll do it.

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How the Eli Young Band Stays Grounded As It Takes Off

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The Eli Young Band is, by now, a household name, at least in households across North Texas, where three of its four members still reside, and in other households whose speakers blare with country. With each single released by the four-piece, formed in Denton in 2000 and led by lead singer Mike Eli and lead-guitarist James Young, the band's name becomes more commonplace on the nation's playlists. With the release of its latest effort, the slick, something-for-everyone 10,000 Towns, a more prominent spot on Country Music's A-List seems inevitable.

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Girls Rock Dallas' Spring Fling Has Real Punk Attitude

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This year's Girls Rock Dallas' annual Spring Fling festival will be held on Sunday at Sue Ellen's bar in Oak Lawn. Although recently listed as one of the "Douchiest Bars in Dallas" by some local blog, this venue offers the perfect environment to channel a metal feel with a less chauvinistic touch.

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The 8 Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, April 10-13

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Patrick Michels
Ben Folds with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2009.

Dallas, it's beautiful outside. I don't have to tell you how necessary it is to get out out of the house and go see some live music this weekend. Lucky for you, AT&T Performing Arts Center is hosting two different outdoor concerts this weekend, so you can soak up every second of this weather. If Ben Folds with the Dallas POPS or Yells At Eels aren't your speed, there's always the patio stage at Gas Monkey Bar and Grill. The Reverend Horton Heat will play it this weekend with Nekromantix.

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Ben Falgoust of Goatwhore: "Honestly, I Really Don't Care What Happens After I Die"

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Hailing from New Orleans, Goatwhore are one of the most anti-religious metal bands going. But despite the darkness of their overarching message, the music is tight, white-hot, stop-on-a-dime hardcore metal. Hanging together for nearly two decades, Goatwhore have released six full-lengths, but 2012's Blood for the Master and the soon-to-be-released Constricting Rage of the Merciless are by far the best albums the band has made.

From the road in Nevada and in anticipation of Friday's show at the House of Blues, vocalist Ben Falgoust spoke with DC9 about the band adopting a more structured songwriting approach and why he is so vehemently against organized religion.


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Six Reasons Your Band Should Not Play Longer Than Twenty Minutes

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Imagine you're on a date and you're telling a story. It's a long one, but you know it's a winner. Everyone always loves this story. Three quarters of the way to the punch line, you notice a shift in your date's behavior. They're glancing at the door, bouncing their leg or messing with their hair. Do they want a cigarette? Do they need another drink to quell their anxiety? Have they been hit with a bout of explosive diarrhea?

Moments like these separate perceptive and considerate people from torturous, self-indulgent-asshole ones. The first will recognize the proper social cues and say something like, "Hey, let's grab another drink, and I'll finish this in a minute." The latter, however, will continue endlessly flapping their tight red gums, concentrating on themselves and their immediate needs.

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Ask Andrew W.K.: My Religious Family Thinks I Drink Too Much

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Dear Andrew,

My entire family are teetotaling religious types who never tasted a drop of liquor or tried a single drug. They even find dancing offensive. Well, I drink, and just last week they had an intervention on my behalf. Now they've got me thinking I may have a problem. I've never missed a day of work due to drinking. I pay my bills and keep up with all my responsibilities. But I do drink at least a six pack or more every day. Do I drink too much, or can I just do what I like since I've never run into any problems with it?

- Poppin' a Top

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The 5 Best Concerts in Dallas this Week, April 8-13

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Bad Sports do Double-wide this week.

Alright y'all, I know you're still basking in a Springsteen glow from March Madness Festival this weekend, but it's a new week with new concert picks. Luckily, we've got some good stuff coming up. From Bad Sports to Jeff Bridges, don't stay cooped up this week. The weather might still be playing hot and cold, but that's Texas springtime for you, so don't let it keep you down.

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Bruce Springsteen Put On a Killer Show Last Night

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Mike Brooks
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band onstage at this weekend's March Madness Music Festival.

Despite cold and rainy weather, fans came out to Reunion Park for Sunday's big March Madness Music Festival finale. The Wind and The Wave, Pat Green, fun., and the man of the hour, Bruce Springsteen, put on a rain or shine show that couldn't be stopped or even hampered by the elements.

The usual admission capacity fear mongering that plagues any festival or high-profile live-music event in Dallas was running rampant from the early hours of Sunday morning. The Twittersphere was all a-flutter with reports of fans lining up outside the gates as early as 6 a.m., and promises that the entrance gates, which hadn't shut down due to capacity all weekend, would surely be overrun for Springsteen. Those fears however, were all for naught. Due to the rain and chill, the park never got more than half-full.


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Final Four: The Killers Were Hot, But the Weather Was Cold

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Maybe I hang out with extreme cynics or maybe my friends don't appreciate free, outdoor concerts like I do, or heck, I probably just don't have enough friends, but convincing someone to tag along with me to the Final Four series of concerts at Reunion Plaza proved tricky.

Everyone told me it would be a hot, sweaty mess, the weather would be too miserable, or you know, children.

All of that was so untrue.


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