Goodnight Ned Go All Out for Circus-Themed Album Release Party

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Will von Bolton
Goodnight Ned tries to determine how many band members it can fit on its clown couch
As far as album-release parties go, Goodnight Ned are about to put themselves in a class of their own. The Dallas band isn't pulling out any stops, with plans to have clowns, fortune tellers, stilt walkers, jugglers and even juggling stilt-walkers. There will be food trucks, a photo wagon, carnie games, prizes and temporary tattoos. They've even given the whole to-do its own special billing as the Unsound Circus. On this laundry list of activities, one stands out in particular: the dunk tank.

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The Phuss Stream Tracks from Upcoming Record, On the Prowl

Categories: DFW Music News

Courtesy of Phuss Facebook Page

There's a new album coming down the pipe from Fort Worth punk band the Phuss, who recently signed with Albany, New York record label Magnetic Eye Records. And while the record, which will be titled On the Prowl, won't get it's official release until September 16, the band has whetted our appetites for what's to come by streaming a couple new tracks on their Bandcamp page.

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JEFF the Brotherhood Works Hard, Parties Even Harder

Categories: DC9 at Night

Courtesy the artist
Don't let JEFF the Brotherhood's innocent faces fool you. They'll rock hard or get drunk trying.
Jake Orrall sounds tired. Granted he has a right to be. Jake and Jamin Orrall, better known as fuzzy two-piece JEFF the Brotherhood, have put out seven albums over 13 years, with yet another new EP coming this September. Jake has even been producing a different band's album, which is what he was doing all night the evening before I called him the next morning.

As we hop on the phone to discuss the band's appearance at Club Dada for the latest installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series this Wednesday, Jake doesn't sound enthused to be interviewed this early, but you can't necessarily blame him. Doing an interview probably wouldn't be anyone's first choice the morning after pulling a long night of work.

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What It's Like To Attend an ACL Live Taping

Categories: Texas History

Gavin Cleaver
No photos from inside. Cameras were banned. These TVs are just outside the door.

If you are ever fortunate enough to win tickets allowing you to attend a taping of this venerable televisual institution, then you will have a Good Time. That is not in doubt. You probably won't ever win tickets, though, unless you're super awesome like me. You being this super awesome is strongly doubtful. Here then, is what being this super awesome is like.

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Beyoncé and Jay Z's Most World-Conquering Music Videos

Categories: Previews

Screenshot from "Single Ladies"
"Single Ladies" is about as boss as it gets. Is it Bey's most world-beating video though?
Beyoncé and Jay Z will bring their unique blend of braggadacio and badassery to AT&T Stadium tonight, and we can only assume that they'll be taking over the entire metroplex. Easily the music industry's biggest power couple (if not just the biggest period), their long-awaited joint On The Run Tour is just the thing to solidify their world-beating status. Whether we believe Page Six and its breakup rumors or not, we're just excited to hear and see these two in one big stadium.

In honor of Bey and Jay's arrival, here are their top 10 that show us just who runs the world. (Hint: it involves at least one girl.) It's basically just them being all sorts of extraordinary.

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The Fans of Lady Gaga at American Airlines Center (Video)

Categories: Video Premiere

We sent Kathy Tran out to the Lady Gaga show last week to document the costumes of her Little Monsters

When we attended the Lady Gaga concert last week at American Airlines Center, we were left with one particularly strong impression from the night: that Mother Monster is close as ever with her Little Monsters. That may hardly be news at this point; from the time Gaga first achieved here own self-proclaimed stardom, it has been indelibly linked to her faithful fans, who gleefully dress up in elaborate costumes at any chance they get.

To help prove our point, we brought along videographer Kathy Tran to the show last week to help chronicle the sights and sounds of the crowd at AAC, which are always at least as important as any Gaga show itself.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 7/21-7/27

Categories: Previews

Courtesy the artist
Fitz and the Tantrums jump into Dallas this week

Well, so much for the polar vortex. With the temperatures looking set to start climbing back up in the coming days, it's going to time to start finding some places to take shelter indoors. Lucky for us, there are plenty of cool, welcoming concert venues that are nice enough to throw open their doors and invite us all in, with the added perk of -- duh -- some live music. Here are some of the best options for the week ahead.

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New Fumes' Daniel Huffman Collaborates on New Stardeath and White Dwarfs Album

Categories: Local Music

Paul Kieu
Daniel Huffman's work as New Fumes is about as trippy as it looks
Daniel Huffman, known better as New Fumes to fans of magnificently messed-up psych rock, could never been accused of being lazy or even predictable. Whether he's opening up for legends such as My Bloody Valentine, hanging out with his buddies in the Flaming Lips or creating all sorts of mind-bending designs for various vinyl record pressings, Huffman is nothing if not intriguingly prolific.

Perhaps a tad more expected, though, is seeing New Fumes appear on the upcoming album by fellow psychedelic oddities Stardeath and White Dwarfs.

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The Antlers at Trees, 7/19/14

Categories: Last Night

Mike Brooks
The Antlers' Peter Silberman in action at Trees on Saturday night
The Antlers
With Thus Owls
Trees, Dallas
Saturday, July 19, 2014

I was more than a little shocked when I walked in to Trees on Saturday night. Call me stupid, but my expectation was a respectable and respectful turnout for the Antlers. After all, this is a band whose main currency is lyrical explorations of mortality, wrapped in atmospheric (read "mournful") music, often delivered in a delicate falsetto. Wonderful music for a late night with the stereo, but not exactly Deep Ellum date-night fare.

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Steely Dan at WinStar Casino, 7/18/14

Categories: Last Night

Danny Clinch
This is the most excited Steely Dan allows themselves to get
Steely Dan
WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma
Friday, July 18, 2014

At Winstar Casino in Oklahoma last Friday night, Steely Dan marched in with a sophisticated army of 13 musicians armed to mellow you out. The band's music always has a peculiarly lukewarm character, not quite uptempo enough to rock out to, nor emotive enough to be transporting. While other bands of their time were experimenting with psychedelic sounds and drugs, it would appear that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker preferred sitting around the studio passing around a joint. The result evokes the smooth and sentimental sound of an '80s romance movie -- which, sonically speaking, is exactly what the first half of the show resembled.

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