This Will Destroy You Tighten Up and Sharpen Their Focus on Another Language

Categories: DC9 at Night

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This Will Destroy You comes to the Kessler Theater tonight
On this Sunday afternoon, Alex Bhore is just packing and doing laundry in preparation for This Will Destroy You's upcoming East Coast tour. The band just returned from a European tour, where they played a show almost every single night for five weeks straight. Even though they've had a few weeks off before this show, that doesn't exactly mean there's downtime for Bhore.

When he's not working with This Will Destroy You, Bhore works on production for other bands in Texas. Over the phone, he fondly recalls working with Future Death, who's also opening for This Will Destroy You at The Kessler Theater for their show tonight, Tuesday, October 21. He also mentions working with Danny Diamonds, Blackstone Rangers and Nervous Curtains, plus a couple more that escape his memory at the moment.

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Denton's Corporate Park Proves Industrial Music Still Matters

Categories: Local Music

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Photo courtesy Wes Darrin

Industrial music is relevant all over again. Amidst the music industry's infatuation with retro sounds, revivals and the general rehashing of old ideas, industrial is once again positioned as a music that matters -- an older strand that has taken on new meaning. As the continued effects of industrialization steadily turn our planet into an endothermic pressure-cooker, a music that speaks to the caustic ramifications of technological recklessness should stand center-stage in our cultural focus. It's the perfect climate for a band like Corporate Park

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Charli XCX at Trees, 10/18/14

Categories: Last Night

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Mike Brooks
Charli XCX brought pop-star power to Trees on Saturday night

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Trees, Dallas
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Charli XCX's tour trucks are humming outside of Trees. The trucks are heavy duty and pack enough artillery for a pop star, or at least enough to adequately hold all of the junk LeBron James might need transported in a move from Miami to Cleveland. It's the first of many signs that Charli XCX wasn't supposed to be playing Trees in the fall of 2014.

From the moment she struts confidently across the stage with a bright hue of pink neon lights shining behind her, you get a sense that Dallas and all of the other cities on her current tour got pretty lucky to see this person perform at a moderately sized venue. She's a pop star, or at least on the cusp of being one, and she's more genuine and interesting and edgier than most. The first song she performs is the title track from her upcoming album, Sucker. The chorus: "Fuck you, sucker." Her gesture is, of course, the middle finger.


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Sharon Van Etten at Kessler Theater, 10/17/14

Categories: Last Night

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Sharon Van Etten put on a warm and engaging performance at the Kessler last Friday
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With Tiny Ruins
Kessler Theater, Dallas
Friday, October 17, 2014

There are shows that are a joy because they celebrate the music; the recent War on Drugs show is a great recent example. And there are shows that are a joy because of what you learn about the artist. Friday's performance by Sharon Van Etten and her band at the Kessler Theater was just such a show. Van Etten revealed herself to be a relaxed, engaging and upbeat personality.

All of which was an enormous relief to me. Her voice is exquisite. Her lyrics are moving. Yet so unrelentingly mournful are her songs that I can't listen to more than three of them in a row without having to tamp down the urge to call a suicide prevention line.


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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 10/20-10/26

Categories: Previews

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Sorry that the beautiful, beautiful weekend left you. It's sad, but the weekend will be back in a few days, so chill. You've got some serious clinginess issues. To tide you over, we've got a few shows to keep you company: Ne-Yo is stopping by the House of Blues, Gardens & Villa headlines a show at Club Dada, and Of Montreal plays Trees. And of course, there's more. There's always more.


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Four Dallas Beats Producers You Need to Hear Now

Categories: Local Music

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Karlo X. Ramos
Blue, the Misifit explores his most adventurous production with his beats project War Club

When it comes to genres that have been allowed to flourish in the age of the online music cloud, few have risen to greater prominence than future sounds, better known to most as beats culture. An all-encompassing, chimeric blend of electronic, hip-hop and soul, beats takes DJs and producers of more traditional disciplines and infuses their aesthetics with the lush, groovy and unconventional elements of such sub-genres as dub, trap, chill, juke, house, tribal, sampling, chopped and screwed and many other lesser-known strata of club music and beat building.

While the spiritual home of beats culture lies in streaming services like Soundcloud, its true epicenter comes from the L.A.-based collective Soulection. But because this all exists online, there's been no regional limitations to the proliferation of beats culture. Dallas is currently enjoying an especially notable wealth of beats talent. Here are four such local artists leading the way for beats culture in Dallas.

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Texas Equal Access and Vice Palace Hold Fundraiser for Texas Abortions This Saturday

Categories: News

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Over the past year, access to safe and legal abortion has taken some serious hits from the Texas Legislature. After the passage and implementation of HB2, one of the country's most restrictive abortion laws, the majority of the state's abortion facilities were forced to close. In the wake of these attacks on reproductive healthcare, thousands of women are left without the ability to find or pay for a procedure that they desperately need. That's where the Texas Equal Access Fund, together with Art Peña's Vice Palace and a host of Dallas musicians, comes in.

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The Ultimate List of Dallas Halloween Music Celebrations

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Ed Steele
Halloween is just around the corner. Have you planned out costume yet?
Halloween is great when you're a kid, but let's face it: It's at its best when you're an adult. Everybody relishes dressing up as a provocative cat or as a zombie. Also, we especially love getting trashed while playing dress up. In fact, Halloween is the best holiday. It easily trumps Thanksgiving because you don't have to spend time with weird family members who throw around pejoratives with the ease of a chef making an omelet. Christmas, no. Your mother doesn't question why you're single during Halloween.

Halloween is what's keeping you young. You are playing make believe a little bit (in a literal sense, rather than the usual, delusional sense). But, you're also doing grown-up things like drinking responsibly and catching shows. So where are the best places in Dallas to get your Halloween on? It's never too early to start planning ahead.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 10/17-10/19

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The weekend is here and as per usual there's a few suggestions for concerts around Dallas that we'd like to throw your way. No pressure. The choice is yours. But, just know that Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias are gonna hold it down at American Airlines Center, Sharon Van Etten hits the Kessler, pop sensation Charli XCX is performing at Trees, and Spinster Records opens its doors with two grand opening parties. Your picks, in full:

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"Have a Heart" is a Worthy Benefit for Local Music Fan John Bullard

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Jeffrey Brown
John Bullard is the benficiary of a new fundraiser called Have a Heart

John Bullard is 25 years old and a big fan of Dallas music. You've probably seen him around at a number of shows at not even known it. That's because Bullard has an aggressive case of cerebral palsy and he has to get around in a wheelchair. The CP has effected a large part of his body and severely limited his mobility, meaning he needs assistance for everyday tasks such as eating. But Bullard is a very positive person; he even has a wonderful blog that he maintains.

Sadly, thanks to a variety of factors outside of his control, Bullard faces increasing challenges coping with his medical costs. To help, his friends have organized a fundraiser called Have a Heart that's set to take place at South Side Ballroom in November, and they've even gotten Brooklyn dream rockers Beach Fossils to headline.


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