Busking with Sarah Jaffe, Part One: "I've Never Even Seen a Show at the Majestic"

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Sarah Jaffe busks inside the Majestic Theater

The folks at Globe Trek Productions are back with another installment of the busking series, and they've picked a fine time to come back. This time around they managed to catch Sarah Jaffe in the middle of a busy schedule that includes a recently wrapped-up tour with the Polyphonic Spree. Oh, and there's that little thing where she's releasing a new album this week.

Appropriately, with Don't Disconnect about to get its proper release tomorrow, Jaffe popped into the Majestic Theatre a few days early to perform a couple songs on the same stage she'll be on this coming Saturday for her album release show.


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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 8/18 - 8/24

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Rachel Parker
Mothers and daughters unite: 1D is coming back to Dallas this week

It seem hard to believe, but it's already that time again: school is just around the corner. (Granted, if you're reading this there's a good chance that school isn't really at the forefront of your mind, but whatever.) That means that there are only so many more summer nights left to squeeze in those blockbuster concert experiences. Depending on where you are in school, and perhaps also which parent you happen to be going with, that could mean the 1D show at AT&T Stadium. Or it could mean Aerosmith at American Airlines Center. Either way, this week is chock full of opportunity.


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KXT's Summer Cut at Gexa Suffered from the Same Problems as the Station Itself

Categories: Last Night

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Mike Brooks
Chris Walla made his final Dallas appearance with Death Cab for Cutie last Friday.
KXT Summer Cut
With Death Cab for Cutie, Iron & Wine, Hold Steady
Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas
Friday, August 15, 2014

At the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X boulevards sits the Dallas MLK Center, where on Friday, six days after Missouri teenager Michael Brown was killed, residents of Dallas gathered to hold a candlelight vigil. It was here that I found myself at 6 p.m. standing amongst a crowd in the shadow of a statue of Dr. King observing a moment of silence in the 100-degree heat.

Times are heavy in America, particularly in Missouri, but there in the heat and silence I realized we're closer to each other than we think. Around me stood people of varied race, all here to show support for each other, to show that while the division exists, we can come together. Unfortunately, a mile away at the Gexa Energy Pavilion, the division never felt stronger.


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Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 8/17/14

Categories: Last Night

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Mike Brooks
Nine Inch Nails sweated it out with the crowd at Gexa on Sunday
Nine Inch Nails
With Soundgarden and Cold Cave
Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas
Sunday, August 17, 2014

While some folks may have been attending religious services this Sunday evening, I found myself wandering around Fair Park in need of some classic alternative rock of the '80s and '90s variety. Seeing that a terrific double bill of Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails was in town to play at Gexa Energy Pavilion, I was in the right place at the right time.

Thankfully, a surprise summer thunderstorm cooled things off enough to make an outside show in August quite acceptable. Well, at least at first it was. Once the sun went down and the breeze became negligible, the 85 degrees and 85% humidity turned the venue into a rather stinky sweatbox.


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Oaktopia Is Back, and It's Way Bigger

Categories: DFW Music News

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Ed Steele
Oaktopia 2013

Last year, first-time Denton festival Oaktopia delivered on content but not so much on attendance. As Aaron Ortega reported in November, the largest crowd was 200 or so, for the mighty Del the Funky Homosapien. You might suppose a festival that drew such a modest crowd last time would scale back a little bit, especially given the preponderance of music in Denton at any given time.

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Founding Father of Techno Kevin Saunderson Plays It'll Do Club Saturday

Categories: DC9 at Night

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This Saturday It'll Do Club brings one of the original architects of Detroit techno to town. Kevin Saunderson was part of the first wave of techno artists in the late '80s. Along with fellow Belleville High School students Derrick May and Juan Atkins, he laid down the foundation of what became know as techno.

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Volume Dealer Live the Heavy Metal Dream at the Ride for Dime

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Metal Mina Pics
Volume Dealer won the Battle for the Bands for this year's Ride for Dime
In North Texas, Ride for Dime is the best of the best for metal gigs. It's an event that not only showcases a lineup of killer metal bands at two of the top venues -- Trees and The Rail Club -- for metal in the DFW area but also pays homage to local legend Dimebag Darrell Abbott, one of the most influential metal guitarist ever to wield a Dean guitar (or any guitar, for matter).

This year's Ride for Dime, the 10th anniversary of Dime's tragic passing, saw co-founder Rob Eichelberger bombarded with more than 100 bands wanting to join the bill with headliners Texas Hippie Coalition and Kill Devil Hill. Being the nice guy that he is, Eichelberger wanted everyone to play, but that would have turned Ride into more of a weekend metal festival like Woodstock. (Not a bad idea, mind you. He could call it "Dimestock" or something like that.) So he decided to hold a Battle of the Bands.

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Soundgarden's Kim Thayil: "We Have Never Made a Record That Sucked"

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Michael Lavine
Soundgarden

Along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Soundgarden completed the classic grunge rock trifecta that emerged from Seattle in the mid-'80s. Fronted by the hunky Chris Cornell and featuring the blistering guitar work of Kim Thayil, Soundgarden found a large audience on the strength of intense and brooding songs such as "Black Hole Sun" and "Jesus Christ Pose."

From a tour stop in Boston and in anticipation for Sunday's performance with Nine Inch Nails at the Gexa Energy Pavilion, Thayil spoke with DC9 at Night about Soundgarden's 30-year career and how even a decade-long hiatus couldn't diminish the band's fanbase.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 8/15 - 8/17

Categories: Previews

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Mike Brooks
KXT's Summer Cut returns to Gexa Energy Pavilion tonight. It's a real one-of-a-kind thing.
Hey, you're really close to surviving Shark Week. This means you won't have to listen to that weird guy at the office talk about whatever last night's special was, and him swearing all of the footage was real. Your water cooler chat can move to other things, like the awesome shows Dallas has to offer this weekend. And it's just in time, too: with temperatures set to hover around the low 100s, it's the perfect time to, say, spend a couple afternoons hanging out at Gexa Energy Pavilion. Right?

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Good Luck Karaoke Revives Autotune Karaoke Tonight at Twilite Lounge

Categories: DC9 at Night

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via Good Luck Karaoke Facebook page
Marvel at the impending hilarity of karaoke with Autotune!
From the ashes, Good Luck Karaoke rose out of Twilite Lounge, having lost its long-time home at the Doublewide last spring. But its new Deep Ellum base is, according to host Josh Hammertimez, a perfect fit.

Tonight, Good Luck will be offering another unique layer to their eclectic shows: all singing will be auto-tuned to be pitch perfect (or some hilariously god-awful approximation thereof). So to all those who shy away from the mic due to lack of confidence, it's your move.

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