How to Dress Like a Little Monster for Lady Gaga

Categories: DC9 at Night
Marco Torres

Mother Monster returns to Dallas this Thursday at American Airlines Center and this time she brings her artRAVE: The artPOP Ball along with her. Never mind the haters; seeing Lady Gaga in concert is still a crazy-fun experience and a great excuse to dress up. In fact, it's the Little Monsters who really steal the show. Arenas around the world are invariably filled with fans who go all-out on costumes inspired by one of many different Gaga incarnations.

If you're joining in on the fun tomorrow, you won't want to be the loser who shows up without a costume. It's an "artRAVE" after all. If you're not sure how to make that perfect costume, we have a handful of can't-miss tips to get you going. And even if you're not attending the artRAVE save the list anyway -- Halloween is just around the corner.

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The Best Patios in Dallas That Host Live Music

Categories: Best Of

Catherine Downes
This scene + live music = polar vortex bliss
Prime patio weather might have passed us by in, oh, May, but people in Dallas still love drinking their booze outside. Fortunately for us, the weather gods have seen it fit to bless us with a respite from the heat in the form of a summertime polar vortex. That means that for one brief, shining moment local happy-hour connoisseurs have their chance to shine.

They're not alone, though: A great patio offers the comforts of your favorite bar as well as the musical stylings of the city's best bands. Dallas bars are pretty skilled at booking good up-and-coming acts, and these patios are some the best places to unwind with your favorite adult beverages and a great show.

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Stefan González is Leading the Dallas Noise Scene

Categories: Feature Stories

Brent Elrod
A man and his spring: Stefan González in action as Orgullo Primitivo
Stefan González is the oldest 28-year-old in Dallas. At least in musical terms, that is, which by his own admission are the only terms he understands. Best known as the drummer of jazz trio Yells at Eels, which he plays in with his father Dennis and older brother Aaron, Stefan is at the forefront of a sea change in the Dallas music scene, a shift that favors DIY aesthetics and experimental tendencies over conventional musicianship. In virtue of his reach, presence, chops and mammoth prolificacy, Stefan has become one of the most compelling figures in all of DFW music.

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How to Negotiate with Record Labels

Categories: Ask Fan Landers

Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality is assured, unless you want to use your drama as a ticket to Internet microfame.

Dear Fan Landers,

For the last few months my band has been doing fairly well. We had a successful tour with some press here and there and we've release some albums and tapes that have sold fairly well. About six months ago when we received an email from the head of a very legitimate label saying how much she liked our material. We met with her and we discussed our band and basically danced around the issue at hand. It seemed like she wanted to sign us but nothing was presented and we didn't want to seem presumptuous--we still keep in touch and she has come to our shows. Recently she emailed me saying how she liked some of our new songs. What's the deal here? Why is she keeping in contact here and there and offering no contract or anything? Is she trying to develop a relationship and then present a deal? Or is she looking for us to write a record and present it to her first? Very confused, not sure if I should be hopeful or not. I don't want to make the wrong move! Help!


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The Crookes' Russell Bates on Touring America and Playing Small Venues

Categories: Interviews

Courtesy the artist
The Crookes won't "Play Dumb" for anyone
It's a Saturday afternoon and Sheffield, England four-piece the Crookes are on another marathon drive to the next gig. They play Minneapolis on the night in question, Chicago the next and then Dallas tonight, Tuesday, July 15 for a show at City Tavern. Frontman/bassist George Waite was originally slated to do an interview with us, but he's asleep in the back of the van when the call comes. Drummer Russell Bates gladly takes the phone and shares a lot with questions he's probably been asked hundreds of times already.

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Tesla's Jeff Keith: "Management Told Us Everything About Nikola Tesla"

Categories: Interviews

Courtesy the artist
More Foghat than Beatles: Tesla in all their modern-day glory

When they formed in the early 1980's, Tesla was a pleasant anomaly, a group of regular guys from California that for some reason got lumped in with the seemingly endless array of hair metal and glam bands. Although Tesla's music always had its pop/metal side, the band members themselves seemed a lot more like your neighbors than the dudes in Poison.

Tesla's heyday fizzled out as the 80's lingered on, but tracks like "Love Song" and especially "Signs" still resonate today as pleasant classic rock radio fodder. Although the band was on hiatus for six years in the '90s, the near-original cast hits the House of Blues on Tuesday night. Speaking from his home in Sacramento in anticipation of the show, singer Jeff Keith talked with DC9 about the band's colorful history and how choosing the right song to cover can make all the difference in the world.

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Jacob Furr Debuts Heartbreaking "Falling Stars" Video


Fort Worth's Jacob Furr has been on an intense journey these past couple of years. While he's certainly been a well-traveled troubadour, spending a great deal of time in California after moving from here a few years ago, it's safe to say that his geographical wandering isn't what has impacted him the most. Last year, the folk-rock veteran mined depths most of us fear, yet rarely have to face directly when his young wife, Christina, died of cancer. Furr mourned as he wrote his beautiful album, Trails and Traces, which is scheduled to be released in September.

"Faling Stars," the new album's lead single, has been given the video treatment, and it's of little surprise that it's as stunning as the song itself is.

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KISS at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 7/13/14

Categories: Last Night

Rachel Parker
KISS: Just like we'd expected, exactly as we'd wanted
With Def Leppard
Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Paul Stanley can fly. He soared over the audience, a star shooting across a starlit sky Sunday night at the Gexas Energy Pavilion. He landed on a spinning platform, while a demon, a cat and his Space Ace protector waited in the shadows. Standing above the crowd, Stanley played his guitar and worked the crowd like the superstar he is.

It's been 40 years. I've waited nearly half of my life to see the "greatest show on earth." Thousands of people were in attendance and one dollar of every ticket was donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. I'd never seen this many people at the pavilion in the two years I've been reporting for the Dallas Observer. KISS and Def Leppard didn't disappoint.

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Polyphonic Spree at Club Dada, 7/12/14

Categories: Last Night

Mike Brooks
Tim DeLaughter channeling the supermoon with Polyphonic Spree at Club Dada
Polyphonic Spree
With Sam Lao and Quaker City Nighthawks
Club Dada, Dallas
Saturday, July 12, 2014

A white curtain shrouds the band in anticipation. Ribbons hang around the stage's perimeter and along the fences in Club Dada's backyard. The ribbons are colorful, every spectrum of ROYGBIV is touched. Magically, as a whimsical orchestral tune suited for blue­bonnet picking plays, letters are scribbled across the curtain in a black marker font. "MOON" appears. Followed by "RMOON." And finally, the word, completed, "SUPERMOON."

The curtain falls to reveal Tim DeLaughter and his flower children, the Polyphonic Spree. DeLaughter conducts his band and seamlessly transitions them into the first number of the night, "Hold Me Now."

The Polyphonic Spree is with you now. The water is warm. Enjoy yourself.

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Erykah Badu at WinStar Casino, 7/12/14

Categories: Last Night

Mike Brooks
Erykah Badu
WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Okalahoma
Saturday, July 12, 2014

From Oak Cliff to just over the Oklahoma border to WinStar World Casino it's just about 80 miles, roughly 90 minutes if you get lucky and there's no traffic. From Dallas proper it's an hour and from Denton it's just a shade over a half hour. This explains why more then 3,100 people made it to the casino's event center to watch Dallas born and internet and critical darling Erykah Badu perform last Saturday night.

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