Michael Briggs Has Built a Hub of Denton Music in His Own House

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Stanton J Stephens
Michael Briggs, the man with the plan in Denton
If Michael Briggs wants to see a show, record a band's EP or film a podcast, he doesn't have to step outside his own door. It is, shall we say, a bit of a luxury.

In Denton's independent music scene, Briggs is absolutely crucial in the booking, recording and promotion of bands in the area. He books shows at his own house, DIY venue Macaroni Island, records bands at Civil Recording in his home studio and does videos and Q&A's with bands in the Violitionist Sessions. All his work serves to give Denton bands a place to play, a place to record and a place to be seen.

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Social Distortion at Gas Monkey Live, 10/11/14

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Social Distortion opened the new Gas Monkey Live concert venue on Saturday night
Social Distortion
With Stone Foxes and Jonny Two Bags
Gas Monkey Live, Dallas
Saturday, October 11, 2014

With Gas Monkey Bar N Grill now entering its second year of business, the owners opened the doors to their second venue, Gas Monkey Live on Saturday for a grand unveiling with Social Distortion. The new venue is across the street from the not-so-old one, right next door to the Movie Studio Grill and across from Jason's Deli.

It must be said that if you are not a fan of GMBNG you will probably not be a fan of Gas Monkey Live. These are unapologetically corporate-style venues, both situated on a suburban outskirt of Dallas. If you ever want to go to Chili's or Olive Garden before a show, both are in close proximity.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 10/13-10/19

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Image via Asylum Records

It's Monday and time to get back into the swing of things, but dearest DC9 reader, the swing of things for you is music. We've got a few shows we think would bode well with you this week. The one and only Sir Paul McCartney is playing at the American Airlines Center, Chevelle and Papa Roach are hitting the 'burbs at the Verizon Theatre, Bam Margera as Fuckface Unstoppable is going to be just that at Trees. And Charli XCX is gonna get all fancy at Trees. Here are your picks:

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Austin's Transmission Events, the Company Behind Fun Fun Fun Fest, is Coming to Dallas

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Mike Brooks
Transmission, the folks behind Fun Fun Fun Fest, will soon be bringing a lot of guitar face to Dallas

You may not know the the name Transmission Events, but you sure know the work that they do. Based in Austin, Transmission are the folks behind Fun Fun Fun Fest, the music festival held each fall at Auditorium Shores in the capitol city. They also do all the booking for prominent Austin venue Mohawk. So, you know, they know what they're doing, and their work comes with a pretty damn good pedigree.

Now comes the news that Transmission will officially have a presence here in Dallas, and they've picked up a couple of the most respected local talent buyers to help lead their expansion: Kris Youmans, co-owner of Three Links and the man behind Tactics Productions, will be working alongside Ryan Henry, the longtime booker for Granada Theater. Dallas and Austin just got that much closer together.

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Tickets On Sale for the Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase

Mike Brooks
Yes, we'll even be using the patio at Club Dada -- IN DECEMBER

It's been a little over a week now since voting opened, so we're just going to go ahead and ask: Have you filled out your Dallas Observer Music Awards ballot yet? If yes, congratulations. You're a champ. If not, it's okay; we understand what it's like to play the long game. In fact, voting will be open all the way until the DOMA ceremony itself happens, which will be in early December.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we have the serious business to tend to of the DOMA Showcase, which takes place in Deep Ellum on Saturday, December 6. (When we say serious business, we of course mean "great big party.") Today's big news: Tickets for the showcase just went on sale. So get 'em while they're hot.

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Remebering Bryan "DJ Red X" Walker

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In the wee small hours of the morning on Tuesday, September 30, Bryan "DJ Red X" Walker headed home after a routine night of DJing at KUSH Mediterranean Bar & Grill, where he held a residency.

While in bed with his fiance, Melissa Pruitt, he began having convulsions. After DJ Red X was whisked away to the hospital, Pruitt was approached by doctors. "I went in there. I could tell that the doctor had been crying, because the doctors are people," Pruitt said. "[The doctor] said, 'I tried. We tried everything.'"

DJ Red X, a beloved Dallas DJ and only 28 years old, passed away at 3:30 that morning. The cause of death was a heart attack. He is survived by his two daughters Makenna, 6, and Kennedy, 1.

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Crystal Yates Chased Her Country Music Dreams from Florida to McKinney

The cover of Crystal Yates upcoming EP, I Believe.

As a child growing up in the tiny town of Niceville, Florida, McKinney transplant and country singer-songwriter Crystal Yates couldn't avoid the twangy sounds of country music even if she had wanted to. "My mom says I could sing 'Why Don't You Love Me' by Hank Williams before I could say my ABCs," explains the powerfully-voiced, dark-haired singer.

Although the classic canons of Merle Haggard and George Jones had been memorized in her younger days as she also began delving into the work of Shel Silverstein, it was her first musical purchase of an early Whitney Houston album that laid out the roadmap of classic country storytelling and bold vocals that she's followed ever since.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 10/10 - 10/12

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Social Distortion come to Dallas on Saturday to help christen the new Gas Monkey Live

Another weekend is upon us in Dallas, which means more shows to partake in to take your mind off of the utter terror that is Ebola, but mostly because you love music. Ringo Starr, who used to be in this little band called The Beatles (is that spelled correctly? are you sure?) is in town. The indie hip-hop stylings of Busdriver and clipping. invade Club Dada and Gas Monkey Live throws a party with Social Distortion and the Stone Foxes to break the place in. Here are your picks to get away from it all:

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Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill Looks to Shake Up Local Music in Its Second Year

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Gas Monkey
Gas Monkey's owner Richard Rawlings and general manager Alex Mendonsa
The combination of motorheads, good food and great live music probably is probably, well, music to some peoples' ears, and it's one that has worked really well for the brains behind Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill. Outside of serving some really stellar brisket and other delicious food, Gas Monkey has quickly become one of the city's stand-out music venues, hosting monster acts like Hank Williams III, Marshall Tucker Band and the Sword.

"We initially discused doing a few shows a month, and then once we got into it, we quickly realized we wanted to do more than that," says Gas Monkey general manager AlexMendonsa. "And then we decided we wanted to kick ass and do as many shows as we can."

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The Best Punk Venues in North Texas

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Mike Brooks
Club Dada, consistently one of the best places to see punk shows in North Texas

Punk venues are a little like snowflakes: Each one is different and they're all uniquely special. Well, okay, maybe that comparison will be lost in this part of the country, but the point remains the same. Which is to say, as far as music venues go punk venues are a special breed, meant more often than not to be temples of a rock-meets-do-it-yourself ethos. The only rule for what makes a good one is that there are no rules.

North Texas is chock full of outstanding punk venues of all different shapes, sizes and levels of inhabitability. Here, then, is our ode to 10 of the best ones.

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