Slayer Rose Above the Death of Jeff Hanneman Last Night at Verizon Theatre

Categories: Last Night

John Gilhooley
Slayer performing in California in fall of 2013

With Exodus
Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
Wednesdany, November 19, 2014

When I was 12, I wanted to listen to Slayer. I wanted to listen to Slayer so badly. My cousin got to see them whenever they played Los Angeles and he had all of their albums. I was listening to a lot of heavier stuff at the time: Metallica, Black Sabbath and others. My cousin kept telling me I was too young for Slayer. He said it wasn't for me. I didn't get it. So after skipping lunch for a few days, I hopped on my bike to the Warehouse Music near my house with enough money for a Slayer CD. My cousin, much to my disdain, told my parents to make sure that I don't listen to Slayer, so the whole excursion was a bit of a secret mission for me.

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Dallas Hip Hop Needs a Unified Sound to Get National Attention

Categories: Columns

Nicholas James Harris
Buffalo Black is one of Dallas' hottest rappers. No one else sounds quite like him
The most popular rapper to have ever come from North Texas is one Robert Matthew Van Winkle. You probably know him as Vanilla Ice. This is nothing short of equal parts silly and embarrassing. Vanilla Ice is the Psy of the '90s and "Ice Ice Baby" is hands down the "Gangham Style" of those times. Drop those songs back-to-back in a club and the same people will sing and dance to them both. The same people will also sit the fuck down.

It's very important to be wholly transparent right now and say that this is not the fault of rappers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton or -- well, those are the only places that have rap around here, right? It's all on the average consumer, who relishes a simple familiarity.

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Local Over Everything Flies the Flag for Dallas Music on the Radio

Categories: Interviews

Karlo X. Ramos
Brothers in arms, the trio behind Local Over Everything are out to champion Dallas music

On Thursday night, the Deep Ellum on Air show Local Over Everything began its second season. The show's hosts Rodney Blu, Mo the Bear and Simon Phoenix brought in Dallas rapper Blue, the Misfit to mark the occasion. The show has done well with its unconventional, but authentic program format. Local Over Everything gives listeners the feel that they're hanging out at their homey's stoop rather than listening to a simple radio show.

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DC9 at Night Mixtape with Seal Bass

Categories: Mixtape

Wanz Dover
Seal Bass is a 20-year veteran on the turntables

Seal Bass is part of an extreme minority amongst Dallas DJs. He plays techno in its purest form. While he's not so well known in the regional DJ circuit, Seal Bass has over 20 years' experience behind the decks. He still plays vinyl and his breadth of knowledge of classic techno is deep and reflected within sets that often sound more like a Detroit techno vet than his Texas locale would suggest.

Seal Bass recently teamed up with local vet Rick Simpson aka R9 to start up a new Techno monthly at Record Lounge in Exposition Park. For this week's Mixtape Q&A Seal Bass digs deep into his long relationship with techno and how Analog came to be.

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Oil Boom Ride a Wave of Praise for Red Metal

Categories: Feature Stories

Jennifer Pinney
Don't let the facial hair fool you; Oil Boom is here to have a good time
It starts with a bang, or rather with a hell of an uppercut. Oil Boom's latest album, Red Metal, launches you into jangly jubilation with "45 Revolutions Per Minute," the band's highly praised single from last year. The New York Times singled it out as a highlight in the often-cluttered blues-rock genre that rules radio waves around the country right now. It's a good place to start, too: "45" immediately catches the listener's attention with its jagged guitar work, exploding cymbals and dancey pulse.

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Which New Dallas Old-School Hip-Hop Station Should You Listen To?

Categories: Local Music

Rhombi Survivor
What you know about the dirty South? Rappers like Outkast are no longer a novelty on Dallas radio
Since early Saturday morning, the people of Dallas are momentarily retiring their auxiliary cables and tuning into not one, but two new radio stations, both specializing in a virtually untested format. As we reported Monday, both Boom 94.5 FM and Hot 93.3 FM made an unprovoked about-face early Saturday morning: 94.5 scrapped the 12-year old K-Soul format and 93.3 began its uninterrupted Holiday programming -- both in favor of old school hip-hop.

With two coincidental competitors emerging just hours within each other, we've stumbled into a showdown. From the spectator's perspective, the two may well peacefully coexist, but where's the fun in that? Social media has been lit up for days debating which of the two newcomers is better, so we're here to weigh in the fighters and give you our assessment of who's the GOAT and who's the sucker MC.

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Off the Record Looks to Become a Dallas Music Cultural Hub with High Fidelity Series

Categories: News

Jeff Gage
Josh Florence, co-owner of Off the Record and one of the masterminds of the High Fidelity series
A unique thing happened in Deep Ellum last night: People crowded into a bar, filling it wall-to-wall, and looking on in attentive silence at person in the front of the room. But that person wasn't playing music; they were giving a lecture. The person was Jeffrey Liles, the artistic director of the Kessler Theater, and the bar was Off the Record. Monday night was the scene of the first installment of the High Fidelity Lecture Series, a new concept that signals an exciting new direction for the still-young bar-slash-record store on Elm St.

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Daniel Huffman's Vinyl Records are One-of-a-Kind Works of Art [VIDEO]

Categories: Interviews

Juan Vargas
Daniel Huffman's vinyl records are beautifully made works of art
In March of 2011, the Flaming Lips released a limited edition collaborative 12" EP with Neon Indian that lit up the internet. It was a fascinating alliance, but the pictures of the actual vinyl records were just as exciting. No one had ever seen vinyl like this before. Every copy of the record had its own unique splatter of colors and there were no labels on the vinyl because they would have obscured some of the incredible artwork.

These records, designed as one-of-a-kind works of art that were only available at Good Records in Dallas and Guestroom in Oklahoma City, were soon going for obscene prices on the Internet. The man behind it all was Dallas native Daniel Huffman, known to many for his one-man-band New Fumes.

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Two Dallas Radio Stations Switched to Awesome Old-School Hip Stations Over the Weekend

Categories: News

Screenshot from "Baby Got Back"
Sir Mix-a-Lot ushered in a new era at K-Soul 94.5 FM over the weekend
When frequenters of K-Soul 94.5 FM tuned to its position on the dial this weekend, it was to only quickly discover that without warning, their destination for "the best old school and R&B" had been replaced by something a little bolder and less conventional by radio standards. The silent makeover of K-Soul happened as the night turned to 12 a.m. Saturday morning, when Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" ushered in the station's new era of classic hip-hop.

Overnight, the new Boom 94.5 FM landed on the airwaves of Dallas just as a similar format suddenly popped up on the Top 40 pop-centric Hot 93.3 FM. Is this suddenly a tidal change for North Texas radio?

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The Black Keys Settled Into Arena Rock Professionalism at AAC Last Night

Categories: Last Night

T. Scott Dearmore
The Black Keys brought a colorful stage presentation to the AAC.

The Black Keys
With Jake Bugg.
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Sunday, November 16, 2014

A quick glance over the past decade of rock music doesn't exactly produce an over-abundance of true, guitar-driven bands that have climbed up from the club circuit and into the realm of massive-scale arena rock. These days, 20,000-seat arenas such as the American Airlines Center are primarily home to the styling of A-list pop stars, aging classic rockers and crossover country hit makers.

But on Sunday night, with the home of the Mavericks and Stars held prisoner by history making amounts of driving snow and menacing ice (not really, but scattered flurries dispose many of us to hyperbole), the Black Keys delivered a tight set of legit, wall-to-wall arena rock.

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