Sure, Hozier Took Us to Church Friday at House of Blues. We Guess.

Categories: Last Night

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Hozier has a lot on his mind, guys. That's why he stands in one place

Hozier
With George Ezra
House of Blues, Dallas
Friday, March 20, 2015

We're going to save you from some horrible Hozier-took-us-to-church pun opener and get straight to the point. Hozier is boring. It's not that his music isn't good or his lyrics don't convey a deeper meaning (Just look at "Take Me To Church," a rather clear metaphor between a relationship and religion), it's just that listening to his vinyl record in a room with thousands of strangers would have been just as captivating as seeing him live at House of Blues in Dallas on Friday night.

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The Beach Boys Didn't Need Stars to Peddle Nostalgia at Verizon Theatre Last Night

Categories: Last Night

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Not the Beach Boys you might remember, but is that the point?
The Beach Boys
Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Beach Boys are now unequivocally grown men, and they have grown men problems. Once up a time their youthful charms could even make their time spent living and writing songs with Charles Manson seem like a marshmallow-roasting bonfire by the shore. But what was once an idyllic family band with the brothers Wilson and cousin Mike Love has splintered into factions, with spiritual leader Brian Wilson cast aside by his own cousin. It's a bit like having a beach without the ocean.

For the fans at Verizon Theatre last night, though, that seemed to make little difference. They were there for the memories, not the autographs.

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Mark Schectman Kicks Off a New Chapter of Dallas Radio This Sunday on The Ticket

Categories: Local Music

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Marcos Junius Laws
Mark Schectman and The Ticket pull local radio into a brave new world this Sunday night

On Sunday we finally get the local music show we've been hounding KXT about for years, except we're getting it on Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket. You know, the all-sports station that's legitimately the best music station in the area. Captained by the ex-KDGE The EDGE DJ Mark Schectman, "The Local Ticket" hopes to provide the area with a glimpse into what's going on in the North Texas music scene, and not just the homogenous, focus-grouped glimpse other stations provide.


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TV on the Radio Were Average at the Granada Last Night, and They Still Ruled

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Mike Brooks
Kip Malone's hard-earned passion was the real star of TVOTR's show Thursday at the Granada

TV on the Radio
With Nostalgia
Granada Theater, Dallas
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Last night, after a no-nonsense hour of deafening tunes old and new, Tunde Adebimpe and the rest of TV on the Radio walked back on the Granada Theater stage for an encore, the packed house expressing its gratitude with a synchronized beat of applause. "A moment's about to happen right now," the singer announced, and I just assumed he meant something musical, running down a checklist of possible songs in my head.

"Billy's got something to ask Catherine," he said, pointing to a couple in the audience near the front. Then he cleared up any remaining ambiguity: "Billy is proposing!" A beat later, she'd given the affirmative, of course -- a band this good creates transcendent moments just by showing up.

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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 3/20-3/22

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Stevie Wonder, a man so important, he has truthers.

As you're probably very aware. It's South By Southwest right now, but who cares? You're in Dallas and you're still more than capable of seeing some shows, plus you wont stand in line for 1,000 hours. TV on the Radio plays its second sold out show at the Granada tonight, but has a free show at Good Records at 6 p.m. as well. Hozier takes the House of Blues to church, Dilated Peoples play a rare rap show at Gas Monkey Live! and probably the most poppin' event in Dallas this entire weekend will be Spillover in Deep Ellum. Cheers. Have Fun.


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At Dallas' Punk Rock Karaoke, It's Better to Burn Out Than Fade Away [VIDEO]

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Albert Ybarra
At Punk Rock Karaoke, you just "get up on stage and do it"

Is it better to burn out or to fade away? If you ask the folks who attend Punk Rock Karaoke, the answer is an obvious one -- although the best answer is actually "neither." This Dallas series is a bit like karaoke on amphetamines, a chance for your average Joe or would-be rockstar to channel their inner Johnny Rotten. And at their more recent event at Three Links, Albert Ybarra was there to find out what it's all about.


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Santana Coasted Through a Three-Hour Cialis Commercial Last Night at Verizon Theatre

Categories: Last Night

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Marco Torres
Carlos Santana, pictured in Houston last October, coasted on through Dallas last night
Santana
Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I sat through a nearly three-hour Cialis commercial at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie last night. You know exactly what I'm talking about, too. You're watching some sporting event or, in this case, a Santana concert, and out of nowhere you see an older couple smiling at each other in the crowd. The wife shakes her hips a certain way, the husband's eyes gleam, and a voice over tells you about how you still feel young at heart, and you should enjoy these moments together.

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How The Kessler Theater Pulled Off One of Dallas Music's Most Unlikely Comebacks

Categories: Local Music

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Gary N. Audirsch
The staff of The Kessler Theater gets ready to celebrate five years together this weekend
Comebacks are all the rage in Dallas these days. This month alone sees the return of 35 Denton (last week) and The Bomb Factory (a week from today), which returns to Deep Ellum, a neighborhood undergoing its own renaissance. But perhaps most remarkable of all is the revival of The Kessler Theater, which reopened in Oak Cliff five years ago this week. The iconic building on the corner of Davis Street and Clinton Avenue stood empty for almost 30 years before Edwin Cabaniss took a chance and brought it back from the dead.

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South By So What Has Become Dallas' High-Brow Alternative to the Warped Tour

Categories: Columns

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Rachel Parker
South By So What, the place where kids of all ages can be themselves
While SXSW rages on to the south of us in Austin, another festival has set up shop in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area to cater to a niche of it own. Imagine the Warped Tour crowd: your 15-year-old mall metal kid; your aspiring 19-year-old Instagram model; your "bandana wrapped around the boot, bandana in the back pocket, and bandana wrapped around the neck" deathcore kid. This festival in Dallas is designed for the likes of them. It is Warped Tour come early. But what sets South By So What apart from an average metalcore fest is the amount of work they put into capturing the older audience's sense of nostalgia.

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In Praise of Carlos Santana, Rock 'N' Roll's Great Cultural Unifier

Categories: Columns

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Carlos Santana plays at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie tonight
By Nick Gaitan

After all these years, it's easy to take Carlos Santana for granted. Far too many of us may try and dismiss his work with an Onion-style joke about "Smooth." But what Santana has done for music, and particularly Latin culture, over his decades-long career should never be underestimated. Even if you can't name his most recent albums, his name and work stand the test of time. And as he arrives in Dallas tonight for a show at Verizon Theatre, it's high time we stop and reconsider all that his trailblazing work has done.

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