Girls Rock Dallas' Spring Fling Has Real Punk Attitude

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This year's Girls Rock Dallas' annual Spring Fling festival will be held on Sunday at Sue Ellen's bar in Oak Lawn. Although recently listed as one of the "Douchiest Bars in Dallas" by some local blog, this venue offers the perfect environment to channel a metal feel with a less chauvinistic touch.

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The 8 Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, April 10-13

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Patrick Michels
Ben Folds with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2009.

Dallas, it's beautiful outside. I don't have to tell you how necessary it is to get out out of the house and go see some live music this weekend. Lucky for you, AT&T Performing Arts Center is hosting two different outdoor concerts this weekend, so you can soak up every second of this weather. If Ben Folds with the Dallas POPS or Yells At Eels aren't your speed, there's always the patio stage at Gas Monkey Bar and Grill. The Reverend Horton Heat will play it this weekend with Nekromantix.

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Ben Falgoust of Goatwhore: "Honestly, I Really Don't Care What Happens After I Die"

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Goatwhore

Hailing from New Orleans, Goatwhore are one of the most anti-religious metal bands going. But despite the darkness of their overarching message, the music is tight, white-hot, stop-on-a-dime hardcore metal. Hanging together for nearly two decades, Goatwhore have released six full-lengths, but 2012's Blood for the Master and the soon-to-be-released Constricting Rage of the Merciless are by far the best albums the band has made.

From the road in Nevada and in anticipation of Friday's show at the House of Blues, vocalist Ben Falgoust spoke with DC9 about the band adopting a more structured songwriting approach and why he is so vehemently against organized religion.


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Six Reasons Your Band Should Not Play Longer Than Twenty Minutes

Categories: Nitpick Six

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Imagine you're on a date and you're telling a story. It's a long one, but you know it's a winner. Everyone always loves this story. Three quarters of the way to the punch line, you notice a shift in your date's behavior. They're glancing at the door, bouncing their leg or messing with their hair. Do they want a cigarette? Do they need another drink to quell their anxiety? Have they been hit with a bout of explosive diarrhea?

Moments like these separate perceptive and considerate people from torturous, self-indulgent-asshole ones. The first will recognize the proper social cues and say something like, "Hey, let's grab another drink, and I'll finish this in a minute." The latter, however, will continue endlessly flapping their tight red gums, concentrating on themselves and their immediate needs.

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Ask Andrew W.K.: My Religious Family Thinks I Drink Too Much

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Dear Andrew,

My entire family are teetotaling religious types who never tasted a drop of liquor or tried a single drug. They even find dancing offensive. Well, I drink, and just last week they had an intervention on my behalf. Now they've got me thinking I may have a problem. I've never missed a day of work due to drinking. I pay my bills and keep up with all my responsibilities. But I do drink at least a six pack or more every day. Do I drink too much, or can I just do what I like since I've never run into any problems with it?

- Poppin' a Top

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The 5 Best Concerts in Dallas this Week, April 8-13

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Bad Sports do Double-wide this week.

Alright y'all, I know you're still basking in a Springsteen glow from March Madness Festival this weekend, but it's a new week with new concert picks. Luckily, we've got some good stuff coming up. From Bad Sports to Jeff Bridges, don't stay cooped up this week. The weather might still be playing hot and cold, but that's Texas springtime for you, so don't let it keep you down.

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Bruce Springsteen Put On a Killer Show Last Night

Categories: Last Night

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Mike Brooks
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band onstage at this weekend's March Madness Music Festival.

Despite cold and rainy weather, fans came out to Reunion Park for Sunday's big March Madness Music Festival finale. The Wind and The Wave, Pat Green, fun., and the man of the hour, Bruce Springsteen, put on a rain or shine show that couldn't be stopped or even hampered by the elements.

The usual admission capacity fear mongering that plagues any festival or high-profile live-music event in Dallas was running rampant from the early hours of Sunday morning. The Twittersphere was all a-flutter with reports of fans lining up outside the gates as early as 6 a.m., and promises that the entrance gates, which hadn't shut down due to capacity all weekend, would surely be overrun for Springsteen. Those fears however, were all for naught. Due to the rain and chill, the park never got more than half-full.


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Final Four: The Killers Were Hot, But the Weather Was Cold

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Mike Brooks

Maybe I hang out with extreme cynics or maybe my friends don't appreciate free, outdoor concerts like I do, or heck, I probably just don't have enough friends, but convincing someone to tag along with me to the Final Four series of concerts at Reunion Plaza proved tricky.

Everyone told me it would be a hot, sweaty mess, the weather would be too miserable, or you know, children.

All of that was so untrue.


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Ride For Dime Holds Battle of the Bands

Categories: DC9 at Night

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ride for Dime, a charity event that raises funds for Little Kids Rock Foundation and pays homage to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

Every year co-founder Rob Elchelberger gathers bands from all across the country to play two nights of mind-blowing metal in honor of the local metal scene's fallen brother. And every year more and more bands want to play the two-day tribute show.

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Your Guide to March Madness Festival

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Because when else will you get to see this for free?

March Madness Festival has been making headlines around the country since it was announced last month. To accompany the NCAA's Final Four tournament in Dallas this week, the college basketball league is throwing the city an enormous free weekend-long outdoor music festival at Reunion Park (by the old Reunion Arena site).

Between Conan-mania, the basketball games, and March Madness Festival-- it's proving to be busy, crowded week for downtown Dallas. Don't let that stop you, though. What kind of live music fan would you be if you let a little crowd action keep you from a free Bruce Springsteen concert? Here is a quick rundown of everything you need to know to have a enjoyable March Madness Festival experience this weekend.


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