Tori Amos: "Being 50 Has Been a Huge Inspiration"

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Amarpaul Kalirai
Tori Amos

Born Myra Ellen Amos, singer/songwriter/composer Tori Amos changed her name at 18 and embarked on a three-decade-long musical journey that has been fascinating to say the least. Amos' music can be filled with as much pretension as beauty, but it is always interesting. After a few neo-classical releases, Unrepentant Geraldines, Amos' most recent effort, returns the singer to more pop-friendly territory.

From a tour stop in San Francisco and in anticipation of her show this Tuesday at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Amos talked with DC9 about changing her name, challenging her father's religion and mellowing out, a little, at 50.

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Larry Stewart of Resltess Heart: "We Couldn't Get Arrested in Texas."

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The Eyes of Arlington Will Be Haunting Restless Heart

Country music in the 1980's offered some of the same arguments many types of country music fans still have today. What is and is not "country"? Can pop-country and traditional country coexist peacefully on one radio dial? Can the sheen of Kenny Rogers' gloriously manicured beard ever be more powerful than the grand, lengthy beauty of Crystal Gayle's legendary locks? We really haven't ever truly answered these highly urgent questions, because there really isn't a right answer.

Few bands of the 1980's and 1990's represented the peaceful co-mingling of modern pop and established country sounds better than Restless Heart. Tonight they'll be passing through North Texas to play the Arlington Music Hall.

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Cirque Du Soleil's THE IMMORTAL Michael Jackson Tribute Lands in Dallas

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What, does this not look like a Michael Jackson show to you?
Starting Friday the Quebecois carnival group Cirque Du Soleil takes over the American Airlines Center with their tribute to the life and music of Michael Jackson with THE IMMORTAL tour.

The Texas leg of the tour is the last in the U.S. for the company, as they will cap off the 3 year long world tour in Mexico in August. Currently the tour is stopped up in Oklahoma City, where spokesperson Laura Silverman called us from to answer a few questions about the show.

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Bobby Patterson Makes His Comeback with I Got More Soul

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Jeremy Blickenstaff
Bobby Patterson is a Dallas soul music legend

When Bobby Patterson, a legend of Dallas soul music, decided to call his new album I Got More Soul, he wasn't kidding around. If you ask him, he really does have more soul. More of everything, in fact.

"More soul for your ear hole. More soul than more soul. More means more," Patterson says, unleashing a monologue that could be its own work of art. "I got more soul. I'm one of a kind to shock the mind. I put good music in your behind. What I'm trying to do, is set a pace in this rat race. That's why I'm on your case. All in your face. I'm on a mission to raise your condition, not to be the cook, but to own the kitchen."


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Ex-Walkmen Peter Matthew Bauer: "I am Starting From Dead Scratch and it's Scary as Hell."

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Peter Matthew Bauer

Very few bands had the indie clout of the Walkmen. For over a decade, the D.C. area natives made an indelible mark on alternative rock by churning out several classic albums. When the band decided to call it quits in 2013, it was a sad moment for fans and critics alike. Thankfully, both singer Hamilton Leithauser and keyboardist/bassist Peter Matthew Bauer have already released solo efforts, both of which are impressive.

Speaking before a gig in New York City and in anticipation of Thursday's performance at The Loft, Bauer talked with DC9 about the legacy of the Walkmen, how he's scared as hell to be starting a solo career and how liberating it was to make his debut album Liberation.

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Paul Deakin of the Mavericks: "Everything is Called Americana These Days."

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The Mavericks

For a time in the mid '90s, the Mavericks were on top of the neo-traditional country world. The Miami band featuring the amazing talents of singer Raul Malo scored a hit in 1996 with "All You Ever Want to Do is Bring Me Down" and even won a Grammy Award. Sadly, Malo went solo in 2004 and the Mavericks called it a day.

Thankfully, the Mavericks reunited in 2011 and released the album In Time two years later. The album received rave reviews and the band has been touring the world ever since. With the band set to visit the Granada this Saturday, drummer Paul Deakin spoke with DC9 about The Mavericks breaking up, getting back together and how commercial success may be a thing of the past.

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It'll Do Club to Host Second Anniversary Party This Saturday

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DJ Red Eye holding down the tables at It'll Do Club

Two years ago It'll Do Dancing opened it's doors and filled a void in the Dallas dance scene that had been dominated by V.I.P. bottle service clubs and big arena festivals. Both skewed more towards mainstream pop music than old school dance culture. Brooke Humphries moved into an old Latin dance hall off of Columbia and brought a bare-bones throwback approach to the club.

Since then, the club has staked out its spot in the scene, and this weekend it will celebrate its second anniversary with a suitably mega party headlined by DJ Miguel Migs.


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The Growing Fun of Fresh 45s, Dallas' Most Unique DJ Night

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Jason Janik
DJ Spinderella has helped Joel Salazar (right) build Fresh 45s

DJ nights in Dallas that are spinning vinyl are basically a dying breed. The laptop has become the preferred way for a lot of DJs to play a set, and who could blame them? Electronic music is much cheaper, won't scratch or break like vinyl, and can be carried around in a backpack instead of a series of milk crates. Still, though, analog devotees persevere and insist that their favorite tunes are played on wax.

That's where Fresh 45s organizer Joel Salazar comes in.


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Kelley Mickwee of the Trishas: "Texas is Unlike Any Other State"

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Joel Calvin
Kelley Mickwee has gone solo

Best known for her work with the Austin roots-rock outfit the Trishas, singer/songwriter Kelley Mickwee will be the first member of the band to release a solo album. You Used to Live Here hits the streets in a few days and it's quite a departure from Mickwee's work with the Trishas. Displaying a stronger R&B influence, the album shows a singer breaking free and walking a new and brave path.

From her home in Buda, Texas, and in anticipation of Friday's show opening up for Ray Wylie Hubbard at the Kessler Theater, Mickwee talked with DC9 about the perils of performing solo, the future of her former band and how it's not that easy playing music with your own husband.

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

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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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