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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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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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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Tesla's Jeff Keith: "Management Told Us Everything About Nikola Tesla"

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More Foghat than Beatles: Tesla in all their modern-day glory

When they formed in the early 1980's, Tesla was a pleasant anomaly, a group of regular guys from California that for some reason got lumped in with the seemingly endless array of hair metal and glam bands. Although Tesla's music always had its pop/metal side, the band members themselves seemed a lot more like your neighbors than the dudes in Poison.

Tesla's heyday fizzled out as the 80's lingered on, but tracks like "Love Song" and especially "Signs" still resonate today as pleasant classic rock radio fodder. Although the band was on hiatus for six years in the '90s, the near-original cast hits the House of Blues on Tuesday night. Speaking from his home in Sacramento in anticipation of the show, singer Jeff Keith talked with DC9 about the band's colorful history and how choosing the right song to cover can make all the difference in the world.


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Richard Haskins Turns a New Page with Ride, Boldly Ride

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Richard Haskins (third from left) with his band, the Unmarked Graves
Richard Haskins has been through the shit. For two years, he paid for attempted bank robbery with a jail sentence. Not everyone was there to help him when he needed. Haskins' own mother would sit in the bail bond room, telling people who tried to bail him out that he had already been bailed out.

But Haskins has gotten through it all and come out the other end. He's back and taking his music more seriously than ever. He's a changed man.

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Gary Allan's Most Heart-Wrenchingly Sad Songs

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Gary Allan's got his eye on you
Country superstar Gary Allan has been a hit-making machine for damn-near two decades now. The 46-year-old California native has finely walked the line between stadium filler and perpetual critical favorite with little following.

Due to the tragedy surrounding the 2004 suicide of his third wife, Angela, he became an even more compelling figure. While he didn't seek out the extra attention that came from such horrific personal turmoil, the albums in the aftermath of such heartbreak took on extra meaning whether he wanted them to or not. In light of those circumstances, even the relatively schlocky "Best I Ever Had," a cover of the mom-rock group Vertical Herizon's 2001 hit song, became a powerful statement.

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American Werewolf Academy Are Bigger in the U.K. Than Their Native Dallas

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Sometimes a band's message, sound and philosophy can be strikingly simple. For the Denton-born foursome American Werewolf Academy, simplicity is more or less a standard operating procedure. When one clicks onto the Biography page of the group's website, they quickly learn so much of what they really need to know about the band before seeing them perform live:

"AMA plays jangly, distorted rock anthems."

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Polyphonic Spree to Come Full Circle with Club Dada Return

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Polyphonic Spree celebrated the release of "Yes, It's True" at Granada last summer
To say Tim Delaughter, lead singer of the Polyphonic Spree, has had an enriched music career would be a gross understatement. He's been in two huge Dallas-based bands, recorded more than eight full-length albums, composed movie soundtracks and toured for almost 24 years.

But Dallas native Delaughter is coming full circle in his career with Polyphonic Spree's visit to Club Dada this Saturday, where he will be playing Dada for the first time since that touring started all those years ago. The last time he played Dada, it was his first show with his previous band, Tripping Daisy, in 1990.

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