HeadKrack is Coming Back to Dallas to Play a Free Show at Crown & Harp

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Ian Sherrington
HeadKrack

Today, millions of people know HeadKrack and his unmistakable voice from his syndicated radio show, the Rickey Smiley Morning Show. He and the show's namesake have been hosting the program, which airs out of Atlanta, for the better part of a decade, and it's a nationally recognized authority on hip hop.

So it's a big deal to have HeadKrack coming back for a performance in Dallas, where he grew up and made a name for himself as a rapper when he was still just a teenager. Better yet, the show he's playing will be free, and it take place in the exceptionally intimate confines of Crown & Harp. As far as must-see shows go this weekend, this one's a slam-dunk.

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-Topic is the Great Facilitator of Dallas Hip-Hop

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-topic takes his music to the streets and straight to the people
A few blocks down from the intersection of Washington Street and San Jacinto Road, outside Bryan Street Apartments, Donny Domino loiters on his phone. He's speaking to Freddy Sans, the producer/engineer-directed singer, at the Dojo 45 recording studio. It is here that the Team From Nowhere sound is created and cultivated and tonight, where Echols will arrange her set list for Daps, Hugs and Mugs -- one of the first installments of Somethin' Proper, a series of grassroots entertainment events created and curated by TFN's de facto captain, rapper -topic.

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Dallas' Little Beards is a Husband and Wife's Labor of Love

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Alan Masters
Sean and Nan Little Kirkpatrick are Little Beards. They're also totally in love

It doesn't take anything more than a few people, a couple of instruments, and a little inspiration to put a band together. Usually, though, there is some vision, some guiding force like a genre or message that compels musicians to get together and start making music. In the case of Little Beards, though, something much more pure was at play: a desire to experiment and "just see what happens."

Sean Kirkpatrick and Nan Little Kirkpatrick have a lot in common. They're both musicians, they both play in other bands, and they both have a deep reverence for 80s synth music. Oh, and they're also totally in love. You might recognize Sean from his other project, the much-beloved Nervous Curtains, and Nan from playing with Frauen. Sean and Nan met in 2008, married in 2011, and decided to make music together as Little Beards in 2014.


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Dallas' Foley is a Motown Vet Who's Played with Miles Davis and George Clinton

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William Thoren

Foley may be the most accomplished musician in Dallas that you've never heard of. He's toured with George Clinton, Miles Davis, and performed with several bands on the 1993 Lollapalooza tour. He recorded albums for Motown and performed on countless talk shows and award shows. At 52, Foley, who grew up in Ohio but has called Dallas home for the past four years, has had experiences that most of us will only dream about. Now he is preparing an enormous band for a show at Crown & Harp that will be headlined by Headkrack on January 30.

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Oklahoma's Broncho Kickstart 2015 in Their Home-Away-from-Home, Dallas

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Jeffrey Smith
Broncho are Oklahoma natives, but they're using Dallas as their springboard for 2015

Sometimes, periods of inactivity and awaiting inspiration are the perfect breeding ground for an artist's best and transcendent material. For the garage-punk energy of Oklahoma's Broncho, their pop-laden fortitude lay dormant in tangible form for three years between the release of their debut LP, Can't Get Past the Lips, and last September's Just Enough Hip to Be Woman, but the songs had been in rotation onstage since their first release.

Then, over the Christmas holiday, guitarist Ryan Lindsey had an epiphany when his grandmother asked how his work had been going. "I hadn't been doing anything in a while," explains Lindsey. "And I said, 'No I haven't even been recording anything or writing. I've just been kind of resting and sleeping and hanging out.' And she said, 'Well that's good. You're collecting.' That made a big impact on me."

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Gollay is Fort Worth's Most Fascinating Songwriter

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Steve Watkins
Gollay has been quietly taking Fort Worth by storm

Rachel Gollay comes in out of the cold and into the lounge at the Live Oak Music Hall in Fort Worth's trendy, gentrified Fairmount neighborhood. In spite of the cold, she decided to brave the trip on foot. Meeting Gollay, "rock star" isn't the first thing that enters your mind. She's quiet and even a little awkward -- more like a teacher, perhaps, or office worker.

But no sooner does she slide into the booth across from her keyboard player and co-conspirator, Russell Jack, and we have a fan standing nervously at the edge of the table. The girl was there from Dallas to perform at the Live Oak's open mic, and positively gushed about about Gollay's new album, Built for Love. Her music has that kind of effect on people.


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Dallas' Mike Mitchell is a Jazz Drumming Prodigy

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Mike Mitchell

Worldly and wise with chops and a first class music education at the age of 20, Dallas drummer Mike Mitchell is a globetrotting prodigy. In the last four years he has won more awards from DownBeat Magazine than he can remember, as well as being cited as an up-and-coming artist in countless other worldwide publications. He has worked with Christian McBride, a virtuoso jazz bassist and multiple Grammy award winner, as well as Antonio Hart, the alto saxophonist who recorded with legends like Dizzy Gillespie and McCoy Tyner. But this only scratches the surface of what Mitchell has already accomplished.

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Dome Dwellers' "Avant Garage" Helps Keep Rock Music Alive in Denton

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James Villa
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In 2015, you'd think that it's all been done before in rock 'n' roll. And, yeah, it probably has. An over-crowded music landscape of sub-genres and variations can make one claustrophobic. Yet, Denton's Dome Dwellers can give you room to breathe. They're a rock 'n' roll band with a confident flair, a reaffirmation that the genre never died; it's just evolved.

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Holy Moly's Furious Cowpunk Reigns Supreme in Fort Worth

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This past Labor Day weekend in Fort Worth during the Clearfork Music Festival, it was evident early on that the atmosphere would be dampened by the rather thin turnout. But the general malaise that swept through the sweltering, empty spaces of land along the Trinity River proved no match, however, for the steady stream of exceptional performances. Indeed, if the grounds of the festival were a bit dull, the onstage happenings were anything but.

Perhaps more than any other band through the entire event, which included a headlining set from Austin's Black Angels, and a revelatory, sun-baked one-man band show from Lincoln Durham, local band Holy Moly made its small square of the afternoon a memorable one for the few dozen assembled and dancing along.

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Jonas Martin Gets Personal on Solo Debut Chokecherry Jam

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Jones Martin indulges his love for jam. Is it of the chokecherry variety?

Almost five months ago, Jonas Martin was seated amongst his fellow band mates of local roots rock outfit, Goodnight Ned, in an Oak Lawn Avenue coffee shop on a warm July morning, anxiously awaiting the album release party of their sophomore album. It is January now, and Martin is seated alone. And the temperature is far more frigid.

This Saturday's album release show at The Prophet Bar is looming, and Martin is feeling, well, a little apprehensive.

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