Pleasant Grove Rapper $kaduf Rides the Bus Three Hours Just to Perform in Dallas

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Jeremy Hallock
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Riding a bus to your own concert is a sacrifice most musicians wouldn't even think of. Besides, this is Dallas, so who doesn't just drive their car everywhere anyway? But for 20-year-old rapper $kaduf, there are no such luxuries. It's a matter of routine for him to make the three-hour bus ride from his home in Pleasant Grove just to come play a set at a club like Crown & Harp. There he'll wait and watch, studying his fellow musicians, before getting his own chance in the spotlight. Then it's another long wait, often until 5:00 in the morning, to catch the bus back home.

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Mazen Kerbaj Expresses the Chaos of War-Torn Lebanon with His Trumpet

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Jeremy Hallock
Mazen Kerbaj performing at Crown & Harp on Monday

For someone living in the relative comforts of a city like Dallas, it's easy to take music and the arts for granted. But for free jazz trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj, who visited Crown & Harp last night for the weekly Outward Bound Mixtape Sessions and is the featured guest tonight at La Rondalla, such a reality was anything but a given.

Born in Lebanon in 1975, Kerbaj spent the first 15 years of his life in a civil war. "It was, 'That is a shoe, that is rain, that is the sound of a bomb,'" he says. "It seemed natural. It's not until later that you become afraid and understand you can die from it."

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Like Many DJs, Dallas' Brett Johnson Found His Real Home in Europe

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Brett Johnson's isn't a face many Dallasites would know, but we should

Brett Johnson is something of a house music hometown hero. Or at least he should be. He cut his teeth in the '90s Dallas DJ scene, and he's gone on to considerable success on an international level. His career has since taken him around the world and back again.

But few people in Dallas know who Johnson is. These days, he makes his home in Berlin. Like many other DJs, house or otherwise, he has a big following and makes a very good living overseas. Making the same impression at home, however, is a far more difficult journey to traverse.

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Midlake is Taking Over Dallas Music with Redwood Studios

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The Orbans record inside Redwood Studios, Denton's idyllic recording space
2014 was a pretty good year for Redwood Studios. The Denton recording studio, co-owned by Midlake members McKenzie Smith and Joey McClellan, played host to the sessions for some of North Texas' biggest albums of the year, including Sarah Jaffe's Don't Disconnect and Bethan's debut full-length, Time Gone By. And now 2015 looks to be just as busy, with records on the way from Seryn, Shadow Shows and the Azalea Project.

Barely two years old, Redwood has grown into one of the areas most influential studios -- and the sky would seem to be the limit. "We just started pre-production on the new Metallica record," boasts McClellan slyly. Then, breaking into a laugh, he says, "Just kidding."

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Ryan Tharp's Debut Album Has Been 11 Years in the Making

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Steve Watkins
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The first time I met Ryan Tharp was at Wingstock 2014. Amidst the chaos and buffalo wing sauce Tharp and his band were doing a soulful, yet somewhat experimental set -- bluesy, but with a certain tinge of Radiohead. So when I managed to wrangle a preview copy of Tharp's new album, Life So Far, it was a bit of a surprise: the album was well-crafted, blues-based rock. Sure, there was a touch of prog in there, and a hint of ambient, but experimental it was not. It was an excellent record nonetheless.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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