Red Bull Capped Off a Big Year with Their Crazy Yearender Party at Trees Last Night

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Jeremy Hallock
Things got a little fuzzy with Anamanaguchi on hand at Trees last night

Red Bull Sound Select Yearender
With Anamanaguchi, Mystery Skulls and Wrestlers
Trees, Dallas
Thursday, December 18, 2014

It was damn cold Thursday night, but an intensely spirited crowd still came out and filled Trees for the second night of Red Bull Sound Select's massive Yearender blowout. After hosting the first night on Wednesday across the street at Club Dada, they brought in Anamanaguchi, an instrumental electronic band from New York City who did the soundtrack for a video game and raised an obscene amount of money for their Endless Fantasy album via Kickstarter. Everyone danced with reckless abandon. One lady even vomited on several people as she walked across the room. It was a good night.

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Erykah Badu Moonlighted as Lo Down Loretta Brown at Beauty Bar Last Night

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DJ Sober
DJ Sober was joined by special guest "Lo Down Loretta Brown" at Beauty Bar last night

Big Bang
With Erykah Badu and DJ Sober
Beauty Bar, Dallas
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sometimes it seems as if everyone in Dallas is playing an endless game of "Six degrees of separation" from Erykah Badu. It's more like two degrees, since it appears everybody has a friend's cousin who grew up with little Erica Wright. Despite these alleged connections, actual Badu sightings are rare for most Dallasites, and she's become kind of a mythical figure in her own hometown. But this week she's treated us to two special DJ appearances, one of which happened last night in the intimate confines of Beauty Bar for DJ Sober's Big Bang dance night.

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Fleetwood Mac Preached the Power of Change Last Night at American Airlines Center

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Tony Nelson
Christine McVie (pictured in Minneapolis) played Dallas with Fleetwood Mac on Sunday

Fleetwood Mac
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Sunday, December 14, 2014

They say that as you get older, your passions get a little less intense. You gain perspective, and the emotions that make each of life's ups and downs feel like the beginning or the end of the world smooth out. Romance takes a back seat to the enduring qualities of friendship.

In the case of Lindsey Buckingham, that's both true and not true. The rawness of his playing, the almost unhinged quality of how he channels his music, is as strong as ever, has maybe even increased as he's gotten older. It's just that it's changed. But as was demonstrated Sunday night at American Airlines Center, one thing that hasn't changed is that those passions, which are so crucial to Fleetwood Mac's music, wouldn't be the same without Christine McVie's calming influence.


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Ms. Lauryn Hill Killed it Last Night at South Side Ballroom

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Erik Hess
Lauryn Hill, pictured in Minneapolis earlier this year, didn't disappoint in Dallas Wednesday night
Ms. Lauryn Hill
South Side Ballroom, Dallas
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Going into last night's show at South Side Ballroom, no one had any clue what to expect from Ms. Lauryn Hill. There's no denying HIll's place as one of the most formative female R&B and hip-hop artists in history, but she's got a spotty past as a performer. Sometimes, she's absolutely flawless. Others, she refuses to perform or unenthusiastically slogs through the set. Earlier legs of Hill's current tour were panned by critics across the globe, especially one disastrous performance in London earlier this year.

Hill had abruptly postponed this very same show once before, it having originally been scheduled for November 14, without apology. When the show rescheduled, the news was almost universally met with some version of, "Here's hoping she shows up on time." The doors to South Side opened at 8:30, and by 10 p.m. people in the audience were clearly wondering where the hell she was.

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Highlights from the 2014 Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase

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Mike Brooks
DOMA was a cool time on Saturday, but did anyone look cooler than the Phuss's Forrest Barton?

Hoo boy, do our heads ever hurt. Well, they hurt yesterday, at any rate. Today's a little bit better. But we're still not totally sure where all these bruises came from. Which means, yep, it was a pretty successful Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase. (We had fun anyway. We hope everyone else did too.) It was the biggest one we've had yet, with 60 bands spread throughout nine different venues throughout Deep Ellum, providing local music fans with a full eight hours of uninterrupted live music -- and a pretty nice warm up for a holiday season.

As we gear up for the DOMA awards ceremony that takes place Tuesday night at Granada Theater, the DC9 at Night team decided to pause and look back at the showcase passed. Here are some of our personal highlights from the night and reflections on the Dallas music scene.


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Crown & Harp's Birthday Party Last Night was Really a Celebration of Dallas Music

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Jeff Gage
-topic played a late-night set upstairs at Crown & Harp on Sunday night
Crown & Harp 18th Anniversary Party
Lower Greenville, Dallas
Sunday, November 30, 2014

In Dallas, catching shows with stacked bills is normally confined to the few hallowed blocks of Deep Ellum. Rich in history and deep with its repertoire of club venues, Deep Ellum is the cornerstone of live music in this region. However, with its rebirth as a thriving concert venue in recent years, Crown & Harp has become the most obvious reason to head to Lower Greenville for music once nights in Deep Ellum have you feeling like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.

On Sunday, Crown & Harp celebrated its 18th anniversary with a fun mix of rappers, rock bands and DJs. A change of scenery is always nice, but Crown & Harp's most laudable quality isn't what neighborhood it's in, it's the fact that it's a champion and advocate of local music. And also the drinks are cheap as hell.

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FKA twigs Gave a Glimpse at the Future of Pop Music at Trees on Friday

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Mike Brooks
FKA twigs is a bold artist, but above all she's a gifted communicator

FKA twigs
With Boots
Trees, Dallas
Friday, November 28, 2014

Some see FKA twigs as the savior of R&B. At the very least, some kind of futurist shape of the genre. Others see her as simply a revamp of trip hop, an anachronistic innovation come full circle. And at least one overly exuberant critic has deemed Twigs "the next Kate Bush." Publications, fandom, the ever-churning hype machine: All paint Twigs as a weird, avant-pop auteur, a figure capable of fulfilling the promise of strangeness that other pop stars only hint at in their fashion choices, but fail to translate into their own art.

However, the experience of seeing her live in Dallas at Trees on Friday, or even just a few listens to Twigs' music, gives the lie to this notion. This isn't experimental music, or edge-seeking radicalism. It's pop, pure and simple. Credit the artist for never giving credence to the cursory aesthetic assumptions hurled upon her.

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Slayer Rose Above the Death of Jeff Hanneman Last Night at Verizon Theatre

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John Gilhooley
Slayer performing in California in fall of 2013

Slayer
With Exodus
Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
Wednesdany, November 19, 2014

When I was 12, I wanted to listen to Slayer. I wanted to listen to Slayer so badly. My cousin got to see them whenever they played Los Angeles and he had all of their albums. I was listening to a lot of heavier stuff at the time: Metallica, Black Sabbath and others. My cousin kept telling me I was too young for Slayer. He said it wasn't for me. I didn't get it. So after skipping lunch for a few days, I hopped on my bike to the Warehouse Music near my house with enough money for a Slayer CD. My cousin, much to my disdain, told my parents to make sure that I don't listen to Slayer, so the whole excursion was a bit of a secret mission for me.

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The Black Keys Settled Into Arena Rock Professionalism at AAC Last Night

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T. Scott Dearmore
The Black Keys brought a colorful stage presentation to the AAC.

The Black Keys
With Jake Bugg.
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Sunday, November 16, 2014

A quick glance over the past decade of rock music doesn't exactly produce an over-abundance of true, guitar-driven bands that have climbed up from the club circuit and into the realm of massive-scale arena rock. These days, 20,000-seat arenas such as the American Airlines Center are primarily home to the styling of A-list pop stars, aging classic rockers and crossover country hit makers.

But on Sunday night, with the home of the Mavericks and Stars held prisoner by history making amounts of driving snow and menacing ice (not really, but scattered flurries dispose many of us to hyperbole), the Black Keys delivered a tight set of legit, wall-to-wall arena rock.


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Sturgill Simpson Gave Country Fans Reason to Believe at Club Dada on Saturday

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Mike Brooks
Sturgill Simpson played two sold-out shows at Club Dada on Saturday night
Sturgill Simpson
With Cris Jacobs
Cub Dada, Dallas
Saturday, November 15, 2014

There are many of us who are deeply concerned about the future of country music. These are likely concerns that our parents had, and theirs before them. Every generation always thinks that the one after their own is going to fuck everything up, but when it comes to the current state of country music, this concern is scarily prescient. At this point it probably sounds pedantic, but there is nothing country about the music that Nashville is cranking out without thought today.

Nearly fifteen years after "Murder on Music Row," it's hard to argue that George Strait and Alan Jackson weren't entirely clairvoyant. They saw what money-grubbing record executives had in store for country music as it rapidly gained mainstream appeal, and what it meant not only for the Hag, the Possum, and Hank, but also for artists like Sturgill Simpson. And they were right: When's the last time you heard one of his tracks on country radio? My guess is never.


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