Mogwai at Granada Theater, 4/23/14

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Here's every Mogwai song in a nutshell: A chiming keyboard or guitar pattern repeats. Instrumentation slowly builds around it. Then, it detonates into a searing fireball of noise. Sometimes it's major-key, sometimes it's minor-key. Occasionally there are vocals and the tempo varies, but just about every song executes this trajectory in the span of five minutes.

They're a one-trick pony, but man, do they ever nail that trick.

See also: Mogwai's 5 Best Biblical Songs

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Odonis Odonis at Club Dada, 4/22/14

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On an otherwise dead night, on the nearly vacant Elm Street strip, Toronto's Odonis Odonis headlined an impressive night of experimental synths and heavy riffs. Though the turnout was low, and the show ran unusually late for a Tuesday in Deep Ellum, something special happened last night at Club Dada. By pairing local synth thrashers Hex Cult on the bill with the Canadian industrial shoegaze outfit, King Camel Productions put together a strong night of experimental music that was really too good to be missed.


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The Old 97's at AT&T Performing Arts Center, 4/19/14

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The Old 97's, Black Joe Lewis, Slobberbone, Madison King
Annette Strauss Square - AT&T Performing Arts Center
Dallas, Texas
Saturday, April 19, 2014

On the most pristinely calm night we've seen in Dallas in recent weeks, Saturday's sold-out Old 97's record release show for Most Messed Up proffered a taste of the past, present and future of North Texas country-rock in an insanely enjoyable, raucous package -- and all under the stars in the picturesque grounds of AT&T Performing Arts Center's Annette Strauss Square.


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Neil Young at Meyerson Symphony Center, 4/17/14

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Danny Hurley
Neil Young
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Dallas, Texas
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Don't tell Neil Young what to do. He may have grown into some grandfatherly approximation of old age, full of rambling stories and an easy, self-deprecating sense of humor. But deep down, he's the same prickly soul that he's always been.

That simple truth was borne out once more last night when Young visited the Meyerson for an intimate, one-man show. As he began explaining the origins of one of his many guitars (he had nine of them) late in the evening, he was interrupted by an impatient fan, who demanded from the balcony that he "just play it." Young, seated in a chair in the middle of stage, playfully shot back, "Don't push me" -- but when the fan repeated his demand the singer's good humor quickly wore out.

"What is this, work?" Young snapped, glaring up into the darkness of the auditorium with his head cocked back. And with that, he launched into a rendition of "Harvest Moon" that bristled far more than it was ever intended to do.

See also: The Ten Best Neil Young Songs


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Ben Folds at ATTPAC -- Can We Talk About Rock Orchestras?

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Patrick Michels
Ben Folds with the Dallas Symphony in 2009

You've got a rock band. They're pretty good. They rock out. People seem to like them. What's the next logical step in the progression of this band or musician's sound? Get louder? Play faster? Dig the same groove onto the next album? Maybe even get quiet and introspective for a bit, but not enough to alienate the fanbase?

Nah, let's stick an entire orchestra behind them. That'll do it.

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Bruce Springsteen Put On a Killer Show Last Night

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Mike Brooks
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band onstage at this weekend's March Madness Music Festival.

Despite cold and rainy weather, fans came out to Reunion Park for Sunday's big March Madness Music Festival finale. The Wind and The Wave, Pat Green, fun., and the man of the hour, Bruce Springsteen, put on a rain or shine show that couldn't be stopped or even hampered by the elements.

The usual admission capacity fear mongering that plagues any festival or high-profile live-music event in Dallas was running rampant from the early hours of Sunday morning. The Twittersphere was all a-flutter with reports of fans lining up outside the gates as early as 6 a.m., and promises that the entrance gates, which hadn't shut down due to capacity all weekend, would surely be overrun for Springsteen. Those fears however, were all for naught. Due to the rain and chill, the park never got more than half-full.


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Final Four: The Killers Were Hot, But the Weather Was Cold

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Mike Brooks

Maybe I hang out with extreme cynics or maybe my friends don't appreciate free, outdoor concerts like I do, or heck, I probably just don't have enough friends, but convincing someone to tag along with me to the Final Four series of concerts at Reunion Plaza proved tricky.

Everyone told me it would be a hot, sweaty mess, the weather would be too miserable, or you know, children.

All of that was so untrue.


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A Farewell to The Slip Inn

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For the past 15 years, Dallas locals' dirty little nightlife secret sat at Henderson and McMillan avenues. The Slip Inn may have been tiny, it may have been poorly lit, and the bathrooms might have been the most avoided on Henderson -- but there was a reason that there was a line to get in nearly every weekend. Slip Inn's hole-in-the-wall charm was more than apparent after just one trip to the small dancefloor. It was a place for Dallas to go end the night dancing close with a stranger, maybe get a little stoned on the back patio, and hear classic old-school hip-hop and R&B. No other club in Dallas has ever really showcased DJs of the genre the same way.

See Also: The Slip Inn To Close This Weekend

This past Saturday night, on the bar's last night open at 1806 McMilllan Ave., the line to get in was as long as I had ever seen it. Trailing down the parking lot against the club's brick wall, it almost reached the back patio fence by midnight. Girls in the back chain-smoked, teeming with the frustration of having to wait.

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Syd and the Internet Got Dallas into the Groove on Saturday Night

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Mike Brooks
The Internet onstage at Trees this past Saturday
While you'd expect a young crowd for most Odd Future shows, Trees was filled on Saturday night with a diverse mix of fans of all ages. Then again, The Internet's Neptunes-influenced, neo-soul tinged, starry eyed R&B is not what you'd normally expect when you think from an off-shoot of a west coast hip hop crew.

One thing was for sure: most of the audience was women. This is customary for most live R&B, but in this case, it was highly attributed to the magnetism of The Internet's androgynous heartthrob front woman, Syd, formerly known as Syd The Kyd. Her sultry and cool charisma was undeniable.

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Cher at American Airlines Center, 03/26/14

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Eva Raggio

As part of the most impressive parade of divas the Dallas area has seen in years (Diana Ross plays in April, Dolly Parton plays in May, Elton John played early March) Cher came to Dallas and proceeded to show them all how it should be done.

Upon entering American Airlines Center one was greeted by a Cher look-alike drag queen, who took it upon herself to act as host, gleefully taking pictures with those who asked. There were other drag queens attending of course, alongside little girls in makeup and men in leather, but most of the audience seemed to consist of 'Banger Sister' types whose wild years were behind them, accompanied by their middle-aged husbands.

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