Members of Bad Religion and Social Distortion Are Hosting Karaoke in Dallas This Weekend

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Punk Rock Karaoke on Facebook
Who wouldn't want to do karaoke with these guys?

Here's a little thought experiment that will blow your punk-infected brain: Let's say you decide to go do some karaoke. Totally lame, right, because you get nauseous at the thought of celebrity or idol worship, so why pretend to be a rock star? You're the edgiest punk fan of them all. You have more metal embedded in your face than the victim of a pipe bomb explosion. Your eyes are permanently rolled in the up position to anticipate any future disgust you might have for something that so many people love and adore.

Now imagine that Greg Hetson from Bad Religion walks into the concert hall where you're waiting to see him play and asks you if you'd like to join him on stage as their new lead singer. There wouldn't be enough untapped angst in the world to stop you from squealing so loud that the International Space Station could pick up the signal.


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The BatApp is a Radical New Album App Concept from Dallas' Bat Lanyard

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David Heidle
Bat Lanyard's Matthew Glenn Thompson has had enough with releasing music in physical media

Bat Lanyard will never release another CD again. Never. Mind you the band, which is the brainchild of Dallas singer Matthew Glenn Thompson, will continue to release music. But you'll never be able to find a physical copy of it, and you'll never find it on iTunes or Amazon either. That's because, at a time when many artists are looking to find a happy medium between the digital age and the retro-cool of vinyl LPs, Thompson has decided to go radical: He's created his own music app.

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Panda X is the First Live Band for One of Dallas' Most Respected Producers

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Max Oepen, Wanz Dover, Gerard Hanson

Gerard Hanson doesn't do interviews. Correction: Convextion doesn't do interviews. In a 20-year career as a producer and electronic musician here in Dallas, Convextion -- the name that Hanson performs under -- has preferred to remain anonymous. He rarely does press and prefers to remain faceless in pictures. He even once turned down an interview with London newspaper The Guardian.

But Panda X is different. The new electronic groove band, made up of Hanson and a few other local music veterans, is his first-ever band. He's performing with them under his own name, and he's even willing to talk about it. After all these years, Hanson's trying something completely different.

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Leon Bridges Got Introduced to America on The Late Late Show, and He Didn't Disappoint

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It's star time for Leon Bridges

It's been a heck of a week for Leon Bridges. (We're watching our language this time, in the spirit of Bridges' vintage sound.) Hot off a much buzzed-about run of shows at South By South West over the weekend, the Fort Worth R&B singer picked up the festival's prestigious Grulke Prize for the best "Developing U.S. Act." Then last night he followed it up with his network television debut, performing "Better Man" on CBS' The Late Late Show.


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Remembering The Bomb Factory's Original Run With the Dallas Observer Archives

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Mike Brooks
The Toadies played one of the final Bomb Factory shows in the '90s, and they'll play it again on Saturday

Tonight, The Bomb Factory sets off its revival after 20 years of stage silence. But before we rush full-speed-ahead into considering its promising future, we decided to turn back one more time to its history to divine what made the place so iconic in its heyday. With that in mind, we learned the true meaning of being ink-stained journalists and dug through hefty tomes of Dallas Observer archives to unearth relics from the venue's prime. Some of it sounded just as great as the rumors have you believe. Others, well, haven't aged so well.


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The Bomb Factory's Return is About More Than Just Nostalgia

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Kathy Tran
The Bomb Factory has come a long way in the past couple months. It opens tomorrow night
This Thursday night, a long-dormant (and very large) room in Deep Ellum will open back up for business. The Bomb Factory, on Canton and Crowdus just a couple blocks from the heart of the neighborhood, hosts its first show since the '90s with locals Erykah Badu and Sarah Jaffe. Just two days after that, it hosts the Toadies.

With all the buzz, acclaim and anticipation over the last few months, Deep Ellum hasn't seen an opening like this since Trees reopened six years ago. It's a particularly fitting comparison since the people behind Trees' reopening, Clint and Whitney Barlow, are also behind The Bomb Factory's rebirth.

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Once a Political Refugee and Illegal Alien, Kilo Art of Fact Found a Home in Dallas Hip Hop

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Ean K Pegram
Kilo Art of Fact

Dallas hip hop is a real melting pot, but Grey Matter's Kilo Art of Fact takes the idea to a whole other level. Born in Santiago, Chile in 1983, Kilo's family moved to Bergen, Norway when he was three years old to escape the Pinochet dictatorship. Being a political refugee is traumatizing enough, and something most of us in America have never had to experience. But when Kilo and his family came to Texas, things didn't get easier, as he dealt with life as an illegal alien. And that's when hip hop helped get him through.

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Dallas Hardcore Band Modern Pain's Lacerating Live Shows Could Take Them to the Top

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Seeing Modern Pain is an experience you (and your body) won't soon forget

On their own, memories stay sharp only for so long. It's the physical reminders of an experience that make a moment vivid. And one thing's for certain: if you're in the audience at a Modern Pain show, you're very likely to leave with a few lumps and bruises as a memento of the band's set. It's precisely because of this danger and chaos that Modern Pain is quickly rising within the American hardcore underground. The band recently joined the roster of one of the genre's most recognized labels, Bridge Nine Records, and has earned spots on some of the country's largest hardcore festivals, including last weekend's South By So What Festival in Grand Prairie.


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Mark Schectman Kicks Off a New Chapter of Dallas Radio This Sunday on The Ticket

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Mark Schectman and The Ticket pull local radio into a brave new world this Sunday night

On Sunday we finally get the local music show we've been hounding KXT about for years, except we're getting it on Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket. You know, the all-sports station that's legitimately the best music station in the area. Captained by the ex-KDGE The EDGE DJ Mark Schectman, "The Local Ticket" hopes to provide the area with a glimpse into what's going on in the North Texas music scene, and not just the homogenous, focus-grouped glimpse other stations provide.


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How The Kessler Theater Pulled Off One of Dallas Music's Most Unlikely Comebacks

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Gary N. Audirsch
The staff of The Kessler Theater gets ready to celebrate five years together this weekend
Comebacks are all the rage in Dallas these days. This month alone sees the return of 35 Denton (last week) and The Bomb Factory (a week from today), which returns to Deep Ellum, a neighborhood undergoing its own renaissance. But perhaps most remarkable of all is the revival of The Kessler Theater, which reopened in Oak Cliff five years ago this week. The iconic building on the corner of Davis Street and Clinton Avenue stood empty for almost 30 years before Edwin Cabaniss took a chance and brought it back from the dead.

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