Freddie Jones is the Trumpet Player Behind Every Dallas Cowboys National Anthem

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Freddie Jones and his trumpet deliver the National Anthem at each Dallas Cowboys home game

Trumpet player Freddie Jones makes the word "casually" seem too studious an adjective. He sits inside a coffee house in Carrollton, cutting off golden, flaky morsels of apple pie as he remembers getting a call from the Dallas Cowboys. A trumpet player by trade, Jones plays the national anthem before each of the team's home games at AT&T Stadium. He's the first person in seven years to earn that privilege on an exclusive basis.

"I got a call, and I said, 'Yeah, I'll come do it,'" says Jones.

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Which New Dallas Old-School Hip-Hop Station Should You Listen To?

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What you know about the dirty South? Rappers like Outkast are no longer a novelty on Dallas radio
Since early Saturday morning, the people of Dallas are momentarily retiring their auxiliary cables and tuning into not one, but two new radio stations, both specializing in a virtually untested format. As we reported Monday, both Boom 94.5 FM and Hot 93.3 FM made an unprovoked about-face early Saturday morning: 94.5 scrapped the 12-year old K-Soul format and 93.3 began its uninterrupted Holiday programming -- both in favor of old school hip-hop.

With two coincidental competitors emerging just hours within each other, we've stumbled into a showdown. From the spectator's perspective, the two may well peacefully coexist, but where's the fun in that? Social media has been lit up for days debating which of the two newcomers is better, so we're here to weigh in the fighters and give you our assessment of who's the GOAT and who's the sucker MC.

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The World is a Beautiful Place Relocate Dallas Show Amidst Abuse Allegations

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TWIABP have moved tonight's Dallas show from the Prophet Bar to Club Dada
Tonight was supposed to witness Connecticut band the World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die visiting Dallas for a show at the Prophet Bar. But as of last night, that is no longer the case. Show cancellations are commonplace -- Ms. Lauryn Hill's scheduled appearance at South Side Ballroom Tuesday night was postponed at the last minute, for instance -- but in a more unusual twist TWIABP have opted to move the show to a new location, Club Dada, under the promotion of Parade of Flesh.

The change of plans came abruptly in the wake of abuse charges leveled against an employee of the original event promoter, Third String Productions, which have played out publicly on social media over the past few days.

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Jack Ingram's "It's Always Gonna Rain" Gives Us Hope for 2015

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Though he hasn't officially released music in five years, for many of us in North Texas Jack Ingram hasn't gone away. For starters, he performs around here a lot; he's hit Plano, Dallas and Fort Worth in the past two months alone. And more importantly, he's built up an impressive catalog of songs over his 19-year recording career -- a career which started here in Dallas, for the uninitiated.

This past weekend, Ingram appeared on a new episode of the popular syndicated television show Texas Music Scene with Ray Benson. And, wouldn't you know it, he had a new song to sing. Given that it's been a whole half-decade since his last album, new Ingram tunes have popped up during his shows from time to time, but this specific song, "It's Always Gonna Rain," lends a hopeful, refreshing glimpse into what he has in store for us. And, wouldn't you know, Ingram's long-awaited album is finally slated to see the light of day early in 2015.

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5 Reasons To Be Excited About the Old 97's Hitchhike to Rhome Reissue

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On December 13, The Old 97's will perform at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. That combination alone is enough to make for a pretty cool night. One of Dallas' most beloved bands in one of the greatest rooms our city has to offer will never be an ordinary scenario.

But this particular show will have an even more celebratory tone than most. About four weeks earlier, on November 17, Omnivore Recordings and the Old 97's will release a 20th anniversary double-disc reissue of the group's debut album, Hitchhike to Rhome. Appropriately, the concert on December will see the band play Hitchhike in its entirety, an honor that the record more than deserves. In fact, even without the prospect of the show, there are a lot of reasons to be excited about this reissue. Here are five of them.

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Crown & Harp Looks to Class Things Up with a New Renovation

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Howdy, partner: Moody Fuqua is helping lead a raft of changes at Crown & Harp this fall

Change is in the air these days at Crown & Harp. It may get by the casual visitor of the Lower Greenville club, but the differences are easy enough to see nonetheless. Long-time Monday night DJ Tony Schwa, the man behind Cool Out, has shifted to the weekly dance night to a monthly basis (for the time being, anyway, having recently had a kid). Some new recurring events have been added (the LBJ Experience) and others waylaid (Paul Slavens' weekly appearances), while Outward Bound Mixtapes continues to settle in as a weekly staple.

But in the days ahead, there will be even more ambitious renovations taking place to the bar itself. For bar manager and talent buyer Moody Fuqua, however, it's all part of a steady build.


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Denton's Corporate Park Proves Industrial Music Still Matters

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Industrial music is relevant all over again. Amidst the music industry's infatuation with retro sounds, revivals and the general rehashing of old ideas, industrial is once again positioned as a music that matters -- an older strand that has taken on new meaning. As the continued effects of industrialization steadily turn our planet into an endothermic pressure-cooker, a music that speaks to the caustic ramifications of technological recklessness should stand center-stage in our cultural focus. It's the perfect climate for a band like Corporate Park

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Four Dallas Beats Producers You Need to Hear Now

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Blue, the Misifit explores his most adventurous production with his beats project War Club

When it comes to genres that have been allowed to flourish in the age of the online music cloud, few have risen to greater prominence than future sounds, better known to most as beats culture. An all-encompassing, chimeric blend of electronic, hip-hop and soul, beats takes DJs and producers of more traditional disciplines and infuses their aesthetics with the lush, groovy and unconventional elements of such sub-genres as dub, trap, chill, juke, house, tribal, sampling, chopped and screwed and many other lesser-known strata of club music and beat building.

While the spiritual home of beats culture lies in streaming services like Soundcloud, its true epicenter comes from the L.A.-based collective Soulection. But because this all exists online, there's been no regional limitations to the proliferation of beats culture. Dallas is currently enjoying an especially notable wealth of beats talent. Here are four such local artists leading the way for beats culture in Dallas.

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Erykah Badu Earns Less Than $4 Busking in New York City

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Erykah Badu posted a video of a recent "street hustle experiment" in New York City
Looks like you can't win 'em all, Erykah. Back in the summertime, local R&B star Erykah Badu went viral when crashed a local TV news telecast in New York City, playfully trying to steal a kiss from a reporter who had no one idea what kind of celebrity he was brushing off. This week, she's back at it, trolling doing an experiment with the kind folks of the Big Apple with a video she shot on her iPhone. The experiment: To see how much money she could make busking anonymously in Times Square.

The results? Well, let's just say that Badu probably won't be quitting her day job anytime soon.

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1310 The Ticket's George Dunham Uses His Faith to Make a Difference with "A Presence"

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George Dunham Performing with the Bird Dogs

Some songs pop out of a writer's mind and onto tape in mere minutes. Other songs, however, require a journey with several stops in order to develop into the fully formed statement they need to be. Almost three years ago, during the Christmas season of 2011, popular sports-talk radio host George Dunham of 1310 The Ticket, had a rush of impactful memories overtake him as he found inspiration for a new song he would write. For a bit over four years now, Dunham has been the lead singer and songwriter for local country band the Bird Dogs, and he suddenly felt it time to write a song detailing his Christian faith and its seemingly indescribable influence on his life.

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