Denton's Corporate Park Proves Industrial Music Still Matters

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Photo courtesy Wes Darrin

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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Karlo X. Ramos
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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Denton's the Plunge Dive Headlong Into Doom-Metal

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Plunge via Facebook
Denton's Plunge even got lo-fi with their photos
Plunge started as just a name, and the band that later formed under it sought to replicate the sound of the word itself. The chugging, sludgy doom-metal band that resulted is pretty spot-on.

In bassist Cade Bundrick's room before a show at Gatsby's Mansion, the house venue he lives at and helps run, the three members of Plunge riff back and forth about everything from shattering cymbals to what they call "wiener rock" (don't ask).

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Michael Schoder Sold Records in His Car Before Buying the Granada

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Bill Ellison via Flickr
Michael Schoder has been packing the Granada with concertgoers for a decade

Mike Schoder is calmer than a well-fed cat in the 'burbs, but don't let that fool you. There's nothing complacent about him. The owner of the Granada Theater and the adjoining Sundown at Granada, Schoder could easily be mistaken for a surfer bro, thanks to his long golden hair that he keeps pulled back into a ponytail. But he sounds a little bit like Iggy Pop and, appropriately for a businessman, he has an insane memory. Attention to detail is key.

Today Schoder is relaxing at the Sundown on a late summer afternoon. He's just gotten off the phone regarding some upcoming renovations to the theater, but he's laid back as can be. When you own two businesses with 60 employees each, this is just another day at the office.

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Glamorama's Blake Ward is a Club DJ with a Vision

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Remy Ryan
Blake Ward is one of Dallas' most popular DJs

There's something special about the Beauty Bar come Saturday nights. Amidst the 1950s-themed decor and glittery, soft-hued color scheme, the tiny Knox-Henderson bar has two very important ingredients: Good drinks and even better music. In the case of the latter, that's all thanks to Blake Ward.

"DJs facilitate the human mating ritual, so you want people to have fun," explains Ward, the resident DJ for "Glamorama" dance night that takes place every Saturday night. "I'm fortunate to play at Beauty Bar because the crowd is really receptive to what I play. The owner Brooke [Humphries] lets me play whatever I want, the staff is the best in town and the patrons love to party."

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Granada Theater's First 10 Years: Our Favorite Memories

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Drew Gaines
Granada Theater's iconic marquee has lit up with concert dates for a decade now

This month, the Granada Theater is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a music venue. It was then that Michael Schoder bought the then-movie theater and transformed it into the concert venue we know and love today. To help mark the occasion, we decided to pull together our favorite memories from the Granada throughout that first decade. We even collected the memories of some of the Granada's own staff, past and present. They aren't all concert memories, per se, but they're just the sorts of things that make the place so special.


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Centro-matic to Call It Quits After December Tour

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Rachel Parker
Centro-Matic playing the Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase in 2011.
Yesterday afternoon social media started to fill with laments when word trickled out that one of North Texas' most lauded and best loved artists, Centro-matic, would be calling it quits after their upcoming December tour.

The group's fervent fan base is sure to make their 14 remaining dates as a band a hot ticket, and there's little doubt that their final two shows at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton on December 19 and 20 will sell out quickly. Rightfully so, as there are few bands who have meant as much to the area as Centro-matic.

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Jacob Furr Celebrates Life in the Wake of Devastating Tragedy

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Folk singers are storytellers. The best ones are able to take the most simplistic subject matter and make it ache with beauty. The great ones can also take life's greatest complexities and unanswerable questions and present us with a new, relatable vision with which we can view such big-picture wonderings. Fort Worth's Jacob Furr, 28, has been that type of troubadour for some time now.

Last August, Furr, his family and friends faced the harshest side of life's possibilities when his wife of three years, Christina, died of cancer. It's not a stretch to say that even though he's still quite young, the passing of his wife, whom he had known his "whole life," will likely be his most excruciating artistic inspiration, regardless of how long he lives.

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