Denton's Power Objects produce triumphant post-punk anthems

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John Gillespie and Dan Minshew of Power Objects, mid-fury.

A balmy August evening. Civil Recording studio in Denton. The unthinkable has happened to Denton band Power Objects: Lucy the cat has gone missing. Vocalist and guitarist John Gillespie describes it as, without a doubt, their darkest hour.

But Michael Briggs' notorious feline assistant was thankfully found. And Power Objects were able to proceed with the production of Frosted Tips, which just dropped a week and a half ago. The triumphant EP waves the flag of post-punk with a tinge of math rock, adding technical virtuosity to tracks without making it too hard to approach. With these songs tracked and produced, the band looks to keep the momentum up and continue writing new material.

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Fishboy Will Act Out An Elephant This Weekend with Costumes at a Book Store

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Dave Koen
Fishboy should be pulling out all the props for the "An Elephant" release party this Sunday
How's this for an album release party? A band records a concept album about an elephant that was killed by Thomas Edison, and releases an accompanying "wordless graphic novel" that helps fill out the poor creature's story. The band then decides to celebrate the release not at, you know, a concert venue, but inside of a bookstore. Certain scenes will be acted out from the story. And there will be costumes involved.

The first thing you'd probably say would be, "It must be happening in Denton." And you would be right. More specifically, it's happening at Recycled Books and Records this Sunday, and the band behind it all is Fishboy. It may just be the funnest thing happening in North Texas all weekend.

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Pit Bulls Have Practiced the Art of Safe Moshing for 25 Years

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David Compose, leader of the Pit Bulls, is known to Mosh Off contestants as the "Mosh Father"

Moshing is an art form. Like the heavy metal music it was intended to accompany, it's a brutal, punishing art form, one built on the deliberate collision of bodies and the sweat, blood and bruises of concertgoers. And it's an art form that gets celebrated each year here in North Texas at the Mosh Off where aggressive and defensive moshers are judged for their style, stamina and brutality in the pit.

The most brutal among them are awarded with a silver cup trophy named after David Compose, one of the original founders of the Pit Bulls, a local moshing organization whose roots reach into the early '80s when the pit was upchucking people suffering from a broken leg, a black eye and a knife wound or two.

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HOT 93.3 FM Has Already Given Up on Classic Hip Hop

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Nate "Igor" Smith
In like a Snoop Lion, out like a Snoop Lamb? HOT 93.3 has already quit its classic hip-hop format

And then there was one. The debate over which of Dallas' two new classic hip-hop stations is the best has already reached its (perhaps inevitable) conclusion, just a lot sooner than most of us would've expected. HOT 93.3 FM, which suddenly started playing old-school hip hop early last month at exactly the same time that BOOM 94.5 kicked off a similar format, had advertised the change as "Hip-Hop Holidays." But within days of Thanksgiving having passed (which, by our count, doesn't include all of the holidays) the station has changed course once again.


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Hand Drawn Records Puts a Local Spin on Christmas With The Holiday Record

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Dome Dwellers are among the artists featured on Hand Drawn's new Holiday Record

'Tis the season for locally crafted holiday compilation records. That's how it goes, right? Er, never mind. Dallas label Hand Drawn Records just put out a holiday-themed compilation album, The Holiday Record, that's been getting more clicks than a Cyber Monday flash sale.

Hand Drawn Creative Director Dustin Blocker organized the artists, recorded the songs in about a day back in July, and has been releasing one track daily over the last 11 days, with the 12th gift being presented tonight (but it isn't another song). In the spirit of celebration, there will of course be a release party at Spinster Records tonight, where Hand Drawn will be giving away 200 free copies of The Holiday Record.

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Denton's Problem Dogg Released a 49-track Album and It's Completely Insane

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Problem Dogg released a 49-song anthology last weekend. As you can probably guess, it's crazy

Problem Dogg is an anti-band. They take every chance to challenge the audience by using multiple bass lines, hosting frantic shows and unleashing a terrifying energy on listeners. Continuing this trend, the band released a 49-song anthology album last week, collecting all the tracks the band has written in the last year and putting them to tape at Civil Recording.

By some sort of miracle outside of our current understanding of time and physics, the album was put together in one day back in June. The band played every song in one take, one after another in the flurry of 10 hours, and they didn't even listen back to tracks until they got the mastered tracks later. What emerged was, well, a distilled insanity that is the culmination of the tireless efforts by the bombastic Denton band.

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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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