Dallas Metal Bands Share More Than a Label in Tofu Carnage -- They Share Musicians, Too

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Zac Christian is one of many musicians pulling double duty at the Tofu Carnage showcase

For Dallas' Tofu Carnage Records, running a record label means much more than putting out albums. For starters, the albums they put out are true works of art, exquisitely detailed vinyl with colorful designs and elaborate packaging. Each record they put out is a commitment to the artist who recorded it, and in turn, the artists are committed to one another -- so much so, in fact, that many of them share members. Tomorrow night, they'll be coming together at Double Wide to showcase the unique community of Tofu Carnage.


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Messer's Kenny Youngar Makes an Unexpected Turn as Dallas' Uber Cop

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Uber Cop is out to tackle the mean streets of Dallas

There's a new sheriff in Dallas, and he comes in the form of a long-haired, pierced and tatted drummer from Canada. For Messer's Kenny Youngar, his first day as an Uber legend began just a couple weeks ago, on Valentine's Day. "It's taken on a life of its own," says Youngar. Cruising around Dallas in his 2007 Dodge Charger, a former two-time police chief vehicle, Youngar has become more than just an Uber driver. To his customers, he's known as the Uber Cop.

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Chinaski, the Fury is Denton's Madcap Writer

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Dalton Kane, better known as Chinaski, the Fury, is a solo agent of, well, fury.

Dalton Kane can't sit still. Or, better put, he can't stop writing. Performing under the pseudonym "Chinaski, the Fury," he has a colossal catalog of work squirreled away on his hard drive, featuring over 300 tracks that he insists he can't ever release. Even in his live performances he improvises half the show on the spot in an effort to connect with the chance audience member and moment. Oh, and he's written about 80,000 words of his first novel. For Kane, the phrase "singer-songwriter" takes on a whole new meaning.


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Jack Gulledge, Husband of Karaoke Carmen, is the Harmonica Man of Deep Ellum

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Jack Gulledge is the man with the harmonicas in Deep Ellum

Most people don't know about the harmonica player. Long gone are the days when a first-rate blues harp player could be the star draw of a band. Today it's an increasingly rare art form, its practitioners content to take a side role in their band or may even be a guest musician sitting in. Stumble through the door of Adair's Saloon or The Free Man on any given night of the week, and chances are you'll find Jack Gulledge doing just that, a handful of harmonicas slung over his shoulder in a custom-made, brown leather strap.

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A.Dd+'s Slim Gravy Grows Up and Steps Into the Unknown with Scatterbrained

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Jayson Vaughn
Slim Gravy

Slim Gravy is a man in transition. For years he's been known as one half of Dallas' most popular rap group, A.Dd+. Tall, lanky and not afraid to spit fire, Gravy has always brought a special attitude to his music, a swagger and determination that helps drive the group. But now he's venturing into his first-ever solo project outside of A.Dd+, called Scatterbrained, and it feels like much more than a mere side project. It's Gravy taking his future into his own hands, no matter what it takes.

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The Ticket is Finally Hosting a Concert at Ticketstock, and It Won't Be the Last

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Danny Balis sees room for more live music at the annual Ticketstock bash.

The guys at The Ticket really like music. It's not even close to being a secret, even if it is technically a sports talk radio station. But they've always tended to keep their passion for music at arm's length -- say, with funny segments on the radio, or with performances from their own Ticket Timewasters. That's why this weekend's Ticketstock at the Irving Convention Center feels like such a watershed moment: For the first time ever, The Ticket will be hosting a bona fide concert from a real, live band, the Old 97's. And in classic Ticket style, it's free.


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Denton Dub Legends Sub Oslo Return to Dallas After Almost a Decade on Saturday

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Sub Oslo are still stirring up bass frequencies after 20 years

When it comes to dub music in Dallas, there's no one else who does it quite like Sub Oslo. Their live show blows away all conceptions of the typical band in a club experience, a sensory overload of sights, sound and vibrations. Bass sounds shake and rattle the room like the inside of a subwoofer while spaced-out echoes wash over the crowd and psychedelic video projections push it all into another dimension.

But while Sub Oslo is still sporadically active after 20 years together as a band, their appearances nowadays are few and far between. It's been nearly a decade since their last hometown appearance, but the drought will end this weekend with a special performance at Three Links on Saturday.

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Buffalo Black Made a Fan of Spike Lee Through Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

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Buffalo Black

Last spring, Dallas rapper Buffalo Black was scrolling Instagram on his phone when a post caught his eye. It was from noted director Spike Lee. He needed independent artists for his next film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, which was being financed through Kickstarter. Lee asked for artists to email him tracks and Buffalo Black, a big fan of Lee's work, eagerly did so. Within a few weeks, his life would be turned on its head.

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Wild Detectives Takes a Page Out of the '90s to Sell Cassette Tapes

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Juan Vargas
No longer a sleepy old bookstore, Wild Detectives now sells cassette tapes from local bands

The Wild Detectives is hidden near Zang and 8th in Oak Cliff, and has been opened for the better part of a year. The burnt-orange house converted into a cozy bookstore serves espresso, local beer and has hundreds of those antique objects with paper pages called books. They even have a small vinyl selection, hold poetry readings and feature live music. It's anything but a conventional bookstore.

Now general manager Carlos Guajardo has yet another plan for his store. He's teamed up with Vice Palace owner Art Peña with the aim of establishing Wild Detectives as the go-to spot for cassette tapes. Yes, the very same plastic-shelled objects used to make mixtapes all the way back in those sepia-toned days known as the '90s.


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Peladini's Piero Rossini Survived the Peruvian Jungles and Clown College to Get to Dallas

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Piero Rossini playing as Peladini in his native Peru

Piero Rossini, the man behind one-man electronic act Peladini, is a true nomad. From Florida and Lima, Peru, Rossini has led an unlikely journey that has only seen him firmly plant foot here in the Dallas music scene in the past couple months. Even in a music scene that thrives on its eclecticism and uniqueness of experience, Rossini's makes for an unlikely story. "I think I'm the only experimental musician to tour the Peruvian jungle," he says with a grin.

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