A New Texas House Bill Triggers Debate Over State-Funded Music Museums

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Dallas radio personality and archivist George Gimarc is opposed to a state-run music museum

Critics of a new bill filed in the Texas House that seeks to establish a Texas music history museum say that even though their hearts are in the right place, their brains are somewhere else entirely.

HCR 75, a bill introduced in the Texas House last month by Rep. Senfronia Thompson, seeks to encourage the State Preservation Board "to establish a museum of Texas music history as a permanent and integral program within the [Bullock Texas State History Museum]." Two of the people behind the Texas Musicians Museum believe those efforts are misguided and could even undermine the work of private music history museums throughout the state.


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Miley Cyrus Joined Joan Jett Onstage at the Who's Dallas Concert on Saturday

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Miley Cyrus almost stole the show at American Airlines Center on Saturday

Surprise, surprise. The storyline for the Who's visit to Dallas over the weekend seemed predictable enough, with the only real question mark being whether or not this would be the last time we'd see them play here. But that didn't account for opener and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Jett having a trick up her sleeve, as Miley Cyrus showed up unexpectedly to play "Crimson and Clover" and "I Hate Myself for Loving You" at the end of her set at American Airlines Center.

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The Phuss' Joshua Fleming Takes a Detour with New Country Group Vandoliers

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Mike Brooks
Josh Fleming of the Phuss and now Vandoliers performing a very un-country tune.

On New Year's Eve 2014, Joshua Fleming inadvertently made one hell of a New Year's Resolution. He'd already had an eventful and tumultuous year with his band, local punk trio the Phuss, where he plays guitar and is lead vocalist. While he was in the Double Wide's outdoor space selling albums and chatting with a few friends, he made a passing remark that deserved a great deal more emphasis: "I'm going to make a country record."

Enter the Vandoliers.

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Zane Williams Joined Rare Dallas Company By Playing the Grand Ole Opry Last Weekend

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Dallas artists at the Opry are a rarity, and Zane Williams joined the club last Saturday

Last night at Clark Park on the University of North Texas campus in Denton, country singer-songwriter Zane Williams performed for a dancing group of co-eds. Five days ago, however, the McKinney resident was making his debut on the hallowed stage of country music's greatest stage, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

While artists from Texas such as Wade Bowen, Aaron Watson, Sunny Sweeney and Randy Rogers have all made their Opry debuts in recent years, the 38-year-old Williams is one of the scant few from our corner of this state to have done so. For a country artist, the first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry is one the seminal moments a career will ever see, no matter how successful that artist may become over time. And given that the Opry has been broadcasting to large parts of the country since 1925, featuring every legendary name one can come-up with from Hank to Cash to Willie and Merle, no other genre these days can offer artists such a watershed moment.


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Vaden Todd Lewis' Burden Brothers to Reunite at 2015 Dia De Los Toadies Festival

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After almost a decade away, will the eyeliner reunite with the Burden Brothers?

Between 2003 and 2006, the Burden Brothers ruled North Texas rock. The band's full-length debut, Buried in Your Black Heart, from locally based Kirtland Records, made a splash nationally, and songs like "Shadow" and "Beautiful Night," the ocean-sized anthem that had a nice run on the Billboard Rock charts, became ubiquitous in bars and Guitar Centers across the region. National tours, radio airplay and Dallas Observer Music Awards were regular for the band that many likened to an epic 1970's arena-rock act.

But the group had something going for it other local acts couldn't have, aside from killer veteran area musicians. Vaden Todd Lewis, the lead singer of the then-defunct Toadies, was the madman behind the microphone. And now the Burden Brothers, long thought to be gone forever, are coming back -- for one night, anyway, courtesy of the Toadies annual Dia De Los Toadies festival.

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Josh Abbott Called Out for Insensitive Tweet About Baltimore Riots

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Josh Abbott, pictured at the Dallas Observer St. Patrick's Day Concert in March

If you haven't been watching the news, Baltimore is imploding. After the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore police officers, thousands of citizens took to the streets in protest of police brutality. At present, over 1,500 National Guard troops have been deployed to police Baltimore. There have been confrontations between rioters and police, fires, and the Maryland governor has declared a state of emergency as the protest escalates. It goes without saying that the entire country has their eye on what is happening in Baltimore, no matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on.

For whatever reason, last night Texas country artist Josh Abbott decided that it would be wise to enter the fray with a tweet that advocated police shooting of protesters and rioters in Baltimore.


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Hailey's Makes a Surprise Reinvention as Denton's Hip-Hop Haven

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Hailey's is embracing its inner hip-hop club -- and it's not the only one in Denton, either.

Two concepts, both alike in dignity. Denton: A bubbling melting pot for DIY punks, garage rock and metal. Juxtaposing it, hip-hop has long been at odds with the city, attempting to stake a claim at one of its venues. Though it isn't exactly Montagues and Capulets, it's a standoff in which neither side has yet to blink. But in the past two months, unmistakable hip-hop hype has been circulating throughout Denton, and Hailey's Club has been playing town crier.

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Holy Shit: D'angelo is Coming to The Bomb Factory

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D'Angelo, yes D'Angelo, is coming to Dallas. What you do for a ticket?

Hear ye, hear ye! D'angelo is coming to The Bomb Factory in June. Do you hear us? D'Angelo is coming to The Bomb Factory! Holy shit. What would you do for a ticket? Would you enter The Hunger Games: Second Coming Tour Ticket Edition? I would do this, just to see the brilliant recluse in person, right here in Dallas. May the odds be in your favor.

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Do214 is Throwing Its One-Year Anniversary Party, But What Exactly Do They Do?

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Mike Brooks
This time last year, Do214 launched with a Charles Bradley show at Trees

Almost exactly one year ago, there was a stealth invasion in Dallas. The "DoStuff Media" Mothership hovered over the metroplex and beamed down some brand or business or humanoid blend of the two called "Do214." And since making first contact we've seen the alien entity spitting fire Drake jokes, giving sponsored drinks at shows and even doing giveaways for Lollapalooza tickets.

Tomorrow, Do214 is hosting a one-year birthday bash at Trees to commemorate the day it descended on Dallas, featuring Dan Deacon, Prince Rama, Ben O'Brien and Party Static. But with all this glitz and glamor, there are two fundamental questions we ought to ask ourselves: What is Do214? And should we be afraid?


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Vice Palace To Celebrate Its First Year in a West Dallas Warehouse

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iill join Arthur Pena's music and fashion party at the Vice Palace one-year party this weekend

Seems like Art Peña is having one hell of a week. Yesterday we reported that he's going to get $5,000 from the city of Dallas to start his own record label. That, as it turns up, is merely a bonus to the party that he's throwing this weekend in honor of the one-year anniversary of his roving do-it-yourself venture, Vice Palace. But the point of this party isn't to celebrate Peña, or even Vice Palace: all of the proceeds from the $15 door price go directly to the artists. "Year One is about giving hundreds of dollars back to local musicians," Peña says.

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