Jay Farrar Has the Driest Sense of Humor on the Planet

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Son Volt

Whether solo or in Uncle Tupelo or Son Volt, singer/songwriter Jay Farrar has created a canon of alt-country and Americana music that may be unrivaled. Brooding and intense, Farrar's songs chronicle the darker side of human emotions and like his songs, Farrar isn't the most upbeat guy on the block.

Speaking from his home in St. Louis on Good Friday and in anticipation of Saturday's show at the Sons of Hermann Hall, Farrar spoke with DC9 about Son Volt's great new album, Honky Tonk, and how he believes fun is a relative term.

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-The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List
-The 10 Heavy Metal Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
-The 10 Greatest Alt-Country Bands Ever

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Richard Thompson On Getting Older and Losing Meaning

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Richard Thompson

Besides being a stellar guitarist, Richard Thompson is a superb songwriter and one hell of a witty dude. Over the course of four decades, Thompson has evolved from an above average, British folk rocker to a legendary guitarist plying his craft across several genres.

Speaking from a tour stop in New York City and in anticipation of Saturday's show at the Granada Theater, Thompson spoke with DC9 about his tremendous new album, Electric, and how people covering your songs can be a good and a bad thing.


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How Billy Bob's Remains a Texas Treasure for Die-Hards and Tourists Alike

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For anyone whose grown-up in the Metroplex, Billy Bob's Texas is as synonymous with this region as the Dallas Cowboys, Six Flags Over Texas or Reunion Tower are. Since opening in the equally iconic Ft. Worth Stockyards in 1981, the cavernous space has been the go-to spot for Country stars touring through town. In fact, it's the one venue in Ft. Worth that will keep a major touring national or regional act from crossing over into the eastern side of the Metroplex, more often than not.

While Country fans in their 40's, 50's and beyond will likely suggest you haven't been to a show at Billy Bob's until you've seen Willie or Merle there, the fraternity boys and sorority girls of today will be quick to tell you that there's nothing like taking in a Casey Donahew or Josh Abbott Band show with thousands of other rowdy friends inside the neon-lit venue. For those of us who are well into our mid-30's, it's likely we've seen not only the old-school legends and the current crop of young guns, but also the artists that are perhaps most responsible for the current explosion in the popularity of so-called "Texas Country." At the risk of being an elitist, regional bully, a Robert Earl Keen concert at Billy Bob's might be the most "Texan" thing a person can do for fun on a given weekend.

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Premiere: The Breakfast Machine's Underwater, Sledgehammer-Wielding Music Video for "Getz"

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Since winning Best Rock Act at the 2012 Dallas Observer Music Awards, The Breakfast Machine has been in the process of recording their newest album; which will be released in the next couple of months. Until then, they are releasing exclusively here on DC9 at Night a video for their new song "Getz." Meghann Morre, lead singer, took the time to tell us more about the ins and outs of Breakfast Machine and their independent record label, Euphio.


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Rick Miller of Southern Culture on the Skids: "We Were Doing it Just to Get Some Beer and Meet Chicks"

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Southern Culture on the Skids

Back in the mid '80s, you couldn't find a more fun experience than catching Southern Culture on the Skids. Rick Miller's psychobilly/surf rock creation could turn even the most modest of crowds into a seething, food throwing collection of fools that seemed to feed on the music's trailer park charm. Nearly thirty years after the fact, these guys just keep on rolling.

From outside a movie theater in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and in anticipation of tonight's show at the Sons of Hermann Hall, Miller spoke with DC9 about his love of Zombies and Doug Sahm and how he's still waiting for a gold record to come in the mail.

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The Alchemy of Vulgar Fashion: Patience, Magic and Blood

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Julie Mckendrick a.k.a. Kubic Zirconia of Vulgar Fashion
Denton death-synth duo Vulgar Fashion is about as enigmatic as it comes. If you're scouring their website or Facebook profile for a crisp, straightforward shot, you'll turn up empty-handed. The only real way to see and experience them--Julie Mckendrick and Andrew Michael, who fantastically go by the stage names Kubic Zirconia and Slush--is to see their live performances, complete with fog, fake blood, stone-dazed dancing and chiaroscuro lighting.

The band just joined the legion of a few other dark, operatic bands from DFW (Pinkish Black, Terminator 2, How I Quit Crack) on Handmade Birds Records, and just released their long-awaited self-titled debut album on March 19. Despite the fact that they haven't toured, the duo's "Krystal Tearz" track has stuck to the wall, getting them real estate on Pitchfork and even cropping up fans in Amsterdam.

Watch them perform "Krystal Tearz" for Violitionist Sessions, then read about their debut album, what inspires them and what they're all about in my Q&A with Kubic Zirconia below.

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Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum: "It Got to a Point Where People Were Confusing Making Music with Making Money."

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Delayed Reaction is Soul Asylum's first record since 2006.

When Soul Asylum hit it big with 1993's "Runaway Train," the band itself may have been as surprised as anyone. This natty little punk band from Minneapolis was now playing arenas and enjoying all the accoutrements that go along with such success. Problem was Soul Asylum were never really cut out for the big time and the band's time there was decidedly brief.

From a tour stop in Colorado and in anticipation of Tuesday night's show at Trees, lead singer Dave Pirner talked with DC9 about his band's lengthy career and how the band went back to basics on the recently released Delayed Reaction.

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Geoff Downes of Yes, Asia and The Buggles is Kind of Responsible for MTV

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Yes

If known only for being a member of The Buggles, keyboardist Geoff Downes would still have a place in rock history. "Video Killed The Radio Star" was the first video played on MTV way back in 1981. But Downes' greater commercial success came as a member of Asia and Yes. Currently recording and touring with both bands, Downes is certainly one of the busiest keyboardists around.

From a tour stop in Aspen, Colorado and in anticipation of Yes' show tonight at the Verizon Theater, Downes spoke with DC9 about his four decades in new eave and progressive rock.


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Greg Richling of the Wallflowers Has a Pedigree Equal to His Famous Frontman

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Greg Richling, bassist for The Wallflowers, was pretty happy when Jacob Dylan called him and decided to get The Wallflowers back together in 2011. It had been over six years since the band had recorded and Dylan's solo career had brought him some of the best accolades of his career. Thankfully, The Wallflowers did reconvene and recorded Glad All Over, a highly successful album that shows the band unafraid to head into different musical directions.

From his home in Los Angeles and in anticipation for tonight's show at the American Airlines Center opening for Eric Clapton, Richling spoke with DC9 about his time with the Wallflowers and what he does when the band isn't touring.


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They Might Be Giants Does Not Need More Conspiracy Theorists

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The Might Be Giants
Hard to believe that it's been over three decades since John Flansburgh and John Linnell first started playing music as They Might Be Giants. What started as two nerds and a drum machine has slowly evolved into a multi-media company with two distinct divisions: indie rock and children's music.

Speaking from his apartment in Brooklyn and in anticipation for tonight's show at the House of Blues, Flansburgh spoke with DC9 about his memories of Dallas and how his band has managed to survive the changing tides of the music industry by embracing technology and never standing pat.


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