Purity Ring, Jesus and Mary Chain Coming to the Bomb Factory

Kate Garner
Purity Ring is coming to the Bomb Factory. Yes, this is actually going to happen.
Shit's starting to get real now with The Bomb Factory. In just over 24 hours, the soon-to-be-reopened Deep Ellum music venue has announced two big shows: Yesterday it was British shoegaze legends Jesus and Mary Chain and this morning, courtesy of Transmission Events, it was young synth-pop duo Purity Ring. Tomorrow is set to be an even bigger day, with news of the venue's grand opening party set to be announced, but already the message is clear: The Bomb Factory is going to be a game-changer.

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Josh Abbott Band to Headline the 2015 Dallas Observer St. Patrick's Day Concert

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Josh Abbott Band headline St. Paddy's day this year.

Here we are, folks: No man's land. That's right, dead in the middle of that ghastly stretch of the year between New Year's and Memorial Day where there are few, if any, work holidays to be had. Sure, there's Valentine's Day, but no one gets a day off for that, so who cares? All that we're really left with for sustenance is that most sacred of days: St. Patrick's Day.

As we've done for many years past, the Dallas Observer is celebrating St. Paddy's Day the only way we know how: By throwing a big ass, drunken party. But this year we're flipping the script a bit from years past by offering up none other than native Texas country star Josh Abbott Band as the headliner.

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Sufjan Stevens to Play Dallas for First Time Since 2012

Sara Kerens
Sufjan Stevens played his last non-Christmas show in Dallas at SMU in 2010
Remember way back when Sufjan Stevens claimed he was going to write an album each for all 50 states in the Union? Those were the days. He was the naive, fresh-faced folkie with the completely impractical, overly ambitious dream, and people loved him for it. Then he got weird, said albums were "dead," released a 60-minute "EP" and sorta disappeared. Last Dallas saw of him was back in 2012, when he brought his outlandish Christmas sing-along revue to the Granada Theater.

Now he claims he's making a comeback, prepping his first album in four years, a supposed return to his folk roots named Carrie & Lowell after his mother and stepfather. And just this morning he announced he's going back on tour, including a stop in Dallas this spring.

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New Kids on the Block Coming to Dallas with TLC and Nelly

Rachel Parker
This one's for the old folks: NKOTB are coming to American Airlines Center in May
Okay, this one's just kind of funny. Don't get us wrong, we loved the '90s. But in a strange way, we love '90s reunion tours even more than we loved the real thing back in the day. Why's that? Because with reunion tours you get something hilarious like a New Kids on the Block tour called "The Main Event" with TLC and Nelly playing as the openers, and a sweet, sweet tagline like, "Hit. After Hit. After Hit." Because shit, if you're the NKOTB and it's time for another cash grab, why take yourself seriously?

Best of all: "The Main Event" tour comes to Dallas in all its glory for a stop at American Airlines Center on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

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Austin Psych Fest Announces Killer 2015 Lineup

Mattie Stafford
Flaming Lips lead the way as Austin Psych Fest relaunches as Levitation in 2015
Austin has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to music festivals. In the past two months alone, the capitol city has hosted Austin City Limits and Fun Fun Fun Fest, and lest we forget, they also boast SXSW. But the festival that shouldn't be overlooked (and which arguably has the biggest cool factor of the whole group) is Austin Psych Fest. Earlier today, the folks at APF reminded us of that very fact when they announced a pretty sweet-looking lineup for next year's festival, as well as a name change and a fresh tie-in with Transmission Events.

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Lana Del Rey and Courtney Love Coming to Dallas in May 2015

Timothy Norris
Lana Del Rey performing at Coachella last April

Lana Del Rey and Courtney Love go way back. All the way back, in fact, to that time that LDR did her cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" and Love tweeted, "You know the song is about my Vagina, right?" Well, apparently such are the things that lasting friendships are made of, for Del Rey and Love have not only gone on to become good friends but they're now also going on tour together. Just this morning LiveNation announced that the pair will be hitting Dallas on May 9, 2015 for a visit to Gexa Energy Pavilion.

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"Have a Heart" is a Worthy Benefit for Local Music Fan John Bullard

Jeffrey Brown
John Bullard is the benficiary of a new fundraiser called Have a Heart

John Bullard is 25 years old and a big fan of Dallas music. You've probably seen him around at a number of shows at not even known it. That's because Bullard has an aggressive case of cerebral palsy and he has to get around in a wheelchair. The CP has effected a large part of his body and severely limited his mobility, meaning he needs assistance for everyday tasks such as eating. But Bullard is a very positive person; he even has a wonderful blog that he maintains.

Sadly, thanks to a variety of factors outside of his control, Bullard faces increasing challenges coping with his medical costs. To help, his friends have organized a fundraiser called Have a Heart that's set to take place at South Side Ballroom in November, and they've even gotten Brooklyn dream rockers Beach Fossils to headline.

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Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians to Reunite for North Oak Cliff Music Fest

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Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians headline North Oak Cliff Music Fest on October 25
Jeff Liles, the talent buyer at the Kessler Theater and resident local music aficionado, has been promising a big headliner for the third-annual North Oak Cliff Music Festival. Well, this is a big one, and has plenty of significance for Oak Cliff, too. Edie Brickell, who was born and raised in the neighborhood, will be getting back together with her old Dallas band the New Bohemians to top off the festival at Lake Cliff Park, which takes place on Saturday, October 25.

Joining the New Bohemians with newly announced acts for the show this morning are Denton natives Seryn.

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Eli Young Band Announce Second-Annual House Party at Globe Life Park

Hello, Our Name is Eli Young Band and We Like To Party.

Last year Denton's Eli Young Band packed country into Globe Life Park in Arlington for the first installment of its cheekily named House Party concert. Last night Young and company revealed their plans for the follow-up at the home of the Texas Ranger, which will be held Novemeber 8. This year, though, the event is growing, as another massive show to be held a week later at the home of the Houston Astros, Minute Maid Park.

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B.o.B. to Play Prophet Bar October 25

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B.o.B. will be coming to the Prophet Bar this fall
When XXL revealed its Freshman Class of 2009 much of the hype went to Asher Roth, but it was B.o.B. who would see the most commercial success. In 2010 the Atlanta based rapper unleashed The Adventures of Bobby Ray on the world and quickly shot up the billboard charts with hits like "Nothin' On You," "Airplanes," and the Rivers Cumo featuring "Magic." Not a bad year.

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