Nicki Minaj to Kick Off U.S. Tour With a Stacked Show in Dallas on July 17

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All hail Queen Nicki and her badass tour lineup

Onika Tanya Maraj, more commonly known as Nicki Minaj, is opening the U.S. leg of her Pinkprint tour in Dallas. All of the Barbz (pop stars have god awful nicknames for their fans, and this is her's) should be excited. Even if you aren't prepubescent/insane enough to call yourself a "Barb," you should be very excited about this tour, as Minaj is the Queen of Rap. Also, the openers are stacked. It's like a SXSW showcase with longer sets, and you don't have to stand in line for 28 years to purchase an expensive ticket. This could be the hottest rap tour in the summer.


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The Academy of Country Music Just Announced an Amazing Country Show at Globe Life Park

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Dallas Observer
Kenney Chesney played AT&T Stadium the last time he hit Dallas, back in 2013

Hoo boy, talk about a country music lineup. Dallas is lucky in that it's often able to attract country music's biggest and brightest stars, and that's going to be especially true in the coming months: Miranda Lambert plays the American Airlines Center next week, Shania Twain just announced a stop in Dallas in August, and the Academy of Country Music Awards will be held right here at AT&T Stadium in April. And in conjunction with that gala, the ACM is bringing a whopper of lineup here next month as well.


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Cory Morrow Leads All-Texas Additions to Dallas Observer's St. Patrick's Day Concert

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Cory Morrow joins Josh Abbott Band and other at the Observer's St. Patrick's Day concert
Okay, we've kept you waiting long enough here. St. Patrick's Day is less than two weeks away, which means the Dallas Observer's annual luck o' the Irish party is right around the corner as well. But so far we've only announced the headliner, which is of course Texas native Josh Abbott Band. Well, this morning we're excited to announce that the rest of our St. Paddy's lineup is officially booked, and let's just say it follows in much the same country music vein.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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