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Born Again: The Beloved Sarah Jaffenew

For a few years, the 23-year-old Sarah Jaffe has been charming the pants off area audiences with her lost-in-the-world, building folk yarns, performing the types of shows that would cause lesser scribes to write things like "Jaffe sure took that crowd to church on Friday night!"
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  01-25-2010  |  Profiles & Interviews

What Will We Remember as the Biggest Dallas Fort-Worth Music Stories of the Year?new

Chris Flemmons has been running a South by Southwest showcase for Denton artists called North by 35, the college town's best punk bands step out into the limelight, and a fresh-faced rapper named Dorrough all highlight DFW's 2009 Music Scene.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  12-21-2009  |  Commentary

The Sound Sucks at Cowboys Stadium -- but the Bands Aren't Helping Mattersnew

Here's the thing: In the wake of all the original excitement over the enormodome out in Arlington, a funny thing's started popping up: discontent.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  10-26-2009  |  Music

Good Records Recordings Returns In A Big Waynew

When TVT went under and the Polyphonic Spree's 2007 release The Fragile Army was purchased by digital music label The Orchard, Tim DeLaughter and his wife Julie decided to revert things back to before they went the major-label route.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  09-28-2009  |  Music

Dallas' Neon Indian Hits the National Scenenew

Despite the fact that the band's debut release still won't see the light of day until October, the hyper-aware music fans at the Monolith Festival sang along as the band launched into "Terminally Chill," the first song the band leaked to its internet fan base earlier this summer.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  09-21-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Dallas Producer Rob Viktum Serves Up A New, Tasty 'Drink'new

Viktum makes beats all the time, but the beats he's created on a new EP for his latest project, well, they're a bit different. Not in style, mind you, but in creation.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  08-31-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Dallas' Hottest Musical Export: Mall Punknew

For lack of a better descriptor, these acts are the latest proprietors of the mall punk scene, performing power pop, for the most part, and music that's been influenced heavily by the pop-punk sounds of the late '90s and the emo sounds of the early '00s. And their choice of genre is indicative of a greater trend happening here in Dallas and beyond.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  06-15-2009  |  Music

The Recent History of Live Music in Dallas Gets Another Discouraging Chapternew

After several events are shut down by local law enforcement, promoters are left wondering: Is the city actively trying to kill its music scene?
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  06-08-2009  |  Music

Slow Roosevelt Joins the Reunion Trendnew

It's been five years now since Slow Roosevelt decided to end its run as Dallas' perennial Next Big Thing that never quite was. But a few months back, like so many other Dallas bands of that same era, Slow Roosevelt decided that it couldn't stay away, that it wanted just one more go-round in the spotlight.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  05-04-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Secret Handshake's 'My Name Up in Lights'new

Few acts among the crowded Dallas mall-pop scene are as sonically promising as The Secret Handshake.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  04-27-2009  |  Reviews

Damaged Good$ Arrives Just in Time to Right the Ship of Dallas Hip-Hopnew

It's not exactly a secret that Dallas hip-hop is enjoying a serious high at the moment. But if there's an Achilles heel to this burgeoning superpower, it's in the fact that it lacks a serious self-awareness, a sense of humor about its absurdity.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  03-09-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Fort Worth Metal Scene Remembers Abboud Greig, Joe's Garagenew

In the story of Abboud Greig, the 74-year-old Fort Worth landlord killed early last month during an attempted robbery, a little perspective goes a very long way.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  03-02-2009  |  Music

The Early Republic Is Dallas' Latest Retreadnew

As the electro-dance pop-rock outfit took to the stage at the House of Blues' Pontiac Garage to celebrate the official release of its new, self-titled LP, it was tough to fully get behind what the band was trying to do. Mostly because it's all been done before.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  02-23-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

M83's 'Saturdays=Youth'new

M83 explains its John Hughes love.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  02-02-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Fair To Midland's Still Getting Definednew

Audiences are eating up Fair to Midland's newest material, even as the band remains uncertain about it.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  01-12-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

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