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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

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

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

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

Black Tie Dynasty Steps Past Its Hatersnew

Even though the band is just now releasing its first follow-up full-length since Movements, it just might be the most polarizing band in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  12-15-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Dallas Hip-Hop: Swagger Like Usnew

Local artists make waves with D-Town Boogie, but the real test comes in 14 months.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  12-01-2008  |  Music

Lil Wil Takes Dallas Hip-Hop Nationalnew

With "My Dougie" in tow, he's looking to get paid.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  06-03-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Our Doomed Tie to the Thriving Local DIY Scenenew

Two of Dallas' DIY venues were recently closed own. They had issues, sure, but it's tough to ignore another thread running through each of these stories: Our coverage.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  05-19-2008  |  Music

Take Me Homenew

England has been raving about half-Texas, half-Manchester band The Earlies for two years. Now it's Texas's turn.
Dallas Observer  |  Sam Machkovech  |  10-24-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

An Old Flamenew

The passage of four decades had all but erased the legacy of Dick and Kiz Harp, until Bruce Collier re-released the jazz duo's two albums recorded on 90th Floor Records.
Dallas Observer  |  Robert Wilonsky  |  04-18-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

Deathray Davies Share Memories of 500 Showsnew

The Deathray Davies, which have played 500 shows in five years, can't share their best road stories because they're way too incriminating, says singer-guitarist John Dufilho. So they share milder tales of disputes and injuries.
Dallas Observer  |  Sarah Hepola  |  01-10-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

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