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Review: Erykah Badu at Granada Theater

Erykah Badu

Photos by Jamie B. Ford and Roman A. Pena, Special to DFW.com

For her 42nd birthday, the woman born Erica Wright thought it better to give than receive. Read more

Concert Review: War Party at The Wherehouse

Wherehouse 2/24/2013

Steve Watkins/Special to DFW.COM

In 2011, I saw the band War Party at one of their earliest performances. They were a bit rough around the edges, but they had a lot of potential, and I’ve been wondering how they shaped up. So on Sunday, I saw that local indie label Lo-Life Recording was having a big throwdown at the Where H... Read more

Review: Pink at American Airlines Center


Photos by Jamie B. Ford/Special to DFW.com

Pink is unfamiliar with the old adage "never let 'em see you sweat." Read more

Concert Review: Jonathan Tyler at The Live Oak

Jonathan Tyler at the Live Oak

Steve Watkins/Special to DFW.COM

Last week, at the Toadies announcement show, one of the high sheriffs of DFW.com approached me and suggested that I be at the Live Oak the following Friday for the Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights show. I was aware of the show already and with Tyler headlining and the Hanna Barbarians as an... Read more

Review: Beyonce, 'Life Is But a Dream'

This weekend is a busy one, as music documentaries go. Read more

Review: The xx at Granada Theater

Deliberately or not, the xx immediately defined the prevailing mood inside the Granada Theater Wednesday night. Read more

Concert review: A Toadies drive-by, plus The County Fringe at The Grotto


steve Watkins/Special to DFW.COM

My weekend of music kicked off at 6 p.m. at Lola’s Saloon in Fort Worth. The bar was packed. Cryptic Facebook messages had promised that two members of Toadies, Vaden Todd Lewis, and Mark Reznicek, would be hanging out for happy hour. Even though they haven’t been as active in the past ... Read more

Review: My Bloody Valentine, 'mbv'


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Press play on the new My Bloody Valentine album, and time just evaporates. Read more

Concert Review: Virgin Wolves and We're Wolves at Lola's

Lola's on Feb 2nd

Steve Watkins/Special to DFW.COM

From wolves, we get dogs. Scientists say that our sympathetic relationship with canines played a major role in our emergence as a dominant species on this planet. My dog doesn’t seem all that useful, but I love dogs, and so when I saw that Lola’s was featuring a mostly canine bill on Sa... Read more

Review: Lady Gaga at American Airlines Center


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This was going to be a reasoned, thoughtful assessment of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way Ball" tour. Read more

Concert Review: Songwriter Round at All Good Cafe

Songwriters Round at All Good Cafe

Steve Watkins/Special to DFW.COM

Saturday I found myself in Dallas, in Deep Ellum, in the All Good Café to be specific. Normally I don’t like to go to Dallas. I like Dallas just fine, especially Deep Ellum – I just don’t like driving there. And ... Read more

Review: Cat Power at South Side Music Hall


Stefano Giovannini

Chan Marshall's reputation precedes her. Read more

Concert review: Flatworld and Bomb Atomic at the Cellar

Flatworld and Bomb Atomic at The Cellar

Steve Watkins/Special to DFW.COM

Berry Street, once again, looks like a war zone. Read more

Review: Jeff Mangum at Majestic Theater


Corey Greenwell

The reclusive and influential singer-songwriter brought his beloved compositions to life Sunday night. Read more

Review: John Fullbright at Poor David's Pub


Vicki Farmer

The Oklahoma singer-songwriter made his headlining debut at the iconic Dallas club, delivering a soul-shaking set. Read more

Review: Keane at House of Blues


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The British band pulled from all phases of its nearly decade-long career during a sold-out show Friday. Read more

Review: Lucinda Williams at Kessler Theater


Courtesy All Eyes Media

The goosebumps materialized early Tuesday night. Read more

Concert Review: Siberian Traps at Lola's

Lola's 6th

Steve Watkins/Special to DFW.COM

I love live music on Sundays. It’s the day that clubs give a chance to new or unknown acts, and on some days there is nothing I crave more than finding a new (at least to me) band. Read more

The other Knowles is finding her own 'True' path

For Solange Knowles, her last name is as much liability as asset. After all, that appellation carries with it some hefty expectations. Read more

North Texas rappers are making some noise

In an area often dominated by rock bands bashing out three-chord blasts and country groups considering the genre from different angles, North Texas hip-hop often has trouble finding a wider audience. Read more

Concert Review: Spencer Durrett at Mambo's


Steve Watkins/Special to DFW.COM

Mambo's Tapas Camtina is an easy place to overlook. It’s a hotel bar, right across the street from the big ole space ship of a convention center in downtown Fort Worth, and not the kind of place you think would be a music destination. You would be... Read more

Concert Review: End of the World Parade at Lola's


Steve Watkins/Special to DFW.COM

For all of 2012 we had heard about how the Mayans predicted that the end of the world would occur in December, but the date just kind of snuck up on me. Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations are generally a reliable predictor of the future, so I put off paying my cable bill, and on the 21st I ... Read more

Concert Review: Choate Country at The Wild Rooster


Steve Watkins/Special to DFW.COM

The other day I was talking with Nick Choate, the head of the notorious Blue Smoke Mafia (a group of Funkytown musicians that all have ties to Nick’s Blue Smoke Studios). He showed me the artwork promoting his new band, Choate Country, which looked suspiciously like a pack of cigarettes. I a... Read more

The best of the rest: more 2012 best album picks


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11. Fiona Apple, ‘The Idler Wheel …’ Read more

Year in review: DFW.com's 10 best albums of 2012

MTVU Honorees


Considered as a whole, the music of 2012 was a year of subtle reinventions. Read more

Review: Adrian Hulet and Eric Flynn of Oso Closo at Live Oak


(Special to DFW.com/Steve Watkins)

It was Sunday morning, and the coverage of the shooting in Connecticut saturated every minute of the news on television. The videos and photos blasted our Christmas spirit to hell. I had pretty much forgotten what time of year it was, but I saw a Facebook post advertising a brunch concert at The ... Read more

Review: How the Edge Stole Christmas


jamie b. ford

Friday night, outside the Verizon Theatre's walls, the mood was anything but merry. Read more

Murphey saddles up for another Cowboy Christmas

Michael Martin Murphey

DFW.com archives

The faux campfire was blazing, bedrolls were tossed about the realistic rocks, and a snow-covered forest at dusk served as the backdrop as fans took their seats Monday at the Bass Performance Hall. Read more

CD review: The party still don't stop for Ke$ha

Don't hate me -- but this new Ke$ha album is good. Kind of really good. Read more

Concert Review: Mount Olympus at The Grotto


Steve Watkins/Special to DFW.COM

On Saturday night, I was hitting the websites of all the music venues, trying to find something new and different to satisfy my lust for live music. On the Grotto’s site, they promised a rather eclectic lineup, ending with some band I'd never heard o... Read more

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