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Concert Review: Animal Spirit at Lola's Saloon


Steve Watkins/Special to DFW.COM

If you are looking for something new or different, Sunday is the night many venues are willing to take a risk. And Lola’s Saloon seems to have a handle on it better than most. Read more

Review: The Relatives at Kessler Theater


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The plea was to a higher power, but it was also unmistakably human. Read more

Review: Eric Clapton at American Airlines Center


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To look at Eric Clapton from the neck up Tuesday night, one would've thought he wanted to be anywhere other than where he was. An expressionless face sporting a thousand-yard stare, betraying no evidence of how he felt to be on stage before an adoring audience at the American Airlines Center. Read more

Concert review: Chris Watson at The Wild Rooster

Chris Watson at the Wild Rooster

(Special to DFW.com/Steve Watkins)

Even though I’m a blues fan, I’ll admit I’m hesitant to go see local blues acts. A lot of great blues players have come out of Texas: Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Larry Davis, Albert Collins, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker, and Johnny Winter, ... Read more

Review: Prince at SXSW


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The iconic singer-songwriter spent almost three hours demonstrated exactly why he has endured for more than 30 years. Read more

SXSW Music: Day 3


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There has to be a really good reason to be out of bed before, say, noon during South by Southwest. Read more

SXSW Music: Day 2


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One of the key traits to embrace during South by Southwest is flexibility. Read more

Review: Alabama Shakes in Dallas

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Brittany Howard, the captivating lead singer of Alabama Shakes, can be a force of nature on stage. Read more

CD review: David Bowie's 'The Next Day'

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David Bowie retreated after suffering a heart attack in 2004, leaving many of his fans to wonder if he had retired. He recorded secretly in New York the past couple of years, announced the imminent release of The Next Day on his 66th birthday in January, and has said n... Read more

SXSW Music: Day 1


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For its 27th year, it seems as though South by Southwest will be a battle between the Davids and the Goliaths. Read more

Concert Review: Louis Logic and Random at Lola's Saloon


Steve Watkins/Special to DFW.COM

A couple years back I attended an 8-bit music show in the Stockyards. Read more

Concert Review: The Blind Pets at Lola's Saloon


Steve Watkins/Special to DFW.COM

Austin and Fort Worth seem to be getting closer these days. Read more

Review: Kelly Clarkson at Verizon Theatre

Kelly Clarkson's whirlwind year -- presidential inaugurations, awards shows, tussles with record execs, wedding planning -- briefly brought her home Friday night. Read more

Review: Mike Doughty at Kessler Theater


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Mike Doughty didn't have the best Thursday, although you wouldn't have known to hear him tell it. Read more

Review: Erykah Badu at Granada Theater

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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

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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


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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

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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


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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


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

Review: John Fullbright at Poor David's Pub


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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

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