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REVIEW: Blu Pearl at Fred's, a tasty combination

Along with the long-needed revitalization of the Seventh Street neighborhood comes the inevitable plague of trendy, shiny new soulless buildings. Read more

5 North Texas bands that are generating an explosive vibe

Hot enough for ya? The music scene, we mean. The metaphorical mercury has hovered around the century mark for months, with scant relief in sight. Contrasted with the actual weather -- a break would be nice, Mother Nature, just sayin' -- this sizzling streak of homegrown talent is actually a good ... Read more

Concert review: Keegan McInroe at Buffalo Bros.

Keegan McInroe

Steve Watkins

Buffalo Bros. is a bar/restaurant located on the corner of Berry St. University Drive, right off the TCU Campus. In the couple of years it's been open, the place has developed an uncommonly loyal following for its wings, pizza and pub-like homey feel -- it was barely beat out in DFW.com's "Best D... Read more

Raw spaces such as the Gallery at Lander's Machine Shop manufacture excitement

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Roman A. Pena and Jamie B. Ford

From the outside, it doesn't look like much. Read more

Crowded House in fine form at House of Blues

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For longtime fans of singer-songwriter Neil Finn, the prime builder of the savvy pop band Crowded House, there was an especially poignant moment at the House of Blues Thursday night. Finn introduced his son, Liam, who came out and played guitar and sang on a few songs. Read more

Versatile patio-playing band is Boss at the Flying Saucer

The Flying Saucer is a downtown bar that features an absurd variety of beer and cheeses, and occupies a historic 19th-century bank building. It's also one of the few venues in Sundance Square committed to hiring bands that do original music -- setting it apart from other, cover-band-oriented down... Read more

Our critics run mostly hot on this year's songs of summer

The heat index is soaring, and we're finding ourselves frequently at the pool. It must be time for the songs of summer, those tunes that keep us company as we try not to spontaneously combust every time we leave the house. Read more

Crowded House still stands despite challenges

The last time the Australian/New Zealand construction known as Crowded House toured the U.S., to promote the 2007 disc Time on Earth, their only Texas date was in Austin. This time around, to push the new Intriguer album, the veteran quartet... Read more

Love her or hate her, Lady Gaga can draw a crowd

Lady GaGa at American Airlines Center

Steve Lee/AAC

DALLAS -- You either buy into Lady Gaga or you don't. Read more

Why we're going Gaga

Lady Gaga

A polarizing pop-culture figure, Lady Gaga has dominated the artistic landscape for more than a year. Read more

Big Star's Andy Hummel dead at 59

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Just got off the phone with Ardent Studios founder John Fry, who confirmed that former Big Star bassist Andy Hummel has died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 59. Services are scheduled for Wednesday. Read more

Review: It's a unified scene with the Hold Steady

The Hold Steady

DALLAS -- It's hard to think of a more perfect Saturday night band than the Hold Steady. Read more

Current concert climate favors local scene over Lilith and its ilk

Nostalgia alone cannot keep any festival afloat. Lilith Fair found this out the hard way. Read more

Russ Martin lands at 'The Eagle' for the second time

After weeks of rumors and days of teases, Russ Martin has confirmed that he will return to KEGL/97.1 FM "The Eagle," the station he left more than 10 years ago, with a morning show that will begin July 12. Read more

Commentary: If the Ridglea Theater goes, here's where to point the finger

The Ridglea Theater is living on borrowed time, and we have no one to blame but ourselves. Read more

Orbans capture lightning in a bottle

At the Ginger Man, over beers and Billy Joel blaring from the jukebox, the Orbans' Peter Black and Cliff Wright discuss the finer points of album sequencing. Read more

Scat honors much-missed Black Dog jazz night

Tad Gaither's Black Dog Tavern, in downtown Fort Worth, played a pivotal role in the Funkytown music scene until its unsuccessful relocation to the Seventh Street area in 2006. My last gig as a musician was there, back in the '90s, and on Sundays, jazz musicians took over the joint for a world-cl... Read more

Singer Janelle Monae is an expert stylist

Janelle Monae's full-length debut, The ArchAndroid, is what it sounds like when imagination and pure willpower are turned loose in a studio. Her sprawling, loopy collection is brimming with confidence, smashing together sounds that seem at odds, but ultimately make Read more

Concert review: Trailer Park Princess is having a ball

With the Whiskey Folk Ramblers CD Release party across town and little advance warning for the scheduled show on Saturday night, The Moon was as empty as the promise of a third-party candidate on Election Day. Read more

Cowboys Stadium for country music awards show in 2012?

Carrie Underwood accepts the award for Entertainer of the Year at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 18, 2010.

AP Photo archive / Matt Sayles

ARLINGTON What happens in Vegas may not always stay in Vegas. Read more

Guthrie Kennard paints Grapevine blue at Tap-In show

I can't get the idea out of my head that Grapevine is just the city with the big mall. That's a perception we all need to get over. Read more

Fort Worth's Titanmoon is rocking local and thinking global

The guys from Titanmoon are back, and more determined than ever to save the world. Read more

Denton's Sarah Jaffe is music's gifted heartbreak kid

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SPECIAL to DFW.com/BRANDON WADE

It's been nearly two years since I first heard Sarah Jaffe's Even Born Again EP. Read more

Sherilyn Segrest finds life after Deadman

If it weren't for Ray LaMontagne, Sherilyn Segrest might have walked away from music entirely. Read more

Yet to take Hold

The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady is the best American rock band you're not listening to. Read more

Denton folk singer Doug Burr takes a compellingly cautious tack on new CD

The singer-songwriter unleashes his gorgeous paranoia on his latest CD, 'O Ye Devastator.' Read more

KTCU's Saturday-morning radio show strives for Good-ness

Ever since I got hooked on WKRP in Cincinnati in my youth, I've wanted to know what really went on at a radio studio. So when Tom Urquhart and Tony Diaz invited me to hang at theirs, I dragged myself out of bed at the unholy hour of 9 a.m. Saturday. Read more

Singer/songwriter Roy Robertson is driven by life, songs

Roy Robertson never really meant for it to come to this. Read more

Luke Wade kicks off with covers, then brings on the originals at Fred's Texas Cafe

Just off Seventh Street, among the trendy new shops and restaurants, sits a true institution: Fred's Texas Cafe. Read more

Scenes from an Italian restaurant: Nick Choate edition

Considering all the venues in the area, you wouldn't necessarily expect to find great music at a strip-mall Italian restaurant like ZuRoma Sicilian Kitchen. Read more

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