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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

Hitting the highlights of NX35

Like those who attended North by 35 last weekend, Denton itself is probably still recovering from the sprawling extravaganza. In its second year, NX35 was not without its hiccups. But the minifestival, meant as an appetizer for South by Southwest, also was not without its charms and promise. Read more

NX35 shines the spotlight on Denton



Denton has a peculiar vibe in the air. You notice it meandering through the maze of stacks at Recycled Books. Read more

Denton band produces sophomore record in short order

Bridges & Blinking Lights


Bridges & Blinking Lights first turned heads with its 2007 debut, Standing on the Same Stick. Read more

Launch of faith



For better or worse, struggle defines the Rocket Summer's latest album. Read more

Review: Jay-Z dominates the AAC

Jay Z performs at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Tuesday.

Special to DFW.com/Mike Fuentes

DALLAS -- Last I checked, Jay-Z doesn't have anything left to prove. Thirty million (and counting) albums sold, 16 Top Ten hits, 10 Grammys, an army of proteges and a superstar wife; the man born Shawn Carter is one of rap's biggest, brightest stars, who could've retired knowing he did hi... Read more

Singer Andrew Tinker explores 'World' beyond Dallas' Spree

DENTON -- Andrew Tinker knew from a very early age that he wanted to be in music. He even blew off the birth of a baby brother to listen to his dad's copy of Jesus Christ Superstar. Read more

Midlake finds success with more organic process on new CD

Midlake has evolved from a self-described "hermitic" group of musicians into one of the region's buzziest bands. Read more

Smile Smile: Tale of the 'Tape'

Once upon a time, Ryan Hamilton and Jencey Hirunrusme met and fell in love. They wrote some tunes, formed a band with a sunny name -- Smile Smile -- and moved in together. They made plans to get married. Then things fell apart -- in dramatic fashion. The Dallas couple called off their engagement,... Read more

The behind-the-scenes melodrama of 'Crazy Heart'

SXSW Bruton


The strange, poignant story about the contested will of the late Fort Worth Stephen Bruton musician has been racing through cyber space since it's turned up on The New York Times Web site on Thursday night. Read more

Eleven Hundred Springs producing results

Matt Hillyer has a word of advice for any aspiring producers. Read more

Review: Brandi Carlile spins a deeply compelling 'Story'

DALLAS -- An old soul forging her way in a merciless, youth-obsessed business, Brandi Carlile understands the need for depth over flash, for heft over hype. "I think the stories are about as important as the songs," said the Washington state native halfway through her sold-out Granada Th... Read more

EXCLUSIVE: What's next for The Fairmount's co-owners

Former Fairmount co-owners Sally Birthisel and J.R. Whitfield held a meeting this afternoon with the owners of their next venture. I can now exclusively reveal what that will be: The Riverside Foundation Room on Race Street, an area ... Read more

Review: My Bloody Valentine worth the wait

DALLAS -- As the crowd filed into the Palladium Ballroom Wednesday night, each person was handed a fresh pair of earplugs. While the protective foam implements are not an uncommon sight at rock shows, it's rare when a band actually insists on providing them. But then, most bands don't h... Read more

Review: Fall Out Boy feels some growing pains

GRAND PRAIRIE -- Fall Out Boy is like sonic Red Bull: kind of tasty, wildly popular in certain quarters of society and packed with energy. Judging from the Illinois foursome's Friday night stop at Nokia Theatre, as part of the ongoing "Believers Never Die, Part Deux" tour supporting Fall... Read more

Review: Leonard Cohen makes thrilling north Texas debut

GRAND PRAIRIE -- Perhaps Leonard Cohen isn't as well known as he should be because he chronicles the agonies and ecstasies of life a little too precisely. Read more

Review: Britney Spears, back in the spotlight

Britney Spears

Special to DFW.com / Rachel Parker

Click here for a photo gallery from Britney's show. Read more

Review: Adele is flawless in Dallas debut

DALLAS -- It's an odd thing, watching a star being born. Read more

Concert review: Estelle sparkles but doesn't truly 'Shine'

DALLAS -- In interviews, British sensation Estelle describes her Grammy-winning Stateside breakthrough Shine as an appetizer, a chance for U.S. audiences to become familiar with her playful, polyglot sound, itself an eclectic, stylish blend of R&B, pop, soul and rap. Read more

Review: Lil Wayne declares 'I Am Music'

DALLAS In 2005, Lil Wayne boasted he was the "best rapper alive." Read more

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