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Tony Zazza launching TV show, podcast

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Steven Visneau

Tony Zazza, whose nearly 17-year DFW radio career includes stints doing mornings from 2005 to 2009 at KDMX/102.9 FM and from early 2013 to November 2014 at KVIL/103.7 FM, does not currently have a gig on traditional radio, But he is not letting that stop him from having a morning show. Read more

ACM’s Party for a Cause announces daytime line-ups

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Republic

Less than a month to go before the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, and its myriad celebratory events, descends upon North Texas. Read more

Review: Erykah Badu at the Bomb Factory

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Special to DFW.com

Take it from someone who spends a lot of time at music venues — literal lines around the block are a rarity. Read more

Lone Star Sounds: New music from the Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing

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Courtesy the artist

Perfumed with the past, the Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing make a brand of country music proudly out of step with the present day. Read more

KVIL adds Kannon in the morning

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CBS Radio Dallas

The latest step in the DFW radio-personality shuffle has brought Mike Kannon, the former morning-show host at KLIF/93.3 FM, to the morning slot at KVIL/103.7 FM. Read more

Music review: Sylvan Esso at the Granada

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sylvanesso.com

Amelia Meath is nothing if not a trouper. Read more

Fort Worth’s Leon Bridges is the music man of the moment

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Via Facebook

The website Grantland summed up Leon Bridges’ South by Southwest experience in just eight words: “Watching Leon Bridges Get Famous in Real T... Read more

Rihanna and Kanye West on KSCS? What gives?

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It’s not all that unusual to hear a Taylor Swift song on a country station. She got her start in country, after all, before crossing over to pop. Read more

‘Uptown Funk’: Another N. Texas teacher, another video (update)

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YouTube screen grab/Lady Hauza

Uptown Funk, the massive hit by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, is fast becoming a contender for most-imitated/parodied song of all time. Read more

CD review: Kendrick Lamar, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar went three years without releasing an album, taking his time to craft an impressive sophomore effort in To Pimp a Butterfly. Read more

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