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Fort Worth singer gets her shot on ‘The Voice’

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Philip D. Thomas

Fort Worth area artists have definitely made their mark on TV singing competitions — from the original “American Idol” Kelly Clarkson in 2002 to Read more

Chicano Batman swoops in with a soulful sound

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Chicano Batman

Chicano Batman’s new song, “The Taker Story,” is surely the first 2017 resistance anthem to be inspired by a telepathic gorilla. Read more

Pentatonix might say they’re dreamers with cover of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

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For the first two verses of Pentatonix’s cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” the a cappella group’s video for the song is pretty straightforward: The quintet stands on a semi-darkened soundstage, as Avi Kaplan (who more often provides the bass rhythms) and Scott H... Read more

The Live Oak, one of Fort Worth’s best music venues, to close soon

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Special to DFW.com

One of Fort Worth’s prime live-music venues, The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge in the burgeoning near Southside, is shutting down at the end of April after nearly five years. Read more

Around Cowtown: ‘The Pirate’ radio station sails into a new home

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Special to the Star-Telegram

Back in September, we told you about an open mic night being held at The Live Oak where not only did rising Funkytown rock stars get to play their songs, they had their performance broadcast ... Read more

Is Brett Young country music’s next big thing?

Brett Young can’t make it through the hotel without someone asking for a picture or stopping to say hello, although he’ll be the first to tell you that this is a biased crowd. He’s here at a country-music radio conference, and not only are the hallways filled with industry e... Read more

The Ranch alters pure country format, radio fans call it bull (updated)

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Don’t mess with The Sound of Texas. Read more

Untapped festival morphs into Index Fest

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Special to the Star-Telegram

If you can’t keep the number of festivals in North Texas straight, we can’t blame you. Read more

James Taylor to headline The Star in Frisco

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When the Star, the Dallas Cowboys new, 91-acre, $1.5 billion HQ went up in Frisco, you just knew that it was going to be about more than football. Read more

Calling all vinyl junkies: Crate Diggers celebrates the collector with Dallas sale

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Crate Diggers via Facebook

There are those of us who, in the pre-streaming, pre-mp3, pre-CD era, used to walk into a used-record store with $20 and not be satisfied unless we walked out with at least 10 albums, sometimes buying a really scratched-up piece of vinyl because it had one song that we liked. Read more

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