John Zaskoda

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John Zaskoda is a staunch believer in grassroots music. The former lead guitarist for local singer-songwriter Scott Copeland and local band The Merchants opened his own music store not too long ago.


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Any record that opens with foot stomps, handclaps, and humming can’t be bad.


Depending on the night of the week, the Cuban-themed nightclub Embargo is a lot of things: speakeasy, place for live world music, regular ol’ bar, a required stop on weekend tours of the handful of swanky joints that have...

Randy McAllister

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Randy McAllister’s eighth album, the soulful, roadhouse-bluesy Dope Slap Soup, is solid all the way through, with a couple of standout songs.

Ryan Scroggins and The Trenchtown Texans

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Listen, elitist music bloggers, we get it.

Observe the Revolving Door

Another year, another music editor for the Dallas Observer. Last week, Jonanna Widner was reportedly fired, making her the third Observer music chief in about as many years to go and the second, along with Sam Machkovech, to ge...

Andy Timmons

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Dallasite Andy Timmons, the fourth horseman of the instrumental-electric-guitar apocalypse — along with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson — is the aggregate of the first three.

With a Bullet

Ransom does it All 4 You.
For local mod-rock trio Ransom, everything has happened fast.

Wave the Flag

I do not harbor a reckless desire to build a wall around Tarrant County to keep out interloping performance artists, and I will not pretend to know the machinations behind an Austin band’s appearance last week at a party ...

Di Meliora Ferant

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Note to all young musicians who aspire to be contemporary prog-metal giants: It took Tool 10 years to become Tool.