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John Zaskoda

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...

Magnet

Any record that opens with foot stomps, handclaps, and humming can’t be bad. The Simple Life, the debut album from Norwegian singer-songwriter Evan Johansen,...

Ch-Ch-Changes

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'...

Fort Worth Got Next

One of the first stories I ever wrote for the Weekly was about local hip-hop. Most of the artists I talked to lived in...

Andy Timmons

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

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...

With a Bullet

For local mod-rock trio Ransom, everything has happened fast. About a week after the two current songwriters had their first jam session, they found and...

Randy McAllister

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

Ryan Scroggins and The Trenchtown Texans

Listen, elitist music bloggers, we get it. We know you think ska is terrible, and we know why, but if you’d get over the stereotype...

Di Meliora Ferant

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