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Bombs Away: Erykah Badu Rocks the Grand Opening of Dallas’ Game-Changing New Music Venue

Believe the hype: The Bomb Factory lived up to its promise Thursday night. Erykah Badu turned in a great performance, as did opener Sarah Jaffe, but the fans lined up around the block outside seemed just as excited to see the new music venue in action. The Bomb Factory was impressive in all its sold-out […]

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Young Thug Made It To His Dallas Show, But Would Have Rather Been Anywhere Else

All right, let’s try this again—the last time I attempted to see Young Thug I got sprayed with a fire extinguisher. It was nearing 2 a.m. at the Prophet Bar and he was clearly not in the venue. The house lights soon illuminated the room and people in the crowd began tossing their beer cans at the stage. There was tension in the air and then there was potassium bicarbonate and then the venue emptied out.

The Atlanta rapper made it to Tuesday night’s affair at the House of Blues: The Dallas stop on a joint tour with Travi$ Scott

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Concerts to See in Dallas This Week: March 25–31

The landscape of concert venues in Dallas is going to look a little different after this week, with the new incarnation of The Bomb Factory set to throw open its doors Thursday in Deep Ellum. Capacity tops out at about 4,300, putting The Bomb Factory squarely ahead of South Side Ballroom (about 3,000), and House of Blues (about 2,000) in the field of mid-sized music joints in North Texas. It’s too early to call whether this place is going to be the real deal or not, but we’re pretty excited about it, and you should be too.

The Bomb Factory’s opening weekend is looking solid, with Erykah Badu (Thursday), Showtek (Friday), and the Toadies (Saturday) breaking the joint in. You should make the venue a part of your life this weekend for at least one of these shows, but there are more than enough concerts to help you get your musical fix this week.

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6 Free Concerts To See In Dallas This Spring

Listen closely, and you can hear the sounds of spring. Birds chirping, children playing, bees buzzing, people sneezing. And the sweetest sound of all: Free music. Lots and lots of free music. The return of outdoor concerts are the finest side effect of the seasonal change. Everything sounds better when the sun is shining, whether it’s classical music, pop, jazz, or rock. Here are the free concerts to look forward to this spring.

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Who Needs SXSW? Photos from Spillover Music Fest

Parade of Flesh’s Spillover Music Fest brought 30-plus bands to Dallas on Sunday, catching a slew of performers as they headed out of Austin’s South By Southwest. Liars, one of the few bands that didn’t play SXSW, headlined the event for their first performance in Dallas since 2008. Festival goers filtered in and out of Dada, Trees, and Three Links throughout the day while bands played four stages across Deep Ellum.

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Why People Get Engaged at TV on the Radio Shows: A Review

I’ve been trying to figure out what kind of band TV on the Radio is for a while now. Thursday night, at the first show of a sold-out two-night stint at the Granada Theater, the answer revealed itself right before the encore. TV on the Radio is the kind of band that plays concerts people get engaged at. Congratulations to Billy and Catherine.

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5 Tips To Make The Most of Your Trip to SXSW

South By Southwest has arrived, prompting the small annual pilgrimage of Dallas music fans making the road trip to Austin. For the record, there is more than enough good music in Dallas this week to keep anybody happy. But if the lure of all the bands, buzz, and focus group-tested “weird” is too strong for you to resist, you should go prepared. Here are five tips for the Dallas music fan to survive (and hopefully enjoy) a trip to the music portion of SXSW, which kicked off Tuesday.

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