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How Gorilla vs. Bear Helped Set Music Free

Chris Cantalini launched Gorilla vs. Bear from his cubicle while working a mundane, Office Space-style day job in 2005. He had time to kill and a fast internet connection, so he trawled for music acts he liked and posted their songs on his fledgling site.

A decade later, that unclouded vision has turned Cantalini from office drone into noted tastemaker. He now hosts a radio show on SiriusXM, and his attention is courted by up-and-coming bands and industry professionals alike. This month, his site celebrates its 10th anniversary with the fifth installment of the Gorilla vs. Bear music festival at the Granada Theater, headlined by English electronic music producer Jamie xx.

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Denton’s Oaktopia Music Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the charming indie folk outfit behind the massively ubiquitous “Home,” get the biggest print on the bill. The endearingly goofy rock band Minus the Bear, bass wizard and Kendrick Lamar co-conspirator Thundercat, and love-him-or-hate-him Atlanta rapper Father are the other big standouts. Locals like Sarah Jaffe, Jessie Frye, and -Topic fill out the rest of the lineup.

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Concerts to See in Dallas This Week: The America and Freedom Fourth of July Edition

For this very special red, white, and blue holiday edition of our weekly concert picks, we’re going to dispense with the usual seven-day breakdown and focus instead on all the live music orbiting around this weekend’s Fourth of July festivities in Dallas. We believe it’s what The Founding Fathers would have wanted.

Now let’s kick out the patriotic jams.

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The Best New Music in North Texas: Leon Bridges, LEV, Radioactivity, Telegraph Canyon

June was a good month for North Texas music. Mel of The Outfit, TX put local hip-hop in the spotlight by writing a fantastic piece about Dallas rap music for Noisey, Vice’s music channel. Leon Bridges released his debut album, sold out a bunch of shows, and said hello to America with a performance on The Tonight Show. Elsewhere, folks from Dallas, Denton, and Fort Worth continued to put out amazing music.

Here are all the releases from local artists that we’ve had on repeat this month, including new music from Telegraph Canyon, Bosque Brown, and Radioactivity. And, of course, Leon Bridges.

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Concerts to See in Dallas This Week: June 24–30

Summertime’s in full swing, and it’s time to see some concerts. Wednesday night is looking particularly strong (and summery) with the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and the beach-loving Best Coast playing. We’ve also got LL Cool J, the Riverboat Gamblers, and Knife Party later in the week. Here are the 16 shows you should go to this week.

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Deep Ellum On Air Moves Into New Studio, Teams Up with BBQ Sauce Purveyor

Deep Ellum On Air has joined with One Eyed Joe Brands, a barbecue sauce purveyor and nebulously defined media group, as the online radio station moves into a new studio and prepares for the launch of a flagship midday program.

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Listen to Fort Worth Singer-Songwriter Matthew McNeal’s New Album, Compadre

Fort Worth singer-songwriter Matthew McNeal has called his new album, Compadre, “a collection of songs for the over-thinkers, the people that get in their own heads.” These songs are introspective and often achingly beautiful — If great country music has taught us anything, it’s that life can be lonesome. But McNeal’s not one to mope about. The 22-year-old seems to recognize that music can be just the thing for a bad case of heartache.

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Leon Bridges Turns Back Time on the Eve of His Major Label Debut

On the eve of his major label debut (the excellent Coming Home is out Tuesday) and a series of sold-out tour dates ranging from his hometown of Fort Worth to New York to the United Kingdom, Leon Bridges showed no signs the anticipation was getting to him.

Supported only by a guitarist, saxophonist, and a backing vocalist who pulled double duty as tambourine player, the 25-year-old played for a rapt audience at Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas for Thursday night’s edition of KXT’s Barefoot at the Belmont series. The threat of rainy weather forced a venue change from the Oak Cliff hotel that gives the live music series its name, but Sons of Hermann Hall’s old bowling alley was a wonderful fit for Bridges’ throwback soul man aesthetic.

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