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Edgefest Announces 2016 Lineup

Dallas’ alternative rock radio station has announced the lineup for its annual Edgefest blowout, set this year on April 30 at Frisco’s Toyota Stadium.

Cage the Elephant and The 1975 get top billing, but some of the relatively smaller-print names are just as impressive. Chvrches and Foals, in particular, are great bands that we’re always happy to see performing in North Texas in any capacity. The lineup may even include a few surprises for some fans. Are we the only ones shocked to learn that Good Charlotte is still around in 2016?

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Dallas Movie Theaters Broadcasting Kanye West’s Album Release Show

Disregard whatever y’all have been hearing. Yeezy season is, in fact, approaching, and — like a powerful cold front sweeping south across the Great Plains — it’s coming right for Dallas.

Kanye West’s new album, which was called So Help Me God before it was called Swish before it was called Waves (before it was left untitled?) will be released Feb. 11. Because this is Kanye West we’re talking about and one of the greatest albums of all time deserves a little fanfare, West will premiere his seventh record during a show at Madison Square Garden at roughly 3 pm Central Standard. The show will be broadcast in theaters around the world, including a handful in North Texas:

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10 Concerts to See in Dallas This Weekend

Let’s do this. Live music, coming to a stage near you. Highlights this week include an R&B singer you’re never again going to be able to see in such a cozy venue, a throwback rap crew that remains very down with “O.P.P.” and the great Yo La Tengo. As an added bonus, one of the most stacked local bills assembled in recent memory will benefit a good cause.

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Dallas’ 5 Best Stops for Music Lovers on a Date

With Dallas’ widely varied music scene, from the classic and traditional to the wonderful and strange, it’s easy to sweep your date off their feet into mystical lands of symphonic bliss or the dark, sweaty underworlds of the city’s late-night dance floors. Knowing where to start is critical, but we’ve got you covered.

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Bruce Springsteen Is Coming to Dallas

As is Springsteen’s custom, each concert should be a casually incredible marathon featuring one of rock music’s greatest songwriters and performers. (The setlist for that Pittsburgh show is stacked, and includes a cover of Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.”) Springsteen seems to get better with age, and we’re looking forward to April 5.

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7 Concerts to See in Dallas This Weekend

Just when you think you’ve escaped “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton comes into town. Once you get that song out of your head — again, for maybe the 100th time in 14 years — go see Lupe Fiasco, Bobby Sessions, All Them Witches, or one of these other shows in Dallas this weekend.

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Pleasant Grove Is Finally Back With A Beautiful New Record

The best Pleasant Grove songs—and there are plenty, but also not enough—are a bit like driving toward a raging fire. There is an intensity that sneaks up on you and a heat that never goes away. “Lava,” the first single from the band’s new The Heart Contortionists, is a song like that, building to a shared wail between co-singer-songwriters and guitarists Marcus Striplin and Bret Egner. And it was almost lost forever.

After beginning work on the record with Grammy-winning producer and engineer John Congleton (St. Vincent), Pleasant Grove went their separate ways for the better part of a decade, forgetting The Heart Contortionists almost entirely. Striplin and Egner moved to Austin. But the members of the band—which also includes drummer Jeff Ryan, bassist Tony Hormillosa, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Mayes—found their way back to each other in 2013, and back to the record in 2014, finishing it up with another Grammy-winning producer and engineer, Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, Loretta Lynn). I talked to Striplin and Egner to find out how.

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35 Denton Lineup Takes Shape with Biz Markie as Headliner

Denton’s premier springtime music festival has got what you need, assuming what you need is the news that Biz Markie will perform in North Texas this March. The “Just A Friend” rapper became the biggest name attached to 35 Denton following a second lineup announcement made by the festival this morning.

The Clown Prince of Hip-Hop will be joined by jokey electro outfit Electric Six, Class Actress, and previously announced headliners like Eliot Sumner and Fat Tony when the festival kicks off for its three-day run on March 11. (Passes are $65, and are available here). The rest of the lineup, as it now stands, is filled out mostly by top-notch local acts (AV The Great, Pearl Earl) and a few notable up-and-coming out-of-towners (White Reaper, Tacocat).

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St. Vincent Talks About Designing Her Signature Guitar

The video features some compelling insights from Clark, who talks about her relationship to the instrument — “a weapon, a shield” — and her early days playing the guitar. Like many kids inspired by the “grunge thing” of the 1990s, she really wanted to learn “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

“I felt like I’d gotten the keys to the kingdom,” Clark says about her first songs on the guitar.

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