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Kelly Dearmore

Kelly Dearmore has spent several years covering music and entertainment for the Dallas Observer. More recently, he has been a regular contributor to Lone Star Music Magazine. His work has also appeared in M for Music and Musicians Magazine, Best in Texas, Texas Music and

Kelly lives in Carrollton with his wife, Bonnie, and his son, Cash.

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Dallas Folkie Turned Rock Star

Local songstress Sarah Jaffe graduates to rock goddess with new album

By Kelly Dearmore

Denton’s Sarah Jaffe began as a teen folk songstress. Now she is a full-grown rock goddess, thanks to the release of her stunning, painfully vulnerable new record, Don’t ...

Folk Music For Folks In Love

The Voice's Dawn and Hawkes take what Adam Levine taught them to Arlington stage

By Kelly Dearmore

For a couple of years now, Austin’s Dawn and Hawkes, the romantically involved couple Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes, have proffered sweetly sunny folk tunes with only the slightest ...

Concert Spillover

Dallas feels the groove from Austin PsychFest music festival

By Kelly Dearmore

For years, Dallas-Fort Worth music lovers have enjoyed the effects of the annual Austin-based extravaganzas South by Southwest and Austin City Limits. We don't have to suffer through massive ...

Disturbing Musical Devices

Frontman Dave Draiman on new rock venture Device and the great Johnny Cash

By Kelly Dearmore

For 19 years, Dave Draiman has been the face of Disturbed, one of the most successful hard rock bands of the past two decades. More important, however, Draiman has been ...

Free music

Gutterth Records does everyone a solid and releases free 55-song local compilation

By Kelly Dearmore

As we've mentioned before, the Dallas Fort Worth area has a wealth of exemplary record labels. Denton-based Gutterth Records is just one. Between highly anticipated releases from acts such ...

Bluegrass With Black Lillies

Black Lillies frontman Cruz Contreras talks Tennessee roots and fan-funded music

By Kelly Dearmore

Rising stars out of Knoxville, Tennessee, the Black Lillies are on the cusp of an exciting and nail-biting date for any band — Album Release Day. On March 26, Runaway Freeway ...

Nice pipes

Dallas musician Conner Youngblood on his high-flying falsetto, free music and SXSW

By Kelly Dearmore

Recently we spotlighted 10 Dallas artists that we suspect will make a substantial impact at this year's SXSW. Although each of those picks is worth a listen, St. Mark ...

'Tis The Festival Season

Get ready to rock at these 4 must-attend spring music festivals

By Kelly Dearmore

Austin's SXSW usually gets the lion's share of music festival love, but don't fret if you're missing the magic this year. There are plenty of other ...

Hot Blooded

The Airborne Toxic Event's Mikel Jollett on insecurity and rocking like it's the end of the world

By Kelly Dearmore

Since the sweeping, thrilling tale of sadness "Sometime Around Midnight" became a smash hit in 2008, the Airborne Toxic Event has rocked stages large and small — with the occasional massive ...

Unusually Fun Runs

Zombies, beer and mud put the fun back in Dallas-Fort Worth 5Ks

By Kelly Dearmore

Remember when you'd shell out $35 for the opportunity to run elbow-to-elbow with thousands of other weekend warriors, just to half-heartedly run a route that consisted of roped-off city ...

Best of the Beginning

Fresh from the studio, these 3 Dallas-Fort Worth albums demand a listen

By Kelly Dearmore

Who needs to wait until December for a solid "Best of 2013" music list? Not us. The new year has already brought a handful of noteworthy albums from Dallas-Fort Worth ...

Austin Country Meets the D-F-Dub

Crooks break into Dallas-Fort Worth with their country charm

By Kelly Dearmore

The best argument to be made against any sort of musical mecca rivalry between Dallas and Austin can be found in the way in which so many bands make the ...

New music

Meet the rising stars on the local Americana music scene

By Kelly Dearmore

Dallas-Fort Worth is certainly a bountiful region of music. There are so many homegrown greats here that it's hard to keep track of the more well-known acts, let alone ...

Surfer Grunge in Deep Ellum

Indie rocker and late-night TV fave Ty Segall brings his psychedelic sound to Dallas

By Kelly Dearmore

Have you checked out Spin lately? What about Pitchfork? If you answered yes to either of those — and especially if you answered yes to both — then it's highly likely ...


Funny man Mike Birbiglia talks Broadway, sleepwalking and marriage proposals

By Kelly Dearmore

Few comedians of late have been more vulnerable than Mike Birbiglia, who puts the lessons he's hilariously learned the hard way on stage for all to see. More and ...

The CultureMap interview

Sports-radio country gold: 1310 The Ticket's George Dunham throws down with the Bird Dogs

By Kelly Dearmore

George Dunham’s day job as morning show host of the Dunham and Miller Show on the popular sports-talk station 1310 The Ticket has paid the bills for more than ...

Non-Seacrest Music For NYE

New Year's Eve rump-shaking: 4 concerts for kissing 2012 goodbye

By Kelly Dearmore

Unless there's an impending apocalypse circled on a specific date, New Year's Eve is the best night each year to pick from a wide array of concerts. As ...

Mayan Friday Night Fun

Music for the apocalypse: 4 Dallas-Fort Worth concerts to celebrate the end of the world

By Kelly Dearmore

For thousands of years, December 21, 2012 has been pinpointed as a possible date of destruction, thanks to our Mayan predecessors. Will the next day or two show their calendar ...

Suburban Country

Boot, scoot and boogie outside of Dallas to the 4 best country music venues in the 'burbs

By Kelly Dearmore

Within the boundaries of Dallas and Fort Worth are fine spots for live music, especially of the country variety. But the city-limit signs aren’t where the twangy good times ...

Local Music Scene

Homegrown talent: The top 5 indie record labels in Dallas-Fort Worth

By Kelly Dearmore

There are a few cultural movements in North Texas that could be considered burgeoning scenes. The craft beer uprising has rightfully grabbed headlines, while the Design District and Bishop Arts ...

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