Looking Back At Every Important Thing That Happened In The North Texas Music Scene In 2014.

It's nice, this time of year, to sit and reflect about everything that's gone down the past 12 months. And when we're talking about the North Texas music community, a hell of a lot has happened in the past year to completely change the landscape of scene.

Honestly, though, most of it's a blur.

It's easy to recall things like how much badass new music was released this year or how obsessed we've all been with this town's past musical legacy in 2014, sure.

But, as for details, those are a bit more fuzzy.

So we've done the legwork, and combed through our archive of music news and notes to put together a timeline of the year's biggest, most interesting local music tidbits, in roughly the order that they went down.

North Texas Music Scene, this is your life.


The last commercial flight on DC-9 took place. Meaning? Never again will anyone see Dallas from a DC-9 at night.
The Polyphonic Spree's Yes, It's True was named to Vice's “50 Worst Albums of 2013” list. Yes, it's true.
Denton's Thin Line Film Fest dropped the word “Film” from its name prior to its annual February offering. The move, no doubt, was inspired by 35 Denton's decision to take a year off.
Parquet Courts made its television debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. They played “Stoned and Starving” from 2013's Light Up Gold LP.
Kacey Musgraves, Snarky Puppy, Edie Brickell and Jordan Richardson each won Grammys. Around the same time, Brickell's song “What I Am” was something of a running gag on HBO's Girls.
Onetime Dallas DJ collective The Party reunited for one hell of an epic dance party. Good times were had by all.


Pentatonix appeared on an episode of Sesame Street. Next year, they'll be in Pitch Perfect 2.
Kiernan Maletsky announced he would be leaving his position as music editor at the Dallas Observer. Even at just 14 months, he still held the job two months longer than his predecessor.
Dallas' Jared Guynes raised more than $72,000 via crowd-funding to throw an “epic” party at South Side Ballroom that featured Vanilla Ice performing with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fellow one-hit wonders of the '90s rap world such as Tone Loc, Rob Base, Young MC, Shock G of Digital Underground, Graceland Ninjaz, Partners in Kryme also performed.
St. Vincent released her self-titled album, the best album of the year. It's not even that close.


Kirtland Records sold the Bush catalog back to Gavin Rossdale. And, once again, everything was zen.
Taylor Rea reunited with her old Ishi bandmates for a performance at Trees. Rea, you may recall, bolted from Ishi back in May 2011 before forming Zhora later that year.
Deep Ellum's Red Blood Club reopened under the name RBC. Owners say those initials stand for “Rock, Blues and Country.” Sure they do.
The Wild Detectives opened its doors in Oak Cliff's Bishop Arts neighborhood. The coffee shop became one of many new places selling records in Dallas this year.
Fort Worth's Martin House Brewing Company released Rubberneck Red, a beer named after the Toadies' breakthrough album. It was tasty.
Toadies guitarist Clark Vogeler premiered his Rubberneck mini-doc at The Kessler. And we finally figured out what “Possum Kingdom” was actually about.
Toadies performed Rubberneck in full for the first time ever at SXSW. Yeah, it was a pretty busy month for those fellas.
Dallas Distortion Music co-founder Matt Vickers was seriously injured in a car accident. Though he's made huge progress, he's still recovering from the accident.
A pair of Dallas promoters were scammed out of $25,000 after getting fooled by fake Lil Boosie bookings. Womp, womp.
The Huffington Post called Denton one of “Eight Emerging Cultural Hot Spots” in Texas. Guess they didn't hear 35 Denton got cancelled.


102.1-FM The Edge pulled the plug on its weekly Local Edge program. And we all poured one out.
Bruce Springsteen played a free, outdoor show downtown as part of NCAA's March Madness Music Festival. It was awesome, baby.
Toadies reissued a 20th anniversary version of Rubberneck. The album was also released on vinyl for the first time.
Symbolyc One and his 16-year-old son Vohn Beatz co-produced a track on Lupe Fiasco's latest record. We had trouble producing our geometry homework at that age.
We From Dallas premiered at the Angelika. The doc shined a spotlight on Dallas hip-hop's beginnings.
Toadies drummer Mark Reznicek released the first issue of his Buzzkill comic book series. Characters included Baboon, Hagfish and Panteradactyl.
The Starck Club documentary premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival. The '80s ruled.
Denton's Senor Fin relocated to Seattle. Or, perhaps more accurately, the band swam off.
Danny Rush became Danny Diamonds. He also released one of the best songs of the year.
Members of the Josh Davis Band were convicted in relation to a scam in which they were selling counterfeit Martin guitars to pawn shops. The crew wound up having to pay back roughly $45,000 in restitution.
St. Vincent fronted Nirvana for a portion of its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. She performed “Lithium,” “About a Girl” and “Heart Shaped Box” with the band.
Good Luck Karaoke moved from Double Wide to Twilite Lounge. Meanwhile, the Double Wide's '80s wrestling-themed, competition-style Smackdown Karaoke was born.
Paul Simon and Edie Brickell were arrested for disorderly conduct following a disagreement at the couple's home. Brickell later told CNN: “I got my feelings hurt and I picked a fight with my husband. The police called it disorderly. Thank God it's orderly now.”
Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights was released from its deal with Atlantic. The move cleared the way for the band to finally re-enter the studio to record a follow-up to 2010's Pardon Me.


Jeff Gage began his tenure as Dallas Observer's music editor. He became the fourth person to hold the job since 2011.
Erykah Badu refused to apologize for singing “Happy Birthday” to Swaziland's King Mswati III. Really, though, that dude's a huge piece of shit.
Wayne “The Train” Hancock canceled a month's worth of shows after being involved in a serious motorcycle wreck near his Denton home. He suffered a collapsed lung, multiple broken ribs and a fractured elbow in the accident, and has since made a full recovery.
Parquet Courts debuted a new song called “Black and Blue” on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Fred Armisen sat in on guitar.
Lizard Lounge owner Don Nedler acquired the Deep Ellum boutique dance space formerly operating under the name Eden. He re-opened the place as Red Light Lounge a few months later.
New Old 97's album Most Messed Up debuted at No. 30 on the Billboard 200. It was the highest debut in the band's 20-year career.
Grantland dedicated 4,000 words to Parquet Courts, calling them “the last great New York band” in the process. That “New York sound” tag, it's worth noting, is one the band's said it has never understood.
Salt-n-Pepa reunited with longtime DJ Spinderella. She cut it up one more time.
Bludded Head began selling “download syringes.” Download codes of the band's most recent album were printed on the packaging of needles similar to the ones the band's frontman Nevada Hill used while undergoing treatment for cancer.


George Strait played his last-ever concert at AT&T Stadium. With a record-breaking attendance of 104,793, it became the largest indoor concert in North American history.
The Phuss signed to Magnetic Eye Records. The Brooklyn-based label went on to release the band's On the Prowl LP.
Paste named KXT one of 10 public radio stations “you wish were in your town.” We don't have to wish, turns out.
A.H. Belo acquired the Untapped Festival series, while retaining a partnership with its founders at Spune, which stayed on to produce the events. Who says newspapers are dying?


Fort Worth DIY labels Dreamy Soundz and Lo-Life Recordings joined forces to open a record shop called Dreamy Life Records. The shop has since moved twice and is currently looking for what will become its third location.
In response to the Open Carry movement, ex-Nervebreakers guitarist Barry Kooda organized the first-ever Open Carry Guitar Rally. Said Kooda about the movement: “Never point a guitar at anything you're not planning to rock.”
Artist Collective founder Charlsie Grace announces plans to raise $50,000 via online crowd-funding to help throw a planned three-day music and arts festival in Deep Ellum in April 2015. Should the fest, which didn't meet its funding goal, still happen to go down, organizers say they plan to host over 300 bands on more than 20 stages in Deep Ellum, in addition to the 700 other visual artists, filmmakers, brewers, actors, dancers, comedians, authors and food vendors. We'll see.
102.1-FM The Edge celebrated its 25th birthday. And they're still playing Nirvana.


Some jerk broke into Dada in the middle of the night and stole Frankie 45's guitar from the glass case where it has hung since shortly after his death. Some people are the worst.
Sarah Jaffe released her long-anticipated third LP, Don't Disconnect. She celebrated the release with a show at The Majestic, a venue in which she had never previously seen a show.
Brave Combo celebrated its 35th anniversary with a show at Kessler Theater. The show featured a performance from the original Brave Combo lineup that parted ways way back in 1983, as well as a set from the current lineup and a “free-for-all” set from both bands that closed out the night.
The Phuss drummer Trey Alfaro was injured in a hit-and-run accident while biking. Despite needing dental surgery, he was back to rocking a few weeks later.
Off The Record opened in the space that was previously Dada's green room. It became one of the country's few combination bars and record stores.


Street Arabs guitarist Matthew Powers and The Aquaholics bassist Josh White opened Aqua Lab Sound Recording in Deep Ellum. The recording studio and rehearsal space was one of several new businesses to open in the neighborhood this year.
Pinkish Black parted ways with Century Media Records. They went on to sign with Relapse just a couple months later.
Five North Texans made it to the Battle Rounds of the The Voice's seventh season. Not bad, not bad.
Despite a few technical issues, Oaktopia proved itself more than a worthy replacement for 35 Denton in its second year. Much to the chagrin of more than a few former 35 Denton volunteers, too.
Lecrae's Anomaly LP was the Dallas-tied rapper's first to ever top the Billboard 200. Even cooler? He's the first-ever musician to have an album simultaneously top the Christian, gospel and Billboard charts.


High on Fire and Roky Erickson played Double Wide's 11th anniversary bash. The block party-style affair was easily the biggest thing the venue's ever done.
Rigor Mortis released Slaves to the Grave, the band's first album since 1991, the first recorded with the original lineup since 1988, and the final studio album that guitarist Mike Scaccia recorded before his untimely passing back in 2012. Since then, the band has taken to performing under the name Wizards of Gore, so as to not tarnish Scaccia's legacy.
Another new record shop, this one called Spinster, opened its doors in Oak Cliff. This one distinguished itself as being a “hi-fi” hub.
Mystery Skulls released his long awaited debut LP via Warner Brothers. Guest appearances from both Nile Rodgers and Brandy made it well worth the wait.
John Congleton debuted a couple of new Nighty Nite tracks via NPR. It was basically the first time anyone's mentioned the band since it played its one and only show in 2011.
Austin's Transmission Events — y'know, the entity behind Fun Fun Fun Fest — absorbed Dallas' Tactics Productions, establishing Transmission Dallas in the process. And the villagers rejoiced.
Snow tha Product rhymed alongside the likes of David Banner, King Los, Treach and Vic Mensa during one of this year's many BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 cyphers. Worth noting: She also rapped in Spanish.
Edie Brickell reunited with The New Bohemians for the Oak Cliff Music Festival. Theirs was just one of many reunions to go down this year.
Yet another new record shop, the massive Josey Records opened its doors. The 15,500-square-foot space boasts over 100,000 items in its inventory.
Parquet Courts may or may not have changed its name to Parkay Quarts. We're still not really sure, to be honest.
The team behind Discovery Channel's Fast N' Loud opened a 2,500 capacity venue in the old Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill space. Some people were more excited about it than others.


Bedhead resissued its entire catalog as a box set. Salon went on to call the band “the best band from the '90s that you've never heard.”
The Old 97's released a 20th anniversary reissue of its debut LP, Hitchhike to Rhome. A month later, the band played the thing front-to-back at The Majestic.
In the same 24-hour period, both 93.3-FM and 94.5-FM flipped to classic hip-hop formats. Just a month later, though, 93.3-FM bailed on the format.
Play-N-Skillz drew the ire of seemingly the entire Internet in response to its “Shut the Fuck Up” song. The date rape-y song is generally regarded as the worst thing released in 2014.
Some Dallasites launched In The Garage Alliance a charity intended to create a rainy day fund for ailing musicians without health insurance. About time.
Live Nation announced that Plano's Suburbia Festival wouldn't be returning for a second year. The City of Plano has since said it still plans on trying to throw a music fest in 2015.


The Dallas Morning News hired longtime contributor Hunter Hauk as its new pop music editor. Hauk had previously served a similar role at the papers now-defunct sister publication, Quick.
Edie Brickell, St. Vincent, Pentatonix, Lecrae and Mercy Me were each nominated for Grammys. Pretty big year for Brickell, in retrospect.
Live Nation announced a new 8,000-capacity venue in Irving. But have we already hit peak venue?
35 Denton announced its return and initial 2015 lineup. And just like that, the best ever fest ever returned.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And on the first ballot, no less.
Mesquite expat Craig Wayne Boyd won the seventh season of The Voice. Blake Shelton was his coach.
After a string of four Denton shows in three days, Centro-matic called it a day. The local heroes were together for more than 18 years.
Up-and-coming throwback soulman Leon Bridges signed to Columbia Records. Everyone in town claims to have already been a fan for, like, months.
After a sendoff performance at The Kessler, Seryn relocated to Nashville. They will all be changed.

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