The DFW Music Festival Is Almost As Lame As It Sounds, Taco Libre Announces Its Lineup, And Pantera Reveals The Secret Behind Its Vulgar Display of Power Punch.

In a recent edition of this column, we poked a little fun at ”not-at-all-generically named DFW Music Festival [that] will take place at Verizon Theatre on April 29.” We also poked fun at a few of our friends who indicated their interest in the event via Facebook, too.

But, we admit, we were a bit curious about the lineup ourselves.

Well, we’ve since learned that the list of acts playing the thing is only slightly more exciting than its name. So who’s playing the thing? K-Ci and JoJo, 112, Next, Bun B, Scarface and Mike Jones. More info and tickets can be found here.

We’re salivating a bit more about another freshly-announced fest that’s set to go down the same day when Taco Libre returns for a third straight year. This year’s deal will find the taco affair moving to the Shed at the Farmers Market for the first time, with entertainment for the day including lucha libre wrestling, plus performances from Madrid’s Jenny & the Mexicats, Houston’s Los Skarnales and San Antonio Mexi-punk favorites Piñata Protest. Of course, the star of the show will be the tacos from 16 area taquerias curated by acclaimed taco blogger Jose Ralat. More info and tickets can be found here.

Elsewhere, some anniversaries were commemorated recently. While Erykah Badu marked the 20th anniversary of her debut album at The Bomb Factory on Sunday, Pantera marked the 25th anniversary of Vulgar Display of Power — an album that changed metal forever — on Saturday. Loudwire acknowledged its importance by sitting down with the surviving members of the band and some other luminaries to talk about how the album came to be, what it meant to the genre and whose face is on the cover.

Did you know the cover model wasn’t even really punched?! Go figure.



In other screen news, that St. Vincent-directed horror anthology that premiered at Sundance last month will be getting a local screening, turns out! It’ll be shown March 8 at Alamo Drafthouse (Cedars location) as part of the chain’s monthly Women on Film series.

On smaller screens, as in the TV variety, 23-year-old local rapper/producer Imaj saw his ”Something Real” video premiere on BET Jams a couple weeks back. You can watch it below, and read more about the rising star here.

Also on TV (again) were the Old 97’s, which followed up last week’s Seth Meyers performance with another on CBS This Morning this past Saturday. Check out their performance of “All Who Wander” below.

Like the 97’s, Power Trip is also on a heavy promotional run for its sophomore record, which also came out on Friday. This week, they were featured in Noisey, where they said plan on becoming increasingly outspoken politically in the future.

“Now it’s more volatile than ever to be politically-outspoken,” frontman Riley Gale told the pub. “I have talked to the band and we are going to become more politically-outspoken. When we were doing the tour with Napalm Death, I had a segue into a song about killing reality TV stars. See, I think celebrity culture is dangerous, it has no place in metal or punk. I see this cancer in reality TV that feeds into that ego and so I said, let’s kill these fucking reality TV stars. I wrote this song in 2010, and now we have one in the White House. Let’s get to work. Let’s get him out of here.”

The band returns for its next hometown performance on March 26 at the 10th annual So What?! Fest.

Finally, we’ll leave off on a Wonka-esque lyric video for the title track from Dallas singer-songwriter Garrett Owen recently released Sad Eyed Son EP.

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