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Bobby Sessions Is Happy To Be Here
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Fri, Feb 3, 2017 - 8:00am

By Natalie Gempel

Bobby Sessions lives his life by the law of attraction. The poet-turned-rapper brought this philosophy to the Dallas rap scene with his 2015 debut album, LOA. Now, he’s releasing a second treatise. Grateful, Sessions’ sophomore album, out today, is a testament to the Law of Attraction, a salute to Dallas hip-hop legends, and a lesson in optimism.

“It’s really just the next step in LOA,” Sessions says. “You receive the things that you want when you’re constantly in a state of gratitude.”

Whether it’s that theory or another force, something’s working...

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Label ventures into vinyl with first press of its kind
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Thu, Jan 19, 2017 - 6:47am

By Lucinda Breeding

Dustin Blocker started Hand Drawn Records in 2006. He saw untapped potential among indie bands across North Texas — including Denton acts. He wanted a label that would serve musicians, not shoulder past them in hot pursuit of a big, blinking bottom line.

Eleven years later, the University of North Texas alumnus means to plump up that bottom line for musicians by putting a vinyl album in their hands.

If things go as planned, Hand Drawn Pressing will make 2 million records a year.

Homegrown music manufacturing

“We’re finally all in,” said Blocker, showing off the compact,...

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Rebel Muse Proprietor Liz Cook Steps Up to Be the Villain on TLC's Tattoo Girls
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Tue, Jan 17, 2017 - 4:00am

By Paige Skinner

On Saturday morning, Liz Cook is in a back room of her tattoo shop, Rebel Muse in Lewisville, inking a creepy clown on the left leg of a returning client. On a nearby shelf sit about 10 trophies for tattooing. Sometimes she enters the competitions, sometimes her clients enter for her.

The person whose leg Cook is working on today, TJ, used to travel from Amarillo to Dallas just to get tattooed by her. His body bears about 160 hours of her work.

"Sometimes we think of ideas together when she's working on the other pieces,” he says.

It's this sort of loyalty Cook...

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UNT alumni take spotlight at film fest concert
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Thu, Jan 12, 2017 - 7:30am

By Lucinda Breeding

Two University of North Texas alumni will get the spotlight during the Denton Black Film Festival.

Established Dallas neo-soul musican Quentin Moore opens for headliner Ashleigh Smith at 8 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St.

The film festival takes a page out of another local film festival — Thin Line — by including music in the proceedings.

Moore is a fluent musician who has played all the instruments on some of his recordings, and a polished singer who draws from old-school R&B and soul to craft original songs that are a rare concoction of...

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Utah Symphony goes on the record with two Prokofiev scores and new concertmaster
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Fri, Nov 11, 2016 - 4:12pm

By Catherine Reese Newton

The Utah Symphony soon will head back to the recording studio — in Abravanel Hall. Performances of two Prokofiev works will be recorded live for commercial release, the orchestra's fourth such project with Reference Recordings under music director Thierry Fischer.

The two suites, derived from Prokofiev's film scores for "Lieutenant Kijé" and "Alexander Nevsky," will bookend a third Prokofiev composition: his Violin Concerto No. 2, which will feature new concertmaster Madeline Adkins in her concerto debut with the orchestra.

Adkins' tenure...

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