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2007 Stories by John Freeman

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  • After Midnight

    published December 27, 2007

    There has been much heated discussion through the ages over what film should hold the title of "best Christmas movie ever." Cups of eggnog have... More >>

  • We’ve Got a Fever

    published December 13, 2007

    In case you haven't noticed, Exposition Park is the last part of town that actually has any real character. Deep Ellum, on the other hand, is a... More >>

  • Glass Tiger

    published December 6, 2007

    Sporting a cool eye patch and an Afro, Dale Chihuly is synonymous with artistic glass pieces. His creations infest galleries around the... More >>

  • (Not) the Firestarter

    published November 29, 2007

    When you think of famous piano-playing rockers, you probably either think of Dennis DeYoung from Styx or Tori Amos. Well, maybe not. But the king... More >>

  • Rock Gods, er, Gourds

    published November 1, 2007

    Pretentious. Self-indulgent. Sell-outs. Bald. The Smashing Pumpkins have been called all these things and so much more. Bob Mould from... More >>

  • Aye, El Amor

    published October 25, 2007

    Americans have always had a soft spot for the "Latin Lover" type. And when there are two of them, the sparks will fly like it's Día del... More >>

  • Free Bird Lives

    published October 11, 2007

    Take a deep breath. That is the smell of Southern Rock. Around these parts, it wafts through the air like the odor of two-day-old chicken-fried... More >>

  • Not So Hip

    published October 11, 2007

    The history of Canadian rock is a strange and wonderful thing. Most people lump Canadian bands into the same dubious category that contains... More >>

  • Burned Alive

    published October 4, 2007

    Way back in the early '80s, there was a magical Puerto Rican band filled with hit singles and pretty boys breaking hearts in shopping malls from... More >>

  • Faith-Based Punk

    published September 27, 2007

    Bad Religion was always made fun of as "Ph.D. punk" when I was in high school. Their 1982 debut LP, How Could Hell Be Any Worse,... More >>

  • Darin Archer, R.I.P.

    published September 20, 2007

    On Tuesday, September 4, less than a day after local musician Carter Albrecht was killed by a gunshot wound, another young local musician... More >>

  • He'll Save Every One Of Us

    published September 13, 2007

    A dashing, blond hero, an evil Fu Manchu-esque villain, a super-foxy Italian bombshell named Princess Aura and a soundtrack by Queen, one of the... More >>

  • I'm Your Puppet

    published September 6, 2007

    Who doesn't love puppets? Whether sock puppets, marionettes or the weird Jim Henson kind with the sticks in their hands, puppet shows have been a... More >>

  • A Whole New World

    published August 30, 2007

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. REFUNDS AVAILABLE AT POINT OF PURCHASE.Peabo Bryson. The name may elude some younger readers. Hell, the name... More >>

  • Hello Dallas!

    published August 23, 2007

    If you were one of the unlucky ones who missed awesome early '80s events like the Us Festival or the Texas Jam back in '78 then this is the week... More >>

  • She Is the Warrior

    published August 16, 2007

    One of the first videos I saw at the tender age of 12—back when MTV still showed music videos—was the amazing minimalist masterpiece... More >>

  • The Hook

    published August 9, 2007

    The words "jam band" have become as disturbing to most music fans as the words "George W. Bush" have become to everybody else. It is rare for a... More >>

  • Sling Song

    published August 9, 2007

    Hollywood is full of weirdos. When Billy Bob Thornton was married to Angelina Jolie, the unlikely pair wore each others' blood around their necks... More >>

  • We Roll Twenties

    published August 2, 2007

    If you love the power of slaying dragons and using a "saving throw" to escape a cave filled with "orcs", then this is your week. Come out of your... More >>

  • War Weather

    published July 26, 2007

    Even though we are at war right now, it probably doesn't feel like it to your average college type. This was definitely not the case in the late... More >>

  • Pretty Sweet

    published July 19, 2007

    Take Neil Simon, throw him in a big gay musical stewpot with the greatest choreographer ever--Bob Fosse--and stir in that chick Paige Davis from... More >>

  • The Hunt for Red Octopus' Garden

    published July 12, 2007

    By 1968, The Beatles had migrated from the realm of just being the "greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time" to the pantheon of modern day gods.... More >>

  • Play Time

    published July 5, 2007

    If the gangs that plagued New York in the 1970s looked and acted like the ones in Walter Hill's 1979 film masterpiece, The Warriors,... More >>

  • Pink Slip

    published June 28, 2007

    Years before Titanic, "The Governator" and, um, Beauty and the Beast, there was one strange and wonderful event that united James... More >>

  • Diamond in the Rough

    published June 21, 2007

    For better or for worse, Dustin "Screech" Diamond's image is etched into the memories of most 20- and 30-somethings like a fading jailhouse... More >>

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