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2006 Stories by Jonanna Widner

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  • In With the New

    published December 28, 2006

    You hear it at the end of every year—the critical moaning and gnashing of teeth, as music writers and fans alike proclaim what... More >>

  • Drift Away

    published December 28, 2006

    Sometimes it's annoyingly cute, but other times it's kind of convenient and nice when a band’s name hints as to what it sounds like—sort... More >>

  • Old Balls

    published December 28, 2006

    While the Seattle SuperSonics may not exactly top the NBA standings this year, there are two little words that should encourage you to... More >>

  • We Got Next

    published December 21, 2006

    At first glance, Deborah Williams wouldn't strike you as a hip-hop matriarch. In her mid-40s, the soft-spoken Williams has a kind face and a... More >>

  • Up and Down

    published December 21, 2006

    I had been hearing about Sorta since before I even began this job. Before I moved, I did some research, polled some Dallas... More >>

  • Jingle Bell Jock

    published December 21, 2006

    Good cause, good times: Only in Dallas can the normally polar opposites sports and indie rock not only reach peace, but... More >>

  • Rump Shaker

    published December 21, 2006

    Imagine, if you will, a video that features a bumpin' beat and several scantily clad ladies—and what little they are clad in is composed of... More >>

  • Represent, Y'all

    published December 14, 2006

    I've been working on a feature story about hip-hop, and I've noticed something: In the hip-hop world, there's a lot of talk about... More >>

  • We Are the Champions

    published December 14, 2006

    Ohhh...we get it: In a world of senseless battle of the bands (wait, what's the plural of that? Battles of the bands? It's kind of like... More >>

  • Christmas Nuts

    published December 14, 2006

    Christmas has never been the idyllic, idealized time of year that we all pretend it is, and no movie ever captured the season's special blend of... More >>

  • Together, Apart

    published December 7, 2006

    Down in Deep Ellum, the scene outside Tom Cats is a study in juxtaposition. Two members of a heavy metal band stand outside in a... More >>

  • Horse Honor

    published December 7, 2006

    Peptoboonsmal. At first it sounds like a child's nonsense word. But the multi-syllable proper noun means the world to author Elaine Hall.... More >>

  • Radiant Bliss

    published November 23, 2006

    Man, the lighting guy for the Radiant CD release party at the Granada last weekend pulled out all the stops. Giant swirls of light... More >>

  • Knee Deep | Blog Log | Mic Check | Handstamps

    published November 23, 2006

    Knee-Deep: Is there a Deep Ellum resurrection in the making (though we never really thought it had died in the first place. It was more in... More >>

  • In a Heap

    published November 23, 2006

    Critics and fans went ape-poo over Imogen Heap's vocoder-drenched 2004 single "Hide and Seek," a melancholy song that spoke more of mopey... More >>

  • Hindersome Burden

    published November 16, 2006

    I'm assuming you've heard of a band out of Oklahoma City called Hinder; the group has, after all, been pulling in the press lately, as well... More >>

  • Forget Friday

    published November 9, 2006

    A few weeks ago, I attended a "salon"-type public gathering at the Nasher Sculpture Center, hosted by The Dallas Morning News and... More >>

  • Cover Story

    published November 2, 2006

    I'm beginning to think every band in Dallas should be a tribute band. It's not that we don't have our fair share of delightful groups, to be... More >>

  • Madeline

    published November 2, 2006

    Sometimes it's more the "songwriter" than the "singer" in "singer-songwriter" that really transforms a gal with a six-string into a triumph.... More >>

  • Burden Brothers CD Release Party

    published November 2, 2006

    Riding high on the crest of new single "Everybody Is Easy," Dallas' all-star cast of musical veterans drops a new disc, Mercy, an oddly... More >>

  • And Another Thing...

    published October 26, 2006

    Sad Bullets?: In Deep: This is the last week to hit up the Deep Ellum haunted... More >>

  • Pie Towns

    published October 26, 2006

    Maybe it’s the influence of Iron Chef, but somehow, somewhere along the line, cooking became competitive. Rather than quashing this... More >>

  • Shooting Stars

    published October 26, 2006

    Perhaps stung that a certain other DFW sports postseason meltdown grabbed all the headlines, the Dallas Stars have been playing like men... More >>

  • Stripped Down

    published October 19, 2006

    In the month or so since I've been in Dallas, I've heard repeated reports on how dysfunctional the music scene is here. How everyone's mean, and... More >>

  • Imported Talent

    published October 19, 2006

    Not to get all Dubya on your ass, but what's up with all these dang furriners invading our fine local music establishments this week?... More >>

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