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2003 Stories by Zac Crain

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  • Right Hear

    published June 26, 2003

    There was a time, maybe 30 years ago, maybe longer, when a guy like Joe Pernice had a chance. He didn't need a big label, didn't need big money... More >>

  • Trash Pickup

    published June 26, 2003

    Contrary to this paper's title--and this column's, as well--we are not always observant. For example, it took us awhile, as these things tend to... More >>

  • Perfect Timing

    published June 19, 2003

    The timing couldn't be any more perfect, really. A week after Eisley's high-profile tour with Coldplay, the band will headline... More >>

  • Clem Snide

    published June 19, 2003

    On their fourth album, Clem Snide shows they have a Soft Spot for the other side of summer, the mellow melancholy that creeps up on you at... More >>

  • He Got the Boot...

    published June 12, 2003

    In the May 29 edition of Scene, Heard, we related a story we'd heard a few days earlier involving Josh T. Pearson and Andy Young of... More >>

  • Ray Day

    published June 5, 2003

    In February, we wrote a story about the Deathray Davies. It was titled "Group Sounds," and in it we made the following point, neatly summed... More >>

  • The Long Goodbye

    published May 29, 2003

    For now, for the next few months, the Dismemberment Plan lives on. There is a pair of North American tours to wrap up, as well as the Washington,... More >>

  • 'Cocks, Rock

    published May 29, 2003

    There's history and there's what people remember, and usually they don't have much in common. Childhood memories often don't match up with the... More >>

  • Lift Off

    published May 29, 2003

    A year or so ago, maybe two, England was losing its collective shite over Denton's Lift to Experience and the band's ambitious debut,... More >>

  • Support Group

    published May 22, 2003

    Last week we talked a bit about local musicians doing it themselves, creating their own shots the way Nick Van Exel does at the end of tight... More >>

  • Pernice Brothers

    published May 22, 2003

    Finally caught the Pernice Brothers a year or so ago at a club in Memphis, a first-time-caller-longtime-listener visit written in pen and... More >>

  • Bear Down

    published May 15, 2003

    Maybe you grow up backward when you start to play music. Running comes before walking; loud and fast come before slow and quiet. When you pick up... More >>

  • Riding the Bench

    published May 15, 2003

    Watching Game 3 of the Mavs-Kings series (or as we refer to it: The Best Basketball Game Ever) the other night reminded us of the local music... More >>

  • Spring Has Sprung

    published May 8, 2003

    We've broken out the short pants a bit earlier this year, which can mean only one thing: Summer, God bless, is already upon us. Either that or we... More >>

  • Busy Schedule

    published May 1, 2003

    Last year at some point, we forget when, we heard rumors that NextStage, the 5,000-or-so-capacity concert venue in Grand Prairie, was on... More >>

  • Spring Fling

    published April 24, 2003

    We here at the Dallas Observer have been griping for years about downtown Dallas, about the need for more entertainment options in the... More >>

  • 2003 Dallas Observer Music Awards

    published April 17, 2003

    Thirty or so nominators, culled from the rank and file of the local music industry, decided what names made it onto the ballot for the 2003... More >>

  • Autograph Hound

    published April 17, 2003

    Everyone who frequents the Curtain Club knows that Craig DePoi, who mans the upstairs bar, is one of the nicest guys around, which is... More >>

  • Brotherly Love

    published April 10, 2003

    We've said plenty about Eisley and its sisters-and-brother act (just trying to get ourselves in position for an episode of VH1's Driven),... More >>

  • The Music

    published April 10, 2003

    From Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language: crap (krap), n. Slang. 1.... More >>

  • Bat Girl

    published April 3, 2003

    If Kelly Osbourne had different parents, we wouldn't be talking. In some ways, she almost wishes that were the case. She could do without all the... More >>

  • Big 10

    published April 3, 2003

    When Joe Tillotson and his investors (including Scott Cecil and Richard Winfield) opened a bar in the Knox-Henderson area a decade ago, they were... More >>

  • The White Stripes

    published April 3, 2003

    After a year spent in trend-piece captivity, finally, fortunately, the White Stripes get to be a band again. And a better one, as it turns out.... More >>

  • The Format

    published April 3, 2003

    Write a song. Write 10 more. Find three guys (or girls--sorry) to play them with you. Play your first show on a Wednesday night, part of a... More >>

  • Rise and Shine

    published March 27, 2003

    This is, more than likely, the biggest crowd that has ever seen Radiant* in Deep Ellum. The place is beyond packed, and there's a line streaming... More >>

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