• Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    The Best Texas Music Venues for Road Trippin'

    As you might have noticed, we're a bit obsessed with traveling here at the Observer. We've given you weekend getaways, food centered trips, and hidden road trips. So it was only a matter of time before we got in on the fun here at DC9. Being that we live and breathe Texas music, here are the 12 musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Richie Whitt, Sports Writer and Talker, Has a New Pizza-and-Beer Delivery Service

    Remember Richie Whitt? He was the sports columnist for the Observer for six years before he was lost to layoffs in 2011 and went into radio full-time. His loyal commenters, a real haggard bunch, laid siege on City of Ate after he left, peppering the blog with unsavory comments and a few good recipes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Three Women Tore Through Dallas, Keller and Southlake on a Drug-Fueled Mail-Theft Spree, Feds Say

    When a U.S. Postal Inspector interviewed Jessica Nicole Weatherread at the Keller Police Department on December 30, 2011, she made two things clear. One was that she didn't steal the 400 pieces of open mail and packages addressed to Southlake residents that police had found scattered throughout her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    At Kidd Kraddick's Makeshift Memorial: Flowers, Diet Coke and Disbelief

    In front of the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning radio show studio sits dozens of flower bouquets, diet coke cans -- Kraddick's favorite soda -- and posters with grievances from fans. Many of the messages read "keep looking up, cause that's where it all is," quoting Kraddick's signature radio sign off. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Ted Cruz for President: Everybody Just Shut Up and Let This Happen

    Every week, managing editor Patrick Williams disappears into his office and reemerges a cranky, nicotine-addicted, third-person-referring superhero we like to call Buzz. Pity Texas Senator Ted Cruz. The poor man can't even go to Iowa for a little praying, a little fundraising and a little defending ... More >>

  • Music

    July 18, 2013
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    July 18, 2013

    We Were Stranded in West Texas, Drinking Whiskey, When the Sheriff Showed Up

    This week's Dallas Observer is our Drinking Issue, featuring reviews, columns and 24 hours of drinking in Dallas. For the music section, we asked a few DFW musicians to share their drinking stories. Here's the first. Our band was scheduled to play at a bar in Amarillo. It's a great bar. We always h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Saint Arnold's Releases New Icon Series Brew This Wednesday

    Saint Arnold Brewing Co., the oldest craft brewery in Texas, is releasing the next beer in their icon series this Wednesday. Icon Green is an Amarillo hefeweizen made with two-row barley and Vienne and Cara-Munich malts. "This is a refreshing summer beer for Texas and Louisiana that has the base of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    With Texas Reservoirs Dropping, State Lawmakers Kill a Water Supply Bill

    Last night, a bill to fund water projects across the state died an ignominious death in the Texas House of Representatives. This was strange because it looked like the rails had been thoroughly greased. During his State of the State back in January, Gov. Rick Perry made the case for dipping into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Amarillo Man Gets Probation, One Night of Jail a Year, for Killing His Girlfriend

    In Texas, one thing's for certain: If you're a killer, you're either going to face a really old guy who likes to stick people with needles or spend the rest of your life with a cellmate named Bubba who's been deprived of a woman for far too long. Unless you kill your girlfriend with a car in Amari ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 30, 2012
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    July 22, 2011

    Watch: Fair To Midland Acoustic Set on Violitionist

    Alex ScottFair To Midland​The brain trust behind Violitionist Sessions have a good thing going. As seen on their most recent session with Fair To Midland, this grassroots Denton-based organization recruits artists coming through Denton to sit in their living room (from the looks of the video, it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    As Federal Grand Jury Begins Calling Witnesses in JWP Case, the Past Collides With the Present

    ​I have been looking back at the federal corruption conviction that forced the late Al Lipscomb off the Dallas City Council in 2000. That conviction was set aside two years later by a conservative panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. We have lessons, people. Lessons. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2011

    Al Lipscomb Is Dead

    Photo by Sam MertenAl Lipscomb at the federal courthouse during the trial of Don Hill in '09​'Round this time last year Al Lipscomb was hospitalized at Methodist following a fall that resulted in a broken leg; Gromer Jeffers wrote that the former council member wasn't "doing so well these days." W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Thumbs Up for Fair to Midland's "Musical Chairs" Music Video, Free "Amarillo" Download

    He likes it! Hey, Darroh!​ If you sat around yesterday waiting for Arrows and Anchors, the new Fair to Midland album, to go on sale, you no doubt ended up disappointed. The three-years-in-the-making album from the area progressive metal act has seen release was pushed back once more, this time to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Fair To Midland Releases Trailer, Album Art and Tracklist For New Arrows and Anchors Disc

    Well, things sure are getting down to the nitty-gritty for Fair To Midland, who are now just about a month off from the release of their long-awaited, fourth full-length album release, Arrows and Anchors. And, as we approach that date, it's no surprise that more and more information is leaking out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Contest: Win One Pair of Tickets To Libertine Bar's March Beer Dinner Wednesday Night

    ​As mentioned last week, the Libertine Bar's March beer dinner is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, and will feature the greatness of Austin brewery Jester King. The dinner sounds tasty (menu available here), and should also be a great opportunity to try some very interesting beers. Boxer's Reve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    New Vegan Enchilada Buzz at BEE

    ​Based on the constantly buzzing (ha!) parking lot, and the word of mouth (some call it buzz) about BEE: Best Enchiladas Ever, it's become clear that the Oak Cliff counter-service enchiladeria is a neighborhood and willing-commuter favorite. People dig the options, the service, the people behind i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Big Texan Diversifies Its Meat Eating Challenge Lineup, Marking 50th Anniversary With Team Rib Eating Contest

    ​It's not often I get to say so, but I wish I'd been in Amarillo last night. That's where the Big Texan Steak Ranch kicked off its two-month team rib-eating tourney, where one of 32 four-eater teams will try to gorge their way to glory, and a $1,000 grand prize. Last night was the first of the wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Friday-Morning Follow-Ups

    This old photo of the Texas Theatre was among a stack of unsold pictures being auctioned off yesterday.​To begin the day, some housekeeping ...A happy ending to yesterday's story about the kidnapping of Eileen Loskot: She was found dehydrated but otherwise unharmed in New Mexico, and one of the th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Llano Estacado Vintner's Selection Signature Red Meritage

    ​Meritage or Claret? What's the difference? Typically, both terms refer to Bordeaux-style blends, heavy on the Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot, with one or more of the regions classic blending grapes added for body, spice and completeness. Most fans of Argentinian reds would be surprised to l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Does Amarillo Have Better Radio Than Dallas?

    Making my way back to Big D after a week spent camping in Utah and Arizona, I stumbled upon KWTS 91.1 FM out of Amarillo. Broadcasting from the West Texas A&M University campus, this little oasis of deep indie rock kept me locked in until the signal finally diminished just outside of Wichita Fal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    If You Buried Your Car in a Field For the Insurance Money, You're Not Alone

    Clearly, Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels were way ahead of their time out in Amarillo.Dunno why I didn't think of this sooner -- burying a certain 1996 Jeep Cherokee of my acquaintance in a field somewhere, ditching it in a nearby river whose trees are in need of chopping down or just set ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Short Orders: Avanti Neighborhood Bistro

    Avanti Neighborhood Bistro5001 Addison Circle, Addison972-386-7800Duck confit consists of meat cooked in its own fat. The French developed a simple process rendering it perfect for storage over those occasional periods of foreign occupation. Merely by ramming it into a crock also packed with fat, du ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Last Night: The Wedding, The Fold and Ocean Is Theory at The Max

    The Wedding, The Fold and Ocean Is TheoryThe MaxFebruary 16, 2009 Better than: Any other rock show you went to last night, promise.   Two weeks ago, BrokeNCYDE got real raunchy for a crowd of 15-year-olds at the Max. With choruses like, "Let's get freaky now, let's get fucking freaky no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    U.S. Attorney Set to Announce Arrest in "Amarillo White Powder Letters" Investigation

    Last night, the U.S. Attorney's Office sent word that at 11 a.m. today there would a media conference at the Earle Cabell Federal Building downtown "to announce developments in a pending investigation." This morning, a second missive arrived with further details: Acting U.S. Attorney James Jacks; Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Gig Alerts: Looking for Inauguration Night Music? Here's Some Interesting Choices.

    Not a lot going on, music-wise, this inaugural evening in our area, but there are a few worthy performers out there who could help you celebrate Obamamania...Chance Anderson is a youthful, roots rocker from Lewisville (via Empire, Oklahoma) in the vein of Steve Earle. Anderson plays tonight at the B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2008

    Potter County Sheriff Clearly Didn't Learn a Thing from Dallas County

    The press release from the Texas Attorney General's Office that just arrived in my in-box had a familiar ring to it. (It's after the jump.) A Texas sheriff is accused of accepting bribes from Mid-America Services Inc. in exchange for awarding the Dallas company food and commissary contracts at the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2007

    Pickens is Blowin' in the Wind

    An Amarillo TV station's reporting that T. Boone Pickens is puttin' in the Panhandle what oughta be the country's -- and, mebbe, the world's -- biggest wind-energy production project. Pickens sprung the news on an invite-only crowd in Pampa yesterday, where the billionaire oilman said his Mesa Group ... More >>

  • News

    May 10, 2007
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    April 18, 2007

    Swift Justice? Not Bloody Likely.

    Illustration by Brian Stauffer So, it’s official: All 53 illegal immigrants charged with fraud after the December raid at Swift & Co.’s Cactus meatpacking plant have pled guilty in federal court in Amarillo. They face five to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for using the stolen ... More >>

  • News

    April 5, 2007

    Ground Meat

    Native-born and immigrant both get bled at Swift's beef plant

  • Calendar

    March 29, 2007

    Road Rave

    PDNB exhibits life on the highway

  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    Pop's Kid

    DJ Rob Viktum's unlikely upbringing was in—get this—Amarillo

  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    What a VIP Off

    A night at the Ghostbar is just like Hollywood, without the celebrities or fun

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2006

    Show Up, 8/11-8/12

    You read it here first: Thesis is gonna be huge. (Just in case.) Friday: Already said it in this week's And Another Thing column, but I can't impress upon you enough how exciting a prospect Thesis is to the city's R&B/neo-soul scene. Her demos are nothing compared to her live show, backed by one hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2006

    Show Up, March 2

    I already hyped a show tonight at the end of this week's Is This On? column--the Cavern's 10th anniversary show, which is free, starts at 8 p.m. and includes free grub from Daddy Jack's--but I ran out of space and neglected to mention another interesting gig across town. Tonight at the Double Wide, ... More >>

  • News

    March 4, 2004

    The Wrong Guy

    In a bungled hunt for a killer, police wreck the life of an innocent

  • Calendar

    August 7, 2003

    Blue Note

    It's a smash hit

  • News

    March 2, 2000

    Sex, drugs, and city council

    Federal court records reveal the connection between city council ethics and dry-humping

  • News

    February 3, 2000

    To the rotten core

    The Lipscomb trial took us where the News don't shine

  • News

    January 20, 2000

    The plantation burns

    Al Lipscomb is on trial for bribery. The real charge is "traitor."

  • Music

    January 20, 2000

    Groobees kind of love

    The Groobees' Susan Gibson wrote the song that made the world sing. Well, at least fans of the Dixie Chicks.

  • News

    January 13, 2000

    Black out

    Lipscomb takes his story to Anglo Amarillo and hopes it plays better than prosecutors'

  • News

    November 25, 1999

    Slippery tale

    Amarillo teen's confession to police indicates he lied about his role in the killing of a punk rocker

  • News

    October 21, 1999

    Anarchy in Amarillo

    Being a punk in the Panhandle was never easy. But when Brian Deneke crossed paths with an angry mob of football jocks, he never imagined it could get him killed.

  • News

    February 12, 1998

    Bull--it's what's for dinner

    The cows aren't the only ones pumping out manure in windy Amarillo, where Oprah is giving the cattlemen a lesson in steer wrestling

  • News

    October 24, 1996


    How Fort Worth's rhinestone socialites bushwacked the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame

  • Music

    March 2, 1995

    Uncle Whopelo?

    Slobberbone is the dumbest name for the best new band in town

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