• Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    B.o.B. to Play Prophet Bar October 25

    When XXL revealed its Freshman Class of 2009 much of the hype went to Asher Roth, but it was B.o.B. who would see the most commercial success. In 2010 the Atlanta based rapper unleashed The Adventures of Bobby Ray on the world and quickly shot up the billboard charts with hits like "Nothin' On You," ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    The Octopus Project Bring the Part and Go Lightly on the Vocals

    Austin's the Octopus Project are bringing their brand of lively, technicolor "indietronica" to Dallas on Thursday for the latest installment of Red Bull Sound Select. If you hate impassioned performances, dancing and having a good time, stay far away. This will be the first time the Octopus Project ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    David Wilcox on the James Taylor Comparisons: A Lot of People Don't Listen to the Words"

    Thoughtful and meticulous, the songs of singer/songwriter David Wilcox belie their simple presentation. For the better part of three decades, Wilcox has been touring the States playing just about any coffee house that would have him. Wilcox hit his commercial peak with 1989's How Did You Find Me Her ... More >>

  • News

    March 1, 2012

    The Feds Attack Online Poker

    On Black Friday, The Justice Department killed a $2.5 billion industry.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Nico Martini Ditched Football For Theater and Somehow Worked His Way Into HD Radio

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans , where we meet some of the people behind the local music scene -- those who aren't necessarily members of local bands, but more the people who make the scene move. Nico Martini​ Although we normally only see Nico Martini in his trademark short-bill painters' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Sallie Ford Gives Us Her Top Five Favorite Female-Fronted Acts

    Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside​Current Portland-dweller Sallie Ford has come on strong to quite strong this year. While her and her band had built up steam before the end of 2010, the group's New Years Eve show in front of a packed house of almost 8,000 while supporting the Avett Brothers in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Poster of the Week: Titus Andronicus at Club Dada on Wednesday Night

    ​ Titus Andronicus' phenomenal 2010 release, The Monitor, is a fairly dense album -- not necessarily because of its visceral combination of punk aesthetic with indie rock instrumentation, but because of its subject matter, which centers around the Civil War. So it's quite fitting then, that the An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Fair To Midland Officially Sets June 14 Release Date For New Album, Arrows and Anchors.

    Fair to Midland​ Back in November, the Sulphur Springs-sprung progressive hard rock act Fair to Midland announced a new label home and promised its fourth full-length come springtime. Well, clearly, they really meant summertime. A new press released issued late yesterday announces a new release da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Tim Byres Sparks John T. Edge's Barbecue Epiphany

    Smoke's Tim Byres may not have won Food & Wine's The People's Best New Chef contest earlier this year, but according to the current issue of Garden & Gun, he recently pulled off perhaps an even greater feat: He made John T. Edge rethink barbecue. ​If John T., the director of the Southern Food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    What Can I Get For You Folks?

    ​Hi, I'm Hanna, and I'll be your restaurant critic.Sorry to have kept you waiting. I got caught in the weeds back in Asheville, where I was obligated to file a few last barbecue columns and produce a bike fashion show before I could head down the mountain.But you're not interested in excuses: You ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 27, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Observer Hires New Food Critic and It's Not Dude Food's Noah Bailey

    Not Hanna Raskin​It's no easy thing, hiring a food critic. There's the slogging through countless resumes and writing samples, the wining and dining of potential candidates, the follow-up phone calls and e-mails to find that one voice among the many whose writing pops off the page and knows what ... More >>

  • Music

    December 31, 2009

    Brothers in Arms

    The Avetts don't let success get in the way of family

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Echoes and Reverberations: Without You, I'm Nothing

    "Well, I was passing by a pawn shop in an older part of town, something caught my eye and stop and turned around / I stepped inside and then I spied in the middle of it all, was a beat up old guitar hanging on the wall / 'What do want for that piece of junk?' I asked the old man / He just smiled and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Midlake Sets Release Date, Moves Forward With New Album. Which May Explain Why Jason Lee Is In Town.

    Looks like ritual day at the Midlake house...​Big news today from Midlake camp, as the band's publicity team has sent out a press release announcing the date (February 2, 2010) and cover art (see right) of the band's first release in three years (The Courage of Others)--not to mention the somewhat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Yeah, But What If Baseball Went To The European Football Table?

    I know the Texas Rangers swept the previously mighty Boston Red Sox and we're all atwitter about the American League West division race heading into August ... September ... maybe even October? But what if baseball were governed according to, say, European football standards? You know, the top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Last Night: CAKE at the Palladium

    CAKE Palladium Ballroom April 30, 2009 Better Than: The upcoming great food shortage Daniel DaughertyCheck out more photos in our slideshow.After starting the show with "Short Skirt, Long Jacket," CAKE singer John McCrea greeted the audience.McCrea: "Is anybody here sick tonight?" Crowd: Affirma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Yesterday at NX35: Mike Seman's Thoughts On Indie Rock And Urban Development

    It's a story we've all heard before:  Artists move into the cheap end of town, start doing ...  whatever it is artists do, and pretty soon developers, city officials and moneyed trophy wives all want a piece of the scene. This "gentrification," as it's known in places like Asheville an ... More >>

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    May 22, 2003


    letters for the issue of May 22

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    January 21, 1999
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    October 16, 1997