For nearly twenty years, the Finnish heavy metal band Children of Bodom has done the symphonic, melodic death metal thing with passion and power to spare. Long considered one of Scandinavia's best metal outfits, Children of Bodom have never resisted change. Proof of such is the band's recently issue ... More >>
The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Mu ... More >>
Even though Imagine Dragons have been playing music for a little over four years, the band's meteoric rise to the top of the charts seems to have occurred over a much shorter time. Hailing from Las Vegas, the band consists of four Mormons who unapologetically play infectious, radio-friendly alternat ... More >>
Dallas is home to one of the richest religious music scenes in the country. Over the summer, we'll be attending services, both big and small, of many denominations, as well talking to musicians, directors and pastors. Raised Baptist and currently Lutheran, Cynthia Fruth has performed at many diffe ... More >>
So much food, so little time
If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will
OFF! Trees Wednesday, September 19 Now that was a real pit. It seems every touring rock act with a GA floor in front of them has one now. Hell, kids will swirl and crowdsurf in front of Evanescence these days, but last night's floor wasn't about old-schoolers showing up the youth. It was about a p ... More >>
From Toronto, a glimpse of this year's most bracing films
Josh Pitts and Ben Piche were in the punk band Captain Incredible a ways back, and got so frustrated with the way their band was getting booked, they decided to concentrate on doing it themselves, hence their five-man outfit, Up To 11 Entertainment. Pitts has performed with DFW notables Darstar, He ... More >>
When the Christian rock band Stryper first emerged in 1983, many people thought they were both a marketing ploy and tasteless joke. After 1986's To Hell With the Devil sold over two million copies, so-called Christian bands started popping up everywhere. Somehow, brothers Michael and Robert Sweet h ... More >>
After scrolling through Erykah Badu's Twitter feed last night, it seems the concert scheduled for today has been canceled after all. She held a press conference in Kuala Lampur earlier to address the issues that lead up to the cancellation, and beyond the bigger issue of art, religion and where th ... More >>
Purveyors of heavy metal always seem to be obsessed with epic literature.Take Russell Allen of Symphony X. He's fronted New Jersey's progressive metal act for nearly 20 years, and in that time, Symphony X has released albums based on both The Odyssey and Paradise Lost. Last year, they released Icono ... More >>
(Clip from Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best) The Dallas Film Society announced the first 15 entries to be officially accepted into this year's Dallas International Film Festival, which occurs from April 12 to the 22.While many so far are documentaries, a few feel-goods have weaseled their way in, and ... More >>
Barbara Sudweeks: Second chair but no second fiddled. (Apparently they don't have fiddles in the orchestra.)Occasionally we identify interesting local folks who are as obsessed with food and restaurants as we are, and share some of their thoughts on Dallas' dining scene and food in general. T ... More >>
Come for the booze, stay for the booze at Henderson Avenue's latest.
At 54, Johnette Napolitano sounds like she has much creative drive as people half her age. Full of energy and desire with her work as a solo artist, a collaborator and the lead singer of Concrete Blonde, listening to her is quite an inspiration. While her power was out at her home in Joshua Tree, C ... More >>
Bart WeissTonight at the Texas Theatre, the Dallas Video Festival kicks off its five-day run at the Texas and Angelika with screenings of Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme ("filled with sensuous pleasures," insists our J. Hoberman) and Slacker 2011, wherein 24 Austin-based filmmakers pay homage t ... More >>
Here's to you, Timbo. RIP.Timbo, the Dallas Zoo's oldest gorilla, died yesterday in surgery at the age of 49, and we're still bummed by the news. Even though we didn't know her personally, we still plan to mourn her the same way we've marked the deaths of friends, family members and celebrities a ... More >>
Tonight's total lunar eclipse is quite the astronomical phenomenon, with totality lasting over an hour. Unfortunately, though, if you're in North America, you won't be able to see it. The eclipse will only be visible in parts of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. Thanks to the wonders ... More >>
Not a bad Tuesday night coming at you this evening. After the the jump, we highlight the three best.
For about a year now, Leon Oziel's house music blog, French Express, has been the best-kept secret in the local blogosphere -- partially because he's not from town (he moved here in 2010 from Toronto) and partially because he writes about so specific a niche in music that there's little room for cr ... More >>
Eek! It's time for SXSW spillover, the yearly event in which the hoards of bands heading to Austin collect a little gas money by playing our fair area. But I'm not one to complain: Good music is good music, no matter where or when it's played.
The Indonesian Blood of Eagles is among the first dirty dozen titles selected for this year's Dallas International Film Festival.While in the middle of dealing with some South by Southwest film fest logistics, this announcement arrived from the Dallas International Film Festival: It's ready to de ... More >>
Chris CornellChris Cornell hasn't fallen off the map like most of his '90s grunge-rock counterparts -- he's actually done the opposite. His impressive work with Audioslave and recent Soundgarden reunion tours have kept him in the public eye. Hell, even his dud of an album, Scream, couldn't slow h ... More >>
Ghost of a Saber Tooth TigerDan's Silverleaf, DentonJanuary 18, 2010Better Than: Dhani Harrison's band with Ben Harper. Glen FarrisSean LennonHere's the thing: It may be in bad taste, but when there's the son of a Beatle in the room, it's difficult to get past that. Especially when we're not ju ... More >>
Kind of a slow(er) Tuesday evening as far as musical offerings go, but there are still a few things going on worth investigating. Perhaps you may even stumble across Wade Phillips drowning his sorrow!
Mumford & SonsNovember 4, 2010House of Blues Better Than: Going to a show at House of Blues when the Mavericks or Stars are in town.Andrew ShepherdMarcus Mumford. For more photos, check the slideshow. The frenzy that currently envelopes English folk-rockers Mumford & Sons is as clear as ... More >>
Tuesday, September 7, at The Loft
Psychedelic Furs, She Wants RevengeGranada TheaterJuly 1, 2010Better than: staying home to watch a brat pack movie on Insta-Netlfix.Kevin TodoraThe Psychedelic FursThe Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler had the time of his life last night. He was twirling, bunny-hopping, and unconsciously conducti ... More >>
Left Hand's 400 Pound Monkey English-style IPA, one of several craft-beer offerings at Renfield's Corner.For most music lovers, any old beer will do at a concert or club show as long as the music is good. At, say, Verizon Theatre or whatever they're calling it these days, a big plastic cup or two ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsMayor Tom Leppert welcomed wind power players to this week's convention, telling them Dallas has quietly become one of the country's leading green cities. Texas is already king of the hill when it comes to turning wind into electricity, and for folks who work in the industry ... More >>
Ebbot Lundberg, the rotund and intense front man for Sweden's The Soundtrack to Our Lives, had just landed in D.C. a couple of hours before giving me a few minutes of his time. Perhaps suffering from a bit of jet lag, but Lundberg sounded like a guy happy to be on the ground. His band is currently t ... More >>
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Have a Day Out With Thomas in Grapevine
No, not that Phil Collins
Kitsch is cool again at Trader Vic's
Yutaka: less hip, less edgy, more embracing
The Crow Collection hosts a day of Asian culture
Oishii is a culinary adventure
Tom Tom could be the force that prompts noodle-house glory in Dallas
Spotless Rigatoni offers ample helpings of fresh Italian food