Summertime goes hand in hand with music festival season, even down here in the 100-plus-degree heat. This area will be hosting festivals in the months of June, July and August, ranging from genres of heavy metal to indie rock. So the next time you're wanting to lose your voice in unbearable heat, th ... More >>
With help from a former church boy from Dallas, the state's "nones" are getting organized and going public.
In the last legislative session, Texas lawmakers cut the state's family planning budget by two-thirds, a loss of around $73.6 million over the next two years. The reason behind this, naturally, was that "family planning" is clearly a secret code word for "abortion." "Of course this is a war on bir ... More >>
Much has already been shared on the death of SXSW creative director Brent Grulke, who passed away yesterday after a heart attack, at age 52. It's our modern way to try to console each other via links, texts, emails. Amassing and distributing information to make sense of death. I was a music editor ... More >>
The scar ran from behind his right ear to the center of his cheek, pink and waxy in contrast with his dyed black hair. His skinny arms were covered with crude tattoos, and he was wearing a black t-shirt inside out, black jeans and black boots. He stood about 6-feet-1, which left me eye-level with th ... More >>
When Observer Web Editor Nick Rallo and I shuffled down to SXSW last week, we both noticed the same thing: The somewhat icky marketing that seems to have inundated the Austin music festival, to the point where even the fans themselves were part of the brand. Here's an excerpt of a conversation we ha ... More >>
Justin Terveen's already taken his place on the west side of the Continental Avenue Bridge for tonight's lighting of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, set to begin glowing at 6:15, give or take. He says it's filling up fast, no joke. I'm about to head that way myself; why not. But before I split, this ... More >>
I'm still trying to pull myself together and deal with this piece of news, but I wanted to say hello, Dallas. I'm finally in you. Still trying to find some tear-away pants -- they're just so drafty in the winter. Anyway, I'm the new music editor for the Dallas Observer. I spent the last five years ... More >>
Garage HangoverDoyle Bramhall in 1967, as one of the ChessmenThirteen days from now, Doyle Bramhall was to return to the Granada, scene of this performance in 2007. But that show will not take place: The Dallas-born singer-songwriter and drummer -- a former Chessman with Jimmie Vaughan, a frequen ... More >>
Earlier today, when she formally accepted our offer to become the Observer's next music editor, Audra Schroeder included in her email the above video, along with this message: "Feel free to blast this in the office to get people ready. I'll work on somersaults/tear-away pants." I wish that was al ... More >>
Pete and Nick did a bang-up job covering South by Southwest's music fest over on DC9 at Night. But Friend of Unfair Park Big Jon Daniel directs our attention to this holy-effing-ess moment: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears' Friday-afternoon lunchtime treat at the Austin Convention Center featuring ... More >>
More proof that the Toadies are bigger today than they've ever been: Kirtland Records just passed along word that, in addition to the just-released Feeler, the hugely successful Dia de Los Toadies Tres (called "the Willie's Picnic of a new generation" by the Austin Chronicle) and another album of ... More >>
Some interesting Will Johnson news pouring in this week, as the Centro-matic frontman's keeping himself quite busy these days. Just a couple nights ago, in fact, a little birdie told me that Johnson, always the busy touring musician, is the newest addition to the Monsters of Folk lineup, jo ... More >>
EarthFirstWhen it comes to the new regional Environmental Protection Agency head, environmental groups are tired of sending pointed letters. Tomorrow, the campaign to dethrone John Hall as the front-running potential nominee for administrator of the EPA's Region 6 (which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Ar ... More >>
Aubrey Edwards Moth FightWell, for all the folks who were complaining that NX35 featured too many local acts, you can't really complain about tonight. There's Monotonix (Tel Aviv, Israel), Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (Chicago), Beep Beep (Omaha), Sybris (Chicago), Black Gold (Brooklyn) ... More >>
Sarah Jaffe at Stubb's August 9. (Sandy Carson) The Austin Chronicle's Doug Freeman was apparently quite impressed by an August 9 bill at Stubb's that included locals Sarah Jaffe and Dove Hunter, along with Abilene's Micah P. Hinson. He hints that Dove Hunter's fans weren't completely enraptured wi ... More >>
Emily Ramshaw's leaving Dallas, but not The Dallas Morning News. She's merely moving to the Austin bureau. Emily Ramshaw, who, for the last two years, has done a superior job covering city of Dallas business for The Dallas Morning News (even if Jim has the occasional issue with her work), will no l ... More >>
Ssh! We don't talk about suicide here.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this is probably the most outstanding premise for a comedy show ever. Sinus Show , a comedy troupe out of Austin, is tooling on up to Big D for two performances based on the movie Dirty Dancing. If these guys can come up with "Dallas spelled backwards is Sallad. Wh ... More >>
The SXSW wheel is turning, and the first rag to get officially caught in the gears is the Austin Chronicle, whose picks for day one of the music festival went online today. Good news: Dallas has a considerable presence on the hometown city's recommendation sheet, thanks to Midlake, Baboon and the St ... More >>
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