In the romantic-comedy of your life, you'd look to the camera during your DVD commentary interview and say, "It's a story about finding love in unexpected places." And then you'd say something like, "Really, the third character is the city. It's about the places we run into each other." But cliches ... More >>
In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. The beef rib is somewhat of an underdog in the barbecue arena. While pork ribs, with their e ... More >>
Dallas is hot and the Gulf of Mexico is three and a half hours away. But we make do in true Dallas style: with shiny, man-made solutions in the form of an impressive array of pools. Some are obvious and open to the general public, others are not. But nightlife columnist Deb Doing Dallas and photogra ... More >>
Many moons ago, I worked at an Applebee's Bar & Grill. It's been a while since I threw in the apron, but to this day I still cannot listen to a handful of songs that were on a torturous loop at the neighborhood bar and grill, including "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles, "Joy to the World" ... More >>
Here at The Overserved, we love a hotel bar. It's a special island. The best ones are places you can simultaneously take your family or witness the beginning of an affair. That they are occupied by the ghosts traveling though town only adds to their allure. Here is our guide to the wilds of Dallas' ... More >>
"We're trying a new place for dinner tonight, honey." "Oh really? What's it called?" "Uhhh, Front Door. Or maybe Back Room. Lake House? I can't remember. Anyway it's near SMU." -- excerpt from a scene from Forgettable Monologues from Inside Households All Over Highland Park Though it first sounds n ... More >>
Jane's Addiction, The Duke SpiritThursday, May 10, at McFarlin AuditoriumAfter seeing Perry Farrell (who is strangely older than my parents) perform a really bad set at South By Southwest a few years ago, seeing Jane's Addiction doesn't pique my interest as much as opening psych-tinged act The Duke ... More >>
Get a double dose of Coldplay next summer.This week, we learned that ticket demand for two shows we recently wrote about (Coldplay and Tool) was so overwhelming a second show has been added for each. On Saturday, June 23, Coldplay will perform a second show at American Airlines Center. Tickets fo ... More >>
Brent Jackson, at left, and Monte AndersonJust after that totally delightful discussion on the voting habits of trees, after which the city council OK'd a new Walmart, there came another momentous development matter: the West Dallas mixed-use project known as Sylvan Thirty, the one we've been ... More >>
Annabel MehranSt. VincentThis is the weekend of St. Vincent. In fact, someone ought to make it a local holiday because it's going to be pretty difficult to escape the songstress over the next few days. She's set to perform in town three different times. On Saturday and Sunday night, she'll perfor ... More >>
Death Cab For CutieThere was a time when Death Cab For Cutie would have Centro-Matic in the support slot of their regional shows. But those days are long gone. On Saturday, Death Cab will be at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie with Frightened Rabbit. But if a Centro-Matic-less Death Cab doesn ... More >>
Photo by Alex Scotthe West Dallas Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon to raise funds and honor the area west of the Trinity.Yesterday afternoon, the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce hosted what was essentially a baby shower for the nascent neighborhood on the other side of Dallas's ballyhooe ... More >>
What do you say we go and print some of these suckers up now that we're famous?Every few months or so, it just so happens that someone will pop up on our radar and ask us how this here blog got its name. To be honest: We're not quite sure who picked it. Our memories here in the music department t ... More >>
Across the new Trinity bridge, a long-neglected but suddenly desirable neighborhood waits and hopes.
Photos by Leslie MinoraGary Buckner sits on the filing cabinet of the Airstream he refurbished as an office.Old trailers fill the lot in front of Gary Buckner's West Dallas workshop. Two are almost completely gutted and ready for refurbishing, and one silver Airstream is nearly ready for the move ... More >>
Not a bad early start to the weekend tonight, as both local and national talent serve up some tasty music this evening.
Tonight, we start out the week a wee bit on the slow side. Don't worry, though: Thinks get sufficiently hectic once again tomorrow night. And, hey, there are still a couple of cool local shows tonight.
Photos by Sam MertenLeft to right: West Dallas Chamber of Commerce vice chair Randall White, former Oak Cliff council member Ed Oakley, mayoral candidate Ron Natinsky and council member Delia JassoStanding near the pool at the Belmont Hotel in what 2007 mayoral race runner-up Ed Oakley called ... More >>
At this point, Austin's Bob Schneider is far more than the guy who dated Sandra Bullock, the guy who fronted the raunchy Scabs, or the guy who seems to play Dallas every other month. His 2009 album, Lovely Creatures, his first release for Dallas' Kirtland Records was perhaps his most successful alb ... More >>
Quite the hopping Thursday evening we have here. Enough to make a lowly music critic like myself wish he could be in two -- maybe even three -- places at once.
Merry RockmasIt's a weekend chock-full of holiday parties. The Granada Theater is throwing one, DayBowBow has one in Denton, The O's have one at Sons of Hermann Hall, and "The Orphanage" is hosting their fifth annual Christmas party at the Double Wide on Saturday night. The two slackers who host ... More >>
A fairly busy Thursday night with some fine local acts showing their stuff all over the area.
Photo by Robert BostickTim ByresYesterday, we profiled Tim Byres, chef at Smoke, the restaurant in the Belmont Hotel that serves what Byres describes as "heritage inspired cuisine." (Traditional style cooking, smoking, canning a preserving updated for modern palates, served with a touch of So ... More >>
Walk into Smoke early on any Saturday afternoon and you'll get the sense that the year-old restaurant hums along effortlessly. Simple preparations, a small, amiable kitchen crew, a mastery of the menu. Truth is, the food takes hours to prepare and there is meticulous care in the execution of wh ... More >>
This weekend is stuffed with some pretty big shows, but the biggest one coming to town this weekend might be Saturday's Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Music Festival at Superpages.com Center with Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, our own Hellyeah and many more.Maybe getting all jacked up on repackaged ... More >>
The big show this weekend almost didn't happen. A few weeks ago, the entire blogosphere stopped down to report that Phosphorescent's van, with all of their gear, had been stolen in Brooklyn. Things weren't looking good for the tour that was scheduled to start only a few days later, but luckily al ... More >>
Joe Pug, Doug BurrSons of Hermann HallJuly 8, 2010 Better Than: Waiting to see on TV where LeBron chose to play basketball. Joe PugKXT-91.7 FM's Barefoot at the Belmont show turned into a Hardwoods at the Hermann one on Thursday night. Since the open air of the Belmont Hotel isn't, you know, ... More >>
Click to enlarge: Sketches resulting from February's two-day design charrette concerning West Dallas and Oak Cliff developmentBack in October, the Trinity Trust ponied up $2 mil for the creation of the City Design Studio, to be based out of Dallas City Hall and run by, among others, bcWORKSHOP's ... More >>
Danny FulgencioThe crew at Smoke: Chris Zielke, Tim Byres, Christopher and Jessica JeffersCelebrated local chef Tim Byres is en route to New York City as we speak with a hell of a carry-on: dinner for 80, plus booze. Executive chef of the Belmont Hotel's posh barbecue outfit Smoke, Byres will coo ... More >>
Patrick MichelsThe King Bucks at last year's Barefoot At The Belmont SeriesWe are standing on the brink of the summer season, and with the unbearable heat comes the obligatory summer outdoor live music series. The heat is inevitable, but the Belmont Hotel and the AT&T Performing Arts Center a ... More >>
Don't forget your costume. Here's one idea.Love it when Halloween falls on a weekend, as is the case this year. What that means for music fans is lots of costume contests and tribute nights, and bands and fans will likely be even more intoxicated than usual--so be careful out there. Recently some ... More >>
Neon Indian plays these beautiful confines on Sunday.Not the busiest weekend of shows around town this time around--which I'm OK with as I'm off to Colorado to visit friends and check out Neon Indian's debut at Monolith on Sunday (and you thought we were done with them for the time being.. ... More >>
Jeff Hanson plays Rubber Gloves in Denton tonight.Judging by the amount of quality acts performing in and around our fair city tonight, you might think it was the week before SXSW. Well maybe not quite, but you get the idea: There's a lot more going on than the sure-to-be-emotional Carter Albrecht C ... More >>
Through all my phases, from finicky meat-eater to cheese-hating vegetarian to vegan, I've never had a server actually encourage me to complicate my order. But at the Cliff Café last Friday our server, Ryan H., did--even after my "girly lunch" group had finagled a table on the sunny, secluded back ... More >>
When the entire Dallas skyline goes dark at 8:30 p.m. on March 28, fret not: It'll be totally intentional. That's because the city announced today that it will participate in the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour 2009, which calls for folks to dim their lights as part of the "largest climate awarenes ... More >>
On Wednesday, as you're no doubt aware by now, the Dallas City Council voted to create three municipal management districts, or MMDs. They're the first in Dallas, though Houston is often invoked as proof that MMDs do wonders for development. Which is no surprise, as they're made for development -- o ... More >>
Consolidated Restaurants falls for a stone cold Fox