Blogs and Blogging

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    How to Contribute to the Dallas Observer

    We have a nice little staff here at the Observer, but sometimes we need some side action. Here's how you might be able to help. Writers We accept freelance pitches for stories of all shapes and sizes. Specifically, we're looking for:

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Ghost of Blind Lemon's Chris Mueller Talks DFW Music And Internet Radio

    For nearly three years now, Chris Mueller has hosted a local music show on called The Ghost of Blind Lemon. His show nabbed a DOMA nomination this year, and we wish him all the luck. "Ghost" doesn't seem to draw any boundary lines in the sand: it's a little bit of every genre. Mue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival Attendees Review The Show, The Blog and Dallas

    This Saturday, Dallas-based music blog Gorilla Vs. Bear hosted their third annual festival at Granada Theater. Local music fans flocked to the historic venue to watch Booty Fade, Empress Of, HAERTS, Blue Hawaii, and Danny Brown share the stage. We talked to the crowd to see how the night's festiviti ... More >>

  • News

    August 8, 2013

    In the Nasher Fight, the Morning News Has a Double Standard

    The paper will protect commenters' privacy if it likes what they say.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Local Food Blog, In Sock Monkey Slippers, Nominated by Saveur Magazine

    The fancy-pants gourmet food and travel magazine, Saveur, has recently nominated a Dallas-based food blog, In Sock Monkey Slippers, for a food blog award. Meredith Steele is the one in funny socks. She started cooking when she traded in her craft as a graphic-designer to be a stay-at-home-mom. The t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 7, 2013
  • Music

    November 1, 2012

    Sharon Van Etten

    Saturday, November 3, at Trees

  • Music

    September 20, 2012

    Action Bronson at Dada

    Sunday, September 23, at Dada

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Eccie vs. EccieLeaks: A Texas-Based Escort Message Board and its Odd Legal Odyssey

    Yesterday we wrote about, the apparently-local escort-review site that's suing an anonymous blogger for libel. The blogger goes by the name of Ty Steel and has a whole host of accusations against Eccie: that its reviews are biased, that it's run by "pimps," that it participates in "human t ... More >>

  • Music

    April 12, 2012

    Preview: Flight Facilities at Rio Room

    Thursday, April 12, at Rio Room

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Robert Wilonsky is Leaving the Observer for Something Called The Dallas Morning News

    Yes, you read that correctly: Robert Wilonsky, the longtime editor of this blog, is going behind the paywall. Or maybe he's becoming the paywall. We can't be sure. But we know this: He's leaving the Observer for The Dallas Morning News, where he'll officially be known as the digital managing editor, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Hey, Our Best Of App Is One of the Best. No, Really. Apple Said So.

    ​As blogs go, Unfair Park is a mostly safe, well-lit space, free of the black-hearted cynicism that infects so many other blogs. (Except when Rick Perry parts his lips.) (Oh, and when Schutze shows up.) (And Patrick! Can't forget about Patrick.) (Anna and Brantley have a little darkness in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Food Bloggers Wanted. Must Be Hungry.

    ​Update: I posted this last night and within minutes had heard from several people, including a couple who I suspect will be gracing these digital pages at some point. That said -- keep 'em coming. Remember to put "City of Ate Blogger" in the subject line, and remember not to suck. This here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Homesick Texan Releases Homesick Cookbook

    ​Native Texan Lisa Fain is living the quintessential food blogger dream. After five years of compiling recipes in CSS and HTML, her writings will appear on paper in hardback, available on Amazon and at other booksellers this September 13th. Fain has been a salve for displaced Texans, working ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Here's the foodbitch Post That D Magazine Scrubbed From Its Web Site Last Week

    ​Last week, readers of D Magazine's food blog, SideDish, were introduced to a new contributor. She went by the name "foodbitch." Moniker aside, she seemed like any other after-work food blogger: sassy, smart, obsessed with food trucks. She brought some readers with her, folks who knew her from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    So We're Still Looking for That Food Critic ...

    If we don't find a critic soon, I'm going to start reviewing local potato skins. Get your sour cream guns ready, area chefs.​If you pay much attention to this blog and its accompanying newspaper, you've noticed that we've yet to fill the oft-sneezed-upon shoes of Hanna Raskin, our former food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Taco Bloggers Descend on In & Out Tacos, Get Tongue-Boned

    ​If anyone doubts the importance and popularity of tacos in Dallas, then I ask them to look at the growing number of taco bloggers. I'm not referring to everyone with an opinion on Fuel City's picadillo and an Internet connection. I am referring to those individuals who have dedicated large am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Chef to Tell 2000 Food Lovers What He Thinks of Their Cameras and Free Meal Requests

    James Holmes, the affable locavore chef behind Austin's Olivia, missed out on the culinary scandal that unfolded last year when critic Josh Ozersky wrote about how much he enjoyed having restaurant chefs cater his wedding (while failing to mention he accepted their services for free.) Oli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Anthony Bourdain Liked Our BBQ-Gate,
    For Some Reason

    ​It's a fair bet there's not too much overlap between Anthony Bourdain and Dallas Morning News restaurant critic Leslie Brenner's lists of what they liked best in 2010. According to a recent feature story, Brenner this year thrilled to grilled mussels and escargot fritters. Bourdain enjoyed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Heard Through the Grapevine: Who Deserves Credit for Great Dining Finds?

    Who cares how you know? Just tell us where the good stuff is.​Is restaurant scouting an open source activity? That's essentially the question underlying local barbecue blogger Daniel Vaughn's frustration with Dallas Morning News critic Leslie Brenner's new list of the top barbecue joints, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    WeDentonDoIt Offers Up A Sweet Florene Video and Books Its First Non-House Show Bill

    So, despite a virtual kick in the gut from Pitchfork, it seems that Denton's Florene is unfazed. Sure, the above interview was filmed before the music media giant's slogging, but that didn't stop up-and-coming Denton bloggers from posting the above well-done video to their site yes ... More >>

  • Music

    February 4, 2010
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    October 7, 2009

    October Baseball: Commence Daydreaming

    ​All this hubbub over those feisty Minnesota Twins and those dramatic Detroit Tigers and the dawn of the baseball playoffs slapped me sober this morning. Ponder this, Rangers fans: Texas' 87 wins would've been enough to win the American League Central Division. As I detail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Mavs-Nuggets Game 5: How 'Bout Some Live Blogging?!

    Danny Bollinger Circle the wagons. Hide the women and children (and mothers). Commence live blogging.Since we're too skeered to be in Denver's volatile Pepsi Center tonight, noted Mavs expert Mike Fisher and I decided it'd be a good idea to watch the game "together". Just the four ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Eastwood Helps Trick Former Club Dada Owner Into Getting A Makeover

    If you spot blogger and former Club Dada owner Amanda Warr (the local music supporter formerly known as Amanda Newman) around town sporting a fresh, new look in the coming weeks, well, you can thank/blame local Americana outfit Eastwood for the switch. Warr was ambushed last night by the people behi ... More >>

  • Music

    March 26, 2009
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    March 6, 2009

    Whitt's End: 3.6.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *If you're breathlessly waiting to hear Mickey Spagnola's take on the Cowboys cutting Terrell Owens, you'll have to go here. Because, alas, The Ticket's beloved "Ranch Report" is no more. Remember,&nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    At Today's LaidOffCamp Meetup, an Open-Source Keynote and Hope for Would-Be Freelancers

    Patrick MichelsLocal LaidOffCamp organizer Neils Brooks takes suggestions for topics to cover in Friday's "unconference."Sipping coffee and singing a kumbaya chorus of social media evangelism, about 40 people filled the back room at Opening Bell Coffee this afternoon for LaidOffCampDFW, the local ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Erykah Badu Announces Her Baby's Name

    ...and in true Badu fashion, it's a little eccentric: Erykah's new-born baby girl is name Mars Merkaba. Again, just like Badu's labor, the announcement came last night via Badu's Twitter account. What's pretty fascinating about all this isn't that Badu is necessarily using technology to its full ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Today In Music News: There Are Some New Hall of Fame Inductees; Ryan Adams Says He's Done; Neko Case Teases For A Good Cause

    Your daily dose of national music news for Thursday, January 15, 2009... Run-DMC (the Kings of Rock!), Metallica and Jeff Beck are the newest inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I wonder who's going to DJ for Run-DMC since Jam Master Jay has passed? I pray to god it's not Grand Mast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008
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    August 5, 2008

    Dallas’ Only Daily Breaks Ground with a, um, Ground-Breaking Idea?

    Belo at its best. Dallas’ Only Daily sports columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor (wearing a white lab coat, v-neck sweater, bow tie, scruffy, proletarian mustache and Bluetooth earpiece, peculiarly speaking with a robust Irish accent): Ya know what I’ve been thinking? Dallas’ Only Daily sport ... More >>

  • News

    April 24, 2008
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    March 18, 2008
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    March 13, 2008
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    January 3, 2008
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    October 9, 2007

    Idolator takes a swing at music blogs

    ...Does that mean Idolator is punching itself? I normally don’t read Idolator because I think they are snotty jerks. But tomorrow my cover feature on Interweb phenoms Ghosthustler comes out (ah, yes, I can already hear the swelling collective groan from little d music obsessives), and much of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2007

    Jason Does Dallas Cowboys

    You really don't need to watch much more than a few seconds of this Cowboys fan's commentary, among the millions of amateur sports vlogs posted to YouTube. In fact, I think the image below is pretty much all you need. But you must admit, the man has a look. --Robert Wilonsky

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007

    Where There's a Wilcox, There's Another Top Chef Victory

    For those keeping score, Abacus Chef de Cuisine Tré Wilcox has now won two out of six Elimination Challenges on Top Chef. No Top Chef wrap-up this morning; had an early-a.m. interview, alas, which surely bummed out Shinsei's Casey Thompson, winner of last night's Quickfire quiz and no fan of this b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2007

    "We Shot JR" Shot Down

    We thought the cool kids were looking a little confused this weekend, but we just attributed it to their lingering guilt over going to see (and liking) Interpol at the Palladium last Thursday. After all, as WeShotJR's StonedRanger wrote before the show on what is possibly the most dependable and ter ... More >>

  • News

    May 31, 2007

    Membership Has Privileges

    We're in the club, you're not. Pfffftt!

  • Calendar

    May 24, 2007

    Sci-fi Shorts

    Wilhite signs her new release

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2007

    ...And the Law Won

    A hearty Monday-morning "mazel tov" to a couple of local(ish) legal blogs: Unfair Park faves Grits for Breakfast, Scott Henson's statewide crime-and-punishment round-up, and Dallas public defender Mike Howard's The Wretched of the Earth, which deals specifically with the Dallas criminal justice syst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2006

    Who Stole the Soul?

    Peter Calvin One of our fave MP3 blogs kinda, sorta suggests today that an old Bobby Patterson song sounds familiar--if you're a fan of Ethopian soul music of the 1970s. Here's a local music grab bag for your consideration. Today, one of the best MP3 blogs out there, Said the Gramophone, plays comp ... More >>

  • Music

    June 22, 2006

    More Plugs

    After reading this week's feature, discover more of the local blogosphere here

  • News

    June 22, 2006

    Plugged In

    Dallas bloggers fan the flames and flame the fans of local music

  • Music

    May 4, 2006


    Saturday, May 6, at the Granada Theater

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2006

    Flogging Blogs

    New York University professor Jay Rosen and a 17-member brood of undergraduate and graduate J-school students siphoned from Rosen's blogging 101 class set out to sift and rank the best newspaper blogs from among the nation's top 100 newspapers by circulation. The winner? The Houston Chronicle. "By a ... More >>

  • News

    May 5, 2005


    Plus: UTD orders investigation of Waterview

  • Music

    April 7, 2005

    Dizzee Rascal

    Monday, April 11

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