Although Santa Cruz' The Expendables play an energetic hybrid of rock, ska and reggae. Its members themselves take pride in being way laid back, and that's what led to the band's most recent offering: the all-acoustic Gone Soft. Speaking from Tallahassee on a day off from the tour and in anticipat ... More >>
Thirty years ago this week, The Smiths released their self-titled debut. It arrived at a time when every bass groove, dissonant guitar and echo-ey drum machine rhythm that would become identified with late '70s and early '80s post-punk music was at its peak. However, this debut also represented a ne ... More >>
The stretch of Harry Hines Boulevard between Walnut Hill and LBJ would seem to be a smoker's paradise, packing at least three full-service smoke shops into a mile-and-a-half stretch of road. Each offers a wide array of tobacco and tobacco-smoking accessories, from cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes ... More >>
If you recognize Kaia Bellanca Beggs, it's most likely been from walking through the door at recent Deep Ellum casualty La Grange. Handling the door, and other La Grange duties, was just one of her jobs. Kaia is quite immersed in the local music community and has her own small business doing makeup ... More >>
The first week of college is here, so the Observer staff is providing you with some tips to get your through the first week/month/year. See also: Six albums to torture your roommate with See also: The Overserved, back to school edition Don't fall in love with someone just because he or she wors ... More >>
Did you know there's a reggae remix of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On"? Neither did I, until I went to Arlington's Jamaica Gates to eat jerk chicken. The skanked-up Titanic anthem poured out of crackling speakers as I sipped my Jamaican lemonade -- thirst-quenching and not too sweet, it's made ... More >>
by Andy Hermann Electronic dance music (you know, EDM) is the hottest thing going right now. But to you, it still all sounds like "oontz, oontz, oontz" -- except Skrillex, who sounds like "wom, wom, wom." Right? Fear not. You don't have to be a kid yourself to know what the kids are into nowadays ... More >>
Flogging Molly House of Blues Sunday, March 4 Sunday night's Flogging Molly show more or less served as the triumphant closing ceremony for what might have been the most Irish-intensive week in recent Metroplex history. Last Monday, Boston shamrockers Dropkick Murphys kicked things off, while the N ... More >>
Cultural Refugee( Self-released)
This Saturday night at 2826 Arnetic, The Beat Factory takes five hip-hop producers/electronic artists out of the studio and lets them work their magic live. It's a stacked lineup, featuring Denton's Juicy the Emissary, Dallas' Datahowler, Remode and Slago, and Austin's Boom Baptist, with turntable w ... More >>
Holy crap! We have a shitload of killer shows in our area tonight!
Win this poster!The Wailers, about whom you are no doubt familiar even if your Bob Marley knowledge is minimal, will be stopping by the Granada Theater this evening to do their whole reggae thing. But, it should be noted, there are actually two different Wailers bands floating about the country a ... More >>
It's a weird and wonderful variety of shows happening in our area this evening. Fans of classic reggae and neo-classical avant-garde will be especially pleased...
Poster designer Brian Cvejanovich is no stranger to our winner's circle here at Poster of the Week. He won our honor back in October for a design he made to promote a performance by The Thermals at the Granada Theater.But this poster? Man, it kind of takes the cake.
Good golly Miss Molly! SXSW frontwash is flooding into seemingly every venue in town. Enjoy it while it lasts...
Kevin MarpleNicola CalamariOn Wednesday, we gave you the goods on Nicola Calamari, executive chef at La Fiorentina. Today, we asked Calamari to finish a few sentences for us. Tomorrow, he shares one of his recipes. (Calamari's words are after the ellipses.) I was raised in...Florence. My ... More >>
Not a song, but we sure are thankful for this.It's hard to argue with Charlie Brown: Thanksgiving is here, man (paraphrased). Over on our on food blog, City of Ate, the writers are counting down to Thanksgiving with odes to their favorite T-Day foods. DC9's thinking: why can't we join in on t ... More >>
We have ourselves a busy little evening of music on our hands tonight. If you can't find something cool listed here, you don't deserve to go out.
Another work week edges slowly towards its conclusion, setting up what should be a great time to visit the State Fair, if nothing else.And to help folks get an early start to the weekend, several intriguing musical selections are playing around our area this Thursday evening.
Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, September 10, 2010...The fact that Marilyn Manson likes to play dress up isn't a surprise. But the fact that he like to dress up like Kenny Powers from HBO's Eastbound & Down, well, that is. Wouldn't have figured him for a fake sports guy.Aw ... More >>
Lucy Wrubel has been DJing for over a decade now. The stand up comedian turned DJ got her start in Rome Italy, where she found she could overcome the language barrier through music. "I found myself unable to communicate with the locals, unless I was choosing the music." Wrubel says, "After spen ... More >>
What do tacos, LED light installations, and douchebags wearing graphic T-shirst all have in common? They were all present Thursday night when we visited the latest addition to the taco joint trend, Rock 'n' Taco. Occupying the space that was once Rocco's Pizza, Rock 'n' Taco is the first res ... More >>
Sunday, January 10, at House of Blues
So, lately, pretty much the only thing on the minds of, well, everyone seems to be ways of refraining from getting any small strain of any sort of sickness--especially the infamous H1N1. Those who haven't been infected, pat yourself on the back and keep soaking up the Purell. Those who weren't so lu ... More >>
Thievery CorporationHouse of BluesOctober 5, 2009Better than: Staying at home and watching Mad Men.Fresh off back-to-back appearances at Austin City Limits and Stubbs, Thievery Corporation was still bright-eyed for its third show in as many days late Sunday night at House of Blues in Dallas.Insid ... More >>
AMADOU AND MARIAM BREAK OUT OF A FLABBY, GENERIC GENRE
Dark Horse (Road Runner)
The HOB hosts a faux Marley
Another Marley visits the Granada
Thursday, September 21, Escapade 2009
Local marijuana growers cash inon well-heeled tokers' love of fine weed
Snoop Dogg vs. Bob Marley? Ike vs. Courtney? Let the games begin.
The Old Grey Whistle Test (BBC Video)
The greatest-hits format has fallen out of favor, but sometimes the results are pure gold
Once dismissed as novelty, G. Love & Special Sauce find a serious niche with Electric Mile
Black Eyed Peas hope they're luckier in 2001 than they were last year