Most know Barry Kooda from his days in The Nervebreakers, a local punk act that good fortune smiled on in an awful big way in the '70s when they opened locally for The Boomtown Rats, The Police and even the grand triad of classic punk, The Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Clash. Kooda followed that peri ... More >>
The Velvet Underground's classic song "Rock & Roll" tells a story of a 5-year-old girl falling in love with the music coming from her radio: Young Susie, whose life was changed by rock 'n' roll. This week, the tale will resonate deeply with a group of Dallas-area girls. Girls Rock Dallas is an annua ... More >>
This year, Dallas Observer music blog DC9 at Night and Houston Press music blog Rocks Off teamed up to bring you only the greatest moments from last week's SXSW madness. Here are the 12 best shows and moments we saw. See also: -There's an App to Get You Laid at SXSW, But You Absolutely Don't Need t ... More >>
Jessica Simpson's TV show--that is, her new TV show, a sitcom set to air on NBC--is going to be about her life as a celebrity. You should immediately be able to spot the problem, here: Her life as a celebrity is already about her life as a celebrity. The first 22 episodes are going to be board-room ... More >>
Destiny's Child released their first major-label song on the soundtrack to Men in Black, which came out on CD, cassette, and MiniDisc; they became famous shortly before Monica Lewinsky. This is the kind of thing a pop star less secure than Beyonce wouldn't want to draw attention toward, which is one ... More >>
Let me make myself clear: I love Chris Botti's music. Not in an ironic or tongue-in-cheek way. Yes, Botti, the trumpet player who's played with everyone from Sting to Josh Groban to Steven Tyler. He's the kind of guy your parents love, along with Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand. This admis ... More >>
Telegraph Canyon headlines A Spune Christmas at DadaIt's a big weekend for shows any way you cut it. Tonight's A Spune Christmas party at Dada with Telegraph Canyon and Air Review is certainly one of your better options, especially if you like free tacos and free beer. Saturday night, however, is ... More >>
DJ Dave Taylor, aka Switch.The Winter Night Lights series at Rio Room is the staff's attempt to bring edgier, more underground (for lack of a better word) DJ's to town. At least edgier and more underground than the Vegas-style top 40 or electro house sets that can typically be heard at Rio Ro ... More >>
Seriously: Does anyone have any new photos of Neon Indian?This weekend's biggest show will give local music fans a good reason to get outside: On Saturday, Homegrown Music & Art Festival will feature performances from Neon Indian, School of Seven Bells and a handful of other bands with local ... More >>
10. Was it just me or did Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Sean Combs sound just like Mike Tyson? 9. Acceptance speeches are always fascinating. Last night Lady Gaga thanked Whitney Houston and Arcade Fire thanked all of Canada. But strangest of all, Train lead singer Pat Monahan gave a shoutout to Howar ... More >>
10. Can't believe I just watched Troy Polamalu play like Alan Ball. And James Harrison like Anthony Spencer. I know Harrison had a sack, but for the most part those playmakers were non-factors. 9. Biggest play of the game was Rashard Mendenhall's fumble at Green Bay's 36 on the first pl ... More >>
Count me among the thousands who've been charmed by Nicki Minaj's eyelash-batting. I swear, it's like she's that eyelash-implants girl from The Simpsons. Nicki has been making rounds this past year releasing mixtapes and guesting on a bunch of tracks, including Luda's "My Chick Bad" -- where she ... More >>
It's hard not to remember Santana's 1999 album Supernatural. Besides just the Rob Thomas collab "Smooth," which we've spent the past decade trying to erase from our memories, the album received a lot of attention at the time for being one of those records that featured a different collaboration w ... More >>
This is, essentially, a "closure" post. I think we all have to come terms with the fact that Fort Worth/Cool's Casey James was let go in favor of the inferior Lee DeWyze. Whether or not I think CJ should be the American Idol, I've blogged the finale because he and a couple of other North Texans w ... More >>
As long as Richardson's Shirin Askari is on the show, we'll watch. But if she's auffed, we're so off.This week on Project Runway, which we're one local contestant auffing away from turning off forever, Heidi Klum flounced out on the runway and announced that the designers would have to pick new m ... More >>
These have been busy days over at CBS Radio Dallas: First, it turned chatty Live 105.3 into the sportsy The Fan. Then, mid-song yesterday, all-day dance party Movin' 107.5 became the puro Español Mega 107.5, described by Kurt Johnson, VP of programming for CBS Radio Dallas, as "Dallas's first and o ... More >>
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Our critics weigh in on local theater
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