Very few bands had the indie clout of the Walkmen. For over a decade, the D.C. area natives made an indelible mark on alternative rock by churning out several classic albums. When the band decided to call it quits in 2013, it was a sad moment for fans and critics alike. Thankfully, both singer Hamil ... More >>
The Church of Scientology's local Celebrity Centre, in case you haven't been, is in a spacious, three-decade-old office building in Las Colinas with lots of floor-to-ceiling windows. It moved there in 2009, having outgrown its previous digs, in a pink stucco mansion in East Dallas. How they settled ... More >>
The adventure flick pretends it’s not an M. Night Shyamalan film
The weekend draws mercifully close, and I feel a need to revisit a couple themes touched on here earlier in the week. We started with Lance Armstrong on Monday. I predicted he would fake-confess and then offer a jail-house rationalization to the effect of, "I didn't do nuthin'." I admit this predict ... More >>
The Atlantic magazine has stumbled badly on that really hard multiple choice question at the end of the Journalism 101 final exam: "Lying to your readers is: 1) a good thing, or 2) a bad thing." One pictures them hunched over the bubble sheet, eyes squinted closed and pencil tips to their tongues, b ... More >>
After the "Anonymous Spokesman's"arrest, toeing the line between speech and threats.
"I lost my old hair in Denver, girl, so I had to get new hair today," Christeene Vale says over the phone. "But, ya know, I have to fuck it up, wash it in the sink." Vale, who has been labeled a "drag terrorist," a nightmarish gutter of filth, bruise and overflowing sexuality, is telling me about t ... More >>
Paul Thomas Anderson talks 70mm, Joaquin Phoenix and researching Scientology for his sixth and most anticipated film.
From Toronto, a glimpse of this year's most bracing films
You better watch out.
T'was the night(s) before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring 'cept you and your mouse. Click, click, click to these 11 merry moments of TV Christmas specials past -- some classic, some bizarre -- preserved online and ready to be rediscovered on YouTube and Hulu. Prese ... More >>
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Kevin Devine is such an avid fan of the New York Mets that he named his first band Miracle of 86 in honor of that baseball club's surprising victory overthe Boston Red Sox in that year's World Series.But Devine is far more than a fan of The Great Game. He's an astute ... More >>
Listen: When you all wear the same uniform, people are gonna accuse you of being a cult.There are plenty of bands over the years who have used the word "cult" in their names. From '70s hard rockers Blue Oyster Cult to '80s Brit rockers The Cult to '90s art rockers Cloud Cult to current indie darl ... More >>
Reason No. 239 blog comments are a good thing: On Christmas, Friend of Unfair Park "whiskey a go go" posted a note to the Hawaii Bowl item that said, simply, "Here's a link to greggos show from last week." And, sure enough, one click later there was The Hammer on Wichita Falls AM radio. The archi ... More >>
Signs like this one decorate dozens of empty storefronts at Valley View Center.When I was a kid, Valley View was my mall -- bought my first skateboard (a Powell-Peralta purchased at the stand beneath the escalators), my first album (KISS's Double Platinum at the Disc Records) and my first guitar ... More >>
Guess this could go under the "From the RTF Department" category, since Miles Fisher has quite the estimable demo reel -- which includes a snippet from the video in which he parodies Tom Cruise's infamous Scientology promo. Or maybe "Business News for People Who Don't Read Business News," since Mile ... More >>
Courtesy the very Vimeo "retriever" comes the most breathless making-of ever made documenting the construction of the new Church of Scientology Center in Las Colinas, which opened over the weekend. This most likely comes from the L. Ron Hubbard birthday bash in Los Angeles at the end of March, but t ... More >>
Odd timing, but in the last couple of days, two Friends of Unfair Park have inquired about the for-sale sign in front of the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre on Buckner. Yes, it's for sale -- has been since 2006, matter of fact, says Perry Jones of J&B Commercial, who's repping the 1940s m ... More >>
Deck the halls with bombs of Xenu
Check out an Unauthorized musical
"Chemtrails" is one of the handful of tremendous tracks found on Beck's recently released Modern Guilt -- not at catchy as "Gammy Ray," but still. Sings the Scientologist: "I can’t believe what we’ve seen outside/You and me watching the jets go by." Perhaps the song provided the yesterday-mornin ... More >>
Fools! All of you! So, remember on Friday when we told you all about how Wilco maybe did, but then definitely didn't play The Cavern two weeks ago? Well, now comes this in our inbox, courtesy of Lucas Ross, the proprietor of the blog Hypeful.com, which spread the faux story. "Sorry for the confu ... More >>
Anonymous, the robovoice behind the Church of Scientology protests around the DFW, is back today with another message "to the general public in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area." (Must be a local -- no, ahem, "Metroplex.") The video's after the jump, but apparently, s/he wants to answer some ... More >>
They were anonymous, and while they weren’t exactly legion, as promised here, they were an enthusiastic bunch at Sunday’s Scientology protest in Dallas. Between 60 and 70 protesters (at a guess, average age about 19) lined the sidewalk on the west side of Buckner Boulevard across from the Church ... More >>
Keith Urban plays the AAC
Once the darlings of Dallas, the Stars and their sport are mired in obscurity
If you have the money, life as a MILF can be purchased at the mall
This is either a pic of Beck of Police guitarist Andy Summers. One of them was in town last night. If the last-minute, sold-out "Beck Jam" at Gypsy Tea Room last night proved anything, it's that Scientologists know how to party. (But only within reason: A female roadie pulled double duty as a bodyg ... More >>
Tom Cruise, you're nuts and probably holding Katie Holmes hostage, but Dallas still buys what you're selling. Why, I have no idea, but I find this kind of staggering. By now, you all know that Mission: Impossible III had a "disappointing" opening weekend, raking in a mere (heh) $47.7 million at the ... More >>
Don't look now, but it's sports' biggest waste of time
Necrogazm, Six Past Hell and others sacrifice eardrums to remember the Dimebag anniversary
The Velvet Teen might have been stars. They'd rather be a great band.
Conway and Korman make themselves--and everyone else--laugh again
Eddie Murphy plays Daddy, once more, and it becomes him
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Major-label survivors Royal Trux peel away experience to make a fresh, funky new album
John Travolta can feel your presence -- what's that all about?
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Santos & Santos burns up DTC's stage