Dallas Friday

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Sharon Van Etten at Kessler Theater, 10/17/14

    Sharon Van Etten With Tiny Ruins Kessler Theater, Dallas Friday, October 17, 2014 There are shows that are a joy because they celebrate the music; the recent War on Drugs show is a great recent example. And there are shows that are a joy because of what you learn about the artist. Friday's performa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Benjamin Booker at Three Links, 10/03/14

    Benjamin Booker Three Links, Dallas Friday, October 3, 2014 There's a man scalping tickets outside of the venue. A sold-out show can bring out that type of "entrepreneurial spirit." Yes, of course, scalpers pacing about, hollering about tickets with their deep voice ain't anything special. Nor is i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at American Airlines Center, 9/26/14

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers American Airlines Center, Dallas Friday, September 26, 2014 When the iconic opening riff to "Mary Jane's Last Dance" soared through the American Airlines Center on Friday night to begin the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' second number, it was clear the night would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest IV at Granada Theater, 9/12/14

    Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest IV With Panda Bear, SOPHIE, Ejecta, Doss and Blues Control Granada Theater, Dallas Friday, September 12, 2014 The first song I recall falling in love with was "Kokomo," the '88 Beach Boys radio hit. I was four or five and in my mom's car on the way to kindergarten the first ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Brad Paisley Didn't Throw Me a Guitar Pick Friday at Gexa, But We're Still BFF's

    Brad Paisley Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Friday, September 5, 2014 Brad Paisley and I go back. Way back. As in he followed me on Twitter a little more than a year ago. So it's not exactly BFF-status, but I'll take what I can get. After the follow, my life got weird. In fact, I think Paisley sings ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Panic! at the Disco at South Side Ballroom, 8/22/14

    Panic! at the Disco South Side Ballroom, Dallas Friday, August 22, 2014 From an outsiders' perspective, it would seem Panic! at the Disco sings to the age of teen angst -- when you're too young to go anywhere without your parents, when school and life is miserable, and when black eyeliner is the on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Aerosmith at American Airlines Center, 8/22/14

    Aerosmith With Slash Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Friday, August 22, 2014 When Aerosmith hit the stage at American Airlines Center on Friday night, Steven Tyler appeared dressed in a sparkly long coat and top hat. He was posed with guitarist Joe Perry in the middle platform as the band launced into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    KXT Summer Cut at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 8/15/14

    KXT Summer Cut With Death Cab for Cutie, Iron & Wine, Hold Steady Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Friday, August 15, 2014 At the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. boulevard, and Malcolm X boulevard sits the Dallas MLK Center, where on Friday, six days after Missouri teenager Michael Brown was killed, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Tim McGraw at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 8/8/14

    Tim McGraw With Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Friday, August 8, 2014 On Friday night at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Tim McGraw made his grand "Sundown Heaven Town Tour" entrance by simply walking out on the stage. There were no gimmicks, no over-the-top stage antics. It was jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Cirque du Soleil's THE IMMORTAL at American Airlines Center, 7/25/14

    THE IMMORTAL Cirque du Soleil American Airlines Center, Dallas Friday, July 25, 2014 Inside the American Airline Center a child of maybe five years stands next to the Cirque Du Soleil merch table wearing a replica of Michael Jackson's red leather jacket from the "Beat It" video. He's pointing out e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Summerland Tour at South Side Ballroom, 7/11/14

    Summerland Tour WIth Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog South Side Ballroom, Dallas Friday, July 11, 2014 The 1990s and early 2000s weren't exactly the golden years of rock music, but that doesn't mean that there wasn't plenty of it. As bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden and Hole set out to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    tUnE-yArDs Brought a Fun, if Familiar, Party to Granada Theater

    tUnE-yArDs With Sylvan Esso Granada Theater, Dallas Friday, May 30, 2014 Merrill Garbus is a force of nature. From her big, booming voice to her colorful wardrobes and face paint to her unorthodox assemblage of looped tracks and beats, Garbus has made herself and her band tUnE-yArDs a singular forc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    OFF!'s Keith Morris Played the Audience Like a Pro at Club Dada

    OFF! With Cerebral Ballzy and Nasa Space Universe Club Dada, Dallas Friday, May 23, 2014 There's the great scene in The Dark Knight where Alfred explains to Bruce Wayne the true nature of the Joker. "Some men just want to watch the world burn," says Alfred. Watching Keith Morris front OFF! Friday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Eagulls Brought a Moody Angst for Their Dallas Debut

    Eagulls With Twin Peaks and Sealion Three Links, Dallas Friday, May 23, 2014 For any band who's accustomed to playing extremely large venues, it can be a test to see how well they perform when they step down to a much smaller stage. Eagulls, a five-piece from Leeds, have played with titans like Fra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Sean Lennon Takes His Own Trip with Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

    Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger With Bronchos Club Dada, Dallas Friday, May 9, 2014 It's impossible to ignore the elephant in the room when it comes to Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, so let's get it out of the way: Sean Lennon is the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He's the JFK Jr. or Prince George of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Gavin DeGraw Can Hold a Crowd in the Palm of His Hand

    Gavin DeGraw With Parachute and Nick Gardner House of Blues, Dallas Friday, May 2, 2014 Worlds collided Friday night in downtown as the Mavericks' game six was underway and pop-rock musician Gavin DeGraw was in town, playing a sold-out show at the House of Blues. Parking, to say the least, was a ni ... More >>

  • Calendar

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  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Over the Weekend: The Coathangers at Bryan Street Tavern

    The Coathangers, Leg Sweeper, Catching Chloe and Chicken & Whiskey Bryan Street Tavern Friday, July 15, 2011 Better than: Staying home and getting yelled at by my wife The Coathangers​A hot and bothered collection of punks and other assorted riff raff made their way down to old East Dallas F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    God Loves Funny Counter-Protests

    ​In advance of the Westboro Baptist Church's planned return to Dallas Friday, the Unfair Park in-box has been filling up with notices of counter-protests being planned. One Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention to the Facebook page for the Westboro Baptist Church "Welcoming" Committee - Dall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2008

    Handler? I Hardly Know Her!

    Tonight, Chelsea Handler, the star of E!’s Chelsea Lately, takes on two Dallas venues with her stand-up-slash-book tour, during which she's pimping Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. I got a call from the no-holds-barred comic and heard about her obsession with the small and fat, her passion ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007

    Reunion Arena is Dallas' New X Spot

    Dave Mirra will be in town this weekend to see if Dallas' gravitational pull is enough to weigh him down. Doubtful. The perfect remedy for Trinity River tired head? Spend a weekend with thousands of dudes who don’t give a damn about our new toll road unless it includes a half-pipe. Oh, and don’t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2007
  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    A Saint in the City

    If I were planning on attending the Austin City Limits Music Festival down in Austin, I might care that the White Stripes yesterday canceled their Saturday performance, citing "medical reasons." But my disappointment would be just as quickly dispatched by my elation that a Dallas girl's been added t ... More >>

  • Film

    February 1, 1996

    Renaissance man

    Richard III star Ian McKellen may well be the greatest actor you've never heard of