"I had this spot on my neck. I thought it was a pimple or something," says composer Curtis Heath. It wasn't big -- just 1.2 millimeters across. But it didn't go away for a couple months, and his girlfriend insisted he get it checked out. The dermatologist told him it was a blood blister, but Heath t ... More >>
For the 25th year, The Dallas Observer will honor the fine work of North Texas musicians (and a few behind-the-scenes people as well) with the Dallas Observer Music Awards. We've asked experts of all stripes to help us compile a list of the area's best talent in 40 categories, which you can see be ... More >>
David Lowery's sublime new film proves he's a Texan to watch.
Pining gorgeously in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.
Seeing both Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker on the same bill was a perplexing experience. On the one hand, it was two of my favorite bands, each one responsible for a (different) decade's worth of quality alternative rock. On the other hand, since David Lowery fronts both bands, the show had the fe ... More >>
With singer David Lowery fronting both Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker (and with both scheduled to play the Granada Theater this Saturday), it is a good time to compare and contrast these two exceptional bands. Cracker has always seemed to get a bad rap because the band is not as experimental or qu ... More >>
Turning 50 is certainly not old by today's standards. But rock & roll conventionally has a different scale. After all, at that age who wants to even go to a concert, much less embark on a nationwide tour performing hit songs you wrote half a lifetime ago? Lots of people, as it turns out. As rock i ... More >>
The fest's best are the films to watch in the year ahead.
Variety has this little interview with one-time Polyphonic Spree-er Toby Halbrooks, co-director of Sarah Jaffe's "Glorified High" video, which won the Dallas Observer music award for Best Video last month, in which he talks about his and David Lowery's latest feature film, Ain't Them Bodies Saints. ... More >>
Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here. We decided to add a Best Video category to the Dal ... More >>
And it's happening where it belongs: online.
It's a big day for School of Seven Bells. The band's third and most industrial-influenced album, Ghostory, is released today. The band, located in New York, was formed when longtime Dallas musician Benjamin Curtis (UFOFU, Tripping Daisy, Captain Audio) was on tour with his band Secret Machines, open ... More >>
Ena YanaiAlejandra DehezaSchool Of Seven Bells are still going strong despite the recent departure of their third member Claudia Deheza. They just announced an upcoming tour with Interpol, which kind of brings the band back to their origin. See, as Alejandra Deheza explained in a recent article i ... More >>
Patrick MichelsChinatown writer Robert Towne walking the red carpet at NorthPark Center last nightPatrick has posted his bang-up slide show from last night's AFI Dallas International Film Festival kick-off, which comes with the most adorable photo of Rinko Kikuchi you'll find anywhere and several ot ... More >>
Patton Oswalt is the Big Fan, scheduled to play the AFI Dallas International Film Fest this yearMoments ago, the AFI Dallas International Film Festival sent along its complete schedule for this year's fest, which runs March 26 through April 2 -- with, as we've noted before, most screenings taking pl ... More >>
The Dallas Video Festival moves into its new home -- the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station -- tomorrow with a slightly abbreviated schedule that takes it through Sunday. As always, Bart Weiss has scheduled a tremendous lineup of offerings, among them the first official Dallas screening (fa ... More >>
Unfair Park don't take no holiday breaks -- instead, we go on a working winter holiday to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Which means that beginning tomorrow through next Friday, Unfair Park won't be all-local, all-the-time -- just, well, most of the time, as we add to this home-cooke ... More >>
Tuesday, January 18, at the Gypsy Tea Room
Camden Joy turned Cracker's David Lowery into fiction. Too bad he's quite real... and really angry.