Driving up U.S. 75 toward Durant, part of me was excited about seeing Hank Williams Jr. live. I knew that he was an arch-conservative, a bit of a racist, and probably too old to be any good, but there is always something exhilarating about seeing and hearing songs from your childhood performed live. ... More >>
If for some reason you find yourself in Denton this weekend sans the shiny wristband required for entry into 35 Denton, the town's four-day, walkable music festival, don't fret! There's still plenty of cool shit to do and excellent music to see that costs absolutely nothing. Below is a list of the b ... More >>
Eels Thursday, March 7, at Granada Theater, $30 Last time Eels came through town to support their third album in a trilogy of concept albums, Tomorrow Morning, they delivered. It appears Mark Oliver Everett has cranked out another one, Wonderful, Glorious, released on Feb. 5. The best thing about Ee ... More >>
The Cold War drama Barbara is one for the ages
After leaving Megadeth in 2002 and bringing a lawsuit against Dave Mustaine in 2004, very few people thought original bassist Dave Ellefson would ever appear with the band again. Yet, behind the scenes, over a period of six years, Mustaine and Ellefson were both rediscovering Christianity and havin ... More >>
Unlike Melancholy Play, where it's crickets chirping.
Considering that pre-South by Southwest bash 35 Denton announced its first round of performers last week, I guess it makes sense, then, that the Austin fest would announce its own first round of performers this week -- and that their list is indeed larger than 35 Denton's list of 17 names, clocki ... More >>
But Hercules belabors its jokes.
The Raveonettes, TamarynGranada TheaterApril 11, 2011Better than: quoting the raven nevermore.Pete FreedmanThe Raveonettes After a hazy, ethereal opening set from the San Francisco-by-way-of-New York-based, Mexican Summer-signed Tamaryn, who provided a fine example of how to best use the Granada' ... More >>
John GrantJohn Grant with Midlake1 a.m., Dan's SilverleafAt the end of a night that saw a mostly all-local bill draw big numbers to Dan's Silverleaf to the tune of being essentially a one-in, one-out affair all night long, a real treat: John Grant, whose Queen of Denmark was named Mojo magazine's ... More >>
If nothing else, Michael Cera is cooler than Danny Masterson, right?After announcing last week the addition of another 135 bands to its bill, you'd think the folks up at Denton's 35 Conferette might need a breather -- or, I dunno, maybe some time to focus on the actual logistics of the fest, sinc ... More >>
Big things happening today in the world of 35 Conferette -- bigger news, even, than the fact that the-festival-formerly-known-as-North-by-35 now has an actual website to call its own (!). Bigger, too, than the really awesome web teaser/advertisement that the fest's organizers have created to promote ... More >>
The responses to the recent story I wrote about Dallas dining have been fascinating: Surely it bodes well for eating in this city that so many residents are passionate about the topic. Many of those readers who took issue with my thesis that the city's dining scene is broken fell into two ca ... More >>
Another Tuesday rolls around and it's another intriguing collection of musical options. A great night to drown those baseball sorrows.
Patrick Michels"Nasty" Nate Biller, Texas' top-ranked eater, will try and keep the tamale title in-state this weekend.If you're planning on packing on a few extra pounds of fat and grease this weekend, odds are you're headed to the state fair. But up in Lewisville Saturday afternoon, a chosen few ... More >>
Photo by Akisha RundquistStage West's Dana Schultes and daughter Matilda running the theater's busy barActors tend to know the ins and outs of food service. Table-waiting pays the bills for many a young thesp until that big break comes along. Edie Falco waited tables at a Manhattan steak join ... More >>
Queen of Denmark (Bella Union)
Farewell Republica (Self-released)
Wendell Baker is a dysfunctional Wilson family affair
Conclusive evidence that man and dinosaurs coexisted. If little else happens in a Christian's life, he should develop a certain measure of humility. That, after all, is the character of Jesus Christ, who emptied himself of his rights and privileges as God's only son to die for sorry folks like you ... More >>
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