• Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    10 Dance Music Documentaries That Will Make You an Expert

    Dance music is a vast world that often gets clumped together as one giant thing when in reality it has as many if not more differences and origins than the majority of popular music. All of the sub genres can seem a little intimidating and confusing. Drum and bass, jungle, dubstep, house, techno, de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Movement Electronic Music Festival Pre-Party Hits Dallas This Weekend

    By Mwanza Dover Over the month of May, Detroit's world-famous Movement Electronic Music Festival is holding pre-parties building up to their annual Memorial Day weekend blowout. Local promoter Source 20/20 is behind the Dallas edition of official pre-parties at The Green Elephant this coming Saturd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    White Rock and Belle Isle, a Tale of Two Cities

    A family chore last night prevented me from attending a big community meeting about a proposed restaurant at White Rock Lake, but stories on Channel 8 and in the daily paper this morning gave the flavor. The community is looking at the idea of building a commercial restaurant on parkland at the nort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Rawlings and the Morning News Want Detroit-style Pension Fund Management Here

    Yes, I have campaigned here ceaselessly over the years to get Dallas to be more like my hometown, Detroit, but I was talking about stuff like the farmers market. Not the pension fund, for God's sake! Yesterday The Dallas Morning News editorial page called for the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Syst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Meet Jill Van Horn, the Ennis Doctor Who Punked the Entire City of Detroit

    The Packard Automotive Plant stands as an emblem of modern Detroit. Once the thrumming embodiment of industrial might, it's now a hulking, weed-choked ruin, a tangible symbol of a city in decline. It wasn't without some trepidation that Wayne County, Michigan officials put the plant's 40 acres up f ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 3, 2013
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    September 26, 2013
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    July 19, 2013

    Bankrupt Detroit Will Survive the Wolves Howling at its Door

    Ah, Detroit. This morning, saddened by the bleak news of bankruptcy and shame, I pulled from the shelf my worn copy of a book of Detroit legends and re-read my favorite of all, the story the Loup Garou. French 17th century settlers on the shores of Lake St. Clair in the area that is now Grosse Poin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Dallas Has a Lesson to Learn About Segregation from Scary Detroit

    Stories about my old hometown, Detroit, are no longer merely depressing. The word, depressing, just doesn't get it. Detroit is beginning to be fascinating. Its plight is almost mesmerizing, in a science-fiction post-apocalyptic kind of way. Terrible awful unbelievable story in The New York Times to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Art Lovers Get the Fantods over Possible Detroit Museum Sale -- But Really, It's Only Money

    Occasional correspondent Bill Marvel, who defends the high holiness of art, sent me the following headline this morning, "DIA's art collection could face sell-off to satisfy Detroit's creditors," along with a personal note: "I know this will warm your heart." The DIA is the Detroit Institute of Art ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    What Dallas Can Learn from Detroit

    Every once in while I can't resist inflaming the tri-cornered hat don't-tread-on-me set out there by saying nice things about Detroit. Whenever I sing praises to my hometown of many yesteryears, I get such a nice bounce out of the people who need Detroit to serve as their 21st century version of Dan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Romney's Lies to Auto Workers Show He Doesn't Get the Modern World

    So here we are at the door to election day. In the nation it all comes down to Ohio. In Ohio it all comes down to the auto industry. And Mitt Romney is betting his marbles on TV ads that say he's the one who wanted to save the industry and President Obama's the one shipping jobs to China. Man. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Shape-Shifting Mitt: From Blue Blood to Blue Collar. That's a Laugh.

    I had a private little laugh and moment of startled disbelief while my wife and I were watching Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last night. Romney described his father as having started out in life as an apprentice "lath and plaster carpenter," a term so arcane ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Chrysler's Back. Government Works. Fairies Aren't Real.

    Wonderful story for an old Detroit homeboy in today's New York Times chronicling the incredible comeback and stunning success of Chrysler. Since emerging from bankruptcy and repaying all of its government loans, Chrysler Group LLC has leaped ahead of global competitors, according to the Times: "On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    A Modest Proposal for Clearing Dallas' Filthy Air

    I try. I keep offering. Dallas doesn't have any problems it couldn't solve if it just looked to more advanced cities. I make suggestions. Dallas gets pissed off. I don't know what else I can do. Recently I pointed out that Dallas could resolve its seemingly intractable 15-year-old standoff on what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    The Great Suburban Anschluss: Don't Worry Plano, You're Safe. For Now.

    Oh, ouch. That was a liberal ouch, by the way. Even as a liberal, I can see this as the Next Bad Idea snouting its way up over the far horizon: telling the suburbs they have to bail out the cities. Ain't ... gonna ... happen. David Firestone, a young hotshot reporter in Dallas back in the day, now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Freak Me Baby: Listen to A.Dd 's Valentine's Podcast

    Following up their holiday podcast, local hip-hop duo A.Dd once again nails it with this Valentine's Day edition with DJ Sober. They really need to do one of these for every holiday: Arbor Day, Earth Day, Flag Day, etc. However, I realize they're sort of busy taking over the Texas rap game. Still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Why Does Karl Rove Hate America So Much?

    Oh, boy. Another chance to say something good about Detroit. Nothing gets a bigger rise out of a certain element among you loyal Lawners than when I utter anything even faintly complimentary about my hometown. For reasons I may never fully understand, I would incite less mouth-foaming if I sang the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Mark Pirro on Finding a Place to Plug In, Other First Show Experiences

    Mark Pirro has been around the Dallas music scene for more than two decades as a member of Tripping Daisy, The Polyphonic Spree and currently Menkena. As a preview of The Spree's New Year's Eve show this Saturday at the House of Blues, we wanted to ask him about his first times at shows, including t ... More >>

  • Music

    December 15, 2011

    Bob Seger

    Saturday, December 17, at American Airlines Center

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Seriously, Has Nobody Seen RoboCop? Dallas Has Been "New Detroit" For Years.

    ​Apparently a whole lot of people around the country took a look at the very strange campaign advertisement for Debbie Georgatos that Wilonsky posted here Sunday morning -- a video to promote her unsuccessful campaign for chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party. Judging by the comments, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Look Out, Motor City. Here Comes Big D.

    ​Really interesting story in yesterday's New York Times about my hometown, Detroit, where the population is now half what it was when I bailed in the late 1970s. It seems Detroit is now on the cutting edge of the "shrinking cities" movement, and I wonder if Detroit may have valuable ideas for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Clearing Out The Mailroom: Tuesday, June 22, 2010.

    ​We've got quite a backlog of CDs we've never gotten around to, so we're going to try to chip away at the pile with this regular feature. The plan: to take a few at a time and play each CD for as long as I can stand it.Sugar and Gold (San Francisco)Get Wet! (Antenna Farm)The second full-length ... More >>

  • News

    December 24, 2009
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    November 25, 2009

    Wednesday's Unverified Fact About Oakland

    ​The 'Boys host the silver and black on Thanksgiving. A final "fact" about the city that keeps Detroit off the bottom of the 'best places to live' list before we turn our attention to New York...Raiders owner Al Davis stays alive by eating a bizarre diet of puppies, spotted owls and organs donated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Why Blame The Food?

    ​I think it was last week when I came across an AP story detailing the efforts of the San Antonio Restaurant Association to encourage healthier cooking at the city's Tex-Mex and Mexican eateries. Seems the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed San Antonio behind only Detroit, Memphis a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    The Top 10 Sports Superstitions That May or May Not Work

    Step on a crack, break your mother's back. Avoid black cats, the No. 13 and walking under ladders. And, above all else, wear anything other than red and find yourself dead. Hmm. Are the Texas Rangers superstitious about superstitions? Seems to me that rituals, traditions and even obsessive comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Today In Music News: Eminem Loves Detroit, Kanye Loves Marty and Simon and Garfunkel Love Touring

    Your daily dose of national music news for Tuesday, April 7, 2009... Eminem stars in a video pick-me-up for his beloved Detroit. Kanye West has his own Nike shoe: Air Yeezy I shit you not, that is what they are called. It's the first time a major musical artist has a shoe that is completely their d ... More >>

  • Music

    March 12, 2009


    For the Whole World to See (Drag City)

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Really? Kwame Kilpatrick's Flying Private Planes to Love Field and Living in Southlake?

    The Detroit Free Press has footage of disgraced ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick boarding a LearJet Tuesday afternoon, which departed Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti for Dallas. WFAA-Channel 8 and Detroit's WXYZ-Channel 7 ("Action News!") have footage of Kilpatrick landing at Love Field last night, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    First George W. Bush, Now Kwame Kilpatrick. Dallas, How Lucky Can One City Get?

    The Friends of Unfair Park know what's happening. Just this morning, one of them hopped on a four-month old item about Detroit's disgraced ex-mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, to warn Dallas about his impending arrival -- just as soon as he gets out of the joint. Unfair Park had reported last September that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2008

    Man Punches Pole! Then Sues Pole! (Actually, He Sues Dave & Buster's.)

    Dave & Buster's, world-headquartered on Manana Drive, has a lawsuit with which to contend courtesy of a Detroit man who claims he injured himself whilst playing a video game in Utica, Michigan. Name of the game? MoCap Boxing, which, as you can see, is bracketed by a couple of poles. Only, claims th ... More >>

  • News

    December 13, 2007

    Ask a Mexican

    Wheres the Mexican love for the Motor City?

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2007

    Plano Finishes Dead Last!!!

    Fears of murder and mayhem keep you up at night? Well, hell (no pun), move to Plano, where -- despite lingering memories of a 1990s heroin crisis -- there were only four people murdered in 2006, for a rate of 1.6 murders per 100,000 residents. This compares to the national average of 5.7 per 100,000 ... More >>

  • Music

    November 8, 2007

    Architecture in Helsinki, Glass Candy, Panther

    Tuesday, November 13, at Hailey's, Denton

  • Music

    August 9, 2007

    Detroit Cobras

    Friday, August 10, at the Palladium

  • Calendar

    July 5, 2007
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    April 19, 2007

    Adult, Parts & Labor

    Saturday, April 21, at Hailey's, Denton

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2007

    Oh, Sweet Irony

    By now you know Comerica's moving a couple hundred of its top execs from Detroit to Dallas. Supposed to happen in the fall, as the company looks for downtown digs. Till then, Comerica's chairman and CEO Ralph W. Babb Jr. is going to be hard at work at his other job: chairman of Detroit Renaissance, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2007

    Mo' Comerica

    Comerica's moving to Dallas, sure, but bringing with it only 200 employees, which means, according to its top execs, some 7,300 emplyees will stay in Michigan -- many of them in Detroit Rock City. Nonetheless, yesterday a group of Detroit ministers marched in front of Comerica Inc.'s downtown Detro ... More >>

  • Music

    October 26, 2006
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    November 17, 2005

    Saboteur, Dropsonic, The Hard Lessons

    Friday, November 18, at the Cavern

  • Music

    October 6, 2005

    Wolf Eyes

    Saturday, October 8, at Hailey's

  • Music

    June 30, 2005

    Sufjan Stevens

    Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty)

  • Music

    August 26, 2004

    Secret Soul

    Recent compilations unearth the hidden history of funk

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    O Brothers, Who Art Thou?

    If you don't know who the Soledad Brothers are, you should

  • Music

    March 13, 2003

    Rhythm and Bruise

    Dirtbombs singer Mick Collins on why black people hear the rock and white people hear the soul

  • Music

    September 12, 2002

    Multiple Artists

    Our writers clean out the CD bin

  • Film

    August 12, 1999

    KISS-ed off

    Don't lose your mind over Detroit Rock City

  • Music

    July 29, 1999

    Out There

    KISS rock 'n' roll over again

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