Aretha Franklin Winspear Opera House, Dallas Saturday, September 6, 2014 Tuxedos and glittering, fancy dresses were the preferred attire Saturday night at the Winspear Opera House. And no, the well-heeled in attendance were not there to see a production of Wagner. Soul music queen Aretha Franklin w ... More >>
We love Morrissey. We love his coiff, we love the tactless way he shoots off his mouth. We even love his supposed plan to have his band show off their new "Meat is Murder" T-shirts as a gesture of protest during his Thursday night show at the Majestic. And did you know it's his birthday tomorrow? B ... More >>
When Shawn Miraki quit his job as an elevator engineer to open Olive Burger (451 W Arapaho Road, Richardson), he knew it would be a gamble. He took this risk, he says, in the name of family -- he wanted to encourage his hesitant father, Mark Miraki, to finally take the big leap and show off his cook ... More >>
As part of the most impressive parade of divas the Dallas area has seen in years (Diana Ross plays in April, Dolly Parton plays in May, Elton John played early March) Cher came to Dallas and proceeded to show them all how it should be done. Upon entering American Airlines Center one was greeted ... More >>
After a few days too full with family, hot stuffing, dry meat, sugary cranberries, and sticky pecan pie, folks rolled out to It'll Do dance club thirsty for a calorie-burning, head-clearing workout. James Murphy, late of LCD Soundsystem, was on the scene to lead us through the cleanse. DJ Redeye, I ... More >>
Here's a few of the folks who bend over backwards, often for peanuts, to produce live local music. A disclaimer: This is not a complete list -- there are plenty of great sound engineers in Dallas, and these are just a few of our favorites. Note also that this doesn't include Denton or Fort Worth -- ... More >>
Pins and needles, waiting for the Democrats to open in Charlotte. I am so worried the Obama campaign might stumble on an editorial from The Dallas Morning News and actually read it. Well, not that worried. That would take a lot of stumbling. But what a shame if they did take the News' consistent ed ... More >>
Surveying the great diva's checkered film career.
Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics.
The Misfits' Michale GravesNothing pisses rock fans off worse than the lead singer of their favorite band being replaced. This happens across genres, but it's most common within hard rock -- pop, country and R&B vocalists' departures are usually a precursor to their solo efforts; very rarely ... More >>
A fanboy's phenomenal love letter to a hip hop phenom.
Pay no attention to limp performance behind the curtain.
It's a busy Wednesday evening that features a rescheduled arena show, two great club performances and a local bill that will definitely have the oddest fashion sense out of all of these options...
Wednesday, March 2, at The Majestic Theatre
Photos by Patrick MichelsWell, that was ... surreal.When I left Dallas City Hall at 4:50 this afternoon, Gene Simmons was still there -- in the mayor's fifth-floor conference room, surrounded by cameras and politicos and one or two fans who'd managed to work their way into the room. Laid out befo ... More >>
For those guitar wankers who want to revel in some real greatness, Ottmar Liebert brings him impressive "nouveau flamenco" style to the House of Blues this evening. Besides being nominated for five Grammy Awards, Liebert has released a mind boggling 30 albums since his debut in 1989. The guy' ... More >>
"Somebody Once Told Me The World..." SHUT UPDear Hollywood, We know it's hard to cut trailers, and you want to the maximum possible appeal. It's understandable, and we all know the game. Unfortunately, you've recently achieved critical mass on one subject: overused, hackneyed trailer songs. Some ... More >>
Emptying all barrels: Richardson's Shirin Askari with Tim GunnBob Mackie -- or the "Sultan of Sequins," as Tim Gunn so flamboyantly introduced him -- was the designer judge and the inspiration for this week's challenge on Project Runway. Master of Madonna's sparkling bodice, Diana Ross's sequined ... More >>
My March Madness bracket has long been in shambles. But my pick to win it all - UConn - is alive, well and poised to win the title next weekend in Detroit. If you called Michigan State over Louisville, kudos. If you predicted UConn, Villanova, North Carolina and the Spartans as your Final Four, ... More >>
Kristina Bowman Last night's Carl Reiner-Martin Short showdown at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center was all a little boy raised on teevee could dream for, as Reiner recounted the creation of The Dick Van Dyke show and discussed working on Your Show of Shows while Short explained the genesis o ... More >>
The skinny on Fats? He's in the Hall now. No, not that one. The one in Oakland. Proof that Dallas' blues scene still has some clout in the world: The late Dallas-based blues and R&B singer-songwriter Ferdinand "Fats" Washington was inducted into the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame in Oakland, Calif., ... More >>
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