Donald Fagen

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Steely Dan at WinStar Casino, 7/18/14

    Steely Dan WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma Friday, July 18, 2014 At Winstar Casino in Oklahoma last Friday night, Steely Dan marched in with a sophisticated army of 13 musicians armed to mellow you out. The band's music always has a peculiarly lukewarm character, not quite uptempo enough to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend 7/18-7/20

    If the past few days have been a little disorienting thanks to this polar vortex, then fear not: there are concerts coming to help us all make a little more sense of the world again. This weekend brings performances from folk legends, a trio of rockin' brothers from Texas, and a legendary Houston ra ... More >>

  • Music

    July 17, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Steely Dan's Best Songs About Gambling

    That most notoriously unsentimental of bands, Steely Dan, are coming back to North Texas. (Well, the North Texas area. Kind of.) Comprised essentially of two men, singer Donald Fagen and guitarist Walter Becker, the band has shuffled unapologetically through its band members over the years, drawing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Michael McDonald's Yacht Rock Ship Sails in for "Night of the Proms" at Verizon Theatre

    Remember three years ago when your workplace productivity levels plunged because people kept sending those Yacht Rock videos around the office? It's quite possible that in the wake of watching parodies of the incestuous early '80s careers of dudes who had recorded with Steely Dan, you wasted all of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Journey and Styx Played at a House in Dallas This Week

    This week's most unconventional show was not at a house in Denton or a taqueria somewhere. It was in Preston Hollow, where Dallas lawyer Lisa Blue-Baron booked Journey and Styx for her Christmas Party. Her neighbors are either very tolerant or very far away (probably that one), because the Blue-Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Steely Dan at the Verizon Theater, 8/31/13: Still Perfect

    As I walked out of the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie late Saturday night, I commented that Steely Dan sure featured some good musicians. "Great musicians, you mean," said my father-in-law. "Those guys were great." And so they were. Some four decades after Walter Becker and Donald Fagen first dec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    The Eight Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, August 29 - September 4

    Steely Dan and Backstreet Boys are both in town this week, two bands your friends can't tell if you like sincerely or ironically. Looks like they're about to find out. If you answered neither, fret not! You've got plenty of options. Looking for something a little hard, fast, and intimate? Well, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Nine Must-See Concerts In DFW This Week: July 11-17

    Fun fact!: If you watch Robert Downey Jr.'s performances in both Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man 3 in the same week, you may be prone to dreams of him taking over your job duties at the Dallas Observer, including this weekly blog post, and tweeting bad things about you to all of your friends behind you ... More >>

  • Music

    July 12, 2012

    The Dukes of September at Verizon Theatre

    Saturday, July 14, at Verizon Theatre

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Roky Erickson, Mark Farina, Quintron & Miss Pussycat and More

    Roky Erickson, James Hall & The Futura BoldFriday, July 13, at The Kessler TheaterPsychedelic rock pioneer Roky Erickson will be at the Kessler tomorrow night with opening act James Hall, who is legendary in his own right, and one of the greatest front men I've ever seen. Easily the top bill of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Bass Great Chuck Rainey, the Soul of Steely Dan, Is Recovering in Bedford Following a Stroke

    ‚ÄčAn old friend who knows of my lifelong love affair with Steely Dan sends this note I somehow managed to miss: Chuck Rainey, the band's more-or-less bassist from Pretzel Logic in '74 to Gaucho six years later, suffered a stroke Friday night. Susan Rainey, the second Mrs., writes on the official we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 40: LehtMoJoe

    ‚ÄčLike most babies from the '80s who grew up with an ear for music, Vincent Sliva dedicated hours of his youth to recording his favorite songs off the radio onto cassette tapes. But rather than just playing them back on his boombox, he tried to sync the songs up with other songs on the b-side ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 21, 2008

    Major Dudes

    See the other Walter and Donny at Nokia

  • Music

    August 21, 2008

    Steely Dan

    Thursday, August 21, at Nokia Theatre, Grand Prairie

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    Fagen It

    Naked Lunch reels in the years

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2006

    Black Friday (Alternate Head: Pretzel Logic)

    Earlier in the week, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker--collectively known as Steely Dan, duh--posted to their Web site a missive addressed to Luke Wilson but aimed at bro Owen accusing the latter of being an accessory to plagiarism. Specifically, the Dan'ers insisted Owen, by appearing as the title ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2006

    Luke Wilson Talks Ass

    Luke Wilson needs a stunt butt. Jessica Alba, probably not. Don't get too excited--he's just talking about his own tuchus and how outta-shape it's gotten and why, for My Super Ex-Girlfriend, he needed a booty double. Fact is, he got to pick his own butt double (henh). No word on whether bro Owen got ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 6, 2006

    Countdown to Ecstacy

    The Dan and McDonald hit Nokia

  • Culture

    June 5, 2003

    Hammer of the Gods

    With a handful of artists, "classic rock" is not a pejorative

  • Music

    December 7, 2000

    Nelly Furtado/Phoenix

    Whoa, Nelly! (DreamWorks)/United (Source/Astralwerks)

  • Music

    July 27, 2000

    The Content Partners

    Any major dude will tell you a Steely Dan story is not to be trusted

  • Music

    May 18, 2000

    One more time

    With his new book and live CD, Joe Jackson fans can finally get what they want

  • Music

    March 9, 2000

    Out There

    AC/DC , Steely Dan

  • Music

    November 28, 1996

    Glory and injustice

    Is bass legend Chuck Rainey falling through the cracks?