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    October 31, 2014

    The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 10/31-11/02

    It's Halloween weekend, which is most likely your favorite time of the year to party if you're under 30. If you're over 30, relax, New Year's Eve isn't too far off. For now, there's just a bunch of shows you should check out this weekend, Halloween-themed and otherwise. Slipknot and Korn take their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 10/27-11/02

    The hottest ticket this week is of course Halloween. There's gonna be a shit ton of Halloween stuff for you to do this week and we know you started last week. Just couldn't resist. So of course our music picks for this week include a few Halloween-based ones as well as the usual civilian ones. Doubl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    What Your Favorite North Texas Band Says About You

    By H. Drew Blackburn, Jaime-Paul Falcon, and Matt Wood No matter what someone tells you, they generally tend to judge a book by its cover. This isn't a good human trait, but we do it. Often we're wrong about our first perceptions of people based on an extremely vainglorious surface level assumption ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Hip-Hop's Illuminati Dropout Class of 2014.

    It's that time of year again: Graduations have party-blocked out every May weekend while springtime optimists flock to their favorite blogs to discover soon-to-be summer hits. You know, the kind of hits that stealthily attack radio and multiply like a pop virus. But what about your favorite hip-hop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Art Conspiracy Also Happens to Feature a Dream Lineup of Bands: Win VIP Tickets

    Look, you work too hard for blank walls. And that swath of white above your couch, everyone is talking about it. It's time to pony up, and the conspiracists have your back. This year's Art Conspiracy is conveniently scheduled for Saturday, November 16, right after pay day, so instead of blowing tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    The 2013 Dallas Observer Music Award Winners

    As we have every year for the last quarter-century, we present the Dallas Observer Music Awards. This year, our panel of music experts and industry veterans nominated 200 artists, venues and organizations. Over 4,000 people voted on those nominees, and their selections are the 40 winners listed here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Stop Calling Yourself Old

    Detroit rapper Danny Brown has a new album, called Old. Brown's occasional boasts about receiving in-show fellatio aside, just about everyone who likes good rap music likes him, and this new work does not disappoint. But the title is really annoying.

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    The 18 Most Entertaining Musical Performances by Politicians

    In America, politics and music have been tied together since the very beginning. Benjamin Franklin played multiple instruments, including the violin, harp and guitar, and he even invented one: the glass harmonica. Thomas Jefferson, who played the violin, used music to woo his wife, Martha, who pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    The Fifteen Worst Make Out Records Ever

    It's a classic Valentine's Day dilema -- you've planned ahead, made the sweeping gestures, made eyes across a white tablecloth and now you're ready to express yourself with some good old fashioned parts-rubbing. Whatever you do, don't play any of these records.

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    10 of This Week's Top Show Announcements: Justice, Rufus Wainwright, Zammuto and More

    JusticeWednesday, October 31, at Palladium Ballroom, $40Justice is sort of a gateway band for many younger electronic music fans. Their concise jams (I'm partial to their high-profile remix of Simian's "We Are Your Friends") make it easy to get on the dancefloor, which is essentially what is expecte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Ten Songs To Soundtrack Your Presidents' Day

    We at the Observer love holiday lists. Take, for instance, our Ten Best Indie Christmas Songs, Thirteen Videos to Scare Your Friday the 13th Pants Off, and the totally relevant National Doughnut Day list. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that we've put together a song list for Presidents' Day. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Bring It On: The Musical Is a Silly, Soaring Celebration of Blood, Sweat and Cheers

    It may never win a Tony but Bring It On: The Musical deserves a solid gold spirit stick for mixing the dynamic moves of those cheerleading competitions on ESPN with the happy-peppy singing and dancing by the kids on Glee. The national tour of the show, only loosely based on the movie starring Kirste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Looking Back at The Best and Worst Lineups Seen In Warped Tour's 17 Years Of Existence

    ​The Warped Tour has always had a lot of bands and a lot of different bands. Sure, you're not going to see these bands end up on any Pitchfork best-of, but the tour doesn't exactly play to people who decree most things in life as "meh," either.Even in its first few years, you could see a hardcore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    The Problem With... Dr. Dre's "I Need A Doctor"

    I've been thinking for a while, trying to pin down what I like and loathe about Eminem's writing. I think I finally got it.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Watch: Another Area Puppet Sings Justin Bieber and Britney Spears on Chatroulette, Parodies Eminem and Rihanna's "Love The Way You Lie"

    So. Puppet culture in Dallas? Way bigger than I ever realized -- or bigger, at least, than I realized before posting yesterday's item about Will Schutze's Mr. Bonetangles marionette. Let's just suffice to say that there are a lot of puppeteers in Dallas. And, no, I'm not going to post about all of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    The Problem With... Diddy-Dirty Money's "Coming Home"

    Diddy had a pretty busy year in 2010, what with a starring role in Get Him To the Greek and keeping up with his brands. Oh, and he also released an album called Last Train to Paris with his new group, Diddy-Dirty Money. The latest single from the group is the reflective and sentimental "Coming Home. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    The 15 Worst ...and Friends! Albums Of All-Time

    ​It's hard not to remember Santana's 1999 album Supernatural. Besides just the Rob Thomas collab "Smooth," which we've spent the past decade trying to erase from our memories, the album received a lot of attention at the time for being one of those records that featured a different collaboration w ... More >>

  • Music

    April 22, 2010
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    December 14, 2009

    Year in Review: The Best Hip-Hop of 2009: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love da Bomb

    While year-end, catch-all wrap-ups are common to every musical genre, in no other style of music do they turn into the hand-wringing, "state of the game" examinations that hip-hop seems to provoke. (I've certainly written a few.) We worry because we care, of course. But at some point, like a thirty- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Year in Review: The Worst Lyrics of 2009 Aren't Trying for Funny, But Get There Just the Same

    ​The lowest common denominator having been achieved in 2005 with the release of the Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business, popular musicians have had to work extra hard in recent years to find new and inventive ways to be inane. They found great success in 2009, with artists as varied as Lady Gaga, Bru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Jessica Simpson Annoyed, Loaned.

    Two quick follow-ups to yesterdays items on Jessica Simpson, then back to talking about things that actually matterFirst, according to MSNBC, a source close to Jessica said Simpson saw Eminem's "We Made You" video yesterday and was none too pleased. Shocking, I know. "Of course Jess finds it annoyi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Today In Music News: Does Etta James Hate Beyonce? Did Elton John Team With Eminem? Is Blink-182 Officially Reuniting?

    Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, February 6, 2009... Etta James is not a happy woman these days. Not only is she suffering from complications from her gastric bypass surgery, but it seems she is now mad at Beyonce for singing "At Last", James' signature song, at Obama's inaugurati ... More >>

  • Music

    December 11, 2008

    Ice Cube, Trick Trick, AwkQuarius

    Saturday, December 13, at The Door Dallas

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2007
  • Music

    December 28, 2006

    Snap to It

    Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006

  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    Represent, Y'all

    The holler's not that far from the 'hood

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2006

    Mo' Money, No Problems

    Eminem, Russell Simmons, Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Benjamin Chavis got together at the 2003 Hip-Hop Summit in Detroit Rock City. Now Simmons and Chavis are bringing the show back to another D-town...uh, Denton. If you consider eating Ramen and drinking 75-cent PBRs to be the ultimate acts o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 17, 2005
  • Home Entertainment

    November 10, 2005

    Street Fighters

    The Warriors nicely complements the bloody cult classic that inspired it.

  • Film

    October 6, 2005

    Goy Gevalt

    In Her Shoes is pretty but useless, a Prada with a broken heel

  • Music

    September 8, 2005


    Run-DMC, King of Rock, Raising Hell, Tougher than Leather (Sony Legacy)

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Rockin' Around

    Holiday gifts for the music lover in your life

  • Music

    August 26, 2004

    The Snoop Dogg Afterparty

    Friday, August 20, at the Black Forest Theater

  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    Wake Up!

    A year-end rant or rave for the rap music industry

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    Fade to Black

    Jay-Z previews his latest opus, The Black Album

  • Music

    July 31, 2003
  • Music

    June 26, 2003

    Give Peas a Chance

    Keepin' it real? The Black Eyed Peas would rather keep it fun.

  • Music

    April 17, 2003

    Hating Players

    The Delgados explore the other side of peace, love and understanding

  • Music

    March 20, 2003
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    March 13, 2003
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    March 6, 2003
  • Music

    January 2, 2003

    A List of Lists

    Counting down 2002

  • Culture

    July 4, 2002

    Ice Ice Maybe

    A decade after Vanilla Ice melted down, he's back with the man who made him

  • Music

    January 10, 2002

    Crit & Shap

    You wanted the worst--you got it!

  • Music

    November 1, 2001
  • Film

    August 2, 2001

    Wasted Youth

    Like so many of its namesakes, Bully is a coward on the inside

  • Music

    April 26, 2001

    Straight Talk

    Soul 73 KKDA's Millie Jackson tells it how it is, no matter what that happens to be

  • Music

    March 29, 2001

    Teenage Fanclub

    Howdy! (Columbia)

  • Music

    March 22, 2001

    See By Be Seen

    At the annual South by Southwest music festival, it's the singer, not the song

  • Music

    July 20, 2000

    Free for y'all

    Bronco Bowl's Four Plans From Outer Space

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