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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Saturday, December 13, at The Door Dallas
Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006
The holler's not that far from the 'hood
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 >>
The Warriors nicely complements the bloody cult classic that inspired it.
In Her Shoes is pretty but useless, a Prada with a broken heel
Run-DMC, King of Rock, Raising Hell, Tougher than Leather (Sony Legacy)
Holiday gifts for the music lover in your life
Friday, August 20, at the Black Forest Theater
A year-end rant or rave for the rap music industry
Jay-Z previews his latest opus, The Black Album
Joe Budden (Def Jam)
Keepin' it real? The Black Eyed Peas would rather keep it fun.
The Delgados explore the other side of peace, love and understanding
DMX and Jet Li get down 2 Grave business
Counting down 2002
But just think, no one hates TV more than Trent Lott
A decade after Vanilla Ice melted down, he's back with the man who made him
You wanted the worst--you got it!
Like so many of its namesakes, Bully is a coward on the inside
Soul 73 KKDA's Millie Jackson tells it how it is, no matter what that happens to be
At the annual South by Southwest music festival, it's the singer, not the song
Bronco Bowl's Four Plans From Outer Space