Every time I start to gag over yet another JFK 50th piece in the papers, I have to remind myself, "Schutze, you've been cranking out the same stuff for two years." Yeah, I know. I added to the pile. But that's different. That was my stuff. This weekend I found myself stumbling and fumbling over oth ... More >>
When the late Rozz Williams formed Christian Death way back in the early 80's, the band was more of a campy, death-obsessed punk outfit than the gothic beast they would become under the guidance of one Valor Kand. Kand took charge of the band and brand name that would become Christian Death into the ... More >>
There's certainly a lot of hullabaloo about craft beer these days. But is it all just a fad? As cupcakes so poignantly proved a few years ago, just because something is trendy, doesn't mean it's any good. Not to throw cupcakes under the bus, but, yeah, why the heck not. All glitz and no substance wi ... More >>
Saturday in Dallas was a day you could choose to paint in the starkest possible contrasts, if that's your thing. Two big gatherings cut from an extraordinarily different cloth were happening within a relatively pleasant fifteen-minute stroll of each other, and how often do you get to travel from one ... More >>
Update: Judy Garland's "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" is forecast to be #1 on the British charts on Sunday, the day the official charts are released. I'm not even shitting you. This means that it will end up being played on Radio 1's Sunday Chart Show. Radio 1 is a Government-owned broadcaster. Can y ... More >>
Although the music of Ra Ra Riot has been described as baroque pop, it's not nearly as pretentious as that might imply. Hailing from Brooklyn (by way of Syracuse), this intriguing five-piece has been making classically-tinged indie rock for the better part of seven years. And with each successive re ... More >>
You can't really write a column about behind-the-scenes people in the Dallas music scene and not include Bucks Burnett. We are big fans of Bucks, and he's been featured in the Observer numerous times. Hell, one of the last times we tried to interview him, we kept getting interrupted by calls from th ... More >>
Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Brontë braves lines of color
UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Congrats to Tracy Halliday, who is the lucky winner of Index Festival tickets and the loot from the Good Records challenge. Have fun out there, Tracy! Here we go now, get busy! It's time for another Good Records Challenge. I wish I had a whistle to blow. You know the drill: We gi ... More >>
See also: Jaret Reddick is the new voice of Chuck E. Cheese Colter Hall wasn't really looking for anything when he happened upon his current gig with Fancorps. He's also helping out Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup and People On Vacation, who just happens to be Hall's uncle. After a stretch at Col ... More >>
Good news first: the kittens have their own room now. Bad news: most of those kittens are still going to die. Every few months, the Animal Shelter Commission gets together for a progress report from shelter manager Jody Jones and director of Code Compliance Jimmy Martin. It's always a mixture of a ... More >>
Update at 2:30 p.m.: Just got off the phone with Jim Halperin, Heritage Auction co-chairman who confirms that the Observer is a force for peace and good in the world and that it was indeed our blog post that prompted him to reach out to Painter. As for what happens if the dinosaur turns out to be M ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain recently created an iTunes Celebrity Playlist. And what does a playlist say about a person? Everything. It's their soul on paper. Bourdain isn't necessarily shy though, case evidence being his current media scuffle with Paula Deen. So it's no surprise that the unruly Ramones hea ... More >>
Jerry RutherfordWithin Deep Ellum's metal scene, Jerry Rutherford is everybody's friend. It seems like he's at all the shows, always up to do a shot and let out that rallying, supportive cry-of-the-rocker that barely edges up above the volume of whichever hard rock act is blaring not far in front ... More >>
The scene in Lewisville during Labor Day weekend 1969Longtime Friends of Unfair Park are by now well aware of my lifetime obsession with the Texas International Pop Festival, held during Labor Day weekend in 1969 in a Lewisville field. The roster, put together by, among others, Angus Wynne, was l ... More >>
Eat Street host James Cunningham lets food serve as the real star of his show.Eat Street leads with one of its many trump cards when it starts out each episode with chrome-domed host, James Cunningham, just taking up some space on a city sidewalk, shooting the breeze. Cunningham may have been ... More >>
Marleah Leslie and AssociatesTom Green is best known for livening up MTV with the weirdness of his Tom Green Show, tormenting his parents, strangers and, by having viewers request his "Lonely Swedish (The Bum Bum Song)" on the secretly-not-really-live Total Request Live, the network itself with p ... More >>
Woke up rooting for America Sunday morning. Phil Mickelson made a charge, Dustin Johnson was in the hunt and it looked like a U.S. golfer would steal the Claret Jug at the British Open. I was rooting for America after lunch, too. Abby Wambach scored late and it looked like the U.S. would ... More >>
FoxPolyphonic Spree member Jennie Kelley competes on MasterChef.Jennie Kelley may possess no more or less an unusual background as preparation for being one of the latest contestants to face the kitchen fire of notable British hothead, Gordon Ramsay on his second season of the MasterChef seri ... More >>
Oh, man. That guy is such a nut.There's a new nut in town. A brand-new, Irving based company, called Lord Nut Levington, is offering a line of seasoned peanuts that come in five less than predictable flavors: Rebel Mary (tomato, garlic, Worcestershire Sauce, etc.); El Cheddarales (cheddar che ... More >>
I received a press release yesterday about which I have enormously mixed emotions. Because on the one hand, The Who is my Favorite Rock and Roll Band of All Time, precariously perched just one rung above The Clash. I've experienced The Who in myriad iterations -- at Reunion in the summer of '80, ... More >>
Welcome to My First Show, where we give bands a chance to talk about the first shows they ever attended -- no matter how uncool and embarrassing those tales may be. Glen ReynoldsThese days, you see Glen Reynolds in the crowd at shows more than you see him on the stage. ... More >>
Over the weekend news broke that Doug Havard is back in the country -- nine years after the former SMU student was arrested on charges of counterfeiting, selling GHB and armed robbery, but bullet points on a longer laundry list of crimes of which he's been accused. Havard was extradited from Engl ... More >>
Ties are for Troy Dungan or calf ropin' or Oscar night or Mila Kunis' brother (cuz kissin' his sister would be bueno). But UFC? Watched UFC 127 with some buddies Saturday night and was entertained, but confused. Always figured in this manliest of men sport featuring bloody knockouts and ... More >>
Friday, February 18, at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton
By this busy line up of shows, you'd think it's already Friday.
Tom Hicks on SkyNews over the weekendFollowing Friday's hearing at the George Allen, Tom Hicks's attorney in the Liverpool FC case, Fish & Richardson's Steve Stodghill, issued a press release announcing that Hicks and George Gillett's attorneys would "apply all of their legal energies toward ... More >>
Lissie, the Midwestern girl who is now one of the U.K.'s favorite adopted songwriters, understands the value of unpredictability. What many see as unpredictable, Lissie views as a natural need to adapt--at least when the situation, or her feelings, requires her to do so.When her EP, Why You Runni ... More >>
Robert GreesonHubertus Winnubst, left, and Bucks BurnettGood ol' Bucks Burnett, ex of 14 Records and The Volares and currently of Eight-Track Museuming, stopped by this week bearing gifts -- specifically, the double-disc debut Colorbl nd (and, yes, that is the correct spelling) by his latest rock ... More >>
The DTC scares the Dickens out of you
This writer would like to clear up a few things
Is the 2006 invasion of culinary foreigners killing off our local character?
Who drinks gin?
Why are patios so popular?
Stolik operator hopes to beat the odds
Do expensive salts really make a difference?
Ethniko swimming in mediocre waters
And your hair, your clothes, and your skin as the Big Smoke blows through Dallas
Avanti Euro Bistro proves that a little smarminess isn't all bad