Before the storm of best of lists start hitting the blogs, I wanted to take a second to put aside the artistic merit aspect of the year in review, and take a look at what happened in the cultural landscape of rap music. Some of these albums were really good, some of them were really not, but all of ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people more behind the scenes in Dallas/Fort Worth local music. Tom Morningstar's art can be seen adorning the walls of a few Gaston-area spots of Deep Ellum: The Elbow Room, Big-E's Convenience Store (killers tacos there, by the way), ... More >>
Margot and the Nuclear So and So'sMarget & The Nuclear So and So's have been making their signature indie folk chamber pop since 2005, and although they have garnered critical acclaim and respect for their songwriting from us, they haven't been so successful financially. Considering that they ... More >>
For reasons unknown, 4 Reasons Unknown was the first of the Deep Ellum bands to land on MTVSure, this week's selection from the June 17-23 edition of the Observer is a bit of a calendar stretch that would have been better suited for last week, but, whatever, these archived issues don't tend to fa ... More >>
What has drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott of Arlington's canon metal band Pantera been up to of late? Setting up for a stampede, turns out: His metal supergroup, Hellyeah, announced last week some new tour dates. Oh, and there's this: The band is also finishing up recording Stampede, the followup to its 2 ... 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 >>
Bring on the flying scorpions, guys! (Lee Setty) Dove Hunter has been slowly gaining a reputation as one of the Dallas area’s best new bands, despite having only a few unmastered demo tracks on its MySpace page. But with members hailing from defunct-but-still-beloved local acts like Mandarin, Doo ... More >>
An old, old Friend of Unfair Park sends word that INXS played a private birthday party at the Granada Saturday night for Scott Kipp, a partner at the real-estate investment firm Cardinal Capital. Kipp and his missus were celebrating their 40th birthdays, which apparently fall a few weeks apart, and, ... More >>
The Top 10 Heavy Metal Albums of 2006
Get used to this. In a few weeks, you will not be able to escape the withering 15-year-old glare of Frisco "rock superstar" Cheyenne Kimball. "Hanging Out," the new single from Frisco 15-year-old Cheyenne Kimball, is out today; iTunes has it for the standard 99 cents, which is about 43 cents more th ... More >>
Dallas radio gets caught making sweet love to Celine DIon
Kelly Osbourne would like everyone to just Shut Up
There are plenty of reasons to hate Phantom Planet. Don't.
Even music journalists have ethics
Getting some closure
For 10 years, Joe Strummer made little noise. Finally, the Clash front man returns with a record he can call his own.
Big plans for Flickerstick
Are the Toadies breaking up? We don't know.
Epic Records is still digging the goods out of SRV's vault
The worst of the worst
Two rock critics tackle all 25 live Pearl Jam albums, and for what? Nothing, man
The pros and cons
Fire & Skill: The Songs of the Jam
DeRogatis' Top 10 Reasons for Living in 1999
Epic keeps raiding Stevie Ray Vaughan's vault, but when is enough enough?
With Tuatara and R.E.M., Peter Buck goes on some new adventures in hi-fi
In today's music business, tomorrow's revolution is yesterday's fad
Hype! dreams and other bull about grunge, Seattle, and Sub Pop
Rainmaker Records gets the credit line it deserves
Michael Jackson tells HIStory to whoever is left to listen to it
Ty Herndon is country music's latest hunk of the month. But is he for real?