Characteristically, Mad Men bleeds hip-hop. On the surface you may think, "Of course it does, the characters smoke a lot, they drink like there's no tomorrow, and to them sex is more casual than a handshake." And while that's part of the story, it's a little bit deeper than that. Skydiving into its ... More >>
The rock musical On the Eve debuted last year to so much acclaim you could barely get seats at its Magnolia Lounge run. The musical is back, with shows at Theatre 3 from January 16 to February 9. It's the story of...well, it's complicated. But we love it -- here's an excerpt from Elaine Liner's revi ... More >>
Here at the Observer, we come across hundreds of photos a week. You'd be surprised how often styles are repeated. You've all seen the cliche band in a wintered field photo, or the antique furniture set outdoors photo. Well, here are a group of photos that don't fit the mold; they're completely origi ... More >>
Home by Hovercraft, Datahowler, Bethan Saturday, March 2, at Dada, $10-$15 Five-piece classical-meets-pop band Home by Hovercraft are finally releasing Are We Chameleons? this week, an album we've been waiting for since the unique operatic group popped up on our radar after announcing they were crea ... More >>
Friday, November 30, at Nouveau 47 Theatre
Bettye LaVette, Bobby Patterson Thursday, November 29, at The Kessler Theater, $25-$35 Bettye LaVette's 1965 single "Let Me Down Easy" was the song that should have put the Detroit singer in the ranks of the Supremes and Marvin Gaye. LaVette's fame came later in life, however, namely as she's re-eme ... More >>
We're taking over Deep Ellum on Saturday. Come along, will you?
It occurred to me recently that, within the DFW music scene, people really love to draw county lines. So what we were trying to illustrate with our 2012 Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees is that Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton aren't three separate entities, but rather one big music community that ... More >>
Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here. Best Electronic Act Black Market Pharmacy This la ... More >>
All Hallow's Eve is almost upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with Rob Zombie, who will be performing with Marilyn Manson on the Twins of Evil Tour at Verizon Theatre tomorrow night. It'll be a fright night filled with elaborate stage designs, terrifying costumes and metal. I had a chanc ... More >>
By Jason Roche Halloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step inside...
Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here. If you've ever wanted to employ the phrase "hardco ... More >>
In the last couple of years, the BET Hip-Hop Awards have proven to be the most ironic awards show on television. There's little to no merit in an artist actually taking home an award anymore, unless you get the I Am Hip Hop lifetime achievement honor. The most important accolade an artist can really ... More >>
Last weekend was a little dead, y'know with Christmas and all, but this weekend is the opposite. In fact, there are so many New Year's Eve events worth checking out that we've got a separate massive list here.The biggest one, though, is easily the Dallas Observer-sponsored Lights All Night festiv ... More >>
It's a weird and wonderful variety of shows happening in our area this evening. Fans of classic reggae and neo-classical avant-garde will be especially pleased...
As always, Dallas music promoters are making every attempt to pack their venues to the gills for New Year's Eve shows. And, if the stacked bills all over town are any indication, you can be sure that the crowds at many of these shows will, no doubt, be nuts-to-butts. Never mind that tickets are g ... More >>
Keyboard Cat is too easy! Try Cat Garth Brooks, instead.So, Halloween's closing in, and you have to choose a costume. It's tough, isn't it? The clock is ticking--and if you don't choose something remarkable then the night is a big suck pile.Then, there's your pet. Do you dress it up for the occas ... More >>
You know the saying: "Too many chefs spoil the broth."Well, this week's The Problem With... is an example of a broth with a host of problems: It's too salty (or as all the cool foodies say these days, too umami) and doesn't have enough herb. And, dammit, I expect more herb out of Lil Wayne.
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Paul Bettany gets medieval in The Reckoning
Love & Life (Geffen)
At Kitchen Dog, Hedwig proves size does matter; Flower Drum Song sounds lovely at Fair Park
The intentions outweigh the execution in Ice Cube's Barbershop
Pimpadelic, Tommy Boy Records split
Samuel L. Jackson hears voices, none of which said, "bad script"
Selected Notes on Music, 2000
A collection of Texas artists hits the trifecta of bad feminist art
Irene lets rubber-faced freak Carrey on one more time
Deep Ellum Live
The director shoots but doesn't score with self-indulgent Loss of Sexual Innocence
December 10 - 16, 1998
August 27 - September 2, 1998
Terry McMillan's fantasy fluff offers escapist pleasures for all audiences
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX
Deep Ellum eccentric Ed Zabel revels in gargoyles, brooms, and bondage.
Clinton's Austin speech posed a clear-eyed counterpoint to the Million Man March