• Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    DC9 at Night Mixtape with Marcos Prado

    For the past decade Marcos Prado has been at the center of The Smoke, one of the longest-running DJ residencies in Dallas. The Smoke is the only DJ weekly in the area (possibly the state) that focuses exclusively on northern soul, a particular brand of soul music popularized in northern England in t ... More >>

  • Film

    July 10, 2014
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    March 7, 2014

    Janne Warman of Children of Bodom Talks Taco Bell and Metal Keyboards

    For nearly twenty years, the Finnish heavy metal band Children of Bodom has done the symphonic, melodic death metal thing with passion and power to spare. Long considered one of Scandinavia's best metal outfits, Children of Bodom have never resisted change. Proof of such is the band's recently issue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Teachers Leaving DISD: How Do We Know When That's a Bad Thing?

    Odd little contretemps in recent weeks on the pages of our city's only daily newspaper: On December 4, education writer Matt Haag had a story in the The Dallas Morning News under the headline, "Dallas ISD teachers left at high rate in Superintendent Mike Miles' first year," purporting to show that D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    How Dallas' Power Trip Found International Punk Success in 2013

    Any way you look at it, it's been a banner year for local punk/metal band Power Trip. After four years of garnering a solid following, the band got signed to a national label, recorded a monumental full length and headed to Europe and Russia for the first time. From his home in Dallas and in antic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Mike Miles Gets 90 Days to Grow Up, Dallas Gets 25 Years

    In the wee hours of today, maybe a dozen of us media people, half a dozen teachers union officials and another half dozen bitter-enders sat waiting in a semi-darkened auditorium at school headquarters while the school board was in "executive session" -- a closed-door meeting in another part of the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    The Eagles, Polyphonic Spree and More Top Show Announcements

    Happy mid-workweek, everyone. Thank you for taking a moment to slip away from the open Free Cell and Craigslist windows on your work computer, to visit this once-a-week show announcements post, which have been kind of amazing lately. Now then, on to the million-dollar question: The Eagles or no? G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    A Chat With Randy Brooks, the Guy Who Wrote "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer"

    I attended the Oral Fixation "Cold Turkey" show at the MAC last Tuesday night, mainly because Observer copy editor and beer enthusiast Jesse Hughey was going to be reading, and he ended up getting some of the biggest laughs of the night, from a crowd that took in some pretty dark tales. Also notable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    First Round of SXSW 2013 Acts Announced, Including Blackstone Rangers and The Relatives

    With the announcement of 35 Denton's initial lineup, it was only a matter of time before you felt that tightening in your chest, aka the first round of SXSW acts. North Texas' Blackstone Rangers, Ronnie Fauss, the Relatives, Somebody's Darling, Sarah Jaffe and Tedashii are all represented. Thurston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Reggie Watts Gives Hair Care Tips, Loves America (The Band)

    Reggie Watts brings his bag of tricks, which includes beatboxing, loops and and songs about the interminable depths of a woman's purse, to Denton on Saturday, as part of the Hot Wet Mess. It's a rare chance to catch him in North Texas, and an even rarer chance to see him play next to a water slide. ... More >>

  • Music

    June 7, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Chaos in Tejas Brings Out the Tribes

    The scar ran from behind his right ear to the center of his cheek, pink and waxy in contrast with his dyed black hair. His skinny arms were covered with crude tattoos, and he was wearing a black t-shirt inside out, black jeans and black boots. He stood about 6-feet-1, which left me eye-level with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Five Attractive, Strange People Working for Tips at SXSW

    Paying homeless people $70 a day to serve as human wifi hotspots is a bizarre way to make a buck, but it's indicative of the hustler's spirit at South By Southwest this year. Folks are grinding hard and employing increasingly gimmicky measures to make money. But there's more to it than that. Lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Sore Losers and Mind Spiders Among First Round Of Bands Announced For SXSW 2012

    ​Considering that pre-South by Southwest bash 35 Denton announced its first round of performers last week, I guess it makes sense, then, that the Austin fest would announce its own first round of performers this week -- and that their list is indeed larger than 35 Denton's list of 17 names, clocki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Neon Indian Announces Release Date for New Album Era Extraña

    The cover art for Neon Indian's forthcoming record Era Extraña​Little bits and pieces of news regarding Neon Indian's highly anticipated forthcoming record continue to surface leading up to its release. Yesterday, the band, fronted by Denton's own Alan Palomo, announced that the album, called Era ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Neon Indian Offers Sneak Peek of New Record

    Alan Palomo​It's kind of mind-boggling to think of how Alan Palomo has found time to write and record new music for his side-project-turned-main-gig, Neon Indian. Since blowing up a few years back, the guy's appeared to be omnipresent, saturating the blogosphere longer than anyone predicted with F ... More >>

  • Music

    March 31, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Bonus MP3: Neon Indian -- "Children of the Revolution (T. Rex Cover)"

    Alan Palomo​If his last Facebook and Twitter status updates are to be believed, then, at this very moment, Alan Palomo is holed up somewhere in Helsinki, working on a follow-up to Neon Indian's 2009 breakthrough debut, Psychic Chasms. And, furthermore, he's currently enjoying a radio silence, cutt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    10 Awesome Indie Music Videos Starring No Humans

    Ok! You can officially ignore MTV. Aside from vintage Pizza Hut commercials, YouTube has become the newest, best, most badass way to show off one of two things: your music with lyrics set in scrolling Comic Sans or your music under some cool, never-before-seen animator / puppeteer's work. Back i ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 1, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Do You Believe in Miracles ... Ye ... Well, Do You?

    I was playing catch on a lazy Friday afternoon, warming up for a chilly practice as a sophomore second baseman on Duncanville High School's baseball team when our coach came running out of the field house: "We did it! We beat the Russians!!" Was an upset last night when the U.S. beat Canada, 5-3, ... More >>

  • Music

    June 11, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Night Moves: Two Nights, a Triple Bill and an O.C. Crawl

    Ray and Peter LekFriday was a busy night in the Dallas club scene, what with Dub Assembly at the Green Elephant alongside Finland's DJ Cloud, the Broken Teeth crew at Zubar, and Shuttle playing the "D Town Boogie" party at Club Dada. Follow the Lek Brothers through the night's madness in our slidesh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Distant Gig Alerts: Air Guitar Tournament and Vans Warped Tour Lineup

    Dallas' own Forever the Sickest Kids are headlining this year's Warped Tour.Oh my, what a summer it's going to be. Last year, Pete and I got ferociously booed at US Air Guitar Regional Tournament at the House of Blues because we didn't buy into some of the acts' hype. Oh well. Even so, I must admit ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 24, 2008

    To Air Is Human

    Big D competitors rock the no-string

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008

    Be Thankful This Air Guitar Tour Is Skipping Dallas

    The 2008 United States Air Guitar Championships Tour has announced which cities will host its competitions this year and, thankfully, Dallas is not on the list. The tour kicked off yesterday in New York and the closest this geek fest will get to Dallas is Austin in July. The finals are scheduled fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2008
  • Calendar

    February 28, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 24, 2008

    AFI Dallas Fest Sneaks a Peek with Hunter S. Thompson, Ellen Page and Helen Hunt

    Hunter S. Thompon's doc makes its Dallas debut at AFI in the spring. The Sundance Film Festival's not quite wrapped in Park City, Utah; the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin is still some six weeks from opening with the real-life blackjack thriller 21. But this morning we bring news from th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 11, 2007

    Jackson 101

    "They're not dead exactly"

  • Film

    August 2, 2007

    Aging Gracefully

    Two decades later, the Dallas Video Fest is better than ever

  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    Jyrki Time

    69 Eyes focus on Dallas

  • Music

    May 24, 2007

    Demon Spawn

    Dimmu Borgir is runnin' with the devil

  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    Children of Bodom

    Monday, December 4, at Gypsy Tea Room

  • Music

    September 14, 2006

    Husky Rescue

    Saturday, September 16, at The Cavern

  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    Sonata Arctica

    Wednesday, February 15, at Ridglea Theatre

  • News

    January 5, 2006

    Air Apparent?

    After three years of Tuna, it's time for a Leach

  • Dining

    March 3, 2005

    Hooked Fish

    Big Fish Little Fish space to get big makeover

  • Music

    May 27, 2004

    Queer Eye for the Country Guys

    Have today's country and western stars been consulting with the Fab Five?

  • Calendar

    January 29, 2004

    Banned Books

    SMU presents an exhibit to die for

  • Calendar

    July 24, 2003
  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Jeremy Shorr

    Titan Comics

  • Dining

    April 18, 2002

    Foreign Substances

    What's the difference among vodka brands?

  • Dining

    April 26, 2001

    Food to Go

    Dallas chefs learn their trade here, there and everywhere

  • News

    June 8, 2000

    Prying open the past

    Adopted children in Texas fight to open records about their births

  • News

    December 16, 1999

    Power play

    Coaches and parents in the area's elite youth hockey league say the Dallas Stars are trying to ice anyone who threatens their control of the kid hockey business

  • Music

    December 11, 1997

    Honed alone

    A free-jazz disciple gets the last laugh

  • Dining

    December 19, 1996

    Mexican haute dance

    Beautiful and ambitious, La Valentina excels when it opts for magic over realism

  • Music

    August 1, 1996

    Hope you die before we get old

    Reunited Who and Sex Pistols cheat death one more time

  • Music

    February 1, 1996

    Surf and turf

    Austin's Teisco Del Rey resurrects the lost art of the twang

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