Since 1999, the guardrails manufactured by Dallas' Trinity Industries have been credited with saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of drivers across the country. Trinity's popular older guardrail design, called the ET-2000, is supposed to roll back when struck by cars, absorbing some of the imp ... More >>
After Tweeting his way into infamy, former pitcher and sports-talker Mike Bacsik is getting a second chance. Does he deserve one?
When a U.S. Postal Inspector interviewed Jessica Nicole Weatherread at the Keller Police Department on December 30, 2011, she made two things clear. One was that she didn't steal the 400 pieces of open mail and packages addressed to Southlake residents that police had found scattered throughout her ... More >>
A decade ago, Konrad "Konny" Reimann, tired of his native Hamburg, Germany, packed up his family and set off for Gainesville, Texas. There, he established Konny Island (Google translates it back from the German as "Konny Iceland") and embarked upon a thoroughly American life, complete with an ever-p ... More >>
Folks, meet my former co-worker Shaun Colon. Shaun and I worked together briefly in 2009 at The Absolute Space, a recording and video studio, as well as 100-room rehearsal facility in Dallas. Absolute is gone now, but the memories remain of aligning with some profound musical talent and pretty cool ... More >>
David Horowitz has made taunting college students a spectator sport. Sometimes he's actually right.
Josh Pitts and Ben Piche were in the punk band Captain Incredible a ways back, and got so frustrated with the way their band was getting booked, they decided to concentrate on doing it themselves, hence their five-man outfit, Up To 11 Entertainment. Pitts has performed with DFW notables Darstar, He ... More >>
Lumberjack 8 Dan's Silverleaf Saturday, February 18 This yearly mini music festival is Harlan Anderson's brainchild, and he was the one grilling on the back patio, cheerfully putting up with the rain in his "Meat Guns" apron, hob-knobbing with attendees and shooting the shit with Dan Mojica, owner ... More >>
Saturday, February 18, at Dan's Silverleaf
Scott ToepferChuck Ragan.Gainesville, Florida's Chuck Ragan is one of those dudes who just can't go wrong. His more-than-a-decade's work with the still-revered punk act Hot Water Music is often cited by younger punk bands as a key motivator for their own punk-ish endeavors. In the more recen ... More >>
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 >>
Ranchers are struggling to hold on to their herds during the driest year in Texas history.
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. Jill RaganChuck RaganChuck Ragan may be best known as one of the frontmen of Hot Water Music, but for the past few years, he's tou ... More >>
Mohamed Elhassan, a Sufi imam and business owner here in Dallas, lost his case for the Koran last month in Terry Jones' Florida church.When Florida pastor Terry Jones finally made good on the threat he'd been toying with in the press for months, to burn a Quran in his church, it set off days of dead ... More >>
Red Mango: Help yourself.Starting July 19, the Red Mango on Lovers Lane will convert into a self-service frozen yogurt format. Depending on the outcome of the Lovers Lane location, several other Dallas locations of the frozen yogurt chain may be following suit soon after. If the success of Pl ... More >>
Wednesday, July 21, at the Palladium Ballroom
We've got quite a backlog of CDs we've never gotten around to, so we're going to try to chip away at the pile with this regular feature. The plan: to take a few at a time and play each CD for as long as I can stand it.Los Lobos (Los Angeles, California)Los Lobos Goes Disney (Disney Sound)It's har ... More >>
It's too late to bid on the photo above -- it's a couple days past closing time. But good news for those of who don't tire of these detours into Dallas's ancient history: No one bought this picture (going for a lousy $24.99) of a grocery I'd never heard of till Friend of Unfair Park PeterK sent i ... More >>
Meant to point this out last week, when I first saw the story on Salon. But now it's made its way to the U.K. -- this story of the little train that could ... run on cow fat, that is, all the way from Oklahoma City to Fort Worth every single day. (Though "with stops along the way in Norman, Purce ... More >>
Once upon a time, Less Than Jake was a ska band--horns, the whole deal. Then something happened; the band went pop-punk. And while 2006's In with the Out Crowd wasn't a terrible record by any means, by that point it was clear that this was a band that had evolved. Nonetheless, 2008's release from t ... More >>
One of our football coaches is headed to Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa. Surprise, he has nothing to do with your Dallas Cowboys. I blogged, oh-so briefly, about Grapevine Faith's Nov. 7 high-school game against the Gainesville State Tornadoes. Ring a bell? Rick Reilly's terriffic ESPN The Magazin ... More >>
You are now free to move about the country. (Jason Upshaw) Almost three months after its early March release, Airline's Farewell Republica is starting to get some love on the college radio circuit. According to a Myspace bulletin just sent out, the band's been receiving airplay of late on the fo ... More >>
Backdoor Comedy Club owner Linda Stogner tells some funny stories about things found Nowhere But Texas. I hope you read about Linda Stogner in my feature about stand-up comedy. She owns the Backdoor Comedy Club, but when she's not telling jokes, she's also a filmmaker. Her most recent endeavor is No ... More >>
Drink from Eleven Hundred Springs
On Monday, a book that’s sure to be great bedtime reading for statisticians everywhere clunked into bookstores. Weighing in at 864 pages and 3.3 pounds, it’s the 2007 edition of Cities Ranked & Rated: More than 400 Metropolitan Areas Evaluated in the U.S. and Canada by Burt Sperling and Peter Sa ... More >>
An online dating service goes after fibbing sex offenders and married folk
Quit +/or Fight (Sub Pop)
Jack Farr's performance-car playground redefines the country club
Death and rumors have followed Sandra Bridewell for decades. But no one could predict the strange turn her life has taken today.
September 11 creates a bull market for dogs with a nose for explosives
The Vietnamese son of a black American soldier faces a long trip "home"
When 19-year-old UNT student Kelli Cox vanished, her desperate parents turned to a Florida "psychic" as their last hope. Hope was all he gave them.
Complaints of racism, dirty politics, and other fishy business simply roll off Denton County's Teflon sheriff, Weldon Lucas
From Kid Chaos to collective anarchy, Chad Ferman wants us all to just get along
Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles, and the lawsuit that proves there isn't always room for Jello
More than a decade after fronting one of Dallas' first new-wave bands, Joshua and Mischo McKay go out of this world
After 25 years of Texas' best rock, Q102 bids a tearless farewell
Blue Conch brings Florida fare to Dallas
She said it was abuse. He said it was manipulation. By the time a Denton court got through with this messy custody battle, a good mother would lose her kids forever.
Ballet Dallas may finally succumb to years of self-inflicted mediocrity