Gene Autry

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    The 10 Best DFW Venues To Catch An Indoor Summer Show

    Let's be honest, going to concerts at outdoor venues really sucks during the hot Texas summer. Not only is it still hotter than hell after dark, but you're going to get eaten alive by mosquitos and have to share a crowded space with a bunch of sweaty strangers. Put simply, it's much better to enjoy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Jeff Liles Tells Stories From Dallas' Past and Looks to its Bright Creative Future

    There it is. Nestled in South Dallas, rescued by caring souls of our local arts. The beacon that is The Kessler. A majestic Texas juke joint, pampered with TLC and vision that only a handful of true music fans could bring. The Kessler (or rather, "The Kessler X " as our subject refers to it) is o ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2012
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    October 11, 2012

    Ronnie Fauss Goes West

    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. The way in which Dallas singer-songwriter Ronnie F ... More >>

  • Music

    August 2, 2012
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    August 2, 2012

    The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List

    100. Tripping Daisy, "Sonic Bloom" Before this album, the band had a grunge-pop affectation, but this song, from 1998's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, was more heartfelt than anything they'd done before. - Daniel Hopkins 99. Pleasant Grove, "The Plaque at 16ft" Bret Egner wrote "The Plaque at 16ft, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Best Texas Songs of All Time: #19-1

    Songs #100-80 Songs #79-60 Songs #59-40 Songs #39-20 The Spotify playlist for songs #19-1 19. Billy Preston, "Nothing From Nothing" Houston pianist Billy Preston got to hang around some decent talent (The Beatles, The Stones), but his solo material went in another direction altogether. This is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    From the Archives: A Great Old Photo of Gale Hess and Cafe Noir, Along With a Soundtrack

    ​Many have asked since yesterday if there will be a memorial of some kind for Gale Hess. Today I was told: No, not yet. There will be a small service for family and close friends, and there may be something else down the road. But, I was told, it will be at least a month away. Said a family member ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2011

    This Morning's Texas Centennial Expo Double Feature, With Gene Autry and ... Sam Fuller?

    ​After the jump, a curio stumbled across this morning while looking for something else related to the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition at Fair Park: the romantic comedy called Hats Off, the first offering from short-lived Grand National Films and one of the first films in which John Payne (Miracle ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 1, 2011

    Morphing Drama into Comedy

    The Ochre House sends up O'Neill's greatest; Sylvia's cute as a pup at Pocket.

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    For Sale: Photo of the Cliff Queen in 1930s

    eBay seller "rareoldstuff"​I was just about to shut 'er down for the holiday when two flashbacks popped up in the in-box worth sharing. First, courtesy Friend of Unfair Park PeterK, is this wonderful for-sale photo of the old Cliff Queen movie theater that once stood at 616 E. Jefferson Boulevard. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 7, 2011
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    June 22, 2009

    Over The Weekend: Ressurection Of The Kessler Theater

    Machelle DunlopThe groundbreaking at the Kessler in Oak Cliff on Friday evening provided one of the most surreal sights I've seen in my seven years of covering local music: a dread-locked musician standing side-by-side with the mayor of a major city, as both used golden shovels to dig into ceremonia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    In Oak Cliff, An Effort to Resurrect the Kessler

    View Larger MapSome of you may have noticed that yesterday, in the item about Kidd Springs in Oak Cliff, Jeff Liles posted a link to a video you'll find after the jump, along with the rather cryptic note: "Speakin' of the OC, we have this to look forward to next year:" Ah, but what, precisely, is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Not a Moment Too Soon, the Dallas Downtown Historic District Is Now a Little Bigger

    The Texas Historical Commission sends word that the Dallas Downtown Historic District is now a little bit bigger than when first established in 2006 by the National Register of Historic Places. Says the THC, the district -- which encompasses 555 acres and 66 buildings in an area "roughly bounded" b ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    March 15, 2007
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    October 19, 2006

    Naughty Dallas

    I know it's short notice, but if you have no plans for this evening, you might wanna head over to the Studio Movie Grill in Addison--if, that is, you have an interest in movies with such titles as Hip, Hot and 21 and Spiked Heels and Black Nylon, among some of the pornier fare made right here in Big ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 5, 2006

    Tumbling Tumbleweeds

    Southfork hosts a weekend of Autry

  • News

    July 15, 2004

    Riding Coattails

    Plus: The Snub; A Dogs Life

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2004
  • Calendar

    September 25, 2003

    ABBA's Gold

    My, my how can we resist you?

  • Music

    December 5, 2002

    Brothers in Arms

    You can't hurry love, which was too bad for Motown's musicians

  • Music

    September 27, 2001

    Miles Away

    Beulah leader Miles Kurosky's dark nights lead to pure pop sunshine

  • Music

    November 9, 2000

    Do The Evolution

    Merle Haggard makes a triumphant return. Wait -- he never went away.

  • Music

    December 4, 1997
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    November 27, 1997
  • News

    April 24, 1997

    Honky-Tonk Man

    He had 78 hits spanning five decades and revolutionized country music. Now, Fort Worth's Hank Thompson gets a new green light.

  • Calendar

    July 18, 1996
  • Music

    May 30, 1996

    Batter up

    In the midst of a silver age, the Light Crust Doughboys are swinging for the bleachers

  • Music

    July 20, 1995

    Junior or joke?

    Bob Wills' family disowns man claiming to be prince of Western Swing

  • Music

    April 27, 1995

    Ghosts in the machine

    When the vinyl jukebox dies, so will a little piece of the music it played

  • News

    April 13, 1995
  • Music

    January 12, 1995

    Home of the range

    Randy Erwin belatedly releases an astounding, varied work