Last summer, Houston's one-woman pop monopoly Beyoncé Knowles introduced the world to one of her grittier alter-egos with the unleashing of Third Ward Trill. With chopped-and-screwed rap deliveries, à la promotional single "Bow Down/ I Been On," fans received a taste of the hip-hop influences to f ... More >>
We recently noted some of the best clean versions of hip-hop songs, which got us thinking - what songs are so disturbing that they couldn't possibly exist as a clean version? Well, here you go. Artists choose to write shockingly upsetting music for a number of reasons: To express extreme emotions o ... More >>
It's always sad seeing a good bar or venue close its doors. This week we're losing Zubar, a Greenville Avenue bar that has hosted a lot of great DJ residencies and some pretty phenomenal reggae, house and hip-hop sets in its nearly 17-year span. On the bright side, they're throwing a massive party ... More >>
Welcome to Ask Willie D, where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! DITCHED Dear Willie D: I got a little problem. My girl and I was supposed to hang out this weekend. I was really looki ... More >>
Welcome to Ask Willie D, where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! LOVING ORANGE COUNTY Dear Willie D: I'm a newly single divorcée with lots of time and money on my hands. After dating ... More >>
Glen Reynolds certainly has a lot of momentum behind him these days. He recently released his second solo album, Breakbeat Ice Beneath Me, but this time, he's using the moniker of Grey. While the album is a departure from the Weezer-meets-XTC vibe of his earlier material, it certainly represents whe ... More >>
Welcome to Ask Willie D, where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! LONG DISTANCE LOVE FADING Dear Willie D: I'm in a long-distance relationship with a good man, but the miles are starti ... More >>
Welcome to Ask Willie D, where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! BOYFRIEND WITH BAD MANNERS Dear Willie D: My boyfriend behaves like he grew up in the sticks. Well, actually he did. H ... More >>
August is typically the cruelest month, in terms of temperatures, lack of energy and things to do. Looking back through the blog, however, we certainly got our fair share of photo ops. Here are a few to remind you of the month that was.
The first week of college is here, so the Observer staff is providing you with some tips to get your through the first week/month/year.See also: Six albums to torture your roommate with College dorms are small, which means two things: It's pretty impossible to escape certain situations that will i ... More >>
With the 22nd annual Edgefest approaching this Sunday, we started to get a little cultural vertigo looking at the lineup: Garbage, Cake, Evanescence? The Black Keys are the big draw, sure, but it brought us back into that late '90s vortex, where the pants were wide and pop music was at its cavity-ti ... More >>
Some bands just like to be mysterious. Take Houston's Indian Jewelry for example. Although the band has been around for a little over a decade, very little biographical material is available. Various articles on the band list five members, but some list only two, and even then, pseudonyms are used. ... More >>
After what literally felt like four years, Rick Perry has finally ended his campaign for President, thrown his support at Newty G., and is returning to Texas. He said it best himself: "I know when it's time to make a strategic retreat." Ah, but he's given us so many amazing moments. Who co ... More >>
As it goes with many reunions these days, the news of At the Drive-in's reformation neatly coincided with the release of the Coachella lineup on Monday. And yes, people are excited. "One Armed Scissor" doesn't sound especially dated these days, and The Mars Volta's 26-minute solo weed jam revue was ... More >>
[Editor's Note: On Thursday night, Ben Westhoff, a frequent contributor to our print edition and a sometime contributor here on DC9, will be stopping by Cliff Notes in Oak Cliff for a reading and signing session to promote his new book, Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Souther ... More >>
Our ears were burning, so we went ahead and checked out what our counterparts at the Observer's sister paper in Houston, the Press, was up to on its music blog lately. And, sure enough, it's all Dallas all the time down in H-Town these days.(OK, not really, but two posts over the span of a week? ... More >>
Get your asses to Bass Hall for Kenny Rogers
Never fear—we've got your Halloween mixtape here
Folk legends play the Bass
Proof that George Bush doesn't have a monopoly on luvin' the U.S. of A.
In Scarface, slinging yayo is the name of the game
New Orleans musicians in Texas overcome Katrina the only way they know how
The Foundation (Rap-a-Lot/Asylum)
The untold story of the 1990 bathtub shooting
The Dallas Morning News says N.W.A. was "militant." The real answer? N.O.
A great year for local music gets better
Like so many of its namesakes, Bully is a coward on the inside
For Hydroponic Sound System, mixing hip-hop with everything else is just Routine Insanity
Dallas' hip-hop scene is more vital than ever, but you'd never know it: no clubs, no radio, no major-label deals. But the musicians, some of this city's best, refuse to give up.
John Wiley Price, the man who once toted a bullhorn in protests outside Mayor Ron Kirk's home, learns that it helps to have friends in high places
Carl Stephenson on Beck, the Geto Boys, trip-hop, and the fine line between dream and reality
How Wu-Tang Clan won the world
Portishead creates a sad poetic sound that separates dreams from reality