He's played music in front of 25,000 people, opening for Styx, and cooked for folks like Johnny Winter, Butthole Surfers (we don't even wanna know what they ordered), ZZ Top and more recently, as part of his sweet new gig as the head cuisine honcho at Sundown at Granada, actor Will Ferrell. He also ... More >>
Update, 3/22: You can listen to audio from Michelle Shocked's rant below. So we have a great deal of information now -- her initial lunatic outburst, her highly measured response and the reaction of the masses. Judge for yourself. Update, 3/20: The Texas Observer has an open letter from Michelle S ... More >>
Brad Paisley, "Southern Comfort Zone" Current Billboard Country Singles Chart Position: 10 The Verdict: Holy shit, songs on the radio can still be important! So, here, in a shimmering single whose title buzz markets a godawful no-whiskey whiskey liqueur, we have a black gospel choir belting "Dixie" ... More >>
You know the Liberty Institute as the group that has steered Plano's infamous Candy Cane Case through the courts. More recently, it's championed the cause of Angela Hildenbrand, the Texas high school student who wanted to pray during her valedictory speech. As part of its work, in 2004 the nonprofi ... More >>
"It's ironic that, in some ways, when I needed music the most, making this record really fucked it up for me." So explains Jason Pierce, the mastermind behind English band Spiritualized and the newly released Sweet Heart Sweet Light, their sixth studio album. He's juggling phone interviews and rehe ... More >>
Might as well put my faithful Voice viewing to good use, though no doubt in coming weeks Audra will follow Anthony Evans's reality-TV travails over on DC9 at Night. But even before the Marvin Gaye-covering Evans was intro'd as a Dallas native last night it was clear who he was: Not only is he an es ... More >>
Hey, now.As you'll see and hear after the jump (courtesy of a video of the legendary sex symbol accepting the Star Award at the 2011 Dallas International Film Festival), Ann-Margret "loves Texas." "Loves Dallas," too. She's even named one of her sons Dallas, go figure. Makes sense, maybe. For a t ... More >>
The big winner at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night? That, surely, was The Arcade Fire, who, whether you've heard of them or not, walked with the coveted Album of the Year title at this year's festivities. But, really, Texas as a whole didn't do too bad as the Texas Music Office in Austin has remind ... More >>
Not a bad bill tonight at Hailey's -- something that we haven't really been able to say of late, to be honest -- thanks to a couple of touring, up-and-coming acts out of Minnesota stopping through Denton for the night.Aside from the whole both being from the Land of a Thousand Lakes tie-in, though, ... More >>
I've considered retiring this weekly feature many times in recent weeks; we're about out of the good stuff, I fear -- unless you're just dying for a ladies-choice between Linda Ronstadt at Reunion in '82 or Courtney Love and Hole at Deep Ellum Live in '94, which I'd briefly considered last night. ... More >>
Thursday, July 9, at The Loft
The 2009 Grammy nominations were announced last night, which means, yep, we're being INUNDATED with press releases from ecstatic and eager publicists touting their clients' successes.Like we have any say in the matter. Yeah, right.But, by my count, DFWd's doing OK here. Here's a breakdown of area ar ... More >>
Winans honors MLK at Bass Hall
Al Green may be saved, but he's still sexy
Djore sings at St. Luke
Minister G. Craige Lewis has one goal: Get hip-hop out of the church. Forever.
And don't be afraid to suck. A music editor's parting words.
Grammy noms, Denton cares and Deedle's last dance
Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (Anti)
Gospel singer makes the Hall of Fame
Arizona Juanita Dranes died in obscurity, but she is remembered now
The gospel truth about Christian blues pioneer Washington Phillips
Various Dallas acts up for Grammy awards
At Madison Square Garden (Sony Legacy)
American IV: The Man Comes Around (American/Lost Highway)
Dressed in Black (Dualtone)
Kindred Spirits (Sony)
Sweet Georgia Brown Bar-B-Que Home Cookin'
Merle Haggard makes a triumphant return. Wait -- he never went away.
Fifty years after leaving the Soul Stirrers, Rebert Harris has been called home
Put on Travelin' Shoes and journey to a place where gospel meets rap
Local talent scout Teresa LaBarbera-Whites discovered singing sensation Jessica Simpson the way she always does: without even trying
Red River Valley Memories: The Texas Swing Sessions Vol. 2 (self-released)
James Brown used them. Hip-hoppers stole from them. Will these women finally get their due?
Carl Perkins, 1932-1998
Jerry Ragavoy and the ghost of Janis Joplin
Local group gets a gospel sound that's contemporary yet sanctified
New Arts Six and Langston Hughes celebrate a stirring Black Nativity
Al Green returns with his first all-secular album since 1977