Yesterday we got the ball rolling on our picks for the best musical cameos from The Simpsons' first 25 years on the air, in honor of the show's ongoing marathon of 552 episodes on FXX. We went through the first half of our list of 30 episodes, meaning it's time for us to finish what we started. So, ... More >>
In the romantic-comedy of your life, you'd look to the camera during your DVD commentary interview and say, "It's a story about finding love in unexpected places." And then you'd say something like, "Really, the third character is the city. It's about the places we run into each other." But cliches ... More >>
The last time I told you all a story about my teenage years, Billy Corgan got really angry. So I tell you this story in the hope that it will, for no apparent reason, anger Billy Corgan again. I was either 14 or 15, and I was living in a tiny village somewhere in the English Cotswolds called Hook N ... More >>
Pop-up dining may be a fine enough pull, but only great food will keep the diners returning
This year, Dallas Observer music blog DC9 at Night and Houston Press music blog Rocks Off teamed up to bring you dispatches from the SXSW madness. Here are the nine worst things we saw. See also: -There's an App to Get You Laid at SXSW, But You Absolutely Don't Need the Help -The 50 Commandments of ... More >>
Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtracks. You don't w ... More >>
Locally-based Hormones are a familiar fixture at Bryan Street Tavern. They played the venue's Big Fucking Anniversary show a few weeks ago, and will play there again this Saturday, October 27, with The Gorehounds. They will do two sets: one with original songs and the other with songs by Death from ... More >>
My 12-year-old stepson Lewis, whose favorite band is Green Day, had never heard Pink Floyd before. I'm not sure how he's managed this - his grandfather plays in a Pink Floyd tribute band for goodness sake. So I thought we could sit down one rainy evening, have him listen hard to 1973's The Dark Side ... More >>
It's easy to think four-piece Joyce Manor is a local band. They make their third appearance in the area this year on Sunday at Dada with Hate Your Friends, Hop Along and Fairbanks. We caught up with bassist Matt Ebert on his experiences playing in the area, an imaginary show with OFF!, and their wor ... More >>
Southwest Airlines posted a cheeky little game on their Facebook page: Check out these seemingly identical photos of our stewardesses from the 'first hostess class' in 1971 and find the 10 differences (it's sort of fun). Our first thought: Southwest hired go-go dancers as stewardesses? (check out t ... More >>
Not a lot going on this Tuesday evening. Just five really cute bands rolled into one long show...
Our author's reaction to KXT's playlist of late.Yesterday morning, on the way in to work, I flipped the dial, as usual, to KKXT-91.7 FM, otherwise known around town as KXT, the just-over-a-year-old music-only NPR affiliate. What happened next was deeply unsettling: I was mentally transported back ... More >>
Hey, Don Hill, how many verdicts left to come down in the City Hall corruption trial?[Update at 10:23 a.m.: The judge's office sends word that Ron Slovacek was found guilty on all three counts of the superseding indictment -- counts 10, 12 and 19, to be specific. More details to come.]The staff's ... More >>
Kind of a slow Monday evening as far as music goes. But there's still a few shows worth going out to see, if you're up to it -- if only to toast the fact that the Cowboys actually can win a game.
Jesse HugheyPolvo Sunday, November 7, at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin.I kept repeatedly asking myself the same question on Sunday: "Why can't Dallas do something like this?" Seriously: It's high time Dallas music fans let their Austin friends couch-surf for a change -- we certainly owe them for all ... More >>
"Weird Al" Yankovic's "Dare to be Stupid" was as close to Devo as Fun Fun Fun Fest-goers will get this weekend.As cool as the lineup for Fun Fun Fun Fest today and tomorrow may be, the Friday night kick-off party was clearly for the nerds--former and current. Chris Hardwick was intended to be the ... More >>
A week ago today, we passed along word of the still-circulating rumor that the Black Eyed Peas would be the performers at Super Bowl XLV, which, you surely already know, is set to take place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Sunday, February 6.We've yet to squash that rumor--the closest we got w ... More >>
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.Meat LoafHang Cool Teddy Bear (Roadrunner)Imagine a cold, snowy evening on the ... More >>
Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant now has a new band featuring a well-respected female Americana singer, but her name isn't Alison Krauss.Rather, Patty Griffin has been in the studio with Plant--along with Darrell Scott, Byron House, Marco Giovino and Buddy Miller--as The Band of Joy, which ... More >>
Myspace has been running a free concert series called The List--a pretty interesting deal in that, if you befriend The List's Myspace page on the networking site, you can get into certain free performances when the company decides to put them on in your city. And it's not just slouches offering up t ... More >>
Two follow-ups in this particular radio round-up. First, I exchanged a few messages with Alan Ayo via Facebook, and the long and short of it is, he's not at all upset that Clear Channel gave him his walking papers yesterday. Writes the former midday host and music director at KDGE-FM:I'm feeling rat ... More >>
Friday, April 24, at House of Blues
Friday, May 9, at the Granada Theater
Thursday, October 19, at the Galaxy Club
Time to nominate bands for the Dallas Observer Music Awards
The Fuse (Epitaph)
Congrats to Brave Combo, finalists named in Ultra DJ contest, Erykah Badu hosts Jill Scott afterparty
Granada benefit show to help tsunami victims
Local music police welcome a new chief
November 23 and 24
To Daniel Sinker and those who live on Punk Planet, punk is more than a musical genre
Butthole is back
After 11 albums, the Mr. T Experience is starting to abandon the punk-pop sound it pioneered
The Muffs' Kim Shattuck doesn't need a major label to be Alert Today
The Dictators are not back. They never left.
The Dictators are not back. They never left.
Pop punkers Pansy Division love sex, so they sing about it. A lot.