In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turk. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. October 2011. Luis Chamagua woke up, showered, ate cereal and headed for school. Typical morni ... More >>
Over the course of six years, Seattle's The Lonely Forest have released five full length albums, each of the better than the previous and each one filled with solid, emotionally-driven indie rock. 2011's Arrows featured the wonderfully dry "Turn Off This Song and Go Outside" and garnered the band a ... More >>
We now live in a world where major corporate radio routinely features songs by Phoenix, M83, The Black Keys, Passion Pit, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon and Macklemore. These were largely independent artists who for the most part built critical acclaim over the years by producing quali ... More >>
Denver quartet The Fray are one of those successful pop bands that are pretty easy to dislike. Their songs pop up on shows like Grey's Anatomy and the band has built a loyal fan base within the Christian music market. However, despite massive popularity, songs such as "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and ... More >>
From his home in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Jesse Tabish sounded a bit nervous. The leader of Other Lives certainly had every right to be anxious. His band was just about to begin a tour with Radiohead. Well, that tour makes a stop in Dallas this evening at the AAC and Tabish was kind enough to speak ... More >>
As the leader of Soul Coughing, Mike Doughty made a name for himself as a songwriter with a penchant for jazz grooves and stream-of-consciousness poetry. Too bad feuding amongst Doughty and the rest of the band over songwriting credit and other issues brought an end to Soul Coughing after jus ... More >>
You might have seen Maria Taylor play with Azure Ray or Now It's Overhead. You might have heard her on a Bright Eyes recording. Hell, you might have heard her on an episode of Grey's Anatomy. Regardless of where you heard her before, know this: Maria and her sweet voice will be on display later ... More >>
Not a bad Monday night of music as a cool Americana goddess and a quartet of ungodly metal acts hit our area this evening. And, yes, Josh Groban, too.
Friday, October 8, at Granada Theater
Developer Jack Matthews has promised to chat more this week about his movie and teevee production facility in the Cedars -- just as soon as he returns from his summer vacay. For now, though, he says this via e-mail: "We have been working on this many years ... however what you see in the agenda i ... More >>
Bring me the heads of Whiskey Folk Ramblers!The weekend's here and it should be a big one for Whiskey Folk Ramblers. Tonight marks the release of their sophomore album, ...And There Are Devils. Jesse Hughey spoke with the band about working with producer, Salim Nourallah, who will also be the sup ... More >>
"Somebody Once Told Me The World..." SHUT UPDear Hollywood, We know it's hard to cut trailers, and you want to the maximum possible appeal. It's understandable, and we all know the game. Unfortunately, you've recently achieved critical mass on one subject: overused, hackneyed trailer songs. Some ... More >>
Last month, She & Him's Volume Two hit stores, featuring the "unlikely dynamic duo" of actress Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Since then, many celebrities have become jealous to achieve this same intellectual-indie success. Last year, Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn made a little CD called B ... More >>
The next Dallas Cowboy?The NFL Draft gets cocky tonight. It goes prime time, up against the networks' lineup of must-see CSIs and Grey's Anatomy and such, and against the NBA's LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. I'll be at Cowboys Stadium from 6 p.m. until? ... at the 105.3 The Fan Miller ... More >>
Patrick MichelsBilly Zane and Timothy Busfield on the set of The Deep End at The Studios at Las Colinas last monthIf you're just dying to see how Dallas looked as Los Angeles's stand-in, your wait is over: ABC just sent word that the Fox-produced The Deep End -- known to the Friends of Unfair Par ... More >>
Caleb KuhlWilliam FitzsimmonsSubdued singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons may be Grey's Anatomy-approved (take that however you wish), but he's also phenomenally bearded. Denton-worthy stuff, for sure. So maybe its weird then that Denton's the only point of our little Metroplex triangle being ig ... More >>
Pete Freedman School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis at Buffalo Billiards.The first night of SXSW saw four pretty major draws around town--Echo and the Bunnymen at Emo's; The Decembrists at Stubbs; St. Vincent, Department of Eagles and M. Ward at the Central Presbyterian Church; Peter Bjorn & ... More >>
Saturday, January 24, at The Loft
The answer: Move to San Diego, work in retail.Or so is the only real moral I glean from this Q&A on CNN.com today with singer-songwriter Erin McCarley (pictured right; credit: Reid Rolls), who gets the star treatment here because McCarley, a Dallas native, recently had her song "Pitter-Pat" feat ... More >>
Thursday, October 16, at House of Blues
Saturday, September 20, at the Granada Theater
Just in time for Halloween, Dallas-based Peaches Uniforms -- the self-proclaimed "leader in fashion-driven uniforms and scrubs for women in the healthcare industry" -- is offering a line of hospital togs that'll let you strut the hospital corridors looking just like Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens. Says ... More >>
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Save the bump and grind for strippers. Let's do some dancing.
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You're not a doctor, but Trauma Center lets you play one on TV.
This morning, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told KTCK-AM (1310) morning-show hosts Craig Miller and George Dunham that there are only so many things he can do with failed place kicker Mike Vanderjagt. "I don't think it impacts him to stare at him real hard, do you? That hasn't ... More >>
Think peace protesters are lame? So, what are you doing with your life?
Just got last-minute confirmation that San Francisco's Birdmonster is going to rock the hell out of the Double Wide on Sunday. If I'd gotten word earlier, I might've whipped up a big preview about their MP3 blog hype and raucous live show, but I'm putting the final touches on our Music Awards featur ... More >>
The infamous Zodiac killer inspires another dead-end film
OK, so the slogan "Shoot J.R. in Dallas" is growing on me (like a fungus, but whatever). Still, the city's effort to lure 20th Century Fox here, to shoot the movie Dallas, is likely to come up short; even Janis Burklund, the Dallas Film Commission director, puts the likelihood at "50-50," which she ... More >>