La Estrella Mini-Mart sits across a pair of railroad tracks that cut through McKinney Street in Denton, the sound of passing trains and their horns a constant nuisance. Its walls boast a collection of custom-made and colorful murals. On sunny days, a bright yellow star beams off the eastern wall it ... More >>
Speaking of Dallas bands with 20 years of history, Old 97's announced today that they'll release Most Messed Up. It's roughly the band's 11th full-length, depending on how you count a few greatest hits, serialized releases and other oddities. The alt-country pioneers announced the news just now on t ... More >>
Ethnic mash-up makes for a better culture.
It's an average night in Trees. The bar is dark, the lights are half-assed, the drinks are flowing and there's a reasonable crowd. Rock is playing over the PA, and there's a low chatter. The only clue that something weirder than the usual fare served up at Trees is going on is that I followed a guy ... More >>
With the announcement of 35 Denton's initial lineup, it was only a matter of time before you felt that tightening in your chest, aka the first round of SXSW acts. North Texas' Blackstone Rangers, Ronnie Fauss, the Relatives, Somebody's Darling, Sarah Jaffe and Tedashii are all represented. Thurston ... More >>
Maybe it's late in the day for this, but is there any chance the city could rescind its bizarre special ordinance ordering the preservation of the old Crozier Tech high school building at the east end of downtown and just let the poor bastards who bought the place knock it down and truck it to the l ... More >>
Considering that pre-South by Southwest bash 35 Denton announced its first round of performers last week, I guess it makes sense, then, that the Austin fest would announce its own first round of performers this week -- and that their list is indeed larger than 35 Denton's list of 17 names, clocki ... More >>
Dallas-based Executive Music Group squeaks by, one hit at a time.
In the last few years, the taco has become a mad scientist's laboratory. Many well-intentioned Vincent Prices -- whether from south of the border or homegrown -- have sought to elevate the taco, fusing it with disparate parts. Their experiments are to be commended; the masses that have dipped ... More >>
Street food purists reviled Taco Bell's "cantina tacos," but the tenor of their response hasn't dissuaded a Texas-based chain from trying out the same shtick. Taco Cabana today announced it will launch street-style tacos on Monday. According to an e-mail from a publicist for the 150-outlet T ... More >>
Metcalf's keeping a keen eye on the horizon.Dallas Family Band cohort Jacob Metcalf is leaving town. But is he off to NYC, like Norah Jones or Neon Indian? Or, perhaps, he's just fulfilling the old cliche and moving to Austin? Nope. But he is headed south."I'm going to Guadalajara," Metcalf says ... More >>
On The Range is a weekly exploration of the history and lore of Texas menu items.No matter that you haven't read the strip in many years, or even if you've never perused the comic that has been a staple of the funny papers across the country for over 70 years, you still probably know that Dagwoo ... More >>
No need to be shy, Alan.At the risk of beating you over the head with this information, it seems worth our while to remind you that tonight marks the much-anticipated debut of Alan Palomo's newest project, Neon Indian, which has garnered praise from outlets far beyond us and the normal local musi ... More >>
For more photos, album art and show posters, check out our slideshow here.Dallas bands are usually judged within the context of their efforts and accomplishments. Some spend stupid money on hair care products and aspire to a label deal; other bands actually rehearse and wanna make an important art ... More >>
El Rey lives south of the border, if only on black velvet
FC Dallas takes on Chivas
A dozen men were tortured, killed and buried in a small house in Juarez. Three years later, the U.S. government is still trying to cover up what happened.
FC Dallas' Mario Torres carries the hopes of Latino soccer fans. But is he the future--or just a cynical marketing ploy?
How Maná won the war for its reputation--without even trying
To the sound of a Latin beat, the city's working stiffs escape the daily grind at Escapade, two of the biggest nightclubs you've never heard of -- not if English is your first language
Agave shortage drives up tequila prices
Hundreds of poor Mexican girls have been abducted, raped, and murdered on the streets of Ciudad Juarez. They were forgotten and mostly ignored by authorities until Esther Chavez came along.
The Americanized culture of undocumented immigrants finds the doors to higher education closed
Dallas oncologist Dennis Birenbaum claims he's been given a bad rap by the state and media. Now he's going to make them pay.
Talented and determined, Nydia Rojas is forging a pop career while remaining true to her roots
Fred Hutchison believes in high-volume poetry
Germinated in the rich tradition of El Sol de Texas, the Spanish-language press takes root in Dallas
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX
A.J. Gonzales emerges from the '80s time warp with ever-stellar cheese enchiladas