In recent years, the Top 40 Country Music charts have been littered with an increasing amount of songs that now fit easily into an even more specific, sickening realm of modern country music - "Bro-Country." With frat-boy bravado and an even greater emphasis on sophmoric, ignorant cliches than usual ... More >>
How's it going, Texas burger taco? Hope all is well on your end. I'm heading out to see you soon -- in just a few minutes I'll be all smoking tires and fishtailing-Honda out of my apartment building. My plan was to order you, with a glacially cold local root beer, and eat you while sitting on the ... More >>
When, in the predawn hours on Christmas morning, a Grand Prairie police officer spotted a suspicious 1997 Honda driving through the Grand Peninsula neighborhood near Joe Pool Lake, he didn't know the car was stolen, nor did he know the driver had a gun. "Whatever he was doing caught the officer's a ... More >>
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA If you want to catch an act in the one and only tented stage at ACL, it's recommended to do it early in the day or towards the end of the weekend. It always seems to get pretty packed on Saturday when people realize they can escape the sun and hear some pretty good jams ... More >>
Van Dralan Dixson, the neighborhood watch volunteer now tied by DNA to four South Dallas rapes, is out of jail and on the run. Alan Mason, the silver Honda-driving, oval glasses-wearing man whom police publicly identified as a "person of interest" before the results of the DNA test came in, is not. ... More >>
Dallas police haven't officially cleared Alan Mason, the man they identified as a "person of interest" in the recent string of nine rapes in the area around Fair Park, of wrongdoing. He's still in jail for violating his probation for driving while intoxicated. But any evidence suggesting his involve ... More >>
A swing around the clock in some of our favorite places to drink.
An ex-Marine spun elaborate fantasies about being a hit man. One day they came true.
The man who knocked on David Goldman's door at 9:30 last night didn't look like trouble. He was fairly young, in his mid-20s, "dressed neat, clean-shaven and (with) a good haircut," the 76-year-old later told police, and he asked the price on the 1996 Mercedes for sale in the driveway. Two grand? Th ... More >>
Every year something happens that nearly prevents me from going to South by Southwest. This year was no different. A professional obligation on Thursday was threatening my travel plans, and I was considering giving it all up, joining in the chorus, of "It's too crowded," or whatever and staying in D ... More >>
T. Boone Pickens -- billionaire oil man, erstwhile wind-energy apostle, multimillion-dollar donor to Karl Rove's super PAC -- wants his money back. According to a filing in Dallas County court, he claims he's getting mostly stiffed on a $125,000 loan he made to political consultant John Weaver, who ... More >>
Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here. This piece originally appeared in our June People ... More >>
The rains came early on Sunday morning, but by the time the ACL opened up for business before noon, there was hardly a cloud in the sky, making for an extremely warm and muddy day. The biggest acts of the day -- Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy & the Stooges, Crystal Castles, and the Avett Brothers -- he ... More >>
Lukas Da Cruz, 21, was standing outside Lolita's on Lemmon Avenue in the early morning hours of August 16 when a silver Honda drove past. According to a police report and a Facebook account, someone in the car fired a shot from a .40-caliber pistol, hitting him in the back near the right shoulder b ... More >>
Rita's Italian Ice, or Rita's Water Ice, or as the corporate website put its, Rita's Ice-Custard-Happiness, is a quickly growing frozen treats franchise out of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, (near Philly). In addition to their many names, they also have many many many combos. One can have a straight Rita ... More >>
In this week's Dallas Observer, we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Mark Graham. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. Claudia Feliciano has lived in Fort Worth for the past three years, but she's flown under ... More >>
The Beach Boys Verizon Theatre Thursday, April 26 In the past few decades, various incarnations of the Beach Boys toured the oldies/county fair circuit, rehashing the popular hits over and over again, usually for a cheap ticket price (or even free). Alas, with Brian Wilson back in the fold, the res ... More >>
Five brisket tacos at five places in five hours: It's more meat -- and more fun -- than it seems.
Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics.
Pete FreedmanArcade Fire played a familiar set to end Austin City Limits 2011. But it was still thrilling. The hot sun from the morning of Day Three at the 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival persisted well into the afternoon and evening at Zilker Park. But with the festival end looming and pl ... More >>
Elbow brought the Manchester rain on Sunday.And just like that, the heat returned. The hot sun beat down on the wet grass, creating an inescapable humidity in Zilker Park on Sunday. As such, the people came prepared to sweat it out. The same guys hawking ponchos yesterday now had packets of ... More >>
Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Love the Mavs' draft. Turning the 26th pick into Rudy Fernandez is a big win. Think of Fernandez, 26 and a three-year veteran with the Blazers, as a younger, better Peja Stojakovi ... More >>
Night fell down on Austin Town and it figured it'd be a busy night. And with The xx and Temper Trap setting the table for LCD Soundsystem, Gogol Bordello, Monsters of Folk, Deadmau5, Matt & Kim, MIA and Muse, Saturday did indeed set it self up to be remembered as ACL 2010's strongest.Except f ... More >>
Break up: a study in clip art.Here's what happened: I recently read a review of some book written by some guy from Dallas called Men Don't Heal, We Ho on Dallas South News. I was intrigued by the healing and the ho'ing. I wanted to know more. So I asked the writer and publisher of the book, Steve ... More >>
Deputy Chief Malik Aziz briefs reporters on Operation Triangle.I got pretty excited last night when I heard a couple of women were attempting to knife each other in a parking lot in Pleasant Grove. Not, you know, because ladies knifing each other is my thing, but because I really wanted to crank ... More >>
In Pho From Home we seek out the variety of pho--authentic, Texified, good and bad--available in restaurants, starting in the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and winding all the way around the Dallas area.I am staring at a forty-paged PDF file on my laptop. My mother, who lives in Ho Chi Minh City, ... More >>
NASCAR hits TMS for some serious fuel-burning
One of the year's best, Wendy and Lucy, sneaks in while you were distracted by the blockbusters
See the stars of Last Comic Standing
Going greenboth environmentally and Irish-spirited
She is the songstress Amy Winehouse wishes to be
A rousing tale from the land of Dorkus Malorkus
How two brothers, their mom, their friends and a white guy named Cletus hope to win the hip-hop game
Want to send an innocent man to prison for life? Judge Karen Greene is ready to help.
Saturday, March 25, at the Gypsy Tea Room's "Tea Room"
Neighbors try to rub out a tattoo parlor from their street
Where do race-car drivers eat?
Dallas' young entrepreneurs live by their creed: Just do it.
The upscale casual Houston's is a well-oiled machine
Get your motor running at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show
Don't get lost in translation
The ghosts of Ju-On: The Grudge are here to annoy you
If Dallas cops are so destitute, how come police station parking lots look like the auto show?
Intersections of Parker and Independence, Coit and Park, Plano