For nearly twenty years, the Finnish heavy metal band Children of Bodom has done the symphonic, melodic death metal thing with passion and power to spare. Long considered one of Scandinavia's best metal outfits, Children of Bodom have never resisted change. Proof of such is the band's recently issue ... More >>
How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce became the greatest (bumbling) enemy of America.
Not all great fried chicken comes from the South.
The road to pancakes isn't as flat as you think it might be. Mark Davis Bailey, owner of the six area Original Pancake Houses (OPH), has had an enlightening journey to the restaurant business involving gymnastics, architecture, Epcott Center, Jakarta, a grass roots investment club and being confront ... More >>
The Act of Killing is a masterpiece of murder and the movies.
From Toronto, a glimpse of this year's most bracing films
Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016: Obama’s AmericaI: The Five Most Hilarious Lowlights
When the Christian rock band Stryper first emerged in 1983, many people thought they were both a marketing ploy and tasteless joke. After 1986's To Hell With the Devil sold over two million copies, so-called Christian bands started popping up everywhere. Somehow, brothers Michael and Robert Sweet h ... More >>
After scrolling through Erykah Badu's Twitter feed last night, it seems the concert scheduled for today has been canceled after all. She held a press conference in Kuala Lampur earlier to address the issues that lead up to the cancellation, and beyond the bigger issue of art, religion and where th ... More >>
It's not every day that you find the world's most expensive coffee in your mailbox. A friend of mine told me she'd received some kopi luwak from one of her friends in Indonesia. Then she asked me if I wanted her to send me some. Duh? I'm not sure what I was expecting. I figured I'd grind the beans ... More >>
If your drink looks like this, have a chat with your bartender.The wedge of dragon fruit tilted the cocktail placed on the table. And it was annoying. The drink, one of the beverages offered at a tequila cocktail competition this weekend, was lip-smacking good without it. It was gratuitous w ... More >>
Not a bad Tuesday night coming at you this evening. After the the jump, we highlight the three best.
Rob AllynLongtime observers of the local political landscape probably hear the name Rob Allyn and think of the Trinity River Corridor Project (Schutze insists it was Allyn who came up with those solar-powered water taxis), myriad mayoral campaigns, those Dubya ads attacking John McCain's environm ... More >>
For about a year now, Leon Oziel's house music blog, French Express, has been the best-kept secret in the local blogosphere -- partially because he's not from town (he moved here in 2010 from Toronto) and partially because he writes about so specific a niche in music that there's little room for cr ... More >>
The Indonesian Blood of Eagles is among the first dirty dozen titles selected for this year's Dallas International Film Festival.While in the middle of dealing with some South by Southwest film fest logistics, this announcement arrived from the Dallas International Film Festival: It's ready to de ... More >>
This Friday and Saturday night, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform "Gamelan D'Drum," a concert percussion piece written by Stewart Copeland. The former drummer of The Police was specifically commissioned to write the concerto for the Dallas Symphony in conjunction with the local drum ensembl ... More >>
Elizabeth BairWith all due respect to this beautiful thing, we'd like to see some other cuisines come through Big D.Fusion cookery is great. It can make global eats accessible to novices, turning something initially unpalatable to timid taste buds into something irresistible. It can be a gateway ... More >>
From County Meath, Ireland, two little girls have something in common with Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan, who are now suing the Texas Rangers. Oh boy.Based on a demand for injunctive relief just filed in Fort Worth bankruptcy court, it looks like Chuck Greenberg's just about had it with Tom Hick ... More >>
Flickr user ^riza^It's a long way, but the rendang is worth the trip.Anyone with the means can travel the villages of Tuscany, visit tasting rooms in Napa Valley or hit Belgium's chocolate shops. In fact, certain places are so well known as culinary destinations, even those with only the faintest ... More >>
No, not that Phil Collins
The fried chicken and scrumptious Latin offerings of Pollo Campero and its Dallas-based American division, Campero USA, are about to become available in Wal-Marts across the country. Given the chain’s rapid growth worldwide -- from Ecuador to New York to China and Indonesia -- and the abject worsh ... More >>
Maintaining a warm and inviting space
The Market may become the city's seafood pinnacle
Kitsch is cool again at Trader Vic's
Ever heard the local band Greyskull? No? Dude, they rock. Or so Nokia thinks, anyway: Says here that the band's been tapped to provide the soundtrack for a series of ads promoting the company's new Nseries phones -- specifically, the new N93i video phone. Only, you won't get to see the spots: Whilst ... More >>
Trader Vic's returns in nostalgic glory
It didn't take long for the ol' Clinton charm to hypnotize the crowd at the former Prez's speaking engagement last night at the Nokia Theater at Grand Prairie. After a sustained standing ovation, the first thing out of his mouth was, "Thank you. This must be about 90 percent of the Democrats in Nort ... More >>
Two long-lost reissues shed light on a punk icon.
A motorcycle accident cost Bill Rucker his leg, but that won't stop him from building-and riding-bikes
Granada benefit show to help tsunami victims
Music's lunatic fringe lives, breathes and flourishes on the shortwave radio dial
Food is art at Mirabelle
A manual tells terrorist recruits how--and why--they should wage unholy war
McKinney Avenue Tavern scores big points for its sports bar grub
Michael Moore gets out of his La-Z-Boy to find The Awful Truth
Robin Leach is your guide to the eats of the rich and famous
Gypsy Tea Room
Lawry's The Prime Rib: an old wrinkle ahead of its time
More than a decade after fronting one of Dallas' first new-wave bands, Joshua and Mischo McKay go out of this world
Two strip-mall restaurants offer decent, basic Southeast Asian fare
John and Alan Lomax, groundbreaking musicologists