By Amanda Lewis One challenge of music festivals is figuring out how to sneak some pot inside, even while wearing as little clothing as possible. Is there really a good way to do it without sticking it up somewhere really uncomfortable? Enter the Secret Smoker Bracelet, a colorful hemp-braided wris ... More >>
After a seven-year stint at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, the Gathering of the Juggalos moves this year to Legend Valley Campground in Thornville, Ohio.
As far as album-release parties go, Goodnight Ned are about to put themselves in a class of their own. The Dallas band isn't pulling out any stops, with plans to have clowns, fortune tellers, stilt walkers, jugglers and even juggling stilt-walkers. There will be food trucks, a photo wagon, carnie ga ... More >>
In the back of a sleepy Starbucks, Buffalo Black smiles knowingly when I ask him about songwriting. As a rapper whose everyday self, Jamil Kelley, is an avid reader of poetry, he knows a thing or two about the topic. He was responsible for some of the most buzzed-about hip-hop from North Texas in 20 ... More >>
We're halfway done with 2014 and, before we know it, it will be time to bring in the New Year. (Okay, maybe that's a little premature. There's something like another five months of summer left first.) There have been plenty of exciting things happening for Dallas artists through the first half of th ... More >>
When will Mexicans learn to speak 'Murican? And what's the deal with travesti shows?
It seems like the Dallas culinary scene's thought leaders and trendsetters are getting younger and younger as each year passes. Shortly after her 29th birthday, Kirstyn Brewer, executive chef at Victor Tango's, is leading a restaurant that's been a Henderson Avenue institution for more than 10 years ... More >>
Late last year Andrew Zimmern got a food tour through DFW with local barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn. Vaughn told us the show should run some time in April, and it turned out to be true, Dallas: Red Meat & Rattlesnakes airs tonight at 8 p.m. on the Travel Chanel. Vaughn accompanied Zimmern to Chicken ... More >>
Electronic music's recent surge in popularity comes with serious side effects for underground-party aficionados. Suddenly, Daft Punk is winning Grammys, and drunk girls (and guys) are ruining life at 4 a.m. in a warehouse somewhere. By Sarah Stanley-Ayre Take this recent incident: Under a haunting ... More >>
One of the most painful feelings in the world is when you encounter someone who desperately wants you to see their art. If you're not overcome with waves of panic and dread, you're already plotting out all of the ways you can safely compliment something you're expecting to absolutely suck. Thankful ... More >>
Dallas is in for a techie treat with upcoming concerts by two of hip-hop's most promising internet by-products: Childish Gambino (March 7 at South Side Ballroom) and Vic Mensa (February 1 at House of Blues). With Gambino's release of Because the Internet and Mensa's full-length solo debut, Innanetap ... More >>
If you spent some time at any of a few area barbecue restaurants this weekend, you might have bumped into Texas Barbecue Guru Daniel Vaughn and TV Person Andrew Zimmern as they palled around eating Texas barbecue. Zimmern was in town filming for an episode of Bizzare Foods America, which is devoted ... More >>
Years ago, Dealey Plaza conspiracy man Robert Groden reportedly strolled into the center lane of Elm Street and taped down a white "X" to mark the spot where President John F. Kennedy was struck with the fatal bullet on November 22, 1963. It's actually about about six inches too far west, but it's c ... More >>
Hello from Fun Fun Fun Fest, where everyone is far too cool for flannel and the bike parking is the first thing to hit capacity! Maybe that's just hello from Austin. Either way: 3:20 p.m. The centerpiece of the festival is a series of skate ramps that appear to be open to the skateboard-toting pub ... More >>
Fun Fun Fun Fest has been known to be a good time in the past, and it is shaping up to be an even better one this year. You could go and buy passes. But you know what is even more fun than buying things? Winning them in preposterous fashion, which is exactly what you can do this Sunday at the Fun Fu ... More >>
Summer is almost out, which in many locales means the end is nigh for both camp and barbecue. But this is Texas, when meat-torching season never ends and camping is year-round, presuming there's meat and fire available. So it's not surprise that even in January, you can go to meat camp. And not jus ... More >>
Moving is a strange thing. Flashy and exciting visualizations of the road ahead overstimulate, while a library of warm memories prompts longing as you realize you will never have those experiences in the same way again. Sure, you can buy a plane ticket and revisit plenty of them, but those experienc ... More >>
Let me see if I get this. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is already paying Texas 75 percent of its costs for cleanup in West and making $8 million in low interest loans to individuals. But because FEMA ruled recently that Texas is capable of picking up the balance of the costs, our s ... More >>
Yesterday Candice Choi at the Huffington Post hit one out of Twinkie Park with an extensive overview of the Twinkie Revitalization Plan. Here's the crux of it: Twinkies will be back on the shelves July 15. See also: Jon Stewart on What Really Killed the Twinkie However, there are a few other impo ... More >>
This weekend Kanye West released two new singles off his upcoming album, Yeezus, in the most grandiose possible fashion. On Friday, he announced the video for his newest single, "New Slaves," would be projected onto 66 buildings across six cities around the world in one night. Crowds gathered by the ... More >>
So far, Brek Shea's trip across the Atlantic has been rougher than he anticipated. The former FC Dallas forward, who enjoyed mild fame in the states as American soccer's young hope, Adidas pitchman, and, of course, alt-weekly cover story subject, has spent his first season in the English Premiere Le ... More >>
Hang on to your hats, everybody, because I'm about to give you a super-duper exciting glimpse into the inner workings of the Dallas Observer. We get a lot of email from our readers. Some of it comes directly to our various email addresses, but a lot of it goes to a general account. (I have no idea w ... More >>
Michael Bay injects potent absurdity into an unbelievable but true story.
The brunette in the backward pink mesh trucker hat and booty shorts grabs a megaphone and addresses her fellow campers. "WECOME TO COOOOACHEELLLA." The congregation of twenty 20-somethings lustily applauds. It's Thursday night, a dozen hours before the festival officially begins, and the rules ar ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
From 35 Denton to SXSW, Snoop to Spillover, traversing Texas in search sonic bliss.
The Atomic Tanlines received plenty of praise last year with their blend of punk, free jazz and soul. The Denton-based five-piece sat down with us at the Waffle House where they started to discuss their background in music. You can catch them this week at Le Bitch Manor on Thursday and at Dada on Sa ... More >>
As YouTube becomes increasingly wealthy, its stars and the networks that contract with them battle for money and creative control.
Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund chat about the film version of On the Road
What a night it was. Saturday's music awards showcase on Elm Street left our web editor Nick Rallo voiceless, a man at Reno's toothless, and accounted for some epic hangovers the next day. It was a glorious night filled with memorable sets, and those little moments of bodily chaos, as we all hurried ... More >>
2 Chainz House of Blues Tuesday, September 25 Look, we all make mistakes. The first mistake occurred when Daniel Hopkins somehow ended up behind the velvet rope at the 2 Chainz show last Spring. The second mistake happened when I completely procrastinated buying my 2 Chainz ticket for House of ... More >>
When Denton musician Glen Farris arrived at the corner of S. Locust and E. Hickory Street on the morning of September 12 and uploaded an Instagram photo of Denton's familiar First State Bank plaque, people embraced it and spread its viral joy. The brass plaque observed September 12 as the 100-year ... More >>
See also: The people of Untapped Festival Listen: Dallas, Texas has become unstuck in time. At least that's how it felt in the short break between the shot glass full of beer and the guy in front of me wearing a Vonnegut jersey that bore the number five. That's a Slaughterhouse Five reference, rig ... More >>
Central Market's 17th annual Hatch Chile Festival is back in full swing and Dallas is still making a big deal about it. Are they worth the hype? Will they rearrange your culinary universe? That friends, is up to you and your palates. Go sample, enjoy. But if you're like us and too lazy to take Cen ... More >>
If it seems like we've been bringing you plenty of news about many of the fine regional country artists who are quick to lend their names and talents to causes whose worthiness can't be questioned, well, that's because there's often a compelling story behind it. On Monday, July 23, treasured Texan ... More >>
"It was a really amazing gift for us as a group," acknowledges Michael Bloch, guitarist for Brooklyn quartet Here We Go Magic. The gift? Nigel Godrich, the producer and "sixth member" of Radiohead, offered his services for the band's new album, A Different Ship. Godrich and Thom Yorke became fans of ... More >>
If you have a chance to visit Dallas' most beautiful garden on a rainy night, it's a rather sublime way to experience the lushness. For the opening of Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto's new exhibition, "Cuddle on the Tightrope," our friends at the Nasher threw a soiree with South American roots on Frid ... More >>
Damn. Eating that freezer burrito made you feel like an awful human being. But, exactly how awful? Wish there was a way to know exactly how much shame you should feel when you eat a horrible, awful food? Wish. Effing. Granted. Above is our very helpful, very scientific Universal Food Shame Scale: ... More >>
In early January, 35 Denton festival founder Chris Flemmons addressed about 30 folks who showed up for the opening party for 35 Denton's new office. The spot is in a renovated old Gulf Oil service station on the corner of N. Locust and W. McKinney, less than a minute walk from Denton's historic town ... More >>
I once had a delicate morning beverage made with the water strained from the pulp of summer tomatoes, vodka infused with rosemary and a hint of citrus. The drink was crystal clear with a faint rosy hue, and it tasted like a fresh garden tinged with the warm burn of alcohol. It was understated ... More >>