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    June 26, 2014

    How Bob Marley Was Sold to the Suburbs

    By Chris Kornellis At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the fou ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Sorry, Texas, but Jamaican Jerk Is the Best Barbecue in the World

    In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. The term "barbecue" holds a lot of different meanings to those who have tasted meat worked b ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013
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    February 4, 2013

    The Residents at the Kessler Theater, 2/2/13: Review

    There was absolutely nothing ordinary about the two shows The Residents put on at the Kessler this past Friday and Saturday night. Out of all the rock and roll weirdoes that have come and gone, The Residents may indeed be the oddest ducks of them all. Celebrating 40 years together, the band put on a ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts In DFW This Week

    Diarrhea Planet, Sealion, Atomic Tanlines Tuesday, February 5, at Bryan Street Tavern, $8/$10 For the best scuzzy garage-punk show you'll see all week, head to Bryan Street for Nashville's infamous Diarrhea Planet. The boys got a write-up in Spin a little while back, thanks to their label owners JE ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 6, 2012

    Good Jerk

    With a Little Love from Mom, Island Spot's Spicy Chicken Sings.

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    September 5, 2012

    The Best Jerk Chicken In Dallas Can Easily Be Had At Home

    I am, for lack of better words, an addict. When I think about jerk chicken, endorphins surge, synapses fire and memories from my past play themselves again so clearly they might be in high definition. I fell in love with with the technique when a college trip took me to Montego Bay. I ate countless ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    Jammin' at Jamaica Gates

    Did you know there's a reggae remix of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On"? Neither did I, until I went to Arlington's Jamaica Gates to eat jerk chicken. The skanked-up Titanic anthem poured out of crackling speakers as I sipped my Jamaican lemonade -- thirst-quenching and not too sweet, it's made ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012
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    April 12, 2012

    Who Should Bon Iver Collaborate With Next?

    With the news this week that former Dallas/current Minneapolis rapper Andy Bothwell, aka Astronautalis, is collaborating with Bon Iver on a new album, it made us think of his recent collabo with The Flaming Lips, and his James Blake team-up. Is Justin Vernon like one of those rappers you pull in for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Peanut Butter in a Cocktail, and Other Worthy Discoveries from the Bar at Mesa

    It's a Tuesday night in the O.C., and Mesa is abuzz with a low murmur of conversation. Three couples and a group of four populate the soft brown velour banquettes and chairs; with only 40 seats, four tables is enough for the place to feel alive. We take a seat at the gray concrete bar and rest our ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Dallas Habitat for Humanity to Summon the 'Dozers Tomorrow in Effort to "Fight the Blight"

    Never did understand the Chicago Bulls logos painted on the side of this South Dallas bar.​Years ago, when writing about efforts to revitalize a neighborhood near Fair Park, I came across the building you see above: the former Pete's Sandwich Shop at 4702 Baldwin, sandwiched between Starplex and J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    David Willingham Used To Think Reggae Was Beneath Him. Now It's His Career.

    ​David Willingham has been a staple of the Dallas reggae community for as long as he's lived here. From the Monday jam sessions he helps host at the Balcony Club to production on several different projects including Two Men & A Machine and Aton, Willingham integrates Jamaican vibes and traditi ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    A River Runs Through It: Tracking the Path of Water Through Dallas Neighborhoods

    ​How long has it been since we heard rain on the roof like Sunday night's downpour -- blowing, battering, crashing off the eaves? I stared out the kitchen window and wondered where the water went after it left my driveway. Maybe I always wonder that. Sunday night on the 10 o'clock news there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    In Dallas Federal Court, Passengers of AA Flight That Crash-Landed in Jamaica in '09 File Suit

    Via.​Perhaps you recall: On the night of December 22, 2009, American Airlines Flight 331 crash-landed in Kingston, Jamaica. The Boeing 737-800, inbound from Miami during a storm, overshot the runaway and came within feet of sinking in the Caribbean. The feds told Channel 8 that "the plane may have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Aguas Fail: Tasting Nestle's Aguas Frescas

    ​Elotes. My new friend. I loved the street food, but it left me thirsty. Thankfully, aguas frescas were available just inside the Oak Lawn grocery store. El Rio Grande Supermercado offered at least 10 versions while I was visiting, ranging from the simple and refreshing lime and cucumber, to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    How Not to Bring Dope Through DFW Airport

    Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection​As The Musers might say, count the red flags in this story: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that on Tuesday, it stopped two 22-year-old Japanese citizens at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport who were on their way from Jamaica to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Giveaway: Five Pairs of Tickets To See The Aggrolites At The Loft on Sunday

    The Aggrolites​Los Angeles' The Aggrolites are a reggae band that formed in 2002 as a combination of Vessels and the Rhythm Doctors. Starting out, they performed the duties of backing band for reggae icon Derrick Morgan. But after being satisfied with that venture, the band decided work more toge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    The Case of the Drunk Police Officer, the Ankle Holster and the Errant Shot in a Patrol Car

    Patrick MichelsChief David Brown's not at all pleased with how several of his officers behaved last night.​The news broke this morning: 27-year-old Dallas Police Officer Kelly Beemer was out drinking last night, at Lee Harvey's, when a few of her pals realized she'd had a few too many to drive. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Remedy for a Jalapeno Overdose: Aguas Frescas

    From Wikipedia​Walk into your favorite taqueria or torteria, and chances are good you'll notice a couple of large, beehive-shaped glass jars standing sentinel atop a shelf or counter. Stepping to the counter, you place your food order, then scanning the menu under bebidas (beverages), you notice ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    At Toreria Insurgentes, The Food is No Hit but the Agues Frescas' The Bomb

    ​In a typical bar, it's not at all uncommon for the drinks to surpass the food in quality. A bartender or mixologist is a true artisan, carefully blending and infusing his potions until he creates a stellar concoction, the best of which will wow his patrons and result in tips aplenty. But if the ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    On The Range: Habaneros

    ​On The Range is a weekly exploration of the history and lore of Texas menu items.Mad Cat, Insanity, Hogs Ass, Snake Bite, Idiot Boys. No, this is not the Granada's line up for February. Rather, they are names of hot sauces featuring the dreaded habanero chile, as listed by Chris McCarthy, food ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009
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    July 16, 2009

    World Music Must Die


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    March 12, 2009
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    January 15, 2009

    Girl Drink Drunk: Chili's

    Monday night, a group of six girls settled into a cozy booth at a chain restaurant to um, "pepper in some refreshment." Seems strange to go with Chili's, perhaps, but the place has a spiral-bound menu of specialty drinks. It's cute, it's colorfully illustrated and it's totally effective marketing, s ... More >>

  • Music

    December 18, 2008

    The Killers

    Day & Age (Island)

  • Film

    June 19, 2008

    One Bad Mother

    Dario Argento caps off his horror trilogy with horrific parody

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    May 1, 2008

    Dizzee Rascal

    Maths + English (Definitive Jux)

  • Music

    August 9, 2007

    Bad Girls Don't Cry

    Jamaica's new dancehall badass wants your attention

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    April 20, 2006
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    August 25, 2005

    Blues Notes

    Brush up on music history and music's future

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    June 2, 2005
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    February 3, 2005

    Get Hitched

    Gifts not required for Tony n' Tina's Wedding

  • Music

    January 20, 2005

    Pattern Recognition

    Mapping out the trends of 2005

  • News

    May 27, 2004

    Perfect Fit

    Four current and future SMU alums stitch together work, politics and the American dream

  • Culture

    April 1, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

  • Calendar

    January 1, 2004
  • Dining

    December 4, 2003

    Fish Play

    McCormick & Schmick's has great shucks, no jive

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    October 23, 2003
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    July 31, 2003
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    May 22, 2003

    Happy Medium

    Get mysticized at Pan American

  • Culture

    August 23, 2001

    End of the Road

    Thirty years later, Harry Belafonte finds closure in a once-lost project

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Happy Nappy Girls

    Getting their hair straightened for the first time was a rite of passage. But a group of Dallas women has found freedom in reclaiming nappier days.

  • Film

    December 3, 1998

    House of mirrors

    Ral Ruiz's stylish thriller gamely upends narrative conventions

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    August 13, 1998

    Groove's thang

    Terry McMillan's fantasy fluff offers escapist pleasures for all audiences

  • Music

    July 9, 1998
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    February 5, 1998

    No Doubt about it

    Hellcat Records keeps it real

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    January 1, 1998

    Rock and roll over

    In today's music business, tomorrow's revolution is yesterday's fad

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    July 25, 1996
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