Last year, first-time Denton festival Oaktopia delivered on content but not so much on attendance. As Aaron Ortega reported in November, the largest crowd was 200 or so, for the mighty Del the Funky Homosapien. You might suppose a festival that drew such a modest crowd last time would scale back a l ... More >>
As I watched a rather glowing and melodic performance by Black James Franco in the late evening at a fairly packed Hailey's, I pondered something: Why would a Dentonite attend a festival comprised mostly of artists and musicians who play somewhat regularly, sometimes for free, on any other given ni ... More >>
This Saturday, Deep Ellum will become a North Texas music family reunion for the Dallas Observer Music Showcase, with 58 bands on eight stages. The lineup ranges from experimental noise bands to hypnotic singer-songwriters. There are rappers playing damn near their first gigs and rock bands returnin ... More >>
We're a week and a half from the 25th Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase. On Saturday, November 2, more than 50 bands and artists nominated for this year's awards will play on eight stages in Deep Ellum. It starts at 6 p.m. and ends around 2 a.m., and now you can start planning your night. We'v ... More >>
Now for the fun part. On Saturday, November 2, the Dallas Observer Music Showcase will feature some 60 North Texas bands and artists, all nominees for our Music Awards, at several stages in Deep Ellum. Today, we've got (in alphabetical order), the first 40 bands you can expect to see that night. T ... More >>
For the 25th year, The Dallas Observer will honor the fine work of North Texas musicians (and a few behind-the-scenes people as well) with the Dallas Observer Music Awards. We've asked experts of all stripes to help us compile a list of the area's best talent in 40 categories, which you can see be ... More >>
This week brought us another local festival announcement when Prekindle went live for Oaktopia tickets. The brainchild of old friends Matt Battaglia and Corey Claytor, the fest is $10 and will take place on Saturday, November 16 across Denton's town square: Andy's, Hailey's, Banter, J&J's Pizza and ... More >>
If you haven't been able to tell yet from all of our Willie Nelson content on DC9 at Night this week, it's Willie Nelson Week here on the music blog! I know! We love him just as much as you do. But don't worry, we've got some other awesome options for the people who either can't make it out to see W ... More >>
And it brings many, many dick jokes with it.
The best band names play upon the pop cultural lexicon, using reference to convey attitude or sound. The best ones do so subtly or unexpectedly, turning injustices or misconceptions in on themselves. I've gathered the 10 most intriguing and kick-ass of the rowdy and reckless DFW band names as an exc ... More >>
Spring Breakers is Harmony Korine's most accessible -- and yet his most experimental -- movie yet.
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35 Denton fast approaches, and today our friends to the north just added a whopping 111 more bands to the bill. This batch is heavy on area bands, including big names like AD.d and The O's and some of our recent favorites such as Pinkish Black. Though there's a little bit of everything. Tickets are ... More >>
When Sean Parker was asked by David Kirkpatrick at a roundtable web summit how and why videos go viral, the Silicon Valley visionary shifted in his seat, nervously adjusting his tortoise shell-framed glasses and skinny tie. The Napster co-founder posited, "Videos go viral because people share them. ... More >>
I know it's only Tuesday, but this poster from Justin Blanks for White Denim's Thursday show reminds me of one of those coming-of-age movies from the '80s where a boy has a mythical, imaginary friend that helps him defeat a bully and learn the value of being himself. Let's ask Mr. Blanks what his in ... More >>
Liam Neeson has become quite the badass as of late (IMO he's always been a badass...Darkman!), with machismo roles in Batman Begins, The A-Team, and of course Taken, in which he kills, like, more than 50 dudes with his bare hands in a manner that would make even Jack Bauer think twice about crossing ... More >>
Anne Hathaway's star power can't light up middlebrow romance.
Ooking 'bout a revolution.
"I'm totally posting this on Myspace later."The word has gotten around quickly: Justin Timberlake was indeed among the investors that bought a stake in floundering social networking site Myspace this week. According to the press release from Specific Media, Timberlake's partners in this ventur ... More >>
Elaine LinerDTC artistic director Kevin Moriarty describes what he's looking for in the actress to play the Elizabeth Taylor character in Giant. Dallas Theater Center's artistic director Kevin Moriarty announced the company's 53rd season of shows today, and it includes a couple of giant productions ... More >>
10. Funny, but I don't think Justin Timberlake is Banksy. Is he? 9. As far as early-year Super Bowls of industries go, give me football (Super Bowl), followed by music (Grammys), auto racing (Daytona 500) and movies (Oscars). 8. Original score? Original song? Sound mixing? Sound editing? En ... More >>
Bone Marrow might be an intense choice for 127 Hours. Another idea, after the jump.As the Academy has expanded its list of Oscar nominees to a whopping 10 films, it's become harder for even interested movie fans to see every movie on the Best Picture roster. So City of Ate today presents an edibl ... More >>
The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association just released its year-end best-of list, with David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's Facebook film The Social Network coming out on top -- just as it had in the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review ... More >>
SMU will host a conversation with the director of the Academy Award-winning doc The Times of Harvey Milk next week at the AngelikaSMU sends words of a media and human rights symposium set for next week -- which includes a tribute to director Rob Epstein, two-time Oscar winner for co-directing the ... More >>
John Carlen with Sonny co-star Mena SuvariJohn Carlen does not rank among Hollywood's best-known screenwriters; though he'd been working in the business since 1978, when he served as a technical adviser on Ulu Grosbard's Straight Time, his most famous script was for Nic Cage's critically savaged ... More >>
Gus Van Sant delivers a timely reminder about intolerance
Rogen and Franco, on the run and madly in love in Pineapple Express
Overstuffed plot, empty action ruin Spidey's run
David Gordon Green, originally slated to direct Will Clarke's novel, is off to, uh, greener pastures. Ran into David Gordon Green the other day-- ya know, the Richardson-reared maker of such indie films as George Washington, All the Real Girls and the debuted-at-Sundance Snow Angels, starring Kate B ... More >>
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