Last night in Houston two masked men, armed with a revolver and a shotgun, stormed a Denny's and raided the cash register. The same scene has played out on security footage at dozens of Houston-area IHOPs and Denny's, albeit occasionally with bloodshed. Houston police officer James Taylor, testifyi ... More >>
I was not alive when James Taylor and his self-reflective brand of folk music were most popular. For my entire life, Taylor has been touring the country playing songs that are as familiar to my grandparents as they are to me. My own first experience with James Taylor was finding an old copy of Sweet ... More >>
Happy Friday, folks. If you haven't already made plans via the Elm St. Tattoo Festival, which already has two nights under its belt this week, then you'll definitely benefit from this collection of great shows this weekend. Sure, the likelihood of you getting a tattoo lowers exponentially if you att ... More >>
Now that the excitement of the record-setting George Strait sendoff is behind us, you'd think this week would be all about the comedown here in North Texas. Not even. The next seven days have great shows happening every night of the week. It helps, of course, that Elm St. Music and Tattoo Fest kicks ... More >>
Thoughtful and meticulous, the songs of singer/songwriter David Wilcox belie their simple presentation. For the better part of three decades, Wilcox has been touring the States playing just about any coffee house that would have him. Wilcox hit his commercial peak with 1989's How Did You Find Me Her ... More >>
There's something fascinating and a little frightening about putting together a playlist for an event that is not you sitting in front of your computer in a bathrobe, refreshing Twitter. All the things you take for granted in the music you enjoy--the little background flourishes that charmed you onc ... More >>
Ed Spoto helms Crossroads Audio, which provides many of the mics, PAs, lighting systems and rigs you see at local shows and festivals. Locally, his client list includes acts like Bowling For Soup, Erykah Badu, The Denton Blues Festival and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Nationally, Spoto, his wife ... More >>
Courtesy of our sister paper up in New York.Ten years ago today, three days after the September 11 attacks, Clear Channel sent out a mass email to its over 1,000 affiliate stations. The email included a list of songs with lyrics and/or titles that Clear Channel considered questionable in the wake ... More >>
One week ago today, the union representing Southwest Airlines' flight attendants threatened to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after it became public that a pilot had taken to the airwaves to broadcast his ... let's say ... dissatisfaction with the quality of the ... More >>
A fairly packed Wednesday night of music awaits the discerning listener who wishes to venture out this evening. Oh, and Charlie Sheen will be winning with tiger blood at the AAC tonight, too.
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we meet some of the people behind the local music scene -- those who aren't necessarily members of local bands, but more the people who make the scene move.Brian LoweAs a talent buyer at the House of Blues, Brian Lowe's kind of the definition of a behind ... More >>
Been feeling awful nostalgic for KZEW in recent days -- maybe it has to do with the latest eff-you over on 93.3; maybe it stemmed from catching a vintage clip last week on The Ticket, where someone had dug up Mike Rhyner talking media-league softball way back when. So, of course, I visited The Zo ... More >>
There are so many options for music lovers this weekend that it's almost overwhelming. Remember, back in the days when you used to go to video stores to rent movies, how it felt to just stare at the cases with no idea what you wanted to watch, and there were so many choices that you got a headache b ... More >>
A Friend of Unfair Park sends along this item from Jalopnik, with the caveat, that, look, it may not be real, but at least it's real interesting. Fair enough. The road-and-tracking blog reports that it received an e-mail from a Dallas cabbie offering his services -- guy by the name of James Taylor, ... More >>
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