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    May 29, 2014

    Taco Bell Has a New Cool Ranch Doritos Taco, and It's One of the Weirdest Things I've Eaten

    Taco Bell's newest thing is the Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco, and at this point we've strayed so far from the world of actual food that we're in some Jim Henson-like fantasy land. Just saying the full name of the taco in the drive-through felt like I was asking for the delivery of som ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    New California Law Requires Cooks To Wear Gloves: Always

    You've undoubtedly seen them -- when you request guacamole on your Chipotle burrito, or when you ask for a sprinkle of bacon bits on your salad at Greenz - vinyl, food safe gloves covering the sweating skin of a food worker's hands. The visual is in no way attractive but the gloves are required he ... More >>

  • Film

    January 9, 2014

    Her's (Still) Still Here

    Rebounding from a movie that pissed off and confused America, Joaquin Phoenix gives one of his best performances in Spike Jonze’s Her

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Five Things You Will Find at Every Massive Pop Show

    Earlier this week Justin Timberlake took his immaculately conceived three-hour extravaganza to American Airlines Center. It was the perfect pop show, utterly devoid of commentary -- just the larger-than-live presence of a star and his silky-smooth musical meal. Lest we sound disparaging here, it sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    GWAR Plans Their Super Bowl Halftime Show: "Among the First to Die Would Be the Officials."

    Recently a petition to have GWAR play the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show went live on It's gotten nearly 46,000 signatures, but let's be honest: Even if it had 46 million, we doubt the NFL would let the costumed metallers perform on its biggest event of the year. (Too much blood on the c ... More >>

  • Film

    September 19, 2013
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    September 6, 2013

    Brains, Raw Beef and (Ahem) Cottage Cheese: The Foods That Pro Food Critics Won't Eat

    Earlier this week, The Times published a series of videos documenting the inner brain happenings of some of the country's most respected food journalists. The publication's last five critics answered questions about dining under the radar, assigning restaurant stars, most hated adjectives (they're n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Should Vegans Care that They Live Near Former Vegans?

    Eating vegan is hard. It takes dedication to strictly adhere to any diet, especially one that cuts out big bricks of the food pyramid. It can be hard to eat vegan and stick to a healthy, balanced diet, and scientists are split on whether or not simply removing animal protein makes a diet automatical ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    Ten Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: June 20-26

    I'm not gonna lie, you guys, Robert Plant is one of my longtime idols, so anything below the blurb that Gavin Cleaver wrote below about him and his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, is purely filler (KIDDING!). The important thing here is that Robert Plant is legend. He is coming to town. An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Why Are Old-School Electronic Artists Annoyed With EDM?

    Broadly speaking, if you're an electronic music fan over 40, you probably dig Danny Tenaglia more than Skrillex. And chances are, if you're a Skrillex fan under the age of 30, you're like, "Who the hell is Danny Tenaglia?" Coachella 2013 exemplified the generation gap in the world of dance music. ... More >>

  • News

    January 10, 2013

    Rage Against the Machinima

    As YouTube becomes increasingly wealthy, its stars and the networks that contract with them battle for money and creative control.

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    January 4, 2013

    Here Are the Songs They Play at a Middle School Dance

    Last Friday, Voice Media Group announced the winners of their first music writing awards. This winning piece by Shea Serrano first appeared on L.A. Weekly's West Coast Sound music blog. By Shea Serrano 1:04 pm: In about 25 minutes, I'm going to be chaperoning a middle school dance. The dance is fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Announcing the Winners of the First Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

    Each week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best music writing in the country. That's why we're excited to announce the winners of our first VMG music writing awards. The honor goes to the authors of one blog post and one print pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Shea Serrano's Rap Coloring Book To Become Real Book You Can Buy

    Shea Serrano, whose name you may have seen in our sister papers L.A. Weekly and Houston Press, has been responsible for some of this year's finest music writing. This piece, in which he chronicles the night he chaperoned a middle school dance, may be the high point, mainly for this passage: 1:08: O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    The 10 Best Metal Songs of 2012

    Compiling a list of the best metal songs of the Apocalypse nearly drove us insane, especially when the tiny devils swarmed our offices, screaming, "We said Warbeast, assholes!" But we ignored their irritating voices and came up with a list that would make David Letterman's original body turn over in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    What The Hell Is Trap Music?

    By Rebecca Haithcoat You may have heard the term "trap music." You may even realize that what people are calling "trap music" today, which sounds a whole lot like dubstep, is not necessarily what people were calling "trap music" a few years ago. So, what the hell is trap music? Not too long ago, ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    The Dallas Observer Has New Owners; Village Voice Media, Backpage Split

    The longtime owners of the Dallas Observer have sold the paper and its 12 Village Voice Media sister publications to a group of VVM executives, creating a new holding company and cutting ties with, the controversial classified advertising company. So: We have new owners, but the same o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Listen To This: Arkansas Bo's Natural State of Mind

    LA Weekly music editor and Southern hip-hop encyclopedia Ben Westhoff brought Marlon Jennings, aka Arkansas Bo, to my attention a few months ago, and pointed me in the direction of this profile from 2010. I've been jamming last year's Natural State of Mind on and off since then, and was pleasantly s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2012

    EDC 2012: Calvin Harris Plays CDs of Himself Singing

    Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died. This time around fans are more sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2012

    EDC Vegas Pulls Plug on Music Due to High Winds

    [Update at 2:48 a.m]: Also see: - Slide show: Electric Daisy Carnival 2012: Day One - Slide show: Electric Daisy Carnival: More From Day One - Slide show: Electric Daisy Carnival 2012: Day Two EDC is over for the night. Organizers are waiting for crowds to thin out before making an official anno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2012

    EDC 2012: House Music Beef With DJ Sneak Plays Out in Steve Angello's DJ Set

    In early spring, a Twitter beef erupted between DJ Sneak, a Chicago house music legend, and Steve Angello, one-third of the DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia. Sneak called SHM's music "fake shit" and said they "do not play house music" -- as in, real house music. On Friday, in front of a huge crow ... More >>

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    June 9, 2012

    EDC 2012: Coachella or Electric Daisy Carnival: Which One is Better?

    See also: Our Complete Coachella Coverage Dance music is coming to an arena near you: Kaskade will be the first DJ ever to play Staples Center (July 27). And mainstream concert promoters such as Live Nation are diving into the electronic dance explosion. Electric Daisy Carnival, which is being hel ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, our indefatigable music critic staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests, to down-right lame. Below, you'll find their submissio ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    The Sad State of the Dallas Doughnut

    Like many food writers I'm sure, I've been watching Pulitzer-winning Jonathan Gold's transition from the LA Weekly to the Los Angeles Times closely. The death of the star system at the daily publication has gotten a lot of attention, too, but it's Gold's first blog post that has invoked deep introsp ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    10 Albums That Cure a Bad Hangover

    LA WeeklyOh, sweet relief!​There are few things that cure day-after-drinking hell better than a Bloody Mary. It's got to be a salad in a glass for the really bad ones, when you feel heavy at the forehead like a sledgehammer. Obviously, there's a number of additional things you can do for yours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    City of Ate is the First Loser in the Association of Food Journalists Awards

    Scott was really hoping for first place.​The Association of Food Journalists met in South Carolina over the weekend, presumably engaging in heated debates over critic anonymity and restaurant-review waiting periods and whether a large slab of bacon should be carved into Mount Rushmore. (Of cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Food-Truck Porn: An Idea Made for Dallas

    ​It's a tough job, but food news is food news. The sequel to The Flying Pink Pig, a food truck parody and porn film, will hit the shelves August 30. The movie took an interesting turn after media coverage exploded surrounding allegations that Joe Kim, the owner of the truck featured in the fil ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Erykah Badu Responds to D.O.C.'s Comments On Their Relationship, Future Reality Show

    Erykah Badu and The D.O.C.​ In last week's print edition, we ran a piece by noted hip-hop scribe/LA Weekly music editor/longtime Observer contributor Ben Westhoff that plays catch-up The D.O.C., perhaps Dallas' greatest hip-hop export -- and greatest hip-hop curio -- of all-time. It was a great pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    A Year Later, Family Says a 22-Year-Old Died After 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival in Dallas

    Jesse Morales was 22 years old.​Four days after 19-year-old Argyle native Andrew Graf died after attending Electric Daisy Festival at Fair Park, another family is stepping forward to share the story of 22-year-old Jesse Morales, who they say died due to similar circumstances in the wake of 2010's ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    A Second Death Related to the 2011 Electric Daisy Carnival in Dallas?

    ​More news this afternoon about the 2011 Electric Daisy Carnival that took place this past weekend at Fair Park in Dallas: The Dallas Morning News and sister paper LA Weekly report that a 22-year-old named Kyle Raymond Haigis died late on Sunday morning after being struck by a tractor-trailer. Hai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    What Food Words Do You Want to See Go Away?

    So, what's your freakin' problem with unctuous, Brooke?​I have the palate of an 11-year-old with a badly burned tongue, so I don't get to write many food reviews. Once, I wrote about a really good sandwich. Another time, I reviewed a spicy tea. Neither of them required adjectives besides "good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Smashing Pumpkins Debut Exclusive New Track on DC9 Sister Site West Coast Sound

    ​For almost two years now, the Smashing Pumpkins (in which the still-hairless Billy Corgan remains the lone original member) has been releasing tracks off of their online album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, one song at a time, on various music blogs, beginning with 2009's release of "A Song for a S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Fifty Sixty's Sara Johannes Lands High in LA

    Sara Johannes​While all the recent dining news has revolved around chef departures -- Pegasus News' Teresa Gubbins, who deserves some sort of spa treatment this weekend, scored a scoop trifecta with the revelations that Tiffany Derry, Sharon Hage and Dan Landsberg were all moving on -- our sis ... More >>

  • News

    July 22, 2010
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    February 22, 2010

    Vinnie Paul Promises New Cookbook In 2010

    ​Our sister paper out in Los Angeles checked in with Arlington's own Vincent Paul Abbott over the weekend as the Pantera/Hellyeah drummer stopped off in the City of Angels as part of Revolver magazine's Golden Gods Awards nomination party.And, just as Jesse Hughey and I learned last time we stoppe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Giveaway: Five Pairs Of Tickets To Catch Bonnie "Prince" Billy at The Granada Theater Tomorrow Night

    Admiral Wiley BallsOh, Will Oldham, you're so adorable. In this week's paper, you'll see a profile of Bonnie "Prince" Billy (nee Will Oldham) penned by my LA Weekly counterpart Randall Roberts, who had the pleasure of joining the reclusive Mr. Oldham for drinks a few weeks back at an LA hotel. The ... More >>

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    March 28, 2009

    The Bomb Squad: Some Suggestions for Your AFI Dallas Film Fest Saturday Sked

    Last night at the AMC NorthPark, where he accepted the AFI Dallas Star Award following a screening of Chinatown, the film's writer, Robert Towne, spoke of how films were once the place where audiences and filmmakers met to share their stories. In the 1930s and '40s, he said, those who made the movie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Dora's Crying. Mommy, Make it Stop.

    On Page 13A of Your Morning Paper is Dora the Explorer, crying all over a full-page ad that screams: "Time Warner Cable is Taking Dora Off the Air Tonight! Along with 19 of your favorite channels!" Which is a bit of a stretch. Spike? Please. MTV? Since when? 1985? TV Land? Since when? 1966? OK, thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2008

    Hitsville: The Year in Music, by the Numbers

    You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barriers in 2008 were de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Dance Albums of 2008

    Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    Maxine Lives!

    Shortly after the Dallas Observer launched in 1980, Marian Henley's comic strip Maxine became a weekly feature, almost as popular as the personals. The Dallas native's strip, featuring her alternately giddy and neurotic alter-ego, wound up becoming a national hit: In time it would spread to the LA W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008

    My Morning Jacket's Palladium Date Officially Announced

    OK, so this isn't really news, per se--anyone who's been to the Palladium recently has seen this on the venue's TV screens--but My Morning Jacket, who our sister paper LA Weekly just deemed the "best live band in the world," officially announced today its upcoming August 23 show at the Palladium Bal ... More >>

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    January 28, 2008

    Over The Weekend: Hooch and Pooch, Keller Williams, Van Halen and Sundance

    This weekend was a blur – the good kind. There was drinking, dogs, dancing and, oh yeah, Diamond Dave. Dig in: Hooch and Pooch by Kitchen Dog Theater Jay Breaux, Laura Sears and Lee Trull at Hooch and Pooch. Check out 20 photos from the party. (Melanie Gomez) The folks at Kitchen Dog Theater we ... More >>

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    November 16, 2007
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    November 9, 2007
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    May 17, 2006

    Goodbye, Art. Hello, Commerce.

    Take a good look at the MADI Museum. It may not be around much longer. If you were to visit the Web site of Kilgore & Kilgore, PLLC--the 58-year-old law film specializing in, among other things, cases dealing with intellectual property and personal-injury class actions--you will see seven serious-lo ... More >>

  • Film

    October 13, 2005

    Keira Get Your Gun

    Domino chronicles the life of a model turned bounty hunter

  • Music

    July 31, 2003
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    June 13, 2002

    A River Runs Through Him

    Lewis MacAdams comes home for WordSpace

  • Music

    October 7, 1999

    War in peace

    Skip Spence recorded one brilliant album, then spent the next 30 years dying in obscurity. Now, a tribute album is giving him life again.