Lauren Booth

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    The Black Keys Coming to American Airlines Center in November

    Ohio duo and multiple Grammy winners the Black Keys are preparing to drop a new album next week, titled Turn Blue. From the time it was announced, Blue, the band's eighth album together, has been the crux of a slightly bizarre promotional campaign: first, its release was announced via Mike Tyson's T ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 12, 2013
  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, November 21 to 27

    Ugh, next week is going to be gross. Not only are you going to be about 10 pounds heavier from gorging yourself on holiday fare, exhausted from all the passive-aggressive family drama shooting across the dinner table and just all around grumpy from your Black Friday sleep deprivation, but also the c ... More >>

  • Film

    November 7, 2013
  • Calendar

    October 24, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Football, Barbecue and TacoCon: This Week In Dallas Dining

    There is an undeniable energy that props of the spirits of humans across the country as the first week of September comes to pass. Last night, the NFL kicked off the months-long saga that is beer, chicken wing and nachos season and it's time to rejoice. If you're not a fan, there's always salads. Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    The Recession's Most Elaborate Marijuana-Growing/Mortgage-Fraud Scheme is Officially Over

    The collapse of the U.S. housing bubble wreaked tremendous amounts of misery on homeowners, who suddenly discovered that they owed more on their mortgages than their houses were worth, or found themselves in overbuilt and mostly vacant subdivisions, or could no longer afford ballooning mortgage paym ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    In Texas, a Golden Age for Smoked Meat

    There's a barbecue revolution afoot. Put a tiara on that slab of meat and give it a dozen roses. Barbecue is the new beauty queen in the culinary world. For many of us, smoked meat is as right as being born a Texan, or getting here as soon as you could. Brisket and ribs are clogging our veins and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Globe-Trotting Banana Car Survived Yesterday's Deadly Storms Under a Tarp in Dallas

    First, a bit of background. There's a giant banana-shaped car making its way across the country right now. It's official name is the Big Banana Car, and it's the brainchild of a Brit named Steve Braithwaite who, along with his brother, is "making a documentary film about building a huge banana car a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    The Five Best Songs Protesting Margaret Thatcher's Policies

    Update: Judy Garland's "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" is forecast to be #1 on the British charts on Sunday, the day the official charts are released. I'm not even shitting you. This means that it will end up being played on Radio 1's Sunday Chart Show. Radio 1 is a Government-owned broadcaster. Can y ... More >>

  • Film

    March 21, 2013

    The Spring Breakification of the Disney Princess Complex

    Spring Breakers is Harmony Korine's most accessible -- and yet his most experimental -- movie yet.

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Eden's Shameful Pass at "High Tea" Tempts an Englishman to Sin

    Sometimes a brisket-loving expatriate Brit just needs a taste of home, so we've sent our Englishman in BBQ Sauce on a trek to sample Dallas' version of cream tea. We hope Anglo-American relations will withstand the stress. Deep down, I knew that Maudee's, with its understanding of appropriate tea a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Five Awesome UK Rock Bands That Never Made it in the US

    While the UK-US flow of music has become more than the steady one-way stream of US rock of the last two decades (presumably thanks to the internet), I've noticed you enjoy importing our wimpiest bands, like the dull drone of Mumford and Sons or the operatic cock-rock of Muse. Here are some UK bands, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Pay Now, Eat Later: A Brit's Revolutionary Path to BBQ Riches

    Editor's note: To spare you the suspense -- and possible expense -- we're just going let you know upfront: Gavin here is talking about North Main BBQ, 406 North Main St., Euless. So, please, no matter how often he asks -- and that will be often -- do not send him cash, checks, bank account informati ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 29, 2012
  • Dining

    November 29, 2012
  • Film

    November 22, 2012

    Christ, It's Another Red Dawn

    North Koreans (and audiences) go home unhappy.

  • Film

    October 11, 2012

    Wuthering Heights: Black Like Me

    Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Brontë braves lines of color

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    An Englishman Says Dat Really is Some Good BBQ Up in Lewisville, By Jove.

    This week, recently re-documented alien Gavin rolls with the chaps in Lewisville, where he recovers from his Dickey's experience with some deliciousness at Dat's Good BBQ. For those of you who haven't ventured up into the frozen northern reaches of the metro area (it's like how I imagine life is no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    The Secret Chain Restaurant and Fast-Food Shame of an Englishman

    You see all those chain restaurants, Dallas? All those bright shiny lights, beckoning you in to eat products of a questionable providence at a price so reasonable there's no need to go home and time-consumingly construct a meal for your baying, hungry, ungrateful family? You grew up around them (the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    T. Tex Edwards Digs Up John Fahey, The Hangmen

    We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don't even care if it's good, we just want to know what the music community has been obsessing over, playing on repeat, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Olympics in England, SNACK on Henderson and A Hot Mess: This Week in Dallas Eats

    The opening ceremonies have just kicked off, and the Olympics are under way. Seems like a good time to check in with our resident Brit for his primer on food from the other side of the pond. While most of the dishes Gavin Cleaver listed are impossible to find here in Dallas, you can find some decent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    The Stoner Movie That Wasn't: Five Indicted in Mortgage-Fraud/Pot-Selling Scheme

    Two brothers, the (now ex) wife of one brother, and a British dude hatch a plan. Playing on their collective entrepreneurial spirit, they'll start a company. They'll market it as a foreclosure rescue service -- you know, to help people. Anyone in danger of foreclosure can call them, then they'll ren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    The British Beverage Co. Invades Uptown This Fall

    Anglophiles rejoice -- Uptown will soon be home to another den of fish and chips and football. (And by football, we mean soccer.) Owners Larry Martin and Edgar Carlson, who are also behind the chain Sherlock's Baker Street Pub, will open the British Beverage Co. in the Quadrangle at 2800 Routh St. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Beneath The Dead Eyes: Two Writers Correspond Via Letters About Boy Bands

    Welcome to Dear Audra/Dear Hunter, where Audra Schroeder and Hunter Hauk correspond through a series of dramatic letters about pop culture that flummoxes us, like we're Marlene Dietrich and Noël Coward. Dear Audra, I don't know if I can handle it again. I've been seeing headlines to the effect o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Young The Giant, The David Mayfield Parade and This Weekend's Best Shows

    ​It's a weekend full of some pretty good shows and some pretty bad ones too. One of the biggest bills is Young The Giant and Grouplove at The Prophet Bar. If you didn't already get tickets, it's sold out. Check the print section for previews of Pinkish Black and Nervous Curtains at Lola's and Ed S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    GCB Can't Be That Over-The-Top

    Yeah, OK, OK, I get that GCB is going to be a send-up of drunk bitchy Christian women in the Park Cities. I'm all for that. I just hope the comedic voice of the TV series doesn't serve to obscure the fact that it's true. Alan Peppard had a funny piece in The Dallas Morning News yesterday about all ... More >>

  • Film

    December 22, 2011

    We Bought a Zoo: Not for Cynical Beasts

    Matt Damon needs your love.

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Get To Know Your DOMAXXIII Nominees: Best Indie Act, Best Jazz Act, Best Latin/Tejano Act

    ​Welcome to our 2011 Dallas Observer Music Awards breakdown, wherein we'll use the weeks leading up to the DOMA showcases on Saturday, October 15 (which is also when voting ends), to explain the nominees in each category Today, we look at the nominees in the Best Indie Act, Best Jazz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Picking Apart The Dallas Morning News' Smug Sense of Its Own Virtue

    ​Quite a bit of chest-puffing harrumphing holier-than-thou going on over at The Dallas Morning News editorial page today, with a self-congratulatory ditty about that dirty Rupert Murdoch, about those nasty dirty Brit tabloids and about how happy the News is with itself for being ... well ... y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Last Night: Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj at the American Airlines Center

    Britney Spears, Nicki NinajAmerican Airlines CenterJuly 12, 2011Better than: most shows by folks who actually sing, dance and write their own music. Mike MezeulIt's Britney, bitch. For more photos from last night's performance, check out the slideshow.​ Here's the thing about Britney: She's a med ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Before He Celebrates 17 Years of Hosting The Adventure Club, Josh Venable Looks At Its Past

    Josh Venable​Halfway through our talk with KDGE-102.1 FM The Edge radio host Josh Venable, he excuses himself from the conversation."Hold on for one second, I've got to do a break real fast," he says, before pausing to clear his throat as the last notes of Jane's Addiction's "Jane Says" play in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    The Problem With... Jessie J's "Price Tag"

    In the last quarter, we've seen a handful of British artists arrive at the top of American charts. We've had Adele, with her soul sound that draws in people over 30. Ellie Goulding, too, with her hipster-approved Swedish bicycle. Rapper Tinie Tempah, meanwhile, has doled out some Yeezy-tier producti ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2011
  • Music

    March 31, 2011

    Kirby Brown

    Child Of Calamity (Self-released)

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Listomania: The Ten Best Bands That Might Actually Be Cults

    Listen: When you all wear the same uniform, people are gonna accuse you of being a cult.​There are plenty of bands over the years who have used the word "cult" in their names. From '70s hard rockers Blue Oyster Cult to '80s Brit rockers The Cult to '90s art rockers Cloud Cult to current indie darl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Bonus MP3: Kirby Brown -- "No, MY Generation"

    Jim WallKirby Brown​In the paper version of DC9 that will be distributed around town later today, Daniel Hopkins takes a long, hard look at Child of Calamity, the two-years-in-the-making debut, full-length release from folksy local roots rocker Kirby Brown, who will celebrate the release of his ne ... More >>

  • Music

    November 25, 2010

    Les Americains

    Les Americains (Self-released)

  • Music

    November 11, 2010

    Mission To The Sea

    Tranquilo Self Released

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Today In Music News: Britney Tweets, 50 Cent Drinks, Lance Bass Dreams and Kelly Clarkson Beams

    Your daily dose of national music news for Tuesday, January 6, 2009... Someone hacked into Britney Spears' Twitter account to let the world know that her cooter is four feet wide and has teeth. Yikes! TMI, Brit! 50 Cent has been signed by a liquor company to help market their cognac.&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008

    In Plano Tomorrow: A Beauty Pageant, a Brit and the BBC

    I know you already knew this, but a reminder: The Flower Power Beauty Pageant's taking place tomorrow in Plano, and it promises to be a glorious occasion filled with little miss sunshines from all over. There's even a contestant coming all the way from England -- and she's bringing with her a BBC ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2007

    Last Night: The Hold Steady at Palladium Ballroom

    The Hold Steady with Art Brut and 1990s Nov. 14, 2007 The Palladium Ballroom Better than: Watching the Project Runway premiere. Big time. Download: Watch our video of The Hold Steady from last night's show at the end of the review. Or just check out the slideshow. Review: As a brisk change in we ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 8, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 27, 2007

    Free Midlake

    Over at The Downloader, an on-the-up-and-up Brit-based music giveaway site, Bella Union's making available today an "exclusive remix" of Midlake's so-called "calling card," the indie more-or-less-hit "Roscoe." (It's Erol Alkan's dreamy-trancy "Beyond The Wizards Sleeve" remix, which has floated arou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2007

    Celebrity Secrets and Other Stuff You Already Knew

    Nick Redfern's a Brit living among us, penning tales of little green men and big dead comedians. I will be enjoying me some jury duty this morning at the George Allen. (Guilty! They're all guilty!) I mention this only to plug my choice of reading material, which I got in the mail yesterday: a Pocket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2006

    Show Up, 8/11-8/12

    You read it here first: Thesis is gonna be huge. (Just in case.) Friday: Already said it in this week's And Another Thing column, but I can't impress upon you enough how exciting a prospect Thesis is to the city's R&B/neo-soul scene. Her demos are nothing compared to her live show, backed by one hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2006

    Does It Make Her "Blue"?

    LeAnn Rimes is all grown up and ready to disco all the way to England. The other day I was browsing the import section at Tower Records and stumbled across something that had a decidedly homegrown flavor: the new LeAnn Rimes album, Whatever We Wanna. It was a little odd to see the former sweetheart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2006

    Another Brick in the Wall of Sound Preview

    Red Monroe (Dallas): After I first saw Red Monroe in concert more than a year ago, I begged then-music editor Sarah Hepola to lemme say something--anything--about the impressive show. Her section was already filled up for the week, she said, but she had room for a short blurb (scroll to bottom). It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2006

    Debbie Still Does Dallas

    Today, Docurama releases on DVD the disappointing, underwhelming doc called Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered, which, alas, does not live up to its billing; my mom has more titillating stuff in her collection. (S'what my dad says.) Originally titled The Curse of Debbie Does Dallas, this overwrought mini- ... More >>

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