• Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    The Best Texas Music Venues for Road Trippin'

    As you might have noticed, we're a bit obsessed with traveling here at the Observer. We've given you weekend getaways, food centered trips, and hidden road trips. So it was only a matter of time before we got in on the fun here at DC9. Being that we live and breathe Texas music, here are the 12 musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    William Clark Green is a Hidden Gem of Texas Country Music

    In terms of what is classified as country music, the definition seems to be expanding at a faster rate than ever. Southern rock, folk, and even hip hop have all recently cemented with Nashville artists that have historically been resistant to a whole lot of change. Fortunately, scenes cropped up acr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Celebrate Legendary Night Club the Red Jacket at Lizard Lounge This Sunday

    This Sunday, hundreds will flock to the Lizard Lounge in celebration of another historic Dallas nightclub, the Red Jacket. Though its time on the Dallas nightlife scene was short, it was well-known for its hospitality, innovative approach and popularity among celebrities. Housed on the developing Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Southwest Announces Three-Day Sale from Dallas, and This One Might Not Be Total B.S.

    It's hump day, people, so lose yourself in a fantasy of jetting off on a one-way flight to exotic Lubbock or Wichita, with one of Southwest Airlines' trademark ultra-cheap flights to ... somewhere. Southwest announced yesterday that it would be offering a three-day sale on tickets for as low as $4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Ronnie Sterling, the Assistant Principal Who's in a Metal Band

    Ronnie Sterling isn't your typical high school assistant principal. He's also a guitarist in Protest, a local band known for its "unrelenting, no bullshit metal onslaught on stage." It often comes as shock to students when they find out he plays in a metal band. "Wow, there's no way," they say. Afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Daniel Markham, One of DFW's Best Songwriters, Has Found a Way to Pay His Bills with Music, For Now

    Daniel Markham, with his shoulder length, straight brown hair and soft-spoken demeanor, is one of those rare breeds of cat who is both incredibly talented at his chosen craft of songwriting and sharply handsome, and were I a little farther toward the middle on the Kinsey scale, I'm sure I'd have a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Sean Baggins Did His Time in the Van Before Joining the House of Blues Staff

    Over the years, you may have seen Shawn Baggins alongside artists like The Agitators, Hagfish, REO Speedealer, Reverend Horton Heat, The Soup, The Toadies, Burden Brothers, The Beautiful, Bowling For Soup, The Red Bean Guys, Lone Star Trio, Cool Christine, Why Am I, Radied X, Grand Pricks, The Nerve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Wal-Mart Wins Texas Lawsuit Over Gender Discrimination

    Nearly a year and a half since the U.S. Supreme Court tossed a class action lawsuit filed by some 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees who say they hit a corporate glass ceiling, the plaintiffs hit a brick wall in Texas. Because the court ruled the women of Wal-Mart could not sue as a class, a num ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Lubbock County Judge: Complete Economic Collapse, Probably Not Civil War, if Obama Wins

    Lubbock County Judge Tom Head raised some eyebrows yesterday after he told a local TV station that the tax hike he was pushing for? Oh, it's just so the county can be prepared for when Obama, upon reelection, orders UN tanks into town and sparks a second civil war. In a rambling interview with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Lubbock County Judge Predicts Civil War if Obama is Re-elected, Proposes Tax Hike

    This has nothing to do with Dallas, except that Dallas and Lubbock are both in Texas, but a Friend of Unfair Park passed along an article from a local TV station about a proposed tax increase in Lubbock County. More specifically, it's about County Judge Tom Head's reasons for asking for a tax increa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Ume's Lauren Larson on the Band's Future and Getting a Mohawk in the Eye

    Might sound like skipping record coming from us, but Austin's Ume is back in town this weekend. And if you've never seen them play, do yourself a favor and see this trio. Frontwoman Lauren Larson, her husband, bassist Eric Larson, and drummer Rachel Fuhrer play the Ambhar Stage on Saturday afternoon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    A Lost Single About the "East Side of Dallas," Recorded by Buddy Holly's First Collaborator

    Via.​It took a couple of days to nail down, detective work in fits and starts with little to go on save for a blurry photo of an old label stumbled across on eBay. Not sure why exactly, but I got hooked on the hook. The title too: "East Side of Dallas," by Jack Neal. When I called him this afterno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Dallas is One Big Coronary Waiting to Happen

    FlickrPlease don't try to eat your monitor.​Just a head's up: The editors of Prevention Magazine think you're fat. In an article published on Yahoo, both Lubbock and Dallas landed among the top eight most artery-clogging cities in America, based on data culled from the Centers for Disease Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Q & A: Meredith Franco of The Coathangers Doesn't Like Being Compared to Other All-Female Acts and Actually Loves Lubbock

    Atlanta's The Coathangers are a confrontational quartet of ladies who play old-school punk with a modern vigor. This is one band where the limited instrumental skill of each member actually adds to the quality of the music. The Coathangers' most recent effort, Larceny & Old Lace, came out in Jun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Joe Ely Tells Us Why He's Now Satisfied At Last

    Joe Ely​At 64, Joe Ely is the elder statesman of Texas music. For over three decades, Ely has continuously released some of the most influential country-rock and folk albums around, inspiring and influencing bands as disparate as The Clash and Uncle Tupelo. Beginning his career in Lubbock while pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Craig James, Now a Hall-of-Famer (at SMU)

    ​I went over to The Hilltop's website this afternoon to look for something unrelated and espied this announcement: "SMU announces the newest inductees into its Athletics Hall of Fame." At the top of the pops: running back Craig James of the Pony ExcessExpress. No word whether his former agent, She ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Saudi Man Living in West Texas Arrested For "Attempted Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction"

    ​Moments ago, the Department of Justice announced that an investigation by the FBI's Dallas Joint Terrorism Task Force has led to the arrest of 20-year-old Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, who was born in Saudi Arabia but came to the United States in 2008 on a student visa so he could attend South Plains C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Poster Of The Week: Old 97's with Sorta & Thrift Store Cowboys, December 31, 2004

    ​Do not adjust your Internets: The date for this week's poster is correct. From now on, during weeks like this one, where the pickings are slim for poster submissions, we've elected to reach into the archives and find an oldie-but-goody. If you guys don't want to peer into the past, then get a mov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Yesterday's Cry Was But One of Many Great Days in Randy Neugebauer History

    McBloggerRep. Randy Neugebauer and some friend of his​First we didn't know who shouted "Baby Killer!" at Rep. Bart Stupak last night, during the health care debate. Joe Barton knew, but he wasn't talking. Then, we found out: It was Lubbock's own Rep. Randy Neugebauer, which, according to Jim anywa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    The Texas Red Legs Win First Leg Of Shiner Rising Star Contest

    An artist's rendering of Richard Davis, last seen somewhere between Plano and Lubbock.​Last week, I blogged about how one of my favorite local alt-country acts, The Texas Red Legs, were competing in the most recent installment of the Shiner Rising Star Contest.Well, lo and behold, Richard Davis an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    The Texas Red Legs Competing in Shiner Records Contest

    In the past couple of years, two of our area's best alt-country acts, Darryl Lee Rush and Somebody's Darling have been the recipients of a free album recording session, care of the fine folks at Shiner Records. This honor was bestowed upon them once they'd won the annual Shiner Rising Star battle of ... More >>

  • Music

    April 16, 2009

    The Texas Red Legs

    Rattlesnake Inn (Self-released)

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Bonus MP3: The Texas Red Legs -- "Long Way to Lubbock"

    Rattlesnake Inn, the full-length debut from The Texas Red Legs, recently hit the streets, and the North Texas quartet has kindly offered up a fine cut from the album for your listening pleasure. Check it out...Bonus mp3: The Texas Red Legs -- "Long Way to Lubbock"Very reminiscent of The Band and Dyl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Pray for Rain

    In his January Climatic Bulletin, published earlier this month, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon documented Texas's "extraordinarily dry" and "unseasonably warm" January -- and warned of more months just like it to come "as La Nina conditions begin to develop in the Pacific Ocean." Last week, ... More >>

  • News

    October 2, 2008

    Soldier Suicides

    Two Texas brothers fall in the war on terror—one in combat, one by his own hand

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2008
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    May 5, 2008

    Parade Of Flesh, CEX And Ecstatic Sunshine Try To ‘Peg’ Kettle Date

    The maybe-show's poster. The promoter behind Parade of Flesh was all set to bring Baltimore’s Ecstatic Sunshine and CEX, to Kettle Art Gallery in Dallas next Saturday night, but it looks like there's been some confusion. The Myspace page schedules for both Ecstatic Sunshine and Cex show the gig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2008

    Eric Clapton Covers Buddy Holly

    ...oh, oh, and you're Mary Tyler Moore. If anyone knows Maria Elena Holly, the widow of Buddy who happens to live in the Turtle Creek area, they might wanna pass along this exceptional find: Eric Clapton covering the Lubbock legend's immortal songs "Maybe Baby" and "Peggy Sue," both of which have n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2008
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    January 18, 2008
  • Calendar

    September 6, 2007

    Dust Bowlin' Daddy

    Terry Allen plays the Sons

  • Calendar

    February 15, 2007
  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Thriftstore Cowboys

    Friday, January 26, at the AllGood Café

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2006

    Boo! It's the Dixie Chicks!

    The Dixie Chicks doc, Shut Up & Sing, opens locally in a couple of weeks; I know, yer thrilled. Till then, there's this from New York magazine's latest issue concerning Chick Natalie Maines and her hometown of Lubbock; seems she ain't too popular there, can't imagine why. But we're a little confused ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2006

    C'mon, but Lubbock?

    So, Southern Methodist University and the University of Dallas are still in the running for the George W. Bush Presidential Library (and, look, I could probably fit that thing in the closet with all my comic books and old porn). Texas Tech University ain't. I didn't really think that would come as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2006

    T.O. or Not T.O.?

    Jerry Jones is in the Caribbean. Bill Parcells is in Florida. Terrell Owens is in limbo. And every Cowboys fan is in the dark. If you watched KLBK-Channel 13 in Lubbock this morning, you're sure Owens signed a multi-year contract with the Cowboys late Thursday night and that a press conference is fo ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 16, 2006

    Red Sea Scroll

    How do restaurants build a wine list?

  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    Wade Bowen

    Saturday, March 18, at Gilley's

  • Film

    April 21, 2005

    Days of Thunder

    Some Dirt and a Crash highlight the eclectic 35th USA Film Festival

  • Music

    May 30, 2002

    Ain't Enough

    Terry Allen on everything, including baseball, passion and the art of epic lying

  • Music

    September 13, 2001

    Scene, Heard

    Getting some closure

  • Music

    March 18, 1999

    Terry saves

    Lubbock-born sculptor-songwriter finally finds a little Salivation

  • Dining

    June 25, 1998
  • News

    November 13, 1997
  • Calendar

    August 29, 1996
  • Music

    June 27, 1996

    The maitre d' of R&B

    Elvis T. Busboy drives his soul train into the future

  • Music

    May 9, 1996
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    December 21, 1995
  • Music

    August 24, 1995

    Dust and wind

    Joe Ely sends a sad, beautiful Letter to Laredo

  • News

    February 9, 1995

    Let them cast ballots

    Why can't citizens vote on new arena?

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