After falling in and out of various New York City punk bands, Kassia Conway started expanding her musical horizons. The first thing was a move to Los Angeles and the next was a revitalization of her songwriting process. Bringing to fore her love of hip hop and electronica, Conway formed the band of ... More >>
One thing I have discovered since moving to America, besides that pile of barbecue I consumed last year, is just how amazing Vietnamese coffee is. The one above is from Pho Bistro in Carrollton, at 3052 Old Denton Rd, but they're the same all over. It's basically one of the most delicious things ima ... More >>
Oswald: The Actual Interrogation rejiggers history into a tight, taut drama.
Maybe Rick Perry's "come check out Texas" campaign is really paying off. According to Austin360.com, Union Square Hospitality Group has announced their first ever restaurant opening in Austin in late 2014. Which means Texas is getting its very first Shake Shack. Shake Shack is famous not just for ... More >>
The remaking of SMU basketball with the game's most persistent coach.
All That Remains.All That Remains, like their peers in Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall and Unearth, keep the flame of modern metal burning. Clearly influenced by '90s European metal but filtered through an American hardcore sensibility, the Springfield, Massachusetts, quintet makes their seco ... More >>
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. Jeff JacobsJeff Jacobs, a fairly recent transplant from Chicago, spends ... More >>
Since I'm out on vacation next week let me get to this Fourth of July tradition a little early: Happy Birthday, America. Our country turns the ripe old age of 235 on Monday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I'll make time this weekend remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to have a ... More >>
Happy Birthday, America. Like tonight's July 5th fireworks show in Dallas, it's better late than never. Right? Our country turned the ripe old age of 234 on Sunday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I tried to spend some time remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to ha ... More >>
We'd been wondering when Erykah Badu would schedule a hometown performance in support of her new album, New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh. Earlier this week, when Badu announced her tour schedule, we got our answer: She'll be playing the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie on June 14. After the ... More >>
10. Decided to take a day off today. At least from 105.3 The Fan. I'm working on a cover story for next week's Dallas Observer, plus I've contracted some ornery strand of the common cold that has me so congested that diced jalapenos taste like nothing but texture. Seeing that I spent ... More >>
One of my best friends.Yes indeed, I'm looking at you Westminster Dog Show. One of the weirdest events of the year went down last night in New York as 15,000 packed Madison Square Garden to look at dogs. I know. Look, I've had a dog all my life. From "Poppy" to "Urko" to "Hank" to "Maveric ... More >>
No matter what the weather is like in late January, there'll be a couple of marvelous nights for a moondance. Van Morrison will perform at Bass Concert Hall in Fort Worth Sunday, January 24 and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas Monday, January 25. Tickets for both shows go on sale ... More >>
It's been a year of surprises in Latin music. Reggaetón continues fading, albeit slowly, and the industry's mainstays aren't garnering the attention they used to. Case in point: Don Omar's summer release iDon (no relation to your phone), which remained quiet after its first single, "Virtual Diva." ... More >>
It'll be just like Bandslam, guys!After the jump, a press release well worth your time if you're in high school and you're in a band. But before we get to that, let's just give you the quick rundown on what's happening: On January 8, Live Nation, in cooperation with TV network Fuse, will host a h ... More >>
I officially grew old yesterday afternoon. Once you've seen the rise and fall of a sports stadium, you've officially, um, been around the block. I remember a kinder, gentler era in Dallas when as a little punk I'd peer out the family Fury along I-35 and gaze in wonderment at The Sportatorium, ... More >>
My career has its perks. I've sipped Mai Tais on Waikiki Beach with Troy Aikman. Shaken hands with Wayne Gretzky moments after his final NHL game. Seen - first hand - Roger Federer win at Wimbledon, Michael Johnson triumph in Atlanta and Michael Jordan sink his last shot as a Chicago Bull. And ... More >>
Actually, yes, I do know how lucky I am to be a sportswriter. Every once in a while, I just need to be reminded. Digging through my old box of media credentials usually does the trick. Jump for four of my all-time faves: (Of course, I don't have a pass from the May 1, 2008 launch of T ... More >>
Good riddance to a bad arena that provided only mediocre moments
The tennis king makes pit stop in, um, Frisco?
Marques Haynes should be wealthy and celebrated. He was always content just to be the best.
George Clinton still wants to get funked up
Adriano Moraes and his Brazilian buddies make a buck the hard way
A Texas-based band of conservative warriors tackles the left on its own turf--the street
Crossroads Guitar Festival celebrates six-strings and the men who make them famous
It may be easy as Sunday morning to dis Lionel Richie. But why do that?
Not Radiohead. Not Coldplay. Not Oasis. Just Travis, and that's fine.
Smoking ban passed in the name of public health--right?
Various Dallas acts up for Grammy awards
At Madison Square Garden (Sony Legacy)
American IV: The Man Comes Around (American/Lost Highway)
Dressed in Black (Dualtone)
Kindred Spirits (Sony)
Welcome (again) to the Arena League, where Desperados are kind, giants are invisible and rock concerts turn into football games
Out of financial and creative bankruptcy, Marvel Comics is mighty once more
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
After September 11, some new songs just don't sound the same
The Boss is coming to your living room
Creatively, comic books are healthier than they've ever been. So why is everyone rushing to bury the industry?
The sort-of true adventures of a kind-of real rock star and her not-made-up boyfriend
The animal logic of Keyboard Money Mark's new Push the Buttons
Jam bands burst into bloom
Jerry Ragavoy and the ghost of Janis Joplin
Whether in The Band or solo, Robbie Robertson still searches for his America