It's hard being an American Idol contestant. It's hard enough to perform for judges, with an audience behind them, and an even bigger one unseen that's analyzing every gesture and head nod. It's hard knowing you're performing on a show that's almost old enough to be a teenager, which is venerable in ... More >>
I love Christmas. It's awesome. Baby magic-types being born, giant trees in your living room, socks full of socks brought to you by an old man stranger -- what's not to like? Welp, there's just this one thing: the thing that sucks about Christmas is that people keep writing songs about it. And jus ... More >>
By Chaz Kangas Last week, rapper Lil Wayne added to his already-quite-substantial legacy by breaking Elvis Presley's record for most songs on the Hot 100 charts by a solo artist. Immediately, however, many began squawking that this record deserved an asterisk, a la Roger Maris' 61 home runs. See ... 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. Gavin MulloyGavin Mulloy is a young marketing pistol for Granada Theater, and he appears to be pois ... More >>
Ry-guy Ryan Cabrera is a dude who was born in the Dallas area who used to date Ashlee Simpson and got signed to her father Joe Simpson's management company and made something of a blip on the national pop culture radar in 2004, when his song "On The Way Down" started blowing up Total Request Live ... More >>
DanielsonDaniel Smith, the frontman and creative force behind indie rock project Danielson, likes to play dress up. This is no secret -- he and the band have sported everything from nurse costumes to police ensembles on stage over the course of their 15-plus years on the road. But the most impres ... More >>
During the holidays, artists tend to release disposable singles to cash in on the season. To my mind, no one ever buys these singles for themselves, they always get them as a gifts. We're too busy buying albums on Best of the Year lists for ourselves. Anyway, this year, we're treated to a few new ... More >>
EminemGuess what, folks. Slim Shady is back on the charts.
With six months X'd off of the calendar year, we look back at the best music of the year—and wonder which albums we'll remember come December
21-year-old Dondria Nicole's on the verge of a major-label push as we prepare for the Observer's 20th Music Awards issue
Adam Sandler returns as a Mossad baddie turned stylist, and the bubbies will love him
Denton's Rubber Gloves was told to pay up more than $8,000 to the industry giant
The boys of She-Dick don their fake boobs, drag names and lady detective personas
A new regime brings changes to the Mansion, some good, some not.
You didn't keep score while watching last week's Grammys? We did.
England has been raving about half-Texas, half-Manchester band The Earlies for two years. Now it's our turn.
Talent reigns in Dreamgirls, the '80s pop-opera about hits and heartbreak in Motown
Today's music magazines suck up to celebs--and just plain suck
Pickins are Slim Shady, but Eminem busts out of a bad movie
At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
Whiskeytown's last album is a rock-and-roll masterpiece. So how come you haven't heard it?
Published January 20, 1999
The Association were the true bad boys of rock, at least according to a security guard who may or may not have been in the band
Eating at Mel's on Main takes uncommon valor
Fifteen years later, the reissue of Stop Making
Sense opens old wounds ... and heals them
Saturday Night Live and DreamWorks Records team up for two not-ready-for-prime-time compilations
Farewell to 1995, a year in music we'd rather forget
Or: Rock and roll isn't dead, it just doesn't smell bad
The Beatles' Anthology is the first chapter you've never heard
Madonna isn't a failed icon; she's a failed artist