The Randy Rogers Band has now been around long enough to serve as an influence to a new generation of Texas country artists. Since their breakthrough album, 2004's Radney Foster-produced (and darn-near perfect), Rollercoaster, Rogers, Brady Black, Less Lawless, Jon Richardson, and Geoffrey Hill have ... More >>
Allen Ginsberg and Michael Minzer during recording sessions in 1987Michael Minzer sent me an email earlier this week containing the good news: His long-in-the-works Hunter S. Thompson record is finished. Finally. This is the one mentioned two years ago in the Evergreen Review piece done on Minzer ... More >>
Photo by Michael Alan GoldbergTwo young blondes with toothy smiles and hard-core work ethics, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, helped country expand its fan base in these years of shrinking music sales. Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and ... More >>
Yutaka: less hip, less edgy, more embracing
I was saddened to read this morning in The New York Times about the death of rock critic Paul Nelson, a writer who had an estimable impact on, among others, Bob Dylan, as the man himself recounted in the 2005 Martin Scorsese-directed documentary No Direction Home. He worked for Circus and Rolling St ... More >>
Ben Kweller grew up. Ben Kweller got better.
Joe Strummer is dead. Merry effin' Christmas.
OHNO ponders the ups and downs of Dallas and the music industry
Mark Griffin resurrects MC 900 Ft. Jesus
Yes, The Strokes are as good as advertised
When the bass player split, the Toadies split up
For 10 years, Joe Strummer made little noise. Finally, the Clash front man returns with a record he can call his own.
The Gals of the Big "D" Jamboree remain the sweethearts of the wrestling ring
A year so good, not even Sleater-Kinney makes the Top 10
Bare breasts, a bowl of red, and bad blood among the chili brethren in the Big Bend. Texas doesn't get any better.
Merle Haggard makes a triumphant return. Wait -- he never went away.
Darlington disolves; Rubber Gloves gets booked; Mandarin time; Club anniversaries; Shabazz 3 heads north; Plus, much, much more
After six years, The Toadies' new album is finally finished, and it's good. So why isn't it out yet?
Todd Deatherage's newest up for grabs; Buzz-Oven reheats; New info on Centro-matic and Polyphonic Spree discs
The Smithereens' Pat DiNizio is playing in a living room near you
Or: Yes, it was as bad as you think
Though sometimes pricey, Jean-Michel Sakouhi's new bistro fits Dallas to a T
The Daisy doesn't need a major label to keep making, and selling, its music
With bands like these, who needs Austin anyway?
The youngest man in rock and roll, Ronnie Dawson gets hitched and grows up (sort of)
February 4 - 10, 1999
1998 was a year of lusty carnivores, raw fish, and orgiastic indulgence
With a monumental new boxed set, Hank Williams gets out of this world alive
Revamped Seventeen Seventeen may overfill its considerable footwear inheritance
A decade later, Course of Empire utters its last words
With the new Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb, Tripping Daisy has made the best record of its seven-year career. So what took so long?
The hardest thing Nick Brisco ever did was grow up
Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash are still our greatest Storytellers
Just call these the Old 97's Observer Music Awards
The Dallas scene flourishes beneath the chaos
Arena shills say only tourists will get soaked by a new tax on rental cars. They're lying.
This season's Christmas album offerings
The slow healing of Buddy Miles
Homage is harder than it looks
Peter Buck goes West with Eitzel, Middle Eastern with Tuatara, and everywhere else with Minus 5
South by Southwest '97: Will guitars give up the ghost? Yes and no, but mostly no
Tablet calls it quits
Last year showed pop still has more than a ghost of a chance
After a brief setback, local prodigy is again on track
Death of Rockadelic co-owner leaves a scene in the lurch
Radish comes out of nowhere to grab at the gold ring
Haunted by his mother's suicide, Dallas-born artist barron Storey has won fame drawing the darkness
The Nixons go national with the dread-inspiring Foma
Bennett, Buttholes, and John Tesh--these are a few of our favorite, and least favorite, things