Merritt Martin

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    January 23, 2012

    The Boom Boom Box Set LaGrange To Vibrate

    Merritt MartinThe Boom Boom Box​The Boom Boom Box LaGrange Saturday, January 21 With the release of Until Your Eyes Get Used to the Darkness this week and Saturday night's preemptive strike at LaGrange, the Boom Boom Box's long-awaited return to the stage was met with a full house, rife with ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Top 100 Reasons Texas Is Twice as Awesome as Any Other State

    Merritt MartinOh, you can damn well bet this is on the list.​By now most of you dear readers are well aware of the Gawker-produced list of the 50 Worst States In America. Gawker placed their home base at 50, and the Lone Star State at 13. Sure sure, our placement could be worse, but instead of ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Listomania: What Scents Would Be Most Appropriate For The Future Perfumes and Colognes of Today's Biggest Music Icons?

    OK, here she probably smelled like blood and semen...​According to fragrance industry insiders, Lady Gaga has requested that Monster, the perfume she is developing, smell of "blood and semen." Frankly, that's a head-scratcher for us -- it sounds more like a Bloodhound Gang scent, or perhaps a Load ... More >>

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    December 24, 2010

    Our Critics' Year-End Top Tens: Merritt Martin Cherishes The Exceeded Expectations of Nick Cave and Grinderman's Grinderman 2

    In this week's paper, you may notice a piece including some of our DC9 writers' choices for best albums of the year. But, space being limited, we couldn't run all of our writers' lists. So, thanks to the power of the Internet, we're doing just that, right here.​In-house ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Listomania: Top Five Music-Related Halloween Costumes... For Your Cats.

    Keyboard Cat is too easy! Try Cat Garth Brooks, instead.​So, Halloween's closing in, and you have to choose a costume. It's tough, isn't it? The clock is ticking--and if you don't choose something remarkable then the night is a big suck pile.Then, there's your pet. Do you dress it up for the occas ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Kibbi at Ali Baba Cafe

    Merritt Martin​As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can b ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Cedar Tequila and Homemade Grenadine: Smoke's New Cocktail Menu

    Merritt MartinGirl Drink Drunk downed some Smoke Cocktails last year.​Smoke has extended its scratch-made philosophy to its bar, debuting a new cocktail menu heavy on house-made jams, preserves and syrups. "My focus is doing away with any purchased beverage bases," chef Tim Byres writes. "It ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Lunch Express at Dream Café

    Merritt Martin​As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be e ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    For Your Weekday Listening Pleasure: David Garza and Friends at Club Dada in '91

    Twang Twang Shock-a-Boom. How's that for a flashback?​Pardon the musical interlude so early in the morning; blame an overnight missive from Jeff Liles. He sends very advance word: David Garza's getting Twang Twang Shock-a-Boom together for the first time in 20 years at The Kessler on July 17 -- wh ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Dude Food: Jesse's Year In Review

    Merritt MartinBaby Back Shak's pork is smokin'!​After a year of pizza, Tex-Mex and deep-fried everything, it's time to take a look back at my year in Dude Food. While they might not have all ranked a 10 on the Dude Factor scale, the following five Dude Food meals were my favorites of the year. Loo ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Good Friday: Butthole Surfers, Peaches, MEN, Digital Leather, King Bucks, Ghoultown, John David Kent, Horrorble Party, Play-N-Skillz Halloween Bash, House Harkonnen and More

    Don't forget your costume. Here's one idea.​Love it when Halloween falls on a weekend, as is the case this year. What that means for music fans is lots of costume contests and tribute nights, and bands and fans will likely be even more intoxicated than usual--so be careful out there. Recently some ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Girl Drink Drunk: Lazare

    Merritt MartinThe Park Cities Princess with her rim of Pop Rocks​Recently, I moved my ass out of a beloved one-bedroom apartment that I often forgave for it's thin walls (and even thinner ceilings) and communal air ducts due to the low rent and friendly manager. I am now shacking up with the boy. ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    As America Celebrates 233 Years of Democracy, We Crown A New Corn Dog King

    Patrick MichelsHughey, glowing with pride and a harsh case of meatsweats, hoists his walking hot dog trophy.Last week, web editor Patrick Michels threw down the gurgitation gauntlet, challenging a few local media members to compete against him and me at the Libertine Bar's inaugural Brass Knuckle Co ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Top 10 Most Erotic Christmas Songs

    10. "Backdoor Santa," Clarence CarterBelieve it or not, Carter had a career before "Strokin'".

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    October 24, 2008
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    May 9, 2008

    Quebe Sisters Charm Our Socks Off, Invite Everyone To Come See Them Play

    How often do we get mail from bands? Often. How often do we get an actual hand-written letter from a band? Pretty damned rarely. I remember an inspirational greeting card from witty songstress Laura Palmer around last November and Daniel Folmer has been known to keep us updated on new releases v ... More >>

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    February 29, 2008
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    December 10, 2007

    The Last Word on the White Rock Marathon, From Our 17th-Place Finisher

    I’m still recuperating from the White Rock Marathon, after limping to a 17th-place finish. I beat up my hamstring pretty badly and almost dropped out with 10 miles to go, until I saw my shivering colleagues, Merritt Martin and Andrea Grimes, offering up a liberal dose of hometown cheer. They made ... More >>

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    December 5, 2007

    Last Night: Billy Joel at American Airlines Center

    There were tons of people at the Billy Joel show. Unfortunately, we sat behind them all. (Merritt Martin)Billy Joel December 4, 2007 American Airlines Center Better Than: Seeing Movin’ Out. My best friend has loved Billy Joel since approximately the age of 3. She even has a small bust of Joel ... More >>

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    November 27, 2007

    The Mavericks' Boogeyman

    I am a MFFL through and through, but I have to get this off my chest: Mavs Man, now in his seventh season (!), is safely the creepiest, scariest, grossest, most disgusting, weirdest, most terrifying mascot this world has ever seen. Ever. (And that includes the Dallas Cowboys' universally loathed mas ... More >>

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    October 9, 2007

    Dude, You Look Just Like…

    Ladies and gents, this is a touch navel-gazing, but we have a celebrity here in the office, (in our midst, folks!). We just can’t figure out which one. That’s where you come in. See, our Night & Day man (and frontman of the Naptime Shake), Noah W. Bailey resembles about a gazillion different lai ... More >>

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    August 13, 2007

    See You Tomorrow Night, Right? Right.

    Merritt Martin The Valentines broke plenty o' hearts -- oooof -- at the Greenville Avenue Public House Saturday night. Saturday night's Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase was a humdinger -- top-notch performances in packed-to-the-rafters venues full of sweaty drunks, and, really, what more could ... More >>

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    August 6, 2007

    Every Day Matters at Good Records

    Anybody still read the Sunday paper? OK, fine, then. Anyone clip coupons and read the circulars? (C'mon, IKEA’s catalog was shoved in many a Dallas Morning News yesterday -- today too. That's reason enough to pick up Your Daily Newspaper.) If you do and you did, you might have noticed that JC Penn ... More >>

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    July 26, 2007
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    April 13, 2007

    "13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13..."

    Oliver Peck's gonna have his own line of Vans this summer. Us, we're lucky just to have shoes. I took a little trip down Amnesia Lane recently when a friend informed me I was in a video on YouTube. The year was 2001. The day, Friday the 13th. Me? I was bent over a chair with a grimace on my face, an ... More >>

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    March 2, 2007
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    January 4, 2007

    2006 TOP 10

    More Top 10 lists from our writers

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    December 7, 2006
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    November 1, 2006

    Shut Up & Sing & Drink

    Who needs an excuse to get hammered? Not the ladies of the Dallas Observer, that's for sure. But Rock Star Karaoke is a good reason to knock a few back nonetheless. Rivaled only in excellence by Wednesday nights at the Goat, RSK at the Barley House is tip-tops in local karaoke fun. While other karao ... More >>

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    October 26, 2006

    Oh, For Cryin' Out Loud

    Amidst all the election hubbub, it seems we haven't paid attention to one very important role: Official Town Crier. Yeah, that's what I said. Town crier. Hansel von Quenzer--man about town and occasional enema-shooting performer--believes he's just the man for the job. And he's serious enough about ... More >>

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    August 16, 2006
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    May 26, 2006

    No, I Will Not Wear That

    Not to dog on Quick twice in one day, but we've a bone to pick with their "Weather" columnist—a blue-green-and-silver bone, with the word "Mavericks" inscribed upon it. See, the column not only offers weather predictions, but suggestions for weather-appropriate attire. For today (and tomorrow, ... More >>

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    May 17, 2006
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    May 9, 2006

    Do the 'Do

    Planning is just not something I do a whole lot of. I woke up last Saturday morning and decided that a haircut was in order, and that Saturday was as good a day as any to chop off nine inches of hair. I'd been inspired by Sex and the City, which, thanks to the wonders of syndication, is always on so ... More >>

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    May 5, 2006

    My New Job As Lookout

    From my desk, I have an excellent view of the abandoned Parkland Hospital at Maple and Oak Lawn avenues. Currently, that means I have an excellent view of the obviously delusional man running around on the roof, scooting along the ledges, teetering on the edge of the Spanish tile roof and generally ... More >>

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    April 7, 2006

    Hide the Kitchen Knives and Reach for the Sun

    Looks like the great white robes got a shout-out from Rolling Stone. Odd timing for the Polyphonic Spree's forthcoming album, which is due out this summer, but, hey, take what you can get, right? Stranger still, the pAper chAse, cited not only as "punk" but also a "trio," may get more out of the art ... More >>

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    May 19, 2005
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    April 7, 2005

    Free to Be

    It's OK to be gay in Queertown

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    February 10, 2005

    Luxury Suite

    Zubar's elixirs and Erotica

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    January 6, 2005

    I Heart Lily

    Tomlin's funny, from screen to stage

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    November 25, 2004

    Go Figaro

    Jenufa helps women in need

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    September 2, 2004

    The Big Stain

    Winery gets purple feet

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    June 24, 2004

    Movie Magic

    Outdoor pictures offer a trip back in time

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    March 25, 2004

    Great Apes

    This Endeavor is another wacky one

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    November 20, 2003

    C'mon Ride the Train

    Join the babes in train land

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    November 13, 2003

    Star Bright

    Plus: Gimme Some Skin; Dude, You Owe Us, Like, $304

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    August 14, 2003


    Entertainment that's flammable

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    March 13, 2003


    Stoveside with D's homeskillet

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