• Music

    May 1, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    The 11 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, April 28 - May 4

    Well look at that, the weekend came and went without a single supercell tornado in sight. If you let the old Texas weather fearmongering song and dance get to you, and spent the weekend in the fetal position in your bathtub, waiting for the end of days-- you missed out on what was probably the nices ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Texas Ranks 9th in Beer Consumption

    The Beer Institute (BI) released data on your drinking habits (yes, they're watching you. Always watching you). In an annual state-by-state analysis, the BI found that overall beer consumption in the U.S. rose 1.5 percent in 2012, pointing to "above normal winter and spring temperatures" as the culp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Here Are All the Places It's Apparently Cooler for Young People to Live than Dallas

    There are many words that come to mind when you think of Dallas. "Barbecue," for one. A lot of traffic-related phrases too, like "road construction," "highway overpasses" or "valet parking." But three surprising adjectives connected to Dallas are "young," "broke" and "single," at least according ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    From West to Boston to China: Terrible Things Happen. You Have Two Weeks to Get Over It.

    Just so people won't get caught unaware, I want to point out that the town of West has until a week from tomorrow to grieve. That will be two weeks from the time of the industrial accident that blew up their town, took the lives of loved ones and left behind a legacy of bloody suffering and agonizin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    In the Wake of Spills, the EPA is Urging Tighter Review of the Proposed Keystone Pipeline

    Back in March, the Keystone XL pipeline's approval looked practically assured. Construction of the 1,179-mile leviathan, connecting Alberta's tar sand mines with Texas Gulf Coast refiners, was already well underway in Texas. The State Department said Canadian tar sands production would proceed apace ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Texas Anti-Abortion Group Wants to See a "Fetal Pain" Bill Passed This Session

    Seven months ago, the influential anti-abortion advocacy group Americans United for Life released its annual report, Defending Life 2012, featuring an enthusiastic blurb from Governor Rick Perry, who called the report "ammunition in a fight that is far from over." In return, AUL was full of praise f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    What's the State of Denton's House Party Scene?

    It's only 10 p.m., but the house show I'm attending is already on its fourth act. Spooky Folk's Kaleo Kaualoku is perched on the front porch, and the small crowd is hushed and attentive. Charlie Hunter from I Love Math Records, who organized the show, looks on with a smile. This scene has grown inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Governor Rick Perry Hearts Pink Slime

    Governor Rick Perry publicly endorsed "lean, finely textured beef" today. Governors from Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and the Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, standing in for South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who is in China, jointly issued the statement intending to clarify public perception of "pink slime." P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Straws Made Of Meat, Coming To a Bloody Mary Near You

    The Bloody Mary continues its descent from cocktail greatness to the most abused drink of all time. As if olives, celery stalks the size of tree trunks (sometimes complete with leaves), cocktail shrimp and pickles weren't enough to make the drink eat like a buffet, now come straws made of meat. Whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Indie Grandpa Answers the Hard Questions About Springsteen's New Single

    With news this week of Bruce Springsteen's upcoming album, Wrecking Ball, as well as a U.S. tour that will find him 'round Austin way for SXSW, we asked our resident old-days expert what he thought about the Boss' new stuff. What do you think of the new Springsteen single, "We Take Care of Our Own ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Hammered by the Drought, Texas Ranchers Are Running Out of Cows to Send to Slaughter

    Brandon Thibodeaux​Since we started catching rain in pans and writing down measurements, Texas has never gotten so little rainfall as we have this year. As we reported in our recent story on the cattle industry, we're in uncharted territory. That's why, in August, experts were anticipating ano ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    "That Could Have Been Me:" An Evening With Five Innocent Men Nearly Executed

    Photo by Leslie MinoraFive innocent men who were nearly put to death for others' crimes.​Imagine spending five years in a Nebraska prison for having brutally murdered a teenage honor student but knowing that the real killer is at large. Or rolling over in the middle of the night to put your ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Maria Taylor Can't Recall Much About Her First Cyndi Lauper Show. But It Made Her Dad Cry.

    ​You might have seen Maria Taylor play with Azure Ray or Now It's Overhead. You might have heard her on a Bright Eyes recording. Hell, you might have heard her on an episode of Grey's Anatomy. Regardless of where you heard her before, know this: Maria and her sweet voice will be on display later ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 11, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    DISD Superintendent Hinojosa Comments -- Kinda -- on Reports That He's Moving to Vegas

    ​I was on the phone with a Dallas Independent School Board trustee just seconds ago -- a trustee, mind you, who had not heard there were reports and a yeah-sure-maybe? that DISD Superintendent Michael Hinjosa's outta here, possibly as early as tomorrow, to take the Las Vegas gig -- when the follow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Staff Trax: Delorean, Wintersleep, Tripping Daisy, Das Racist, Them and The Boss.

    Welcome to Staff Trax, the weekly feature here on DC9 where we shed some light on the music we've been enjoying of late, regardless of the touring or album release schedules that tend to bear the focus of most of our coverage. Consider it a chance for you readers to get some more insight into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    49ers 20, Cowboys 13: My Top 10 Observations

    Not quite as painful as this.​10. Jesse Holley fans - you know who you are - rejoice. Looks like he'll at least survive tomorrow's cut down to 75. The Cowboys are at 77 and have two rookies (Robert Brewster and Brandon Williams) headed off the active roster on to season-ending injured ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Clearing Out the Mailroom: Tuesday, June 2, 2009

    We've got quite a backlog of CDs we've never gotten around to, so we're going to try to chip away at the pile with this regular feature. The plan: to take four or five at a time and play each CD for as long as I can stand it.The Jones' (Dallas)down in my dreamsFrat-friendly acoustic Americana. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    In next week's paper, we'll unveil our national package on the best music of the year (the following week, we'll tackle the best in DFWd music). But, as a teaser, here's our paper's contribution to the national package: Noah W. Bailey's picks for the best Americana/folk releases of '08. Picking the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    Tim Halperin Hits The Chicken Ranch, Then Heads Home To Omaha

    Fort Worth singer/songwriter Tim Halperin plays his final area show this Friday at the Chicken Ranch, a club located in the Stockyards. The TCU student will then be off to his hometown of Omaha for a few months to reconnect with his roots. “The guys I used to play with are all in Omaha,” says ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2007

    Last Weekend: Voodoo, Beard, Dogs and Football

    Once again, we're helping you relive the weekend in an effort to make Monday that much more bearable. 1. Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans Crossing the state line was worth it this weekend to catch the killer bands on this festival's bill. We particularly enjoyed seeing Mute Math's (picture ... More >>

  • News

    October 18, 2007
  • Calendar

    June 28, 2007

    Cover Me

    A Boss impostor

  • Music

    June 14, 2007

    Dustin Kensrue

    Sunday, June 17, at House of Blues' Cambridge Room

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2006

    Queers and Steers

    About a month ago we mentioned how suddenly there had been a rash of stories showing up about how the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau was out working hard to woo gay tourists. Well, you know who doesn't like that? (And, no, Bible Girl does not count as an answer.) The National Catholic Register, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2006
  • Blogs

    May 11, 2006

    Dallas, YOU Still Love Tom Cruise

    Tom Cruise, you're nuts and probably holding Katie Holmes hostage, but Dallas still buys what you're selling. Why, I have no idea, but I find this kind of staggering. By now, you all know that Mission: Impossible III had a "disappointing" opening weekend, raking in a mere (heh) $47.7 million at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2006

    DISD Takes Oriental Express

    Last week, the Observer received and wrote about a copy of a letter Dallas school board President Lois Parrott sent to DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa in which she told him someone was purchasing frivolous merchandise in her name and charging it to the district. Parrott wrote that on two occass ... More >>

  • News

    April 20, 2006

    Rodent Sex

    DISD pays up when it shouldn't

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2006

    NASCAR: A Yankee Pastime

    On Sunday The Dallas Morning News ran a piece reiterating the myth that NASCAR was once a regional--specifically southeastern--sport that has suddenly expanded into the major urban markets. Strangely, even NASCAR officials adhere to this and other myths (such as the disregard for non-southern drive ... More >>

  • Film

    November 24, 2005


    A Broadway schmaltzfest spawns a big-screen travesty

  • Music

    May 26, 2005

    The Legend of Billy Hicks

    Or, why sax player is no longer a viable occupation in rock and roll

  • Dining

    February 17, 2005

    Chili-ing Out

    Why can't they make Texas food outside Texas?

  • Dining

    March 25, 2004

    Taste of Whimsy

    Mignon chef puts a twist on the classic

  • News

    February 12, 2004

    Wing Nut

    Tired of covering the action, our sportswriter shoots for gluttonous fame

  • Music

    November 27, 2003
  • News

    September 25, 2003

    Friday Night Lite

    Far away from big cities, big stadiums and big offensive lines, six-man football keeps the game pure

  • Music

    April 10, 2003

    Bright Eyes

    April 16

  • News

    January 30, 2003

    The Force is With Them

    MossEisley is young and talented. Will that be enough to keep these four siblings and the boy next door away from the music industry's dark side?

  • Music

    May 9, 2002

    The Faint

    May 10

  • News

    March 7, 2002

    Feeling Small

    Plus: Lambs to Slaughter, Silly Boy, War Is Hell

  • Music

    September 27, 2001

    Dancer in the Dark

    The Faint's Todd Baechle wants you to get on the floor and dance, dance!

  • Music

    July 13, 2000

    Pimping ain't easy

    Pimpadelic's Kord Murphy finds time

  • Culture

    July 6, 2000


    Making a "theater town"

  • Music

    April 20, 2000

    Out Here

    Faded glory

  • Calendar

    January 20, 2000

    Kids watch the darnedest things

    USA Film Festival honors icons from the golden age of kiddie program during KidFilm

  • Film

    July 22, 1999


    Drop Dead Gorgeous isn't likely to win any popularity contests

  • Dining

    July 22, 1999

    Hash Over

    Fish story; Real blarney; Flipping out of burgers

  • Music

    November 14, 1996
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