I'm going to let you in on the secret: I don't know anything about music that normal adult humans listen to. Avalanches of culture engulf our entire society while I sit in a grubby basement, hunched over a laptop listening to old Motorhead records. However, on occasion, I'm forced to stick my head o ... More >>
Chef Nicole Gossling has been bringing farms to tables for several years in Dallas. The vegetarian from Carrollton attended culinary school in San Francisco, but she landed a job as a corporate trainer at BJ's Brewhouse, where she spent her days training people on the fine science of preparing food ... More >>
News broke this week that a lab at Maastricht University in the Netherlands produced the world's first petri-dish "beef" burger. Mark Post and his team used cells harvested from a cow's shoulder to grow enough muscle tissue to make a burger patty in just three months. It was less than perfect. For ... More >>
In a town that pays actual respect to the glitteriest, shiniest new thing on the block, it's easy to take the classics for granted. I generally regard my distaste for nostalgia as a positive thing, but the test of time is not easy to pass and must therefore be honored. Like a worn-in t-shirt or a f ... More >>
Marina was her name. She had a short, dark mod haircut, and knew how to bring out her blue eyes with layers of teal scarves. We were Myspace friends. Still are, I think. But I never knew what became of her. Last I heard, she went north to try her luck in New York. Some of the best times of my life h ... More >>
Sometimes you just really need to get drunk on fancy cocktails in the middle of the day. (And by "you," I mean me, of course.)Lots of places don't open until 5 or later, though, or they close during that late afternoon lull between lunch and dinner service; often, if they do stay open during t ... More >>
WaterTower and Stage West offer two different takes on power and intolerance.
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes in Dallas/Fort Worth music. Ever look up at apartments above some of our local bars and wonder who the hell lives there? Meet Ilona Scheel, who resides just above Expo Park's Amsterdam Bar. No, she's not a crazy ca ... More >>
NOOOOOO!Citing lack of advance ticket sales and overcommitment with the simultaneous Dallas and Houston Beer Weeks, Cathy Clark Rascoe confirms that Saturday's Beer Festival was canceled Tuesday afternoon. "It was a really hard call," she said about an hour after making the decision. "We tr ... More >>
For the four-year period between 2005 and 2009 Mark Oliver Everett didn't release any new material with his alt-rock outfit Eels. But it didn't mean he was resting on his laurels. Quite the opposite, actually, as the privilege of hindsight reveals it as one of the truly prolific periods of his care ... More >>
It's an annual tradition around these here pars, when those oh-so-hip folk with the leather jackets and motorcycles fake square off against the ones in square-framed glasses and their Italian scooters. Yes, it's Rockers vs. Mods weekend. And this weekend's festivities are once again quite full of ... More >>
This particular hump day evening provides some bands with interesting band names that, thankfully, make interesting music.
"Now, that's some weird, wild stuff!"North Texas isn't lacking for bands with somewhat out-there names. Some that immediately come to mind? Sextape, Dikes of Holland, Man Factory, Shaolin Death Squad, Fatty Lumpkin and Sky Eats Airplane, just to name a few. Surely there are others.Regardless, fin ... More >>
Via EaterWe'd like to six-shoot that Nacho Whopper outta here.Dear Burger King, we'd like to request to live outside test markets. The fast food chain currently is testing its "Nacho Whopper" (comes in a double) in the Netherlands, and we couldn't be happier. Keep that nacho thing away from us. Y ... More >>
"Yazz Flute!" At Amsterdam BarIt's Labor Day weekend, and the parties will be happening all over town. One of the most interesting is the Expo Park Jazz Festival's "The Many Faces of Jazz." This two-day jazz festival will happen at Amsterdam Bar on Sunday and Monday and will feature 14 local and ... More >>
I've been totally jazzed about telling all you drinkers, girl and otherwise, about how bad ass Geeks Who Drink on Mondays at the Barley House is. It is just 2 weeks old, but it is outstanding. Geeks Who Drink, for those who don't know, is an organized pub quiz for teams of up to six, spanning pop ... More >>
Hey, remember those awesome shirts with wolves on them you used to buy from those pamphlets they'd hand out in elementary school? Of course you do. They are, after all, the new hipster chic. And, actually, they make for a pretty cool poster, too.
Frankie Campagna of Spector 45 passes along word today of a benefit taking place tonight to help the man known as "Rockin' Ralph" of Expo Park retail outfit Hollywood 5 and Dime. Last week, Ralph sustained several injuries while in an accident on his motorcycle. A benefit concert, where all of th ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, June 21, 2010...Snoop Dogg has been booted from the line-up at a free festival in the Netherlands. You would think one place that would be cool with Snoop would be that country.If there is one thing the Raveonettes know how to do, it's rock a ... More >>
Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details on why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.Where: The Amsterdam Bar, 831 Exposition Ave., 214-827-3433When: 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a w ... More >>
C RationsTo the men of the 504th regiment, 82nd Airborne--"the Devils in Baggy Pants"--who crossed the Waal in Holland and battled Panzers in the Ardennes. My uncle 'Highlee' fought with them. And to Marines of the American Legation Guard, Peking, colloquially known as "the North China Marines" w ... 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 >>
When we think of hunting and gathering, we rarely think of cupcakes. Although we've evolved past literally chasing our food, we still get a kick out of chasing leads that take us to it. So, when we heard about The Perfect Slice, a roving cupcake vendor, it piqued our sweet tooth and our sense of ad ... More >>
Sure, 2008 may be done, but the list-making still continues... This year, five contributors to the Dallas Observer's music section were asked to participate in the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, which compiles the lists of hundreds of music critics across the country into one m ... More >>
So where's the outcry?
Rockers and mods square off
Maintaining a warm and inviting space
Back home in Holland, Paul Verhoeven uses his basic instincts to craft a slick Holocaust thriller
BlackFinn takes the "Irish" out of Irish pub
Tanya Holland puts soul into her cooking at Central Market
The city doesn't buy a homeowner's claim that a junked car is art
The Gospel Swingers take garage rock to church
Only the fates could land me in J.P. Jones' court