It ain't V Day without a laser-sighted cross bow.It's time the guys got a little attention on Valentine's Day. The pressure to fork over for chocolates, roses, diamonds, a week's salary on a "special" V Day prix fixe meal that many would consider highway robbery weighs on a brother. After all, yo ... More >>
Let's get this out of the way from the jump: No, none of these acts are from Texas.But each has one thing in common: They're each releasing good music--right now. And, while 2010 saw handfuls of folk artist make headlines with either debut or breakthrough albums of excellent caliber (from Swed ... More >>
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 Americana obsessive Noah ... More >>
Back in April we ran that Dirk Nowitzki film festival alluded to in the headline. Cute stuff, especially Dirk as The Dude. Tonight at the AAC, when Your Dallas Mavericks take on the Shaq-less Boston Celtics, debuts another addition to the filmography starring Dirk as Steve Martin as The Jerk. Sneak ... More >>
Unfortunately, Willie Nelson will not be joining Phosphorescent at tonight's show. But chances are you'll hear a Willie song or two.Have we mentioned yet how stoked we are about tonight's Phosphorescent show at The Kessler? Oh yeah, I guess we have. Writes Noah W. Bailey in this week's print supp ... More >>
Noah W. BaileyHistory is upon us.Chick-Fil-A's Spicy Chicken SandwichDude Factor: 10, or Foghorn Leghorn, on a scale of 1 (Camilla), to 10.A few weeks back it came to our attention that Chick-Fil-A was taking reservations for free VIP samples of its new spicy chicken sandwich, a fact that sent wa ... More >>
Noah W. BaileyEl Tizoncito3404 W. Illinois Ave., Suite 100214-330-0839Dude Factor: 9, or Porky Pig, on a scale of 1 (Miss Piggy) to 10 (Hogzilla)Oak Cliff's El Tizoncito is not your run-of-the-mill, hole-in-the-wall taqueria. It's located in an old Starbucks for one, so it's a bit nicer than your ... More >>
Patrick MichelsLooking across Main Street Garden this morningThis weather update from Unfair Park HQ: Yes it's still snowing. Walking through downtown this morning was like taking a stroll around Minneapolis: steaming, snow-caked trucks kicking up road slush and huddled smokers hiding under umbre ... More >>
We understand City of Ate is an, um, unusual blog.The Dallas market was already well-served, when we started up, by outlets breaking news tidbits, speculating on rumors, providing forums on topics of the day and such. So we conceived of a 'magazine-style' blog--a venue for recurring articles, som ... More >>
Noah W. BaileySure, they look a little pale and sickly here, but trust me...Taqueria La Palomamultiple locationsDude Factor: 8, or company Christmas party, on a scale of 1 (kids' birthday party) to 10 (bachelor party)My first trip to Taqueria La Paloma was mostly the result of accident and misfor ... More >>
Noah W. BaileySeriously, Avila's, somebody could have parked there.Avila's 4714 Maple Ave.214-520-2700Dude Factor: 8, or "Nuevo Laredo", on a scale of 1 ("Stays in Mexico") to 10 ("El Paso")A wise man once said "don't shit where you eat, kid." Whoever built Avila's blatantly ignored his adv ... More >>
Great American Hero4001 Lemmon Ave.214-521-2070Dude Factor: 5, or Fred Savage, on a scale of 1 (Ricky Schroder) to 10 (Michael J. Fox). Considering the waves of ill-advised '80s nostalgia still sweeping through your local Urban Outfitters, one would think a place like Great American Hero would be ... More >>
Bonnie "Prince" BillyGranada TheaterJune 6, 2009Better Than: The George Strait concert at Cowboys Stadium, or pretty much anything else any of you suckers were doing on Saturday night.Noah W. BaileyOpening with a ramshackle version of the Stanley Brothers classic "Nobody's Darling on Earth," it was ... More >>
Hey, wait a minute...this is a government waste disposal schedule.Someone posted a comment under our new Veggie Girl segment this week wanting some kind of alert when the column pops up--RSS, we think they called it.The Burning Question crew, of course, knows nothing about technology...which is prob ... More >>
As Observer contributor Aaron Jentzen mentioned in this week's paper (and as Noah Bailey and I discussed in last week's podcast), the latest Swedish dance-pop sensation, Lykke Li, will be bringing her funky, subdued beats and her delicate, subdued vocals to the Granada Theater tomorrow night to per ... More >>
OK. First off, sorry if this is coming a little late in the day and if our descriptions of these shows are a little shorter than usual. A couple unanticipated developments (like the SXSW complete schedule announcement, for instance) got us a little derailed this afternoon. But enough handcuffing. O ... More >>
In this week's installment of the DC9 at Night podcast, Noah Bailey, Jesse Hughey and I tackle some serious, serious local music issues, like the Slobberbone reunion, the hopefully not-so-meager prospects of the upcoming NX35 festival in Denton and Black Tie Dynasty's breakup.We also talk more on Th ... More >>
10. "Backdoor Santa," Clarence CarterBelieve it or not, Carter had a career before "Strokin'".
Since I'm drowning in deadline, hirsute Observer Night & Day Editor Noah Bailey is kind enough - bold enough - to stand in. Noah, take it away: After the Mavs beat Baron Davis' Clippers last week, I couldn't help but reconsider Davis' much-ballyhooed place in the pantheon of NBA beards. A 4-17 re ... More >>
When a box of bottled water samples from Mineral Wells arrived at the office this week, I claimed it immediately. I’m an unabashed snob who grimaces at tap water. At home I filter it through my PUR contraption before considering a drink. When I’m out and about it's the bottled variety, even ... More >>
Celebrated indie-rock dive the Double Wide announced its closure on Monday. Or did it?
Austin's biggest music fest was anything you wanted it to be. Dallas acts made theirs a blast.
If you think Dallas' music scene is slipping, then you're obviously missing the shows
Grassroots promotion shows up at Mom's doorstep