Hailing from Australia, Thy Art is Murder is a deathcore band that has managed to garner significant fan bases in Germany, the UK and here in the States. Hate, the band's sophomore effort from 2012, is considered by many a hallmark deathcore release and the album actually charted in Australia. Spea ... More >>
Sort of, kind of a local band, This Will Destroy You tour so incessantly that it's hard to determine where these guys are from. Two band members live in Austin, one is in Waxahachie and one hails from Dallas. Wherever they are from, This Will Destroy You has never had any trouble living up to the na ... More >>
You remember Anna Merlan, right? The Dallas Observer staff writer who specialized in writing about norm-bucking local subcultures (strippers, the leather scene, atheists, etc.) Well, she's doing the same thing in New York and just published a feature on the ladies fighting to defend their legal righ ... More >>
If you wandered into a grocery store last night, chances are you encountered a larger than normal number of cracked-out shoppers stuffing their carts as if they'd never see another grocery store again. Common convention says that milk and toilet paper are core staples for faux-apocalyptic preparedne ... More >>
As insanely dangerous as the event sounds--it consists of flimsy-looking stunt planes weaving through a series of large pylons at 200-plus miles per hour--there has been only one crash in eight years of Red Bull Air Races. It happened in 2010 in Perth, Australia during a practice run when 36-year-ol ... 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 >>
In just two short years, Australia's Gold Fields have gone from a relatively obscure new-wave influenced dance pop band to the precipice of something much bigger. When the band's full length debut, Black Sun, hit the racks this past February, Gold Fields hit the States for a whirlwind four month tou ... More >>
Did you get your fill at the Big Texas Beer Fest last weekend down at Fair Park? Nah, us neither. While it was a delicious beer event, it really just teased our hophead tendencies. So, fantastic news! The Paste Untapped Festival is next weekend, April 20, in Fort Worth. Even better news! The beer ... More >>
Dave Lombardo, founding member of living legends Slayer, just left the band after being in them essentially forever. According to his Facebook page, there has been some accounting drama, which is pretty much the opposite of the incredibly metal spider bite disease that has kept Jeff Hanneman out rec ... More >>
It happens, on average, 12 times per year in the United States: some lucky woman gives birth to five children, not spacing them comfortably over the course of several years but getting them out all at once. It happened in the span of five minutes in Dallas on Thursday, when a team of 50 doctors, nu ... More >>
Sunday, June 10, at House of Blues
Unknown Mortal Orchestra's 2011 Fat Possum debut is one of those albums that sort of blindsides: Every song is a different texture, soul, hip-hop, funk and psych layered for maximum gonzo appeal. The vocals on every song are different too, to the point that the album almost plays out like a Nuggets ... More >>
Last year saw a wave of popular bands from a few decades ago reuniting and releasing new material. The wave continues this year with new albums from Van Halen, puzzling announcements by Fiona Apple, and the Irish yodeling of Dolores O'Riordan and The Cranberries. The band will release a new album, R ... More >>
Today's FLP (or FLPs) come from the Joel Cooner Gallery. They're called door boards, and they are exactly what they sound like: boards that are hung over and around doors. Or the openings to homes, anyway. These are from the Star Mountains in central Papua New Guinea from the Ok mountain culture ... More >>
From David Abbey's postcard from the DISDDavid Abbey is the principal of Kingswood Park Public School in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia, considered a suburb of Sydney. Kingswood Park has its familiar issues -- a "socio-economic disadvantage" in large part because of a dwindling student body, ... More >>
Back in March I introduced you to the Relatives, heretofore overlooked Dallas greats better known in Austin than in their hometown. And now they're beloved in France and Australia; New York too. And still, still, Rev. Gean West and brother Tommy and the greatest gospel-funk-rock-n-soul revue in town ... More >>
Kinky FriedmanFrom the sound of it, the phone woke Kinky Friedman up. He was in Georgia, hanging out on the set of his buddy Billy Bob Thornton's movie, Jane Mansfield's Car. The previous night's fun had lasted until 5:30 in the morning, and here I am, at 10 o'clock, full of questions about his ... More >>
Kasey ChambersKasey Chambers has certainly been an artist on the go as of late. Until earlier this week, that is. On Wednesday afternoon, while on tour with her family in tow, the Australian star's bus was on the verge of breaking down on the road somewhere between Nashville and Austin. In fact ... More >>
For almost two years now, the Smashing Pumpkins (in which the still-hairless Billy Corgan remains the lone original member) has been releasing tracks off of their online album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, one song at a time, on various music blogs, beginning with 2009's release of "A Song for a S ... More >>
Wednesday, April 20, at Granada Theater
For about a year now, Leon Oziel's house music blog, French Express, has been the best-kept secret in the local blogosphere -- partially because he's not from town (he moved here in 2010 from Toronto) and partially because he writes about so specific a niche in music that there's little room for cr ... More >>
Another overseas McDonald's is affixing the "Texas" adjective to one of its newest menu items in hopes of making it more popular with the eating public. Two months after the release of McDonald's Japan's Texas 2 Burger, McDonald's/Australia has begun testing its Texas Chicken Skewers at 44 ... More >>
Just before the 35 Conferette gets into full swing on Thursday, we have ourselves an eventful Tuesday evening to consider. And if you're a fan of metal, country or American Idol, this is definitely the night for you.
First off, I was on vacation last week so apologies for the lack of Top Chef All Stars recap. And while we're on the subject of last week, yes, I need a vacation from my vacation and DANG! that was one amazing showdown by eliminated chef Jen. Also, I appreciated that Tom acknowledged that a chef ... More >>
In 2008, Fall Creek Vineyards in tiny Tow, Texas, released a couple of wines with a mission. They dedicated their 2007 Sauvignon Blanc and 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon harvests to help raise money and awareness for much-needed restoration of the Mission San Antonio de Valero (aka The Alamo). Spec ... More >>
Thursday, June 10, at House of Blues
I realize this festival is a ways off, but seeing that Vinnie Paul's Hellyeah! is on board, I figured it prudent to call your attention to the upcoming Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival. The touring show makes a stop in Dallas on Friday, September 10, at the Superpages.com Center.And actually ... More >>
The Plaza takes an island journey
Get hip to Australin vino
Kids get the facts at Half Price Books
What does your drink say about you?
We twist open 2005 for a nip. Is this a sign of things to come?
Can cheap bastards find good wine?