Pecan Lodge's recent defection for Deep Ellum seemed to bode ill for the planned renaissance of the Dallas Farmer's Market. Despite that, developer Brian Bergersen says things are actually looking up for the $64 million-plus redo. Bergesen, who purchased the long-struggling market from the city six ... More >>
What will happen to all the books?
With the announcement of 35 Denton's initial lineup, it was only a matter of time before you felt that tightening in your chest, aka the first round of SXSW acts. North Texas' Blackstone Rangers, Ronnie Fauss, the Relatives, Somebody's Darling, Sarah Jaffe and Tedashii are all represented. Thurston ... More >>
Mary TimonyIn this week's paper, we caught up with Mary Timony, the post-punk, guitar-playing darling of '90s outfits Autoclave and Helium and currently of Wild Flag. That new outfit, unavoidably, has been given the supergroup tag thanks to its members' impressive pasts. In addition to Timony's c ... More >>
Granada owner Mike Schoder says "Read this item!"No, we weren't exactly floored back in June when the news came down that the Granada Theater had booked '80s new wavers The Fixx to play their annual anniversary party celebrating Mike Schoder's ownership and management of the restored venue. Turns ... More >>
Photo by Brantley HargroveOn Sunday the daily reported that Dallas County had some $35 million in outstanding bond forfeitures. Oh, but wait: Yesterday Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins shot back, calling the number a "gross misinterpretation of the true nature and totality of the bail bond fo ... More >>
The neo city on the hills is a far cry from its cheap pot, cold beer and low-rent former ways.
Hope Adele's break-up songs have helped y'all learn how to cope with loss, because this one might hurt a little bit: After already having canceled five shows (Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland) due to problems with laryngitis, the singer, who is straight destroying the Billb ... More >>
Once-in-a-lifetime events sometimes happen more than once, turns out. Next Tuesday night, when My Morning Jacket performs in its hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, to celebrate the release of their new album, Circuital, they will be joined on stage by one Erykah Badu, just as they so memorably were t ... More >>
Patrick MichelsOld 97's back at the 2010 Musink festival in Fair ParkLest you doubted our note from way, way, way, way back in March -- y'know, that the Old 97's were going to release the second installment of their two-part Grand Theatre release on July 5 -- well, now the folks putting out the r ... More >>
The Decemberists, Other LivesHouse of BluesApril 29, 2011 Better than: sitting in your bedroom, reading Melville, and wondering what it might be like to love someone as much as you love the sea. Mattie StaffordDecemberist frontman Colin Meloy Friday night's "sold out" show at the House of Blues ... More >>
If nothing else, Michael Cera is cooler than Danny Masterson, right?After announcing last week the addition of another 135 bands to its bill, you'd think the folks up at Denton's 35 Conferette might need a breather -- or, I dunno, maybe some time to focus on the actual logistics of the fest, sinc ... More >>
Big things happening today in the world of 35 Conferette -- bigger news, even, than the fact that the-festival-formerly-known-as-North-by-35 now has an actual website to call its own (!). Bigger, too, than the really awesome web teaser/advertisement that the fest's organizers have created to promote ... More >>
Good news out of Old 97's camp today, as the band has announced that The Grand Theatre, Volume One, has earned the band its career high marks in Billboard chart position. In its first week on the charts, the disc placed at No. 83 in the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, No. 25 in the Rock Chart, No, 15 ... More >>
Mimi's Cafe PancakesIn one of those slow motion, cinematic moments that history brings us, a pancake went flying through the air as Napoleon (the impish emperor of France not the nunchuck wielding dweeb from the 2004 indie film, Napoleon Dynamite) attempted an intervention between his sausage ... More >>
Peg BrackenWhen Peg Bracken wrote The I Hate to Cook Book back in 1960, the former advertising copywriter's admission that she'd rather enjoy a drink and good company than trim toast points was considered radical. "Add the flour, salt, paprika and mushrooms, stir, and let it cook five minute ... More >>
We'd been wondering when Erykah Badu would schedule a hometown performance in support of her new album, New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh. Earlier this week, when Badu announced her tour schedule, we got our answer: She'll be playing the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie on June 14. After the ... More >>
Dallas alt-pop band The Crash That Took Me doesn't have much in common with Memphis country-rocking act Lucero, but both have albums that will get the full listening-party treatment at Deep Ellum dive bars tonight.Adair's Saloon will play Lucero's 1372 Overton Park, which was released today, at 8 ... More >>
In 2008, independent rock returned to the underground, where it belongs. Given the grand catastrophe that is today's record industry, most major-label executives don't have the time or energy to convince music fans they might like something a little out of the ordinary. They're too busy recycling ... More >>
One of the city's worst neighborhoods gets better, for a profit
Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot.
Battling for Ozzfest, rockin' for the girls, and some jolly Christmas-song trivia
A year after Elliott Smith's suicide, a writer remembers the aftermath of the singer-songwriter's death
Van Lear Rose (Interscope)
The fantastic, the majestic...the Decemberists
McCormick & Schmick's has great shucks, no jive
Gus Van Sant explores the American high school
Her Majesty the Decemberists (Kill Rock Stars)
Alias' creator tries--one more time--to make a hit out of a near miss
With Unincorporated, the Earl Harvin Trio is no longer a jazz band. It's whatever it wants to be.
Stephen Malkmus (Matador)
Uz Jsme Doma want people to listen to the whole story--in Czech
PBS revisits a "classic"
A Denton doctor finds herself on an anti-abortion hit parade
A Denton shrink plumbs the murky psyches of self-destructive rock artists and concludes they don't have to die young, drunk, and depressed
Back to the same old place
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX