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    August 14, 2014

    10 Reasons 1994 Was Pop Music's Greatest Year

    By Art Tavana Was 1994 the best year for pop music in history? Quite possibly. Sure, some of it was terrible, but overall it was amazing: Nordic black metal, Britpop, pop punk, trip hop, and the best R&B of the '90s (Boyz II Men were peaking). Hip-hop's Golden Age was winding down, but a new, ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Lady Gaga at American Airlines Center, 7/17/14

    Lady Gaga American Airlines Center, Dallas Thursday, July 17, 2014 Who is Lady Gaga? It's a question she may have asked herself in recent months. Certainly the popular narrative would have you think so. In spite of releasing an album,artPOP, that went to No. 1 late last year, the buzz was that she' ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    St. Vincent Confuses the Masses on Saturday Night Live

    By Hilary Hughes Unpacking this one is going to take a minute, so buckle up, because St. Vincent's Saturday Night Live season finale was one for the ages -- and it's not necessarily for the reasons you'd think.

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    January 2, 2014

    Outkast Reunion, No More Blackface and Other Requests for 2014

    Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. In his new column, he writes about his life and times. Dear 2013, Oh, man. So you're officially over. That's kind of sad. You were mostly a very dope y ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    The Coachella 2013 Awards

    The brunette in the backward pink mesh trucker hat and booty shorts grabs a megaphone and addresses her fellow campers. "WECOME TO COOOOACHEELLLA." The congregation of twenty 20-somethings lustily applauds. It's Thursday night, a dozen hours before the festival officially begins, and the rules ar ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Good Friday: Electric Daisy Carnival & All of This Weekend's Events

    Moby at 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival‚ÄčLast year's trippy Electric Daisy Carnival did so well that it will be back for a second time in Dallas on Saturday night in Fair Park. This year's headliners are DJs Paul Van Dyk and Diplo, along with a couple dozen other artists who will, just like last year, ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Poop Burgers? Actual Poop Burgers? You're Shitting Me.

    You're a serious foodie. You regularly say shit like, "I'll try anything" and "I'm totally adventurous -- let's get the weirdest thing on the menu," and "When in Rome, ellipsis." And so, dear Adventurous Foodie, we bring you the day you hoped would never come. Enter: the doo doo burger. We're not ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Kings Of Leon & Band Of Horses, Civil Wars, and Over 100 New Show Announcements

    Kings Of Leon‚ÄčThe first time the Kings of Leon came to town, they played an intimate show at the Gypsy Tea Room. And what a different time that was: Critics referred to them as The Stokes of the South, and before long, Kings Of Leon found themselves as the opening act for Julian Casablancas & ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009
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    January 3, 2008

    Old Dog Bow Wow Learns New Tricks

    A rap veteran at age 20, Bow Wow dispenses advice to the next generation

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    August 9, 2007
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    May 17, 2007

    Twisters and Double Wides

    Postmodern news you can use

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    September 21, 2006

    Platinum Plus

    Ne-Yo snaps to it

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    December 8, 2005

    Hip-hop's Public Enemy

    Minister G. Craige Lewis has one goal: Get hip-hop out of the church. Forever.

  • Music

    November 24, 2005

    Reform School

    The College Dropout rethinks his stance on education in the year 2010

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    August 5, 2004

    Usher in the Love

    How to make a puff piece: an instructional transcript

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    January 30, 2003

    Hardy Har Mar

    Har Mar Superstar insists that his ribald R&B is no joke--it just sounds like one

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    March 28, 2002

    Room at the Top

    Nice guys like John Mayer, apparently, finish first

  • News

    April 19, 2001

    2001 Dallas Observer Music Awards

    Narrow margins remind us that everyone's a winner

  • Music

    December 21, 2000


    Unwrapping our annual roundup of musical season's greetings--and beatings

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    November 23, 2000

    Gave the People What They Had

    Sometimes, the best new music is the best old music

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    July 13, 2000

    Hop online

    Is Russell Simmons' the best hope to bring hip-hop culture onto the Internet?

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    April 13, 2000


    Sean Na Na, Ted Leo

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    September 9, 1999

    Summer suns and some aren't

    Going steady with the singles of the summer

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    February 4, 1999

    Nothing but static

    Broadcast Data Systems listens to the radio so you don't have to

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    October 15, 1998
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    May 18, 1995

    Gettin' the Shaft

    'Black Moses' emerges from the bulrushes with two albums and a broken heart