The Old 97's, Black Joe Lewis, Slobberbone, Madison King Annette Strauss Square - AT&T Performing Arts Center Dallas, Texas Saturday, April 19, 2014 On the most pristinely calm night we've seen in Dallas in recent weeks, Saturday's sold-out Old 97's record release show for Most Messed Up proffered ... More >>
This week's music feature is a series of photos from a recent day in the studio with Old 97's, who are currently working on a new album. This particular day, captured in detail by photographer Jeff Scroggins, was different from the others, though, partly because Rhett Miller started out in a sling a ... More >>
In Dallas news this week, the Bank of America Plaza building (a.k.a. the green building) is no longer green! You may have noticed that about the skyline this week as they shut down the lights temporarily to re-install them with LED lighting. If you're feeling a little lost without them, these announ ... More >>
Electric Six Saturday, February 23, at Dada, $15 Electric Six, the warhorses of heavy and frantic disco-rock, roll into Dada to spray high-energy chaos over Dallas' most extensive corner stage. After the release of their latest album in October, a live greatest-hits number, "The Six," as I have arbi ... More >>
One of the many events the weekend was Taste Addison. The fest, which celebrated its 20th birthday, served up bites from sixty-plus restaurants in the metroplex. Rhett Miller and his Hair was on hand, but photographer Jay Barker just grabbed a whole beef-truck full of food porn. Enjoy.
Some of Dallas' most successful musicians recount the rebirth of its most storied entertainment district: Deep Ellum.
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 >>
Patrick MichelsThe Old 97's, celebrating the release of The Grand Theatre, Vol. 2, at Borders on Greenville last October I happened to exchange a few notes this morning with Old 97's guitarist Ken Bethea, and turns out the timing couldn't have been better: Just a few minutes ago, Bethea wrote bac ... More >>
Pretty much any idea for a Tumblr page is a good one. Case in point: The person who simply posts every Alan Palomo image they can find. But, OK, this one is really is a great one. Called Fuck Yeah Rock GIFs, the site, created by local music fan and photographer Neff Conner, compiles various shots ... More >>
Ben KwellerThe story of Ben Kweller has been documented pretty relentlessly around these parts--from forming the band Radish at the age of 12 to signing with Mercury Records at 16 after being hailed by critics as "the next Nirvana" to then following his girlfriend to New York where he'd end up re ... More >>
We've already had a lot of things to say about Frisco's inaugural Oysterfest on Saturday, September 25. The bill, an impressive mixture of 15 touring and local bands on two outdoor stages at Lochrann's Irish Pub & Eatery, includes Rhett Miller Bowerbirds, Efterklang, Telegraph Canyon--you get th ... More >>
Well, finally: An email from New West Records today finally gets around to confirming all that hard work and reporting we've been kicking out since April on the next, once-thought-to-be-a-double-album-but-now-known-to-be-a-two-part-release from Dallas' own Old 97's. Meaning: Yes, it'll be called ... More >>
Well, this kinda came out of nowhere: Next week--a week from tomorrow, in fact--the Old 97's will release a four-song covers EP, called Mimeograph, via new West Records. The album, which comes before the band's planned double-album release this fall, finds the old Dallas favorites covering The Ro ... More >>
Seryn, Doug Burr, Telegraph Canyon & the Old 97'sFair Park Centennial BuildingApril 9, 2010Better than: getting a forehead tattoo like one of the guys I saw get ink last night.Patrick MichelsRhett Miller, rocking the eff out at Fair ParkA bringing together of skin and ink wasn't the only atte ... More >>
Time, once again, to bust these gems out.Rhett Miller, if nothing else, should be commended for being quite the active reader. Dude does his homework, that's all I'm saying. First time he and I ever spoke, just a few weeks into my gig here at the Dallas Observer, just how curious an information-s ... More >>
Hal Samples Rhett Miller's benefit show in the Cystic Fibrosis Concert Series took the stage at The Granada Saturday night, with The O's opening the night, and Gordon Keith playing host.There's some video of Keith and Miller onstage at the end of the night over on Unfair Park, but for a complete ... More >>
Yesterday, you'll recall, we gave out five pairs of tickets to tomorrow night's CF Benefit Concert at the Granada Theater featuring Rhett Miller, The O's and Shibboleth. And those tickets? Well, they went pretty darn fast, actually.So lucky for you then that, as promised, we've got three more pai ... More >>
Old 97's, Telegraph CanyonBass Hall, Fort WorthAugust 21, 2009Better than: a night at the opera. Make no mistake: The crowd came to Bass Hall--some dressed in their operahouse best, others in more dive bar attire--for the Old 97's. And though they'd sure get the Old 97's--to the tune of a good 90 ... More >>
For whatever reason, we were feeling like a real team last week--so much so that we gathered up most of the music writing crew here at the Observer and packed everyone into my spacious fake college dorm room office to talk about our favorite local releases of the year (and to take very unlively pict ... More >>
Also: Rhett Miller returns to Dallas to champion a good cause
Friday, October 24, at Nokia Theatre, Grand Prairie
What you missed on DC9 this week as you wondered, "Are they or aren't they?" and collectively dumbed down the entire region... -We saw The New York Times waaaaaaaaay overestimate the amount of fans UNT football has. -We got all "OMFG" about Lisa Loeb's appearance on Gossip Girl. -We got confirmatio ... More >>
It's free. Starts at 8. Doors at 7. Then read my interview with Rhett Miller about the new disc in the Observer tomorrow. --Pete Freedman
Noticed on our music blog yesterday that the Old 97's have a new Christmas song available for purchase on the iTunes. As I am currently saving all my shekels for the Hanukkah -- and, admittedly, a little afraid of any song in which Rhett Miller sings the word "suckled" right out of the gate -- I am ... More >>
Dallas Music Partners declare: "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled musicians."
Area acts get their share of shout-outs
The Instigator (Elektra)
August 2, August 3
Old 97's breaking up? Who told you that?
It doesn't matter what we say or think
London ain't so great
Or: How I went to London to find the next Jam, and found Rhett Miller instead
Those magic bridges; Baby Buddha; Duh; The happy snob
Out with the old, in with the Old '97s
Will this year's best local records survive the millennium?
Rhett Miller wanted to be famous for as long as he can remember. Will the Old 97's upcoming Fight Songs finally make him a star?
With bands like these, who needs Austin anyway?
A Dallas supergroup forms to play...Weezer songs?
Just call these the Old 97's Observer Music Awards
During South by Southwest, the harsh reality is always a free drink away
All the bands that fit,and one that quit
The old world discovers the Old 97's
Meredith L. Miller sleeps with Elvis and dreams with Buddy