Socrates once said, "Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful, or of him who is ill-educated un ... More >>
One question you'll always be asked, forever, is about the band at the first concert you ever saw. The first ever concert I attended, at 13, was Texas (I know, right?). Texas is a frankly awful indie pop band from Scotland, and for this one tour they were inexplicably popular enough to book arenas. ... More >>
Shakespeare Dallas updates the look but not the language (or length) of Macbeth.
Damn. Eating that freezer burrito made you feel like an awful human being. But, exactly how awful? Wish there was a way to know exactly how much shame you should feel when you eat a horrible, awful food? Wish. Effing. Granted. Above is our very helpful, very scientific Universal Food Shame Scale: ... More >>
One actor, 42 characters, sound effects, musical score and more Hobbits than you can shake a crooked stick at -- Charles Ross' performance of his One Man Lord of the Rings show will open this year's Out of the Loop Fringe Festival at Addison's WaterTower Theatre on March 1. Ross, 37, was a big audi ... More >>
Every decent-sized courthouse in the country has its own serial pain in the ass, the guy who thinks nothing of suing the kids who threw a ball over his fence or the cat who pooped in his yard. But there's a special subset of filing addicts: the inmates who while away their time in the pokey filing k ... More >>
The Shakespeare expose no one has been waiting for.
It's a tight squeeze in the Death Cab.With only about a month until Death Cab For Cutie releases their seventh album, Codes And Keys, it's a good time to ask yourself: "What would Zach Braff do?" Easy answer: He'd buy tickets for their upcoming concert. Death Cab, as they're known by those "in th ... More >>
Sink the Bismarck! from BrewDog on Vimeo.Scotland's Brewdog brewery made headlines early this year with Sink The Bismarck!, a 41-percent ABV quadruple IPA that surpassed German brewery Schorschbrau's 40-percent ABV Schorsbock 40% as the world's strongest beer. Schorsbock 40% had earlier one-upped Br ... More >>
21-year-old area singer-songwriter Emily Elbert's no stranger to local music fans, having performed her fair share of gigs at Opening Bell and the Kessler Theater in recent years since picking up the guitar at age 15. She's no stranger to the Internet either: Her jazzy, acoustic take on Michael Jack ... More >>
PixiesA huge thanks to the Friend of DC9 who emailed this morning to pass along a note he'd noticed while scoping the Pixies' MySpace page today: This morning, the Pixies announced via a blog post on the social media site that they will be touring again come the fall, hitting 11 U.S. cities and s ... More >>
Night One of SXSW 2010 saw things kick off on quite the bitchin' note--and not just because of the big names. They were around, sure--Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Broken Bells and Spoon all shared a stage at Stubb's (and a massive line to get in, natch)--but there was plenty else to see without ... More >>
In a press release sent out Thursday night, Bowling for Soup revealed the details of its upcoming album, Sorry For Partyin'. Oh, and it unveiled more details about its crotch-shot of a music video, "My Wena"... Far as the album's concerned, the pop-punk band's tenth release will see the lig ... More >>
[Last week, we asked a few bands to check in with us from time to time over the course of the week to tell us about their SXSW experiences. Now, with the fest over, those diatribes are starting to show. Here's Telegraph Canyon frontman Chris Johnson's SXSW diary, for your reading pleasure...] Hal S ... More >>
The people from Glenliv...Glenlivesh came thish morning wit' foor bottles of Scotsh--foor bottle!!!! An it wash at work, sho our editor jus hadto shut his fat mouf and watch us drink Scotsh. Foor bottle... four. An tol' him to fugg off...Wilonsky too.[Editor's note: What they are trying to say is th ... More >>
How the British monarchy survived the death
of the people's princess
Dallas' Rehash was buried in vinyl crates. Luckily, Belle and Sebastian dug through those crates.
A hunk, a hunk of birthday love
Playwright Tracy Letts gets the last laugh on Dallas
When the boyfriend passes away, Morvern Callar may play
Circle Theatre's new play about Victorian values needs a swift kick in the arse
Spell it out, Double-ya; Name game; American Atheists
After six years, The Toadies' new album is finally finished, and it's good. So why isn't it out yet?
The members of Bis are growing up, but they're not grown-ups...yet
The Chieftains prove folk music can be popular -- as long as you record with Elvis Costello and The Rolling Stones
You're a fool if you missed it
Ken Loach's My Name Is Joe offers up an unsentimental local hero
The Jesus and Mary Chain love rock and roll, again
The beer and the company are great at the Tipperary Inn. Just stay away from the food.
Deep in the heart of western swing with a Scot on a mission
Boyle and company riff romantic conventions--but they don't really care enough about them
Religion obsession and the quest for God make tough, terrific Waves
The industry aims for the heart of Christmas-- with a shotgun
Crow son-in-law gets six months in a Dallas halfway house for his dealings witha Libyan finance minister
Trainspotting delivers a riotous, disturbing portrait of heroin addiction
Trammell Crow's son-in-law admits to illegal dealings with Libya
David Pasztor unravels a tangeled tale of death and international intrigue
New York advisor indicted in 'Libyan connection' scheme
Mel Gibson talks about Braveheart, movie stardom, and media treachery
Three new films offer different takes on the myth of the romantic hero