All week at City of Ate, we celebrate the magic of the taco. This story, by Taco Trail's Jose Ralat Maldonado, originally appeared in the Observer in 2011, and the accompanying photos, by Danny Fulgencio, were honored by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. "Pistol-whipping" dick jokes, lit ... More >>
Vanessa Hudgens proves truer than Gimme Shelter.
Sometimes a lack of tradition can be a tradition unto itself. I think there are people in my life who feel bad about that, but having no obligations during the holidays brings the same wild sense of freedom as having a vacation day while the rest of the world works. The day is your own, the streets ... More >>
This Saturday, Dallas-based music blog Gorilla Vs. Bear hosted their third annual festival at Granada Theater. Local music fans flocked to the historic venue to watch Booty Fade, Empress Of, HAERTS, Blue Hawaii, and Danny Brown share the stage. We talked to the crowd to see how the night's festiviti ... More >>
There's a lot happening in music around here -- a lot has happened this week, in fact. In this sprawling metropolitan music scene, with a kaleidoscopic framework of ever-changing people and bands and venues and ideas, a lot happens at once. The only thing we know for sure is that the people who make ... More >>
Christian Chavarria is a talented jazz musician, and former UNT Jazz student, who has become so tireless in his trek to grow, produce and expose young artists he's had to backburner his own projects for now. Chavarria has been working under vocal coach Linda Septien (Jessica Simpson, Selena Gomez) a ... More >>
Spring Breakers is Harmony Korine's most accessible -- and yet his most experimental -- movie yet.
Spring Breakers’ provocative director on the darkness beneath college partiers’ booze, boobs, and bad decisions.
See also: The problem with Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is one of those songs that tricks you. You only have to hear it once to know all the words. Not just the chorus, ALL OF THE WORDS. Who knows where you even heard it the first time? The problem is you ... More >>
Justin BieberMonday, October 29, at American Airlines Center, $52.71-$103.90Though he's one of the most disliked artists in the world, I predict this show will sell out quicker than it takes load the video for "Baby." Of course, Dallas has a special place in Biebs' heart. His girlfriend Selena Gomez ... More >>
Every wave of music coming out of Canada is quite the "melange." In the most recent one, Drake's fame is pulling up Toronto R&B artists The Weeknd and Melanie Fiona. We also have elves like Grimes and Purity Ring tinkering around with their precursors, from Skinny Puppy to Nelly Furtado. Conversely ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes. In 1984, Linda Septien was performing opera in Italy. Inspired, she flew to Nashville to do her own recordings. "You suck," the producer told her. "You have no feeling at all." She put the brakes on and decided ... More >>
Mike MezeulBroken Social Scene at the House of BluesThe number of good shows and exciting, inspiring, heartbreaking moments in the Dallas music scene this year were, to put it SO very mildly...numerous. It probably can go with out saying. Except we're going to say it. We're going to talk about it ... More >>
Tim HalperinLast week we ran a quick item about American Idol contestant, Tim Halperin, and his publicity stunt leading up to the release of his new record, Rise & Fall. He was to sit in a mock jail cell at Plano's Shops At Legacy for 28 hours leading up the expiration of his dreaded American ... More >>
Selena Gomez Gexa Energy Pavillion August 31, 2011 Better than: hearing your 12-year-old sing lyrics about probing aliens and ménage a trois.Rachel ParkerSelena Gomez playing to her hometown crowd at the Gexa Energy Pavilion last night. For more photos, check out the slideshow.To the sounds of ... More >>
Begrudgingly, yes.Dallas has a serious case of Bieber Fever, y'all. In addition to the fact that we can expect a nude statue of Bieber and his Grand Prairie-raised girlfriend, Selena Gomez, to be housed inside of the city limits at the end of the month, today comes the news that the City of Forne ... More >>
Selena GomezIt's been kind of a weird week for Selena Gomez. And, thing is, it started out so great, too. At Sunday night's Teen Choice Awards, the Grand Prairie native took home five surf boards (used instead of trophies, naturally), second only to Taylor Swift, who won six. But Gomez, let's fac ... More >>
"Justin and Selena as One."The announcement yesterday from 46-year-old Connecticut-based sculptor Daniel Edwards -- that he'd created a (mostly) nude sculpture of teenage music superstars Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, and that it would soon be put on public display in an adult store right here ... More >>
Not sure whether this is creepy, amazing or both, but, alas, a "famed" sculptor named Daniel Edwards -- responsible for such past classics as a nude Paris Hilton playing with her dog and a nude Britney Spears giving birth on her hands and knees -- has gone and created a bronze statue of Grand Pr ... More >>
Yesterday marked the 53rd anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. Launched in 1958, the chart combined statistics gleaned from both radio airplay and sales of individual singles to determine a single's popularity. Today, the Hot 100 chart is topped by LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" -- proo ... More >>
It's been about a month since we wrote off Colleyville's Own Demi Lovato, saying that she'd been officially overtaken as Disney's top starlet by her BFF, Grand Prairie's Own Selena Gomez. Last week, though, Lovato struck back. Well, not really. But she did release the music video for her new single ... More >>
One small step for local music. One giant leap for local music videos.Can't really pin down a specific reason for this, but there sure have been a lot of local music video releases in the past few weeks. Good ones, too, and featuring bands that run the entire local gamut. There's a new Centro-mat ... More >>
Can you smell it? That intoxicating blend of corporate America, young Hollywood and mall food courts wafting around town today -- that's from one Selena Gomez, who is indeed back home in Dallas today, promoting the two fairly major projects on her immediate horizon, her FOX studio film called Mo ... More >>
Transgender "travesty shows" help fill the seats at Dallas taquerías.
Now this is just weird: The above video is just one of many, many clips that Jay Herrod of Colorado has posted to YouTube, obsessing over Disney starlet and Grand Prairie's Own Selena Gomez.Welcome to the downside of celebrity, Selena! Seems somewhat reminiscent of the very creepy documentary I Thi ... More >>
EisleyIf you've already picked up a copy of this weeks Dallas Observer, you might have noticed our music feature on Tyler band Eisley, who will be in town at The Loft on Saturday night with Ives The Band, and Christie DuPree. The story sheds light on the ups and downs that the band has experience ... More >>
We now have two new factors in our ongoing "Demi Lovato vs. Selena Gomez: Who's Hotter?" discussion: party ability and fighting ability.According to the Huffington Post, which reported last week that the 18-year-old Disney starlet Lovato entered into rehab for "emotional and physical issues," the ... More >>
Earlier this week, we shared with you Selena Gomez's new music video for "A Year With No Rain," a clip that finds the freshly 18-year-old Grand Prairie native touting her new of-age appeal. Meanwhile, on Sunday night at the Superpages.com Center, Gomez's BFF and fellow Disney Channel-approved st ... More >>
Grand Prairie's Own Selena Gomez has a new album called A Year Without Rain due out later this month, and, late last week, she debuted the new music video for that album's lead single and title track. And, in case there was any doubt as to whether Disney was gonna change up its marketing of is one-t ... More >>
Listen: I'm not one to get into too many Internet flame wars. Especially not inter-city ones. (We've got plenty of petty bullshit to put up with here, thanks.) But, OK, since these dudes think I should say something about the post written yesterday by our pals at the Houston Press music blog call ... More >>
Past her prime already?Another month, another North Texan gets added to the kinda impressive Lilith Fair tour lineup...Yep: Today comes the news that Grand Prairie's own Dis-kid, Selena Gomez (who our sister paper down in Houston is already pegging as past her prime at just 17 years old), has bee ... More >>
The local mall punk scene? Not in danger of dying, folks. Not any time soon, at least. Look no further than Dallas' own Disco Curtis for the proof. The band just released the above video for its song "Ashley," and, for a brief moment on Saturday afternoon, it was the most-watched video on MySpace, b ... More >>
Erykah Badu with Yo Gabba Gabba Live! at Dr Pepper Arena on Saturday, November 28Erykah Badu, mother of three, did a dancey-dance with the Yo Gabba Gabba! gang at the Dr Pepper Arena over the weekend. I don't have kids, so I'm out of the loop. But Wikipedia tells me Andy Samberg appeared on the TV s ... More >>
Since Disney teen star Selena Gomez is apparently all about promoting local produce (seen her Borden milk commercials yet?), I guess we can return the favor and mention this: The Grand Prairie native has joined forces with her fellow Dallas suburbanites in Forever the Sickest Kids to record a remix ... More >>
Or so one can glean from the Associated Press piece, datelined in Carrollton, that ran in the Morning News and in countless other outlets this past weekend. (No big deal, but we've already covered this ground, AP! Only, well, not so gushingly...) This piece, which compares Barney to The Mickey Mouse ... More >>
A few brief notes to pass along that some DC9 maybe, kinda, sorta, might, could possibly be interested in...Over on Unfair Park, Robert's got the goods on an item that the New York Times and others are all over: George Steel, the man who was tapped to lead the Dallas Opera five months ago, has alrea ... More >>
In a year that saw Ozzy, the Jonases and The New York Times storm through North Texas, which area music stories will go down as the most important of 2008?
MTV News this morning has a delightful little feature looking back on the year that was 2008--in Jonas Brothers romances. Seems Westlake's own abstinence-pledging JoBros have had themselves quite the year in love, having been seen about town with tween music starlets Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and T ... More >>
She's now lined up to be the next Hannah Montana.
Dallas' Demi Lovato Till, oh, 13 minutes ago I'd never heard the name Demi Lovato -- which, admittedly, is a little surprising, as the TV in our house does occasionally find itself tuned to the Disney Channel, courtesy a remote-control-savvy 4-year-old with whom we share the space. Regardless, the 1 ... More >>