In America, politics and music have been tied together since the very beginning. Benjamin Franklin played multiple instruments, including the violin, harp and guitar, and he even invented one: the glass harmonica. Thomas Jefferson, who played the violin, used music to woo his wife, Martha, who pla ... More >>
Dallas is home to one of the richest religious music scenes in the country. Over the summer, we'll be attending services, both big and small, of many denominations, as well talking to musicians, directors and pastors. Raised Baptist and currently Lutheran, Cynthia Fruth has performed at many diffe ... More >>
Ever heard the quotation, "Past is prologue"? The U.S. Supreme Court apparently hasn't, and its ruling Tuesday on the Voting Rights Act virtually assured that we're doomed to repeat history. In an incredible sweep, the majority chucked the nearly unanimous, bipartisan will of Congress and dismantled ... More >>
Do you want to know if Chan Marshall imploded last night at South Side Music Hall? The line to get in the place spills out of the long alley in front of the door and into the industrial blacktop that surrounds the complex. The crowd is whoever: pretty people and people who look more like me, peopl ... More >>
Did you ever think it would be totally awesome to have your very own fire truck and instead holding water, it held beer? And that you could drive your shiny big red truck around town and throw the most amazing parties, cementing the fact that you are the coolest guy or gal ever? Then, at night you'd ... More >>
Highland Park Gets Its Very Own Italian Restaurant and Specialty Shop.
Given Texas's dicey history with electoral rights, the Obama Administration has expressed concern in recent months about the state's new Voter ID law, which requires voters to bring government-issued identification to the polls. So the state, naturally, is suing to put the new and allegedly discrimi ... More >>
Sometimes, introductions simply aren't necessary. That may be due to the enormity of the subject's status as a legend, or perhaps it can be credited to the fact that the artist doesn't need anyone to handle the talking for him. Both scenarios apply to the one and only Charlie Daniels. In the ... More >>
Rachel LaineCampo Modern Bistro opened this week at 1115 N. Beckley Ave. in Oak Cliff. Owners Miguel Vicéns and John Paul Valverde of Coevál Studios recruited Matt McCallister, formerly of Stephan Pyles, to run the kitchen. McCallister has been dabbling in many different things lately, in ... More >>
New report finds the Lone Star swimming in deep debt.
Scott was really hoping for first place.The Association of Food Journalists met in South Carolina over the weekend, presumably engaging in heated debates over critic anonymity and restaurant-review waiting periods and whether a large slab of bacon should be carved into Mount Rushmore. (Of cou ... More >>
The voter ID law passed by Texas lawmakers in May continues its circuit among activists, lawmakers, academics and social commentators as a discriminatory, unjustified and absolutely necessary measure, depending on who's yelling. Words like "voter fraud" on the right and "disenfranchisement" o ... More >>
Are you listening, old people?
This bulb, currently on the extinction list, has become an ideological symbol in Texas and across the nation.Earlier this year, state Rep. Marva Beck looked up at the elegant light fixtures above the House floor in Austin and decided they would be ruined by "squiggly" energy-efficient bulbs. ... More >>
A peek inside the Meddlesome Moth's formidable walk-in cooler reveals kegs carefully piled on top of each other, carefully placed to maximize efficiency like some oversized game of beer Tetris with as many as 120 kegs at a time in the cooler. Some have been there or strategically placed in variou ... More >>
Don't laugh, we'll actually see this jersey on the mound for the Rangers this seasonA year ago today we were dissecting the depth of a Texas Rangers' pitching staff anchored by No. 1 and 2 starters named Scott Feldman and Rich Harden. Hopefully that perspective will soften the blow of ... More >>
Talked to former Texas Rangers' CEO and managing general partner Chuck Greenberg yesterday. You know, the guy who helped usher Tom Hicks out of the franchise, who dragged the team out of bankruptcy, who spearheaded the out-bidding of Mark Cuban in court and who hand-picked Nolan Ryan as a ... More >>
Garden & Gun magazine yesterday stirred up the soda world with news that Cheerwine can now be ordered online, a development that should excite the drink's many fans in Dallas. "Every single day we have someone asking about Cheerwine," says Scott Causey, who staffs The Soda Gallery in the Bis ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I'm going to be extremely disappointed gutted if the Rangers don't sign Cliff Lee, hopefully during next week's Winter Meetings in Florida. Sorry, but a consolation prize of Zack Greinke - or ... More >>
Former SMU player-turned-Cowboys' stud Bryan McCann got me to thinking. Has an undrafted guy ever made such an immediate impact in Dallas? An interception return of 101 yards one week, followed by a 97-yard punt return the following week is impressive. But he'd better keep it up ... More >>
Another Wednesday rolls around, and there are a number of intriguing musical options with it...
Wade GriffithDylan SneedBack in 2008, after years of hitting nearly every coffee house in DFW, Dylan Sneed decided to leave the area and venture out on a journey across America. That journey finally led him to South Carolina, where he recorded his new full-length, Texodus, with a hoard of frie ... More >>
My graduate degree, like most, hasn't been good for much. But today -- and, I strongly suspect, today only -- it qualifies me to expertly parse the most attention-getting exchange of the Elana Kagan confirmation hearings. When Lindsay Graham yesterday pressed Elana Kagan to recall where she ... More >>
Sixty-six-year-old Levander Carlton McLean and his wife Rita Murphy McLean, who's 21 years his junior, are gonna be spending a little time apart -- five years or so, give or take, thanks to U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, who yesterday sentenced the Garland couple to federal prison for using fake d ... More >>
The sooner he gets here, the better. My in-depth analysis of Rangers’ first-round draft choice Justin Smoak goes something like this: Can he be here by 7:05 p.m.? By most accounts, the switch-hitting first baseman from South Carolina is the next Chipper Jones or Mark Texeira. For damn sur ... More >>
Lil Stevie. (NBC Photo/ Heidi Gutman) Steven Van Zandt just called to chat about his syndicated Underground Garage radio show, which can once again be heard on 92.5 KZPS-FM at 10 p.m. on Sunday nights. Now in its seventh year, the show can be heard on more than 140 stations and around the world o ... More >>
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