Punk rock is an unusual genre. Punk shows can be exhilarating, enthralling, chaotic, confrontational and offensive. Last night at the House of Blues, it was all of those and less. I've been going to see punk bands for over three decades and I thought I had just about seen and heard it all. Then I w ... More >>
Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy hasn't always had it as easy as he does now. After having a hit and miss high school career due to the effects of bi-polar disorder, Wentz played with several Chicago area punk acts before hitting the big time with Fall Out Boy. From his house in Southern California and ... More >>
When City Council member Dwaine Caraway proposed a ban on single-use bags (paper and plastic) earlier this year, it seemed like another of the sweeping but ineffectual campaigns he fixes onto every so often. Sort of like the sagging-pants thing, except less entertaining. But then, in June, the measu ... More >>
So-Cal Tacos was one of the first food trucks to hit the Dallas scene just two quick years ago, before the city even had rules established for such ventures. In September of 2011, we reported on stringent codes that actually prevented So-Cal Taco's owner, Scott Wooley, among others, from wandering o ... More >>
I'm not gonna lie, you guys, Robert Plant is one of my longtime idols, so anything below the blurb that Gavin Cleaver wrote below about him and his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, is purely filler (KIDDING!). The important thing here is that Robert Plant is legend. He is coming to town. An ... More >>
So, I think they're being facetious, but not totally sure. Tone is so hard to detect in the written word sometimes. Regardless, Food & Think on Smithsonian.com offers a lesson about our nation's growing thirst for sodas through the history of Big Gulps. The title of the article is "We Have Texas the ... More >>
OK, so there are no more jokes to make about Taco Bell pushing the boundaries of hyperbole with their new fast food items. It's done. It's all done. Can we be done? Somewhere in between Idiocracy references, Inception, the zombie apocalypse and our heads exploding like the guy in Scanners, we're out ... More >>
Slayer's social media outlets are reporting that founding member Jeff Hanneman died Thursday morning at 11am, of liver failure. A constant of the band from his first meeting with Kerry King in 1981 until taking his leave from the band in 2011 due to a case of necrotizing fasciitis potentially contra ... More >>
Another busy month has come and gone and with it a handful of restaurants have opened and closed. Read on for the full list of restaurants happenings in January, and be sure to share tips about new and/or dead restaurants in the comments section below or at email@example.com. Openings: Suns ... More >>
The new, new, old Sunset is back. And this time it has gone tiki-style. Wednesday marked the grand re-reopening of the bar on Ross Avenue, this time with Free Range Concepts owners Josh Sepkowitz and Kyle Noonan and celebutender Lucky Campbell heading up the bar program. According to the bar's swank ... More >>
Calexico, Bahamas Tuesday, January 22, at Granada Theater, $18-$29 The last time Calexico rolled through Dallas for their 2008 release, Carried to Dust, they were as effortless as a tumbleweed, but harnessed the power of a sand storm. It's no news that since the mid '90s, Tucson, Arizona's Calexico ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
Tuesday, January 22, at Trees
Over the course of 14 albums and countless cassette-only releases, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats has become one of the best (and busiest) singer/songwriters around. While his songs can be depressing and dark, Darnielle's sense of exploration is simply remarkable. Whether it's writing about me ... More >>
Sigur Rós Monday, April 8, at Verizon Theatre, $42.75 In a follow-up to their run of summer festivals, Sigur Rós have announced their largest North American tour to date, set to kick off next spring. Although the Icelandic band put out its most ambient-leaning album, Valtari, earlier this year, t ... More >>
Bulgogi meets tacos, and nachos, and hot dogs, and more.
Chris Kluwe is prying open America's last closet: major-league sports.
Last week, workers at Wal-Mart stores in Southern California walked off the job in what was, per Salon, the first multi-store strike in the retail giant's history. Today, the protest made its way to Dallas. Workers at nine area Wal-Mart stores walked off the job this morning to demand higher wages ... More >>
Earlier this week, I got a tip from a commenter that another hot dog restaurant is opening soon: Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs from Orange County, California. See Also: - Hofmann's Hot Dog Restaurant - The Bowery's Bogus Dogs Today I talked to the franchise owner Joe Corcoran, who is originally from D ... More >>
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a specialty coffee and tea cafe, is set to open at 15250 Dallas North Tollway this Friday, September 28. On Thursday, however, from 4:00 to 7:00 they're hosting an open house and customers can sample the goods for free. The Coffee Bean is originally out of Southern Cali ... More >>
Brooklyn via Southern California band Delta Spirit have certainly spread their wings over the course of three studio albums. Managing to go from the lo-fi, alt-country stylings of their 2008 debut, Ode to Sunshine, to their new, shimmering, self-titled offering while still sounding very much like th ... More >>
Want to give yourself a good case of the climate-change willies? Go to climatecentral.org, click on their report on sea level rise and look for Texas. We could be in for it worse than California, depending on how you measure. When national media talk about sea-level rises, they tend to focus on New ... More >>
"Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air gives the hotel a serious restaurant and the chef an ideal California spot." How many stars is that? The Los Angeles Times recently ditched its star rating system. Russ Parsons, the food editor at the Times, says the system is dated, especially considering the rapi ... More >>
Lately we've talked a lot about how the Dallas food scene is moving past plates of melted cheese. But let this stand as a warning to the fancy-pants chefs in this town: Melted cheese will always have a place here. You hear that? Always. And that's how I justify the nachos I shared at lunch yesterda ... More >>
Shelby Lynne The Kessler Theater Friday, January 27 Shelby Lynne does things her way, and that's how it was Friday at The Kessler. She has a voice that rivals anyone in terms of control, clarity and power, with a honeyed Southern twang used to good effect. She applies that amazing instrument to her ... More >>
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Matt Damon needs your love.
Musicians are undoubtedly influenced by the music they listen to. And an artist's musical selection at any given moment can sometimes even foretell what a next album might sound like. So if you've ever wondered what the artists who grace your stereo are getting funky to, here's your chance to find o ... 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 >>
Jerry RutherfordWithin Deep Ellum's metal scene, Jerry Rutherford is everybody's friend. It seems like he's at all the shows, always up to do a shot and let out that rallying, supportive cry-of-the-rocker that barely edges up above the volume of whichever hard rock act is blaring not far in front ... More >>
Ocean Prime DallasWhile Sonny Pache, 29, was studying finance in college in Ohio, he always ended up cooking for his five roommates. Apparently he wasn't half bad, because the roommates were always telling him he should trade in formulas for recipes and go to culinary school. Eventually he listen ... More >>
Scott Gottlich, chef and co-owner of Bijoux and The Second Floor.From a bachelor's degree in history at the University of Oklahoma to restaurant owner and chef, Scott Gottlich's career progression may seem odd. But that's the path -- with a few important stops in between -- that led the Dalla ... More >>
Authority ZeroArizona's Authority Zero has been making music for going on 20 years -- but not without some roadblocks. Various battles with record companies and management types have resulted in lineup changes that would have permanently crippled most bands. Somehow, though, singer Jason DeVore h ... More >>
Saturday, June 18, at Fair Park
Meddlesome Moth's Chad Kelley at work, pairing food with the restaurant's enormous beer collection.The problem with bars with food is bar food. But Chad Kelley, 34, executive chef at the Meddlesome Moth, has fixed that problem with choices like meat pies, mothballs, venison tartare, arctic ch ... More >>
California folk-rock act Dawes has had a whirlwind couple of years. Since abandoning the more hard-charging rock vibe they boasted before the departure of former co-songwriter Blake Mills, the SoCal act has gained steam, interestingly enough, by becoming more musically laid-back. And there's been pl ... More >>
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Still fishing; Mixed hash
P.F. Chang's polishes Chinese fare with an American bistro veneer