Journey With Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Sunday, May 25, 2014 There's something about hearing songs like "Lights," "Only the Young" and "Don't Stop Believin'" that never truly gets old, no matter how many times you hear them or how old you are. The audience at ... More >>
For Every ZZ Top and Steve Miller our state produces, there are thousands of bands that either wallow in obscurity or just get by with endless, backbreaking tours and the hope of having enough cash to finance some studio time. Here are some acts that should have hit the big time in their day and a ... More >>
Since Hart Ward penned his classic "Dallas Blues" in 1912, the city has established a proud tradition in the blues genre with its performers, venues and documentarians. Today, Dallas' blues legacy remains in the hands of a smaller number of people than it has in years past. But some, like Wanda King ... More >>
On December 7, in the diminishing dusk light of the parking lot across the street from Wells Fargo on University Drive in Denton, Richard Haskins sat alone in a red, 1984 four-door Mercedes. Wearing a black Misfits t-shirt, khaki cargo shorts and a pair of low-top black Converse, he looked at the ba ... More >>
Just got off the phone with Will Johnson a few minutes ago for an upcoming story related to the upcoming, pretty epic-looking Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase. He's a good dude -- you may recall his, Centro-matic and South San Gabriel's efforts a few weeks back to do what they could to help ... More >>
At last night's Gasland screening, an environmentalist activist of some note noted how much he enjoyed reading Unfair Park ... for the Friday musical offerings, many of which were echoes of shows he'd once attended. Then, this afternoon, a request from another Friend of Unfair Park: Steive Nicks ... More >>
GregoGet yours today.Aaron "T-Bone" Walker died 36 years ago, almost to the day; the 7-year-old who lives in my house notified me of this over breakfast Wednesday as he read from the this-day-in-history section of the morning paper. He asked, "Who was T-Bone Walker?" I gave him the short answer: ... More >>
Besides Hayes Carll continuing his North Texas tour of clubs (tonight's stop is at The Aardvark in Cowtown), there are a couple of other interesting musical options also going on tonight.
He may not have earned himself an award nomination from the Blues Foundation like fellow Dallas native Steve Miller for his work this year, but, hey, the Dallas-born Jimmie Vaughan had other things fall his way in 2010 -- like, say, a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album for his Pla ... More >>
Back in June, Steve Miller and his Band released a new album called Bingo!, it's first studio release since 1993's Wide River, believe it or not. Of course, it didn't exactly feature new material -- instead, it featured cover songs from artists such as B.B. King, Lowell Fulson and Jimmy Reed. The ... More >>
Stephen MaskerSee more from Urbania at the West Village in our slideshow.First of all, before the palace intrigue, we must wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. As we alerted yesterday, West Village-goers got a big treat from last night in the form of a massive country star: yes, oh yes, it was Kei ... More >>
Stephen MaskerSomewhere in the middle of all this is Keith Urban.Maybe you heard: Keith Urban taped a mini-set -- which included a hometown homage to St. Mark's grad Steve Miller -- in the West Village tonight, in advance of his halftime performance during Cowboys-Saints. Our Stephen Masker was 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 >>
Owen Wilson, from the forthcoming book Top Dogs and Their PetsCurrent Dallas Morning News photographer David Woo and former Dallas Morning News photographer Richard Pruitt have been moonlighting on a side project: a coffee-table book titled Top Dogs and Their Pets, proceeds from which toward resc ... More >>
See our slideshow for more photos from Woodrow's 80th.Out in front of Woodrow Wilson High School Saturday morning, Tom Hopkins sat on the back of his '57 Corvette, watching the parade roll in. The 1968 graduate had the look of someone well trained in the art of leaning on his car, quietly judging an ... More >>
More than a few Woodrow Wilson High School Wildcats have sent reminders in recent days that Saturday marks the landmark's 80th birthday: The day starts with a 10 a.m. parade from the Lakewood Shopping Plaza to the city-designated landmark and ends with a battle-of-the-bands shindig at Eddie Dean's. ... More >>
Yes, I'm pumped about The Dark Knight. But that ain't why I'm posting a picture of the late, great Heath Ledger as The Joker. No sirree. I'm doing it because we just got two pairs of tickets to give away to tonight's Steve Miller Band and Joe Cocker show at Superpages.com Center. And, well, I could ... More >>
Just two guitarslingers from Dallas way: Jimmie Vaughan and Steve Miller On Monday on Fong Songs there appeared the damnedest thing I've ever heard: a Steve Miller Band demo titled "Take the Joker and Run," which must be the earliest mash-up in recorded history, as it's more or less the lyrics to "T ... More >>
Sparrowbox, the tongue-in-cheek experimental punk and psychedelic outfit led by Gerard Dirkx, former frontman of legendary Dallas 70’s new wave band The Telefones, is taking mockery to new heights. In a recent email, Dirkx states that the Dallas Times Herald (which, y'know, folded in '91) “jus ... More >>
Bottle Rocket lights up the Inwood
A beautiful duet: multi-Dallas Observer Music Award winner Sarah Jaffe and photographer Hal Samples A few more notes from last night's Dallas Observer Music Awards ... Throughout the day Hal Samples will be uploading to his store all the photos he snapped at last night's shindig. The proceeds from ... More >>
Soul music legend Bobby Patterson will headline our Music Awards August 14 at the Granada. You miss this, you miss everything. Because, see, when Jim Schutze gets pissed off at Wick Allison or Tim Rogers over at FrontBurner, he posts to Unfair Park. But when our current music editor takes issue with ... More >>
ZZ Top and friends rock Smirnoff
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Hey, hey, it's Mike Nesmith--the Thomas Jefferson High School alum who was more than a mere Monkee. What's that smell coming from today's offerings? Incense, most likely--something, anything, to mask the musk engulfing the late 1960s punk-pop-a-roll coming outta Big D waaaay back when. It's a crazy ... More >>
A law-practicing Friend of Unfair Park who loves good music and hates expensive bridges shoots us this missive in response to this morning's post about Dallas' musical legacy and the lack of a museum to honor it: "For a view of how to do [a museum right], see the greatest museum of them all. You c ... More >>
Lisa Diaz had to save her "precious babies" from an evil world. She drowned them.
Jenufa helps women in need
Why is the most important producer in rock history a footnote?
Regan laughs at language, life and stuff in between
Ether Song (Astralwerks)
Saturday Night Live's prime player is rapidly outgrowing television's small screen
Red Garland played with legends and then became one. So why is he barely known in his hometown?
Will Clay died an unsung minor hero of Dallas rock and roll
Although the food is a cut above, Moonshine Cafe needs to sharpen its service
Steve Miller learned everything he knows about music while living in Dallas--but has he forgotten it all?
Jimmie Vaughan is two albums into a solo career he didn't necessarily want
Jon Cunningham and his post-modern vaudeville
Judge tells the Nightcaps that ZZ Top aren't "copycats"
A few clubs and a few bands do not a "music town" make