• Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Ten Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: July 18-24

    Not only do you have this list of awesome shows to see around DFW this week, but you should know that Fuzzy's Taco Shop opens in Deep Ellum on Monday, so if you live in that neighborhood, "taco" will soon become a verb in your life. See also: - "Johnny Marr, Minus the Bear, Avenged Sevenfold and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Dallas Beer Week Vs. Meddlesome Moth: Drama in the Craft Beer World

    ​After the first Houston Beer Week last year, Houstonians Cathy Clark and Jay Rascoe (aka Guns and Tacos) decided Dallas needed its own week to celebrate craft beer as well, as we first told you back in February. Since then, the events planned for Dallas Beer Week, November 12 through19, have draw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Penny Lazo Works For Universal Records and Gets Celebrities To Pose for Pics With Her Taco.

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we meet the people in the local music scene that you don't see on stages. Penny Lazo. With LMFAO. And a taco. No, the taco isn't real.​Penny Lazo is a DFW-based rep for Universal Records. Despite being very rock 'n' roll in appearance, her main beat is coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Girl Talk Cancels July WinStar Casino Gig. Tonight's Granada Show Is Still On, Though.

    Womp, womp.​Picked up your fresh-off-the-presses print issue of this week's Observer yet? No? Well, go do so right now. We'll wait.Got it? Good! Now, flip the issue open. Not far, just right there after the cover. Yeah, page 3. There, you'll notice -- it's tough not to -- a massive, full-page, col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Coal Vines Goes National

    Image courtesy of Coal Vines​Five-year-old Coal Vines is going national. After a successful licensed launch in Kansas City, Missouri, the bistro concept operated by Nick & Sam's partners Joe Palladino and Phil Romano, has its eyes set on more Texas locations and a national expansion. CoalVine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Q&A: In Advance Of His Saturday Night Benefit Show, Jack Ingram Talks Texas Country, Writing Hits and The Importance of Arts in Schools

    Jack Ingram​Dallas-raised and SMU-educated country star Jack Ingram is still a relatively new name on the national stage for fans that live outside of the Lone Star State. But, for those of us who have lived around these parts for years and have scribbled all sorts of illegible items on the walls ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    The Problem With... Taylor Swift's "Mine"

    ​Taylor Swift's formula for charm makes her accessible to much of America. She's got a Rust Belt background that plays well with the country music audience, a girl next door vibe that pulls in all the young-uns, and a sense of humor that just warms your heart, doesn't it?However, one thing is stic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Show Announcements: The xx, Slobberbone, Speedealer, Electric Six, Local Natives, Forever The Sickest Kids, Blue October and others

    ​When the British indie/new wave/minimalists, The xx released their debut album X last year, the ripple that formed in the blogosphere was somewhat polarizing. But, love 'em or hate 'em, they're bringing their turntables and Dieter's Dance Party haircuts to the Granada Theater on Friday, October 8 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    A Natural Touch Boosts Deep Eddy Above the Wretched Flavored Vodka Market

    ​Sweet tea vodka has its detractors, but few can make a better case against the typically artificial-tasting drink than a tea manufacturer. "You look on the backs of the bottles; they use high-fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring, red dye number five and rotgut vodka, pardon my French," says ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Lilith Fair To Return This Summer With Local Artists And A Dallas Stop

    This logo wasn't lying. ​In yet another sign that the '90s are back, or perhaps never really ended, Lilith Fair is returning this summer with a 33-city schedule (including Dallas) revealed so far. Even better news: the lineup is strong enough that you won't have to promise your boyfriend a blowjob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Checking In With St. Vincent, Neon Indian and Nick Jonas. Because, Duh, We're Obsessed.

    Because it's OK to kill three birds with one stone...Check the above video, posted to Stereogum this morning, of St. Vincent performing her song "The Party" in Basel, Switzerland, with a little help from her European tourmate, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear. It's an impressive take--for a few reason ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2007

    Cheap Sugarland Tickets Tonight

    OK, our bad. We may be about six hours late getting you cheap concert ticket info, but hey, you still have six more hours to take advantage of it. For you country music fans, AEG Live sent out word that today only, tickets for the CMT on Tour show with Sugarland, Little Big Town and Jake Owen are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2006

    "Eat My Bush" and Other Likely Signs

    This is an anti-Bush rally in Salt Lake City--or about three more people than we expect to see this afternoon and Tuesday in downtown Dallas. Beleaguered by approval ratings still mired below 40 percent and a likely-probable-maybe-dunno routing by Congressional democrats, President Bush is seeking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2006

    Time for "The Times" To Weigh in on DeLay Doc

    Yesterday's New York Times' Arts & Leisure section had a small piece on a movie we've written since last summer--and just about every week since we started this danged blog. Stephanie Goodman asked: What becomes of local filmmakers Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck's movie The Big Buy: How Tom DeLay ... More >>

  • News

    June 2, 2005

    Number Crunched

    Self-Appointed lottery watchdog Dawn Nettles keeps her eye on the balls-and has some, too.

  • Film

    April 24, 2003

    Raising the Bar

    At last, the USA Film Festival is back under the influence

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Death in the Desert

    Gary Patterson flew to El Paso for a job interview--and never returned. It took nearly two years for the Texas Rangers and Waco police to unravel the bizarre web of lies and treachery that led to his disappearance.

  • Film

    December 30, 1999

    Blurred vision

    What will 1999 be remembered for -- Malkovich's head or Cartman's ass?

  • News

    October 14, 1999

    Reel challenge

    Twenty-eight years after its creation, the once-proud USA Film Festival has lost its focus. Can, and will, two new area film fests fill the void?

  • Film

    January 7, 1999

    Waiting was the hardest part

    Terrence Malick emerges after 20 years with his complex but compelling The Thin Red Line

  • Film

    May 22, 1997

    Spielberg's Lost

    Director digs up more dinos to prove--maybe--he's still a little playful

  • News

    December 22, 1994

    Presumed horizontal

    Thief uses bed rest study to duck trial