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    November 21, 2014

    Freddie Jones is the Trumpet Player Behind Every Dallas Cowboys National Anthem

    Trumpet player Freddie Jones makes the word "casually" seem too studious an adjective. He sits inside a coffee house in Carrollton, cutting off golden, flaky morsels of apple pie as he remembers getting a call from the Dallas Cowboys. A trumpet player by trade, Jones plays the national anthem before ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    Journey Played the Hits and Some Deep Cuts at Gexa Energy Pavilion

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    The Libertine's Brass-Knuckle Corn Dog Beat Down Was Gross. And Fun.

    The Libertine Bar might have been a massive arena yesterday. There were all the markings of a serious sports event. The Star Spangled Banner was sung, not so terribly, by a single performer and eventually half the bar. Hair follicles stood on end. A dizzying flurry of camera flashes marked the start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    The Five Best DFW Band Vines From April

    Another month has ended and that month has given us even more peeks into the social media world of local acts through the use of everyone's favorite new platform, the Vine. Like we said last month, for those of you who aren't familiar with Vine, it's Twitter's new app that is basically a way for peo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Untapped Fest: No Matter How Crappy Things Get, There Will Always be Music and Beer

    As Untapped festival headliner Deer Tick prepared to take the stage closing beer booths, an impromptu chorus of the "Star Spangled Banner" emitted from the front of the crowd, and grew louder with every verse as it felt like the entire fest joined in to sing our national anthem. Immediately after we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Muse at American Airlines Center: Review and Photos

    The tech crew is rushing around to get things started. Some of them are on the floor, frantically trying to get the fog machines going, and others are hanging from ceiling checking the ginormous speakers from above. The fog begins to fill the stadium and the lights begin to dim. The crowd goes wild ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Riot Fest - Gexa Energy Pavilion - 9/22/12

    Riot Fest Gexa Energy Pavilion Saturday, September 22 Though the inaugural Dallas edition of Riot Fest was a mild success, here's something the festival's organizers should consider if it returns next year: give the audience some kind of clue when bands are going on. While the Heineken Pavilion sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2012

    Sorry, DMN, That Really Was the Worst National Anthem Ever

    There are some things that are simply indefensible. One of those things is 11-year-old Harper Gruzins' rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" at Saturday's FC Dallas-L.A. Galaxy soccer match called out by Deadspin. The Morning News didn't think so. Nancy Churnin wrote an indignant counter-post thi ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012
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    October 22, 2011

    Today, a Temporary Better Bridge. Then, On Monday, a Temporary Better Downtown.

    A very vague sneak at what's in store for downtown Monday evening​In moments, till 1 this afternoon, you'll be able to laze across the Cedar Crest Bridge -- yet another temporary installation from Team Better Block, in conjunction with the city and others trying to best determine how to turn a sel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Police Officers Flock to Dallas to Learn How to Tweet Like Professionals (#thisisahashtagguys)

    ​If you're planning on doing anything illegal in the next three days (not that you would), may we suggest keeping well away from the Aloft Hotel on Young Street? That place is crawling with cops. This morning marked the start of the SMILE Conference -- Social Media Internet Law Enforcement -- whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Over the Weekend: Big Business, Torche, Thrones at Dada

    Big Business, Torche, Thrones Club Dada August 12, 2011 Better than: 10 million pounds of sludge from New York and New Jersey Torche​Big Business was the third and final band to take the stage at Dada on Friday night. But with the way things played out, their hour-long set felt more like a bonus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Dallas, An "American Icon"

    ​On Christmas Eve afternoon, radio-radio's Julia Barton stopped by the offices to interview Schutze and me for an episode of Public Radio International's Studio 360, which is hosted by Kurt Andersen. Barton had been tasked with doing a piece on Dallas as part of the show's "American Icons" series, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2011

    On Super Bowl XLV's Performances: Lea Michele! Christina Aguilera! Black Eyed Peas!

    ​Hey, the Big Day is here! And, with it, those highly anticipated music performances! It's all so exciting. I'll be honest: I didn't pay too much attention to the pre-pregame stuff -- meaning Maroon 5's and Keith Urban's performances in tents outside of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. I caught some, ... More >>

  • Music

    February 3, 2011
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    January 31, 2011

    Wanna Bet On How Long It'll Take Christina Aguilera To Get Through Her Super Bowl National Anthem?

    ​All of seven days have passed since the announcement came that Christina Aguilera would be the one singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XLV, which, in case you forgot, will be taking place at Cowboys Stadium this Sunday evening in humble Arlington, Texas.And, a week after that news, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Oh Say You Can See Christina Aguilera Singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl

    ​The National Football League and FOX just made it official: The star of Burlesque will perform the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl XLV pregame festivities at Cowboys Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. Says Christina Aguilera in the press release that just popped up in the in-box: "I have been pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2008

    A Ranking You’ll Find Hard to Believe

    Nein danke?! Dirk Nowitzki isn’t one of the 10 most popular NBA players in Europe. I know. What gives? Technically, I guess, it’s his uniform that isn’t so loved as Dirk’s No. 41 isn’t among the NBA’s just-released list of most popular jerseys across the pond. Kobe Bryant is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    Good Lord, This Josh Howard Thing Has Gotten Crazy, Man, Crazy

    To the point where Mark Cuban's posting the racist e-mails he's received concerning Josh Howard's awwwkward "Star-Spangled Banner" comments -- and the e-mail addresses, oh my. I'm partial to the Deadspin comments, among them: "Dear Mark, I didn't celebrate it either, and I'm now in Gitmo. Sincerely, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Josh Howard, Gallantly Steaming

    Even though this dates back to July, when the always high-larious Josh Howard suited up for Allen Iverson’s celebrity football game, only today has the video begun making the rounds -- first on You Been Blinded, then on Deadspin, where some of the comments are, as usual, genius. As in, "Josh Howar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2008

    The Big Caucus, Or: The Smell of Nachos and a Daytime Emmy-Winner

    Going on a voting Spree: At bottom, Julie Doyle and Tim DeLaughter stump for Hillary Clinton before Saturday's senatorial district convention on the SMU campus. I spent Saturday serving as a delegate at the Fightin’ 16th Senatorial District’s Democratic Convention at SMU’s Moody Coliseum, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2007


    Somewhere beneath this Dolphins helmet is former -- and, maybe, future? -- Dallas Cowboy Jason Garrett. Uh...Coach Garrett, perhaps? That'd be kinda cool. Took a break from guessing about Bill Parcells' replacement long enough to breathe in the fresh air of the NHL All-Star Game last night. And, of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2006

    Somber Success

    Bill Parcells always has that end-of-the-world demeanor. The missus says he "looks like the world's most depressed man" and suggested myriad medications. "I'm feeling sick right now, literally," Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said after last night's nationally televised game against the Washingt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2006

    Star Search

    Word is this guy's supposed to show at the Mavs-Heat game Sunday. So in Game 1 of Dallas-Miami we got some Jerry Bruckheimer, some Jack Ingram, some Terrell Owens--some so-so celebrities. But for Game 2, I hear we're going to--you knew it was coming--turn up the Heat. In addition to American Idol f ... More >>