Last night, Josh Venable broke the news in a Facebook status update: he's coming back to radio in a couple of weeks, but not in Dallas. He'll be in Tulsa at Z-104.5, The Edge as the new program director and afternoon DJ. And with its alternative rock format, Venable is right where he wants to be.
Some of the attendees were of questionable nature, with a variety of tattoos and T-shirts expressing various viewpoints that are, shall we say, somewhat extreme. No doubt rural Oklahoma, with its various billboards on abortion, meth addiction and Christianity prominently displayed outside of the rea ... More >>
For all the pomp, pageantry and excess of the previous day in a field thirty miles from Tulsa, there was a lack of focus. Even though the simple fact that a Guns and Roses gig, with Axl Rose singing some of the most memorable, catchy, and energetic rock songs of the last thirty years can take place ... More >>
First, a bit of background. There's a giant banana-shaped car making its way across the country right now. It's official name is the Big Banana Car, and it's the brainchild of a Brit named Steve Braithwaite who, along with his brother, is "making a documentary film about building a huge banana car a ... More >>
Pearl Cup Coffee in Richardson at II Creeks shopping center is now open (2701 Custer Parkway, Ste. 917). This is the third spot for one of Dallas' favorite locally owned coffee shops; other locations are the original at 1900 Henderson Ave. and 750 N. Paul Street downtown. Tuesday was their first d ... More >>
Victor Lozada was a 19-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department when he was killed in a motorcycle crash while escorting then-presidential contender Hillary Clinton to a campaign rally in Oak Cliff on February 22, 2008. His death yielded a momentary pause to the hard-fought Democratic primary, a ... More >>
Around one in the afternoon on a Thursday in July, young ladies and gentlemen walk into Dan's Silverleaf dressed elegantly in black suits and formal dresses. All of the windows and doors are covered by dark blankets and sheets. Avoiding the dancers, Warren Jackson Hearne walks into the bar fresh fr ... More >>
Dallas may be inhospitable to hipsters, but we're apparently a city filled with porn enthusiasts: Men's Health recently ranked Dallas 15th in a list of the 100 "smuttiest" American cities (Orlando won. Those perverts.) MH based its rankings on the number of adult DVDs purchased, rented or streamed ... More >>
Saw a piece outta Tulsa yesterday that said Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr.'s in town trying to convince Dallas companies to move to his patch of God's country. And, sure enough, when he called me back last night around 9 he was at dinner at Truluck's on McKinney. First thing I asked him: Wouldn't it be ... More >>
Polyphonic Spree hit the road for the first time in four years, starting next month in Tulsa and ending February 16 at Sons of Hermann Hall. New Fumes opens those dates. That's just "Phase One." There's also a new song debuted in the video. So that probably means a new album soon on Good Records R ... More >>
Environmentalists fear plan will let invasive zebra mussels spread.
Back in late August we mentioned that the city had hired a search firm to find a permanent (well, you know what I mean) director of the Dallas Public Library System. Corinne Hill's been serving as interim director since Laurie Evans retired in June 2010, and by all accounts she's done a bang-up j ... More >>
The Jayhawks.Last Night: The Jayhawks, Jolie Holland Granada Theater November 16 Better than: rummaging through closets for dubbed copies of Crossroads episodes. Looking only at The Jayhawks' set list from last night, you could think the show was more for a hardcore fan than a casual one, b ... More >>
In my day, this was also the site of the best Sound Warehouse in town. In my day.Over the weekend I espied the deconstruction site you see here, across from Bachman Lake at Northwest Highway and Marsh. The new Sam's right there took me by surprise -- so too did the disappearance of the landmark W ... More >>
Main Street Garden hosted the inaugural TX/OU Red River BBQ Shootout on Friday night, and the BBQ carnage that ensued left folks young and old victim to great rib artistry. Amidst a backdrop of thick country music and a setting sun, Cousin's BBQ of Ft Worth squared off against Leo's BBQ of Oklahoma ... More >>
Time to load up the van and hit the road, bros.Going on tour is pretty much the funnest thing that a band can do, ever. On the road with your bros, drinking during the day, making tons of money, and so on and so on.Well, probably not that part about making money. Not early on in a band's career, ... More >>
Not a bad musical selection to start out the work week. A legendary band out in Grand Prairie and a rapper/comedian highlight a night in which some locally affiliated acts also provide some worthwhile options.
If nothing else, Michael Cera is cooler than Danny Masterson, right?After announcing last week the addition of another 135 bands to its bill, you'd think the folks up at Denton's 35 Conferette might need a breather -- or, I dunno, maybe some time to focus on the actual logistics of the fest, sinc ... More >>
Big things happening today in the world of 35 Conferette -- bigger news, even, than the fact that the-festival-formerly-known-as-North-by-35 now has an actual website to call its own (!). Bigger, too, than the really awesome web teaser/advertisement that the fest's organizers have created to promote ... More >>
Two weeks ago today, Mayors Tom Leppert, Mike Moncrief and Robert Cluck asked locals to "like" Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together campaign, which is doling out $1.5 million to food banks nationwide -- $1 million to the top Facebook vote-getter, and $100,000 each to the next five highest-ranking c ... More >>
It's not often that a band from Iran makes its way to our area, much less a pair of them, so tonight's Hypernova/The Yellow Dogs performance at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios should provide a good reason to head to Denton. Now based out of New York, Hypernova has gone through quite a journey jus ... More >>
I rip (make that ripped, past tense) Wade Phillips all the time, but, um, looks like Minnesota Vikings' head coach Brad Childress needs a history lesson. On Dec. 28, 1975, the Dallas Cowboys traveled to frigid Metropolitan Stadium for a playoff game against the Vikings. Trailing 14-10 with less tha ... More >>
Sorry I didn't make it out to The Gourds show at the Granada on Saturday; had every intention, as it's been too long. And I was just thinking about the boys -- came across the Picket Line Coyotes' '88 cassette Upholstery Van Songs right before Christmas in a Sound Warehouse crate full of demo tap ... More >>
DOMA-nominated punk-rockers The Lash Outs, the guys who griped that "The Kids Don't Wanna Dance," continue their role as cultural commentators on this new track, "Contemporary Music." It's one of two new tracks just posted to the band's MySpace page, and will be included on the band's upcoming al ... More >>
It's crappy out right now, but this weekend is supposed to be mostly sunny and cool. In other words, perfect camping weather. Which is good news for the punk and metal bands and their fans making the hour-and-a-half drive out to Emory this weekend for the third annual No Thanks Fest for two days ... More >>
Kinda an interesting weekend upon us, now that it's the end of the day on Friday and all. While there's a lot happening early next week, the weekend's kinda dry as big, big shows go. Anyway, onto the show's we already told you about... Tonight, there's a big one (Of Montreal and Icy Demons at ... More >>
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For Keith Foster, doctoring golf courses is all about staying out of the way
Gabe--Kapler, not Kotter--returns, but what does that mean for the Chad?
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The Trinity River Plan's billion-dollar vision of levees, parks, and ponds has Mayor Ron Kirk--and most of Dallas--spellbound. But engineers warn it could lead to a flooding catastrophe and destroy the same poor neighborhoods it's designed to help.
Morrissey proves that he still matters
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Bob Wills' family disowns man claiming to be prince of Western Swing