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  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Pazz and Jop 2013: North Texas-Bred Kacey Musgraves and Parquet Courts Finish Strong

    The definitive music critic poll, Pazz & Jop, has just released its 2013 rankings. Started in 1971 by The Village Voice, the poll collects year-end rankings from hundreds of writers -- this year there were 457 voters. Kanye West won the album category for the fourth time, while Daft Punk's "Get Luck ... More >>

  • Film

    February 21, 2013
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    September 24, 2012

    The Dallas Observer Has New Owners; Village Voice Media, Backpage Split

    The longtime owners of the Dallas Observer have sold the paper and its 12 Village Voice Media sister publications to a group of VVM executives, creating a new holding company and cutting ties with, the controversial classified advertising company. So: We have new owners, but the same o ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2012
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    May 23, 2012

    Here's All Those True Crime Yarns in One Fancy E-Book: Seven Sins

    Every week writers for Dallas Observer and our parent company, Village Voice Media, produce elegant magazine-style feature writing -- a gritty portion of which comes in the form of true-crime stories. Now VVM has collected some of its best recent true-crime yarns into an ebook: Seven Sins: A True ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    SXSW Coverage Ahead. Plus, We're Sponsoring 50 Cent, Big K.R.I.T. and More

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

  • Music

    October 27, 2011
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    October 25, 2011

    Village Voice Media Responds to Clergy Attack Ad in Today's New York Times Over Backpage

    ​Today 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to the Village Voice, the Observer's New York sister paper, and the classified ad site The full page ad was published in the New York Times. The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult cla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    My Final Top 10 Observer-ations

    Last week's cover. Irony is funny.​​10. As of this morning, the Dallas Observer is out of the sports business, at least on a full-time basis. Though I'm not technically being fired ("laid off" is supposedly less damning), the paper and its owner, Village Voice Media, have decided to el ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Dude, Where's My Peer Review? Celebs, Media Scare America With Bogus Sex-Trafficking Stats.

    Ashton and Demi's charity guru says sex trafficking is, like, the new Darfur. ​In this week's Paper Version of Unfair Park, you'll find a story about underage sex trafficking from the Village Voice, our big sister in New York (she's very sharing, that sister). The story details the recent fascinat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Presenting! Burgers Across America: A Village Voice Collaborative

    Katharine ShilcuttTouche, Houston Press.​So, the weather cleared up in time for Memorial Day. Which means you can do the whole Bobby Flay thing. Grill, we mean. You can grill. Not embarrass local chefs by out-cooking them at their own dish. You could do that though, if you wanted. Anyway, it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    VVM Vet Joe Tone Named Observer Editor

    New Observer Editor Joe Tone: We're thinking the empty glass on the table is a good sign.​Joe Tone, a Village Voice Media veteran and former editor of the Pitch Weekly in Kansas City, was named editor of the Observer today. His first day on the job is Monday. Tone brings a broad mix of report ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Mark Donald Resigns as Observer Editor

    ​As I write this my farewell post, I keep hearing in my head the lyrics to a song from the Marx Brothers classic film Animal Crackers: "Hello, I must be going/ I cannot stay, I came to say/I must be going." Similar to Groucho's character, Captain Spaulding, it seems as though I just said hello, ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    The Best Of SXSW Thursday: Damien Jurado and Hangover Tacos

    Nick RalloDamien Jurado, the minimalist, at the Swan Dive​Moving forward.There were a number of un-missable day parties with good lineups yesterday, including those from Pitchfork, Paste Magazine, Brooklyn Vegan and, of course, the Village Voice Media SXSW Showdown (with Wu-Tang Clan).So, Pete's w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    At The Village Voice Media SXSW Showdown and...Fireworks!

    Nick RalloAnd the hommmme of the...​Bones and walls are rattling. There's thundering everywhere!The bass thunder is coming from the Village Voice Media SXSW party, which kicked-off 'round 5 p.m. with the awesome rock of Ume and will continue with Trae Tha Truth, Yelawolf, Fishbone, and Wu-Tang Cla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Pazz & Jop 2010: Kanye Had The Best Album, Cee-Lo Had The Best Single. You're Surprised?

    ​ Late yesterday afternoon, our colleagues at the Village Voice up in New York City released the annual beast that is the Pazz & Jop poll, which, in short, accumulates the year-end lists of hundreds of critics from around the country and compiles them into a database that helps determine a cri ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010
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    October 5, 2010

    Ethical Meat and Ethnic Eats: Why Don't We Worry About the Chicken in our Pad Thai?

    I had a nasty sinus infection this weekend, so I sought solace in a bowlful of bun bo hue, a spicy broth heaving with noodles, assorted pig parts and congealed pig's blood. I didn't pause to ask my server where the restaurant bought its meat, and I'd be willing to wager none of the other pho diletta ... More >>

  • News

    August 12, 2010
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    June 24, 2010

    Get Happy! And App-y

    To get the Happy Hours App, click here or search Happy Hours in the iPhone App Store.​In this week's cover story, Jesse Hughey and the editorial monks working in the stoney basements of the Dallas Observer have cataloged 50 bars and clubs happy hour specials.The really, really awesome ones. But ... More >>

  • News

    April 29, 2010
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    March 21, 2010

    Ten Headlines You Will Never See Coming Out of SXSW

    As imagined by Bill Jensen, with contributions from Erin Broadley, Craig Hlavaty, Nick Rallo, Alexia Tsotsis, and me. All Village Voice Media's SXSW coverage here.Craig HlavatyThis was AFTER we removed the red eye​1. "Random Guy With Guitar On Street Signed To Major Record Label" 2. "AT&T Mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Announcing This Year's Village Voice 2010 SXSW Day Party Lineup: Superchunk, The xx, Surfer Blood and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

    Some pretty exciting news out of our New York flagship this early afternoon, as our sister paper up there, the Village Voice, has gone ahead and announced the lineup for this year's Village Voice Media day-party at South by Southwest. And it's a looker, too, featuring some classic indie and some bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Pazz Jop 2009: Animal Collective Had Best Album, "Empire State Of Mind" Was Top Song

    ​The results are in from our New York sister paper's annual Pazz Jop critic's poll, which aggregates the opinions of thousands of music scribes into one, easy-to-peruse list of the best music from the year that was 2009 (or was it 1901?). In total, some 1,934 albums were nominated for considerat ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 31, 2009
  • Music

    December 10, 2009

    Jay Reatard

    Thursday, December 10, at the Granada Theater

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Yes, But Will They Perform "Butter-Bust Jerky" Off Their Hit Album Backwaxed?

    By far, the best-reviewed doc of '09 thus far is Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Sacha Gervasi's rockumentary about a Canadian thrash-metal band's fall and rise. Noted The Village Voice's thumbs-up, it's "A Hoop Dreams for heshers," so, ya know, all right, all right, all right. It finally gets a Dallas o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    The End Of The End Of Year Lists: Pete Freedman's Favorite Albums And Singles Of 2008

    Sure, 2008 may be done, but the list-making still continues... This year, five contributors to the Dallas Observer's music section were asked to participate in the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, which compiles the lists of hundreds of music critics across the country into one m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Florida 38, Oklahoma 30

    UPDATE: Our Village Voice sister paper in Palm Beach will be live blogging from the game tonight. Pop Quiz: A) I'm jazzed about tonight's BCS National Championship Game, pitting the two best teams in college football this season. B) I'm mildy interested, even though I think Southern Cal, Texas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Dallas Observer's Parent Company Announces Pay Cuts and Layoffs

    Twice today I've been asked about several posts on The Latest Word, one of our sister blogs out of Denver, referring to layoffs and pay cuts taking place throughout the Village Voice Media chain. The Dallas Observer, of course, is among the 15 papers in the chain, formerly known as New Times Inc.Spe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008

    Getting Knee-Deep In "Stage Dumps"

    Will Johnson takes a load off at Good Records. Stage Dumps--a Denton-based blog that features candid live photos of musicians who, while trying to rock out, end up looking like they're dropping a deuce--has been having its hot, smelly day in the sun lately, thanks to some national linkage. On Mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2008

    A Non-Fiction Writer is Mayborn Every Minute During Annual Conference

    Bob Shacochis on the cover of the Mayborn's mag There’s an awful lot of pressure on this year’s Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference of the Southwest. After all, the ruckus Nan Talese caused at last year’s conference, when she unleashed her double-barreled comments about Oprah Winfre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2008

    Observer Writer Jesse Hughey Named Clubs Editor

    In case you missed his posting, Friday was Rich Lopez’s last day as the Dallas Observer’s clubs editor. Now that he is raking in the big bucks as a freelance writer and bookstore clerk, I have the formidable task of taking over for him. That means club owners, music booking agents, promoters, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2008
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    December 3, 2007

    Nashville Byline

    In a couple of weeks, neither one of these folks will be working here. Hey, lookie there -- our very own Matt Pulle makes the Nashville Post today. And its People section, no less -- howzabout that, fancy. And what does it have to say about Matt? Lessee ... oh, it's subscribers-only, sorry. Alas, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2007

    When's the Last Time Your Boss Got Arrested?

    Jim Larkin, left, and Michael Lacey As many of you know, the paper version of Unfair Park is part of the Phoenix-based Village Voice Media chain of alternaweeklies; we're one of 16 papers nationwide. Michael Lacey is executive editor of Village Voice Media; Jim Larkin is chief executive officer. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2007

    The Polemicist

    Moments ago on The Dallas Morning News' Web page, the paper's managing editor, George Rodrigue, posted a long criticism of my work in which he accuses me repeatedly of being a polemicist. According to my copy of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, that would make me a writer of controversial, agg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2007

    Make Your Ears Pretty

    I've heard of people who can afford to shop at places other than Forever 21. I know they exist, somewhere. And sometimes I feel like I can even see one or two of them, especially after I've thrown my well whiskey all over their blouses in a fit of jealous rage followed by a long session of crying in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2007

    SXSW Comes to Unfair Park

    Just a programming note: Beginning tomorrow, Unfair Park will be the host site for extensive South by Southwest Music Festival coverage, with contributions from many of the estimable writers in the Village Voice Media ... uh... empire? As a bonus, it's also serving as a sneek peak at what Unfair Par ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 22, 2007

    To Tie-Dye For

    Jupiter aligns with Mars and Hair returns in all its flaxen, waxen glory

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2007

    Indecent Exposure

    Bible Girl, if it makes you feel any better, distributors don't think anyone else wants to see Dakota Fanning get raped in Hound Dog either. One of us has got to be crazy. One of us has got to be deluded, dumb and blind. It is so very daring to examine the delicate matter of bestiality, to apply one ... More >>

  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    The Heartless Bastards

    Saturday, January 20, at Good Records, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sons of Hermann Hall, 8 p.m., with Pleasant Grove

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    October 26, 2006
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    September 28, 2006


    Cynicism is a disease that only the Reverend can heal

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    September 25, 2006

    Bible Girl? Why, Whatever Do You Mean?

    Weird this is, we actually took this photo off Paul Kix's MySpace page... Before we left last week, we mentioned that Dallas Morning News Points editor Rod Dreher had posted to Beliefnet a column about Julie Lyons' much-commented-upon Bible Girl column from Thursday. Dreher came back to it over the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 14, 2006

    Cheap Production

    Or, How I Fixed My Engine for $2.50

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2006

    More Monday for Your Friday

    Admit it, Carl Monday is your new hero. Cutthroat investigative journalism at its finest, right? (You know, it's really too bad we don't have cameras on us as we're reporting stories. We are so like that.) Well, Monday went back for more after Mike Cooper, famous for the "mono log" he gave at a Clev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2006

    When Movie Studios Attack

    When you don't see a review of the movie The Sentinel in the Dallas Observer next week--or any weekly newspaper, for that matter--it's not because we're ignoring it. It's because we aren't allowed to see it: 20th Century Fox, the studio releasing the Michael Douglas-Kiefer Sutherland-Eva Longoria th ... More >>

  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    Hold, Please

    How 34-year-old Craig Finn became famous singing about drug-huffing 20-somethings

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    February 18, 1999
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