• Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    4 Driving Tips For Surviving Dallas

    Ever tried driving around Dallas? We assume you have, as otherwise you'd have been stuck in the same quarter-mile or so for your whole life. We're not a city that likes to build anything that would be easily accessible by non-cars. Sidewalks are an afterthought. Pedestrians are treated with suspicio ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Balcones Will Release a Limited Edition, 5th Anniversary Whiskey This Weekend

    If you consider yourself a whiskey snob, or have aspirations of becoming one, you might want to find your way to Balcones Waco distillery this weekend. Founder Chip Tate recently announced a special fifth-anniversary, straight single-malt release that 100 only folks will get to enjoy. Yes, only 100. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Five Texas Barbecue Events to Put on Your Meat Calendar

    What with the announcement of this year's Meat Fight date (more on that in a minute), and the sad fact that said date is way off toward the end of the year, we thought it might be time to have a quick poke around the internet to see what we could see. And what we saw was a bounty of barbecue events. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Air Review Busks in Deep Ellum: A Globe Trek Productions and Dallas Observer Video [Update]

    Our series of live performance videos, produced by Globe Trek Productions, continues with a clip of Air Review playing "Young," from this year's Low Wishes, while walking down the Elm Street and into Wit's End. It's a song of ambitious scope (most songs with "Wow-ooh" choruses are), and the acoustic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    West Fertilizer Neighbors May Not Have Known of Explosive Chemicals, but Meth Cooks Did

    Investigators still haven't determined the official cause of the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and injured at least 200 others in West last month, but all signs point to the large quantities of highly explosive ammonium nitrate that were stored there. What's also become clear is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    TX Whiskey in Fort Worth Takes Best American Craft Whiskey at World Spirits Competition

    Fort Worth-based Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co. won double gold medals and Best in Class in the category of American Craft Whiskey for their TX blended whiskey at the 13th Annual World Spirits Competition in San Francisco recently, where more than 1,407 spirits were poured from 63 countries ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Texans Make Scotch Whiskey Better Than the Scots Do

    Shame on us for not seeing this sooner. A Waco distillery whooped up on the Scots in the whiskey distillin' business a month ago. They won Best in Glass, a recent whiskey competition, beating names I'm sure you'll recognize like Macallan and Glenmorangie, just to name two. See also: - Texas Distill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    In "Beer" Versus "Church" Tweet Map for the U.S., Guess What Dallas Did...

    While Dallas is trying in earnest to advance in the craft beer movement, both in terms of brewers and drinkers, it just can't compete with the craft church movement. An infographic created by (and reported by compared usage of the words "beer" and "church" on Tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Ted Nugent For Vice President? We Made Him Some Promotional Materials...

    Seeing how Waco's resident quote generator/firearms enthusiast Ted Nugent made some rather controversial statements about President Obama this week, which he's already "smoothed" over with Secret Service, and how current Republican candidate for President Mitt Romney is looking for a VP candidate, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Passing Out Coins, And Thank-Yous, To World War II Veterans at the Dallas VA

    "When do we get to go home?" Alice Gossett inquired, a little irritably. She wore brown pajamas and soft purple booties. Tiny in her wheelchair, her feet didn't quite reach the ground. "As soon as we get our treat!" the nurse answered, beaming at her. Gossett was not impressed. "Never mind our t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    WFAA to Welcome Home Teresa Woodard

    ​For the past seven years Teresa Woodard's been a "popular" reporter and anchor for a Fox affiliate in St. Louis, where, as evidenced by the video sampler platter below, she's donned many different looks for all kinds of stories. (Among then: The Banfield.) But it says here that Woodard's about to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    The Long Arm Sees All: Ten Musicians Arrested in Texas

    When Snoop Dogg was issued a citation for marijuana possession at a border checkpoint outside El Paso last week, the world reacted with shock and disbelief. We had no idea this beacon of sobriety -- the same guy who penned "Smoke Weed Everyday" - could act so out of character. Of course, Texas is f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Today's KZEW Blast From the Past: LaBella and Rody (and Mike Rhyner) on Trial!

    Gosh, it's been ... what ... four whole days since the last mention of The Zoo? But I can't help myself: While scouting the YouTube for something wildly unrelated, I came across this just-posted flashback courtesy one "Walter from Waco" (oh, the memories): an old KZEW-FM TV ad starring Johns LaBella ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Taco Joint Gets the Love It Deserves

    ​Breakfast tacos are as Texan as Waco's unofficial status as Austin and DFW's bathroom break along Intestate 35. Breakfast tacos are as Texan as football and the state's other top sport, historical revisionism. I love Texas. I love breakfast tacos. Love led me to Taco Joint in East Dallas. Th ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 30, 2010
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    October 14, 2010

    Beam It Up: You're Invited to a Picnic Next Saturday, When Deck Park Begins Taking Shape

    ​A month ago we noted that Park and Rec had picked McCarthy Building Company to build the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park; yesterday, the city council added its okee-doke. Which is why, late last night, park officials sent word: The first batch of the 316 110-foot-long, Waco-made beams needed to constru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    No Mysteries, No Surprises as "Eater X" Edges Sonya Thomas for Lewisville Tamale Title

    Photos by Patrick MichelsSonya "the Black Widow" Thomas puts away one of 56 tamales she ate Saturday -- good enough for second place.He set the world tamale-eating record here three years ago, downing 71 in a 12-minute bout on the steps of Lewisville City Hall, and even with a dozen fewer tamales la ... More >>

  • News

    July 8, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Now Selling for Five Figures, the Recipe, Perhaps, For a Friendly Pepper-Upper

    Used to be a time when procuring a real Imperial Pure Cane Sugar Dr Pepper meant hoping that case of bottles you ordered from Dublin arrived mostly intact; though, years ago, my old man bought a few cases of the 12-ounce cans from a guy in a parking lot on 183, seedy. Now, of course, they're availab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Texas Rangers Swear the New FM Broadcast Won't Leave Outlying Areas Without Their Ball

    Several Friends of Unfair Park have asked why the Rangers would broadcast a majority of their games on The Fan, when KRLD-AM has such a mammoth signal, especially at night. Which is why I called John Blake, the team's recently returned exec vice president of communications, to discuss the decision b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008

    'Member Those Stephenville UFOs? Friends of the President, Just Maybe.

    Turns out all your fears were correct -- if you're among those who believe George W. Bush to be deadly alien spawn or a pod person sent here to blend in and destroy the country from within the comfy confines of the Oval Office. In advance of the Mutual UFO Network Symposium in San Jose next week -- ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 9, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 23, 2008

    Erykah Badu Lends A Hand To Strange Fruit Project

    ...and, I say, "Get Live" is a good 'un from the Waco crew. --Pete Freedman

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    Big Tuck Heading To Waco Sunday To Dip In Da Lac

    Though he claims not to be as materialistic as most mainstream rappers, South Dallas rapper Big Tuck manages to rap about Escalades and rims on a few tracks. So he should feel right at home checking out the lowriders, custom cars and models when he isn’t performing and signing autographs at the Fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2008

    Young Buck 'Got Money' with S1

    Symbolic One. According to a post on Symbolic One’s blog, Young Buck raps over one of his beats on a track called “I Got Money,” which just leaked to If you don’t recognize the name, Symbolic One (S1) is one of the area’s most respected producers and part of the excellent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 16, 2007

    P.P.T. Crew Video and Skinny on S.P.E.A.K. Project

    Fort Worth’s smartest, most animated, most illin’-est* hip-hop crew P.P.T. just sent out the video to its latest single, “Down South Girl,” from the group's Idol Records release Tres Monos in Love. Waco hip-hop band Strange Fruit Project lent a huge hand to P.P.T. by producing the video and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007

    Dallas, You Stink!

    But not as much as Phoenix and Las Vegas. Still, them scientists (rather, surely, than those marketing pimps) over at Old Spice today released a list of the sweatiest cities in the U.S., and Dallas comes in third -- ahead of San Antonio (No. 5) Waco (No. 6), Austin (No. 8) and Corpus Christi (No. 10 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2007

    If It Makes You Happy

    Here's something Mayor Laura Miller mentioned on our ride back from Waco last night: There's now a Dallas date set for the Laurie "Wife of Larry" David-Sheryl Crow stop-global-warming bus tour. They'll be in Dallas on April 9, which is actually the beginning of the two-week tour during which the act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2007
  • Blogs

    February 21, 2007

    Anti-Coal Forces Lay Out Case in Waco and Hope They Get to Do it in Austin

    Steve Susman is the attorney leading the anti-TXU coal plant crusade down in Austin this morning. Last night in Waco, Steve Susman -- the Houston attorney working pro bono for Mayor Laura Miller's Texas Cities for Clean Air Coalition -- laid out the group's case against TXU and the 11 coal-fired pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2007

    A Rough Discovery

    Thirty-five-year-old Dallas man Kenyatta Dante Canady, who's daring enough to wear an eyepatch into a federal courtroom, claims his chief influence in the bank-robbing game is television -- the Discovery Channel, to be precise, which he says is where he picked up his brilliant technique that apparen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2006

    School for Scoundrels

    Yesterday, the New York Daily News reported that George Dubya was rounding up "mega-donors"--"wealthy heiresses, Arab nations and captains of industry"--to pay for $250 million of the $500 million library and think tank the paper claims Bush wants at SMU. Well, this morning the Waco Tribune-Herald, ... More >>

  • Music

    August 24, 2006

    The Sadies

    In Concert, Volume One (Yep Roc)

  • Music

    July 20, 2006

    Which Voice?

    Weekend Christian concerts approach the cross from opposite sides

  • Music

    December 18, 2003

    Various Artists

    White Riot: A Tribute to the Clash (Uncut Magazine)

  • News

    September 4, 2003

    Life in the Slow Lane

    This Bush's summer home is a long way from Kennebunkport, but the folks in Crawford think that's fine

  • Music

    May 30, 2002

    Nappy Roots

    Watermelon, Chicken and Gritz (Atlantic)

  • Music

    May 17, 2001

    Ode to Billy Joe

    Billy Joe Shaver has a stunning new album in stores. But he can't enjoy it.

  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Earth Crisis

    Harsh words

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    Across the Bar

    X'd out; Columbia compiles rockabilly; Hellions tribute to the Circle Jerks; Gig plugs galore; And Street Beat is ch-ch-ch-changing?

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    Killing machine

    It is 6:07 p.m. John Albert Burks salutes the Oakland Raiders and says goodbye to his friends. Minutes later, he is a dead man. This year's 21st execution.

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Paranoia with purpose

    Like-minded "Patriots" find their own around the new Branch Davidian Church in Waco

  • Calendar

    January 6, 2000

    Tons of fun

    Pachyderm-ing them in at Fair Park

  • News

    July 22, 1999

    Flunking Out

    Charter school scandals are teaching Texas a tough lesson -- one the state should have known four years and $77 million ago.

  • Music

    January 1, 1998
  • News

    April 24, 1997

    Honky-Tonk Man

    He had 78 hits spanning five decades and revolutionized country music. Now, Fort Worth's Hank Thompson gets a new green light.

  • News

    April 11, 1996
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