• Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Classic Waxxx is Dallas' Newest Small-Batch Vinyl Record Label

    Last week, Classic Waxxx Records announced the new Dallas-based label's first release, a candy apple red 7-inch vinyl from John Paul Smith & the Coal Creek Boys out of Alberta, Canada. They also announced a whopper of a second release: one of the greatest songs ever written by Lightnin' Hopkins. J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    The L.A. Times Suggests the U.S. Swaps Texas for England. Have They Thought It Through? No.

    The Los Angeles Times put out an article today suggesting the U.S. might be better off swapping Texas for England if it wanted to avoid the particular Texas brand of Republicans shutting everything down for their own special reasons. While as a resident of Texas I cannot possibly approve of a plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    The Seven Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, September 5-11

    Summer is coming to an end, but not without one more festival to tie the season up with a bow. Paste Untapped is touting about 200 craft beers on deck, so that ought to help you battle out the heat outside Gilley's. Hopefully they won't make the same mistake as The Mad Decent Block Party last week, ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2013

    A Gun-Dumb Brit's Journey into American Gun Culture

    To conquer his fear of guns, a British immigrant takes a road trip to gun lovers' mecca: the NRA Convention.

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Five Awesome UK Rock Bands That Never Made it in the US

    While the UK-US flow of music has become more than the steady one-way stream of US rock of the last two decades (presumably thanks to the internet), I've noticed you enjoy importing our wimpiest bands, like the dull drone of Mumford and Sons or the operatic cock-rock of Muse. Here are some UK bands, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    The Olympics of British Food: A User's Guide from a British Guy

    When the Observer emailed me with the offer to, and I quote, "continue our gross exploitation of your heritage" by somehow shoehorning together the two subjects of the Olympics and food, how could I possibly resist? I suppose this allows me to tackle that thorniest of subjects, British "cuisine". ... More >>

  • Film

    June 9, 2011

    Submarine Doesn't Go Deep

    Tale of growing up in Wales loaded with bells and whistles.

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Wales Manor Picnic Meritage: A Drink for Tailgaters

    ​Once the home of bedroom communities and sleepy suburbs, Collin County is finally starting to mature and develop its fine wining and dining scene. Nowhere is this more apparent than the county seat of McKinney, where any bright and cheery weekend has visitors hard pressed to find available pa ... More >>

  • Music

    October 21, 2010

    Los Campesinos!

    Friday, October 22, at the Granada Theater

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Q&A: Gareth Campesinos Talks About Life on the Road and Creative Giveaway Ideas

    Los Campesinos​The members of Los Campesinos, a spastic indie-punk band from Wales, are in the middle of their final US tour of the year. With two full-length records and a handful of EPs under their belts, this fun eight-piece band is quickly gaining fans all over the world.The band is at the hal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Whitt's End: 10.1.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Sobering number right outta the gate: Since July 1 the Texas Rangers are 42-40. Are we fooling ourselves thinking they're an elite team that can actually win a playoff series against one of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Five Misleading Food Terms

    Don't be mistaken, these are fried nards.​I was recently seated at Charlie Palmer near a group of seemingly-sophisticated diners (I was listening in on their conversation about the best way to get to Tanzania until Jon Voight showed up and I refocused my eavesdropping). They were working their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Clearing Out the Mailroom: Tuesday, March 3, 2009

    We've got quite a backlog of CDs we've never gotten around to, so we're going to try to chip away at the pile with this regular feature. The plan: to take four or five at a time and play each CD for as long as I can stand it.People In Planes (Cardiff, Wales)Beyond The HorizonUnderneath some intere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Weekend Roundup: Tapes 'N Tapes, Los Campesinos!, JJ Grey & MOFRO

    It's Tapes 'n Tapes, don't cha know? First up as we round-up the weekend, these Minnesotans played in front of a rowdy crowd Friday night at Club Dada (read our review here). They rose to popularity a few years ago via the blogosphere, and from the looks of things, perform up to their internet-creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Ollie Campesinos Explains How His Band Put Its Music On Myspace And Found Itself Signed Just A Few Days Later

    Earlier this week, we caught up with Ollie, the drummer for Los Campesinos! (pictured, right), to talk for a few minutes about the band's quick ascent to success, the fact that the band released its first two albums within six months of each other, and even how the differences in the racial make-ups ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Aural Ambush: Los Campesinos!

    Sarah WilmerThis week, two new interns joined the Aural Ambush squad and our $20 Discman was replaced with a borrowed iPod. A few weeks/months off and suddenly this is a high class operation? Well, actually, that's fitting: Only the best would do for the esteemed Knox Street patrons and joggers of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    SXSW Announces First Round Of Scheduled Performers For '09 Fest

    OK, so there's a clause at the bottom of the press release we just received--y'know "The list is subject to change" blah, blah blah--but lo and behold, here it is: The first round of announced performers for the 23rd SXSW festival, schedule to take place this year March 18-22. After the jump, the co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2008

    Hourly Radio Guitarist Quits

    The Hourly Radio is down one member as guitarist Ryan Short announced his departure. In a letter sent out via the band’s mailing list, Short stated he “… realized that as great as this was and as much I believed in where we could go from here, it was just not where I wanted to go. I could easi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2007

    Dickey's Wants the World to Eat Its Meat

    The original Dickey's barbecue, founded in Dallas in 1941 In the St. Louis Post Dispatch, of all places, Roland Dickey Jr. talks about the plans to turn the family business into the nation's favorite barbecue franchise -- and, yeah, that'd be Dickey's Barbecue Pit, like you couldn't figure that out. ... More >>

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    Guerilla Warfare

    Armed with maracas and a healthy sense of insanity, Super Furry Animals ply their Kraft

  • Calendar

    October 20, 2005
  • News

    March 24, 2005

    A Place of Their Own

    Tom Dunning's homeless task force learns an old lesson: If at first you don't succeed, try again.

  • Music

    January 13, 2005

    Helping Out

    Granada benefit show to help tsunami victims

  • Calendar

    December 2, 2004

    Stand-up Guy

    Bill Bellamy's new fast lane

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Power Plants

    Time is not money for Super Furry Animals

  • Music

    August 14, 2003

    Super Furry Animals

    Phantom Power (XL Recordings/Beggars Group)

  • Music

    May 2, 2002
  • Dining

    March 14, 2002

    Honey for Barflies

    New Addison joint to offer late-night grub

  • Culture

    November 15, 2001

    Buy the Numbers

    Because it does matter how much a gift costs

  • News

    May 3, 2001

    Locked In

    Trinity Works says it helps poor people find housing and jobs. But an Observer investigation reveals questionable policies that do little except ensure its clients never leave.

  • News

    March 29, 2001

    Homefryin' with Fred Baron

    Dallas' largest plaintiff's firm, Baron & Budd, cultivates friends, punishes enemies and beats allegations it prompts clients to lie and win

  • Film

    October 12, 2000

    Goys and Dolls

    No one is victorious in Solomon & Gaenor's fight between passion and religion

  • Music

    September 21, 2000

    Paul McCartney

    Liverpool Sound Collage

  • Film

    July 13, 2000

    Getting your Groove on

    Greg Harrison's new film lovingly depicts rave culture as a vital tribal ritual

  • Film

    May 4, 2000

    Chicken Caesar

    Gladiator doesn't lack heroism or spectacle, but its drama is tainted by cowardice

  • Culture

    June 3, 1999

    Size matters

    For the world premiere of Blind Lemon to work, either the production needs to be smaller or the space needs to be larger

  • Music

    October 23, 1997

    I made this!

    Blues dudes grow their own--albums, that is

  • Music

    February 27, 1997
  • Music

    January 9, 1997

    It was a very good year

    1996 lived up to its predecessor while presaging great things to come

  • Music

    October 3, 1996
  • Calendar

    September 26, 1996
  • Music

    December 7, 1995
  • Music

    November 24, 1994

    Home, sweat, home

    New Bohemians reunion heals old and new wounds