Zac Crain

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    October 10, 2011

    This Week In Dallas Music History: In Which Baboon Attempts to Sell Out

    ​There comes a time in the life of just about every upper-tier local band that headlining Trees on a weekend night just isn't good enough anymore. About a decade ago, it almost always involved scoring a major label record deal.For Baboon, that crux occurred this week in 2000, when they learned the ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    This Week In Dallas Music History: The Polyphonic Spree is Born

    Tim DeLaughter and Mark Pirro about to go on a Polyponic Spree.​With the unveiling of Tim DeLaughter's new act Preteen Zenith upon us this weekend, it seems more than fitting that we opened up a copy of The Observer from this week in 2000 and found that The Polyphonic Spree had just played their f ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    This Week In Dallas Music History: Before Ben & Skin, There Was Skinny Fresh & Ruben

    ​Before there was "Ben & Skin," the local morning sports radio talk show on KESN-103.3 FM ESPN Dallas, there was Jeff "Skinny Fresh" Wade and Ruben Ayala, who made up Hydroponic Sound System. And, in a 2001 issue of the Observer, former music editor Zac Crain profiled the duo, who had just rel ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    This Week In Dallas Music History: Just About 11 Years Ago, Good Records Opens For Business

    ​In this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, we look back to the beginning of an establishment that has undoubtedly improved the coolness of Dallas since 2000: Good Records. It's a short piece written by former Observer music editor Zac Crain, who visited Good Records on opening day to c ... More >>

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    January 17, 2011

    This Week In Dallas Music History: A Handy Guide to the Worst Local Records of the '90s

    ​In this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, we go back to the year 2000, when former Observer music editor Zac Crain did one of the things he did best -- take shots at really bad bands. And at the beginning of 2000, he set his sights on the worst local records of the '90s.In no particul ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    This Week In Dallas Music History: The Best Local Records of 1999

    ​In this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, the Dallas Observer was just days away from saying good-bye to 1999, and, to ring in the new year, former music editor Zac Crain asked the question: "Will this year's best local records survive the millennium?"In retrospect, the question proba ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    This Week In Dallas Music History: Little Grizzly's Fans Are Complete Nerds.

    Little Grizzly, 2001​In this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, former Dallas Observer music editor Zac Crain tells the story of Little Grizzly's coming of age in 2001 as they were poised to release their sophomore album, I'd Be Lying if I Said I Wasn't Scared. Little Grizzly, you may r ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Spray It, Don't Say It: Tony Bones at Work

    No doubt you're familiar with the work of Tony Bones (aka Soler aka Solyer aka Goya). Maybe you recall, if nothing else: My old pal Zac Crain had the graffiti artist provide the cover for his campaign comp waaaay back when. But here's the rare chance to see Tony at work -- in an intriguing, and appa ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009
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    March 23, 2009

    Zac Crain's Dimebag Darrell Bio Gets Release Date Pushed Back

    Not sure exactly what the holdup is, but over on Blabbermouth today--your source, apparently, for all things wrong with the fact that former Observer music editor Zac Crain is writing a book about the late, great Dimebag Darrell--comes the news that Crain's 288-page Black Tooth Grin: The High Life, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    As Ever, the Pride of Dallas. Now, on HBO.

    Mentioned a couple of months back that Elvis Mitchell was in town interviewing T.D. Jakes for his talkumentary The Black List: Volume Two, a sequel to last year's star-studded Volume One that aired on HBO following its Sundance bow. Volume Two debuts on February 26 -- and it'll actually contain two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    How Will The Happy Bullets Make Out?

    Yesterday, over on FrontBurner, we saw a post by former Observer music editor Zac Crain, purporting that The Happy Bullets (who have a history of making some great videos) were going to attempt to break the world record for most people making out in one place at one time during an upcoming video sho ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Vinnie Paul Announces Plans For Another Dimebag Bio--And He's Endorsing This One

    Roger Caldwell Ah, yes. What would a week be without another head-spinning look into the nutty world of book publishing--as applied to biographies about the late, great Dimebag Darrell. Sure, you already know about the so-called "controversy" surrounding Zac Crain's book. And, if you've been up on y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2008

    Black Tooth Frown (Or: Zac Crain's Book Woes From Hell)

    It's been over a year now since former Observer music editor, one-time mayoral candidate and current D Magazine writer Zac Crain last found himself being lambasted in the very dark, very murky waters of metal web site's comment section. But, hey, news like this--that Crain's publi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Anatomy of a Buzz: Fight Bite

    fight bite n. 1 an infected, human bite-inflicted wound (ex: Johnny bit Suzy's hand and now that shit looks nasty; 2 a new-ish Denton-based band that everyone apparently thinks is amazing (ex: This band Zac Crain really likes is playing Space on Saturday!) Let's take a retrospective look at how we ... More >>

  • Music

    February 21, 2008

    Dallas Music Finally Getting National Attention

    It may not be Austin-level love, but we'll take it

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    June 25, 2007
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    June 22, 2007

    Grin and Bear It, Mr. Crain

    That Zac Crain is one busy dude -- running for mayor (well...), editing a magazine, writing a book. Wait .. you didn't know the last part? Yeah -- it's a bio of the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott titled Black Tooth Grin: The High Life, Good Times, and Tragic End of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, due in No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2007

    No One Voted, But They Did Eat Cake...

    I spent a few minutes this morning talking to our old pal Zac Crain, who now says he can't believe he ever wanted to be mayor in a city where 71,000 people turned out to vote -- an "apocalyptic" figure, says the wanna-be candidate booted off the ballot. "I feel like I wasted a year, beating my head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2007

    Zac Crain Misses Mayoral Ballot; We're Now Eligible For Write-in Consideration

    At least this is a better photo than the one The News used today. When did Zac turn into a zombie, anyway? About an hour ago, Dave Levinthal over at The Dallas Morning News broke the news that former Dallas Observer music editor Zac Crain has been removed from the mayoral ballot because he didn't co ... More >>

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    March 16, 2007
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    March 2, 2007

    Rock the Vote -- Or, At Least, the Candidate Who Doesn't

    WFAA-TV Our former colleague Zac Crain found himself on Channel 8 last night, defending his voting record -- or lack thereof. So, WFAA-Channel 8's picking on Zac Crain, whilst its Belo print counterpart is stickin' it to Tom Leppert. At least, that's the impression this morning after both outlets r ... More >>

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    February 23, 2007
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    January 24, 2007

    Crain Train Keeps on Rolling

    Saturday a packed Good Records hosted the CD release party for the two-disc Zac Crain for Mayor comp, with performances by Baboon, Dove Hunter and Erika Wennerstrom of Cincinatti's Heartless Bastards, who certainly appreciated the audience, despite most likely not knowing who this Crain character wa ... More >>

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    January 2, 2007
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    December 4, 2006

    Zac's Tracks o' Wax

    Former Observer music editor Zac Crain has leaked the tentative tracklisting for his double-CD Zac Crain for Mayor campaign fundraiser, and it's somewhat of a doozy. Though the set contains the requisite contributions from Sorta-obvious Barley House drinking buddies such as Olospo, I Love Math and S ... More >>

  • News

    November 30, 2006

    The Zac Factor

    Why the Dallas County tsunami could make Crain an important mayoral candidate

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    November 21, 2006

    What Tomorrow Holds

    Before the day ends, I did want to give you faithful Friends of Unfair Park a heads-up: In tomorrow's Dallas Morning News, Steve Blow (all right, quiet down) will at long last run his column about our old pal Zac Crain and whether he ought to be considered a serious candidate for mayor. How do I kno ... More >>

  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    Politics as Usual

    Make martinis (and music), not war

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    September 11, 2006

    The Chosen People

    This sounds like just the thing to kick off your Sunday morning: having a nosh with Bill Blaydes, Gary Griffith, Darrell Jordan and Mitchell Rasansky. But all those announced and likely mayoral candidates will in fact be at Temple Emanu-El this very Sunday at 9 a.m. participating in a...what, round- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2006

    Darrell Jordan's Gonna Be Mayor

    At least, that's what Darrell Jordan and his people are saying this morning--probably said it yesterday and gonna say it tomorrow too, only they weren't issuing a press release touting his bulging campaign finance report as proof that he's the "leading candidate in the May 2007 Dallas mayoral electi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2006

    E&P & Z.C.

    Last Zac Crain posting of the month; swear. (Fine--none in May either.) I just thought this one merited a mention because of its source--not a hometown blog, but venerable national journalism trade mag Editor & Publisher, which seems tickled by the fact "the former music editor for the alternative w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2006

    Zac, You Made It!

    Hey, I never thought former Dallas Observer music editor Zac Crain's mayoral bid was a joke (my wife, on the other hand...kidding). But now that I can read about it here, in the hallowed pages of Dallas' Only Daily, well, now I will take it very, very, very seriously. Good luck, bubba. Not that you' ... More >>

  • News

    February 9, 2006

    Oh, c'mon

    Zac Crain follows in Laura Miller's footsteps

  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    Beyond the Red Carpet

    Once a year we find ourselves on the other side of the curtain. It isn't easy. It can be fun.

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    Last Call

    In which we discuss the highs, the lows--and all the crap that came between

  • Music

    November 27, 2003

    Fresh Meat

    Local music police welcome a new chief

  • News

    November 6, 2003

    Welcome to Full Frontal, Bitch

    Plus: Dear Mr. Cuban; Revealed!; Discover Dallas with the Mayor

  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    On the Download

    Is the online music store the Apple of digital music's eye? It should be.

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    June 26, 2003

    Street Dreams

    No holds barred

  • Music

    January 2, 2003

    End Hits

    Now that's what I call music

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    May 23, 2002

    Zac of Kittens

    Also: Theatrically Nonexistent

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    May 2, 2002

    Waste of Good Air

    More thoughts on the Dallas Observer Music Awards

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    October 19, 2000


    Swine Among Pearls, Speaking of Whining, Slave to Soccer

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    May 25, 2000


    Wonder women; Cool Kidd; Give it a rest

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    March 16, 2000

    Across the Bar

    Comet sighting; Clumsy in Motown; Grand Street redubbed; Bar of Soap brings in road grime

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    March 19, 1998
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