Leah Pickett writes about music, art and culture for the Dallas Observer. She also reviews films for the Chicago Reader and works as an editor at BNP Media. Besides writing, she likes to read, drink coffee, immerse herself in American New Wave cinema and listen to at least five podcasts a day.
3 years ago | Concerts
The last time the Dallas Observer profiled Madison King was in 2014, just before King released her second country record, Onward & Upward. In March, King released her third record, the EP Livin’ Right. In the intervening years, King says, she ...
3 years ago | Feature Stories
At 3 p.m. on a Monday, singer-songwriter Silas Nello is sitting at his kitchen table, listening to records and sipping a glass of red wine. He’s jet-lagged after returning from a vacation in Spain but also excited to get back to work. Nello, 28, i...
Unlike most musicians, Sealion bassist Sam Villavert wakes up at 4:30 a.m. “It’s a ridiculous hour,” Villavert says, “but it helps jumpstart my morning and puts me in a healthier mental state.” For Villavert, 26, exercise is indispensable. Usually...
For almost 20 years, local musicians have flocked to producer and artist Salim Nourallah’s Pleasantry Lane Recording Studio, tucked inside a converted one-car garage on a residential street in Vickery Park. On Dec. 22, an unusually frigid day in D...
3 years ago | Books
This list, arranged in no particular order, is limited to books that were published in 2017 and written by authors who live in Dallas-Fort Worth. The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson This dystopian thriller, published in June, focuses on a formerl...
“A Day in the Life …” is a series that focuses on the daily routines of prominent figures in the local music scene. Jeff Liles asks me to meet him at the Kessler Theater around 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. As the Oak Cliff theater’s artistic ...