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Every Black Sabbath Show in North Texas (That Actually Mattered)

2 months ago by Garrett Gravley
Telling the truth unconditionally is paramount in our line of work, and while it occasionally lands us in hot water, it’s far better than the alternative of lying.  Long story short, if I were to tell you that Black Sabbath’s Mob Rules was in any way a decent album, I...

Meet Freyja Odinsdottir, the Progressive Who’s Gunning to Become Denton County Sheriff

2 months ago by Simone Carter
During his bid for Denton County sheriff in 2016, Republican Tracy Murphree boasted he would beat up any transgender woman who dared to enter a public restroom occupied by his daughter. Now, a transgender woman is aiming to take Murphree's job. A week ago, former law enforcement supervisor Freyja Odinsdottir announced...

Before Dolly Parton, the Chicks Set the Political Stage for Women in Country

2 months ago by Alexandra Lang
Most politically active artists belong to the pop, hip-hop and rock genres; historically, country artists haven't exactly been known to voice their political opinions, especially when those opinions contradict the core beliefs of the majority of the country music fan base. While Johnny Cash advocated for Native Americans and prisoners,...

'God Must Be Doing Cocaine': Anthems for the Pandemic

2 months ago by Emaan Majed
The pandemic has not been exactly ideal for our health, with 5.5 million confirmed cases of COVID and up to 40% of adults struggling with either mental illness or substance abuse, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Songs that earlier may have seemed a little melodramatic and...

Democratic State Lawmakers Call for Removal of Capitol's Confederate Memorials

3 months ago by Simone Carter
Texas’ Capitol grounds could soon lose seven Confederate memorials if Democratic state lawmakers have their way. In a letter sent Monday to their Republican chairs, eight Democratic members of the state’s House and Senate administration committees called for the memorials’ removal. The letter comes after protests over the police killings...

Protests Against Police Brutality, Racial Injustice Mark July 4 in Dallas

4 months ago by Jacob Vaughn
On Saturday afternoon, as Independence Day celebrations were getting started in backyards across Dallas, about 40 people gathered in Klyde Warren Park. Protesters stood holding signs that read “Say Their Names” and “Black Lives Matter" as the afternoon sun beat down on them. “Many Black people are not connected to...

Bilad Bakery & Restaurant

This superb bakery in Richardson got its start turning out excellent samoon bread from Iraq and trays of delightful desserts like pistachio puffs and baklava. But for nearly a decade now, Bilad...
Middle Eastern, Bakery

For Rakkasan Tea Company’s Owners, It’s All About the Origin Story

8 months ago by Philip Kingston
What’s in a cup of tea? The rebellious seeds of our democracy, sure. But tea, at least in America, is a  contemplative drink, maybe a comfort during illness or a holiday tradition. It’s a peaceful, social drink. In much of the rest of the world, tea fills the role that...

Onward Christian Soldier: Dallas Documentarian Captures Story of the Free Burma Rangers

8 months ago by Liam Gaughan
When he sent an email to the Free Burma Rangers in early 2004, filmmaker Chris Sinclair didn’t expect that in a few short months he’d be hiking across Thailand taking photos of displaced individuals. And he certainly didn’t expect that years later, he’d create a documentary telling the story of...

The 2000s Are Due for a Comeback, and We Can’t Let It Happen

9 months ago by Garrett Gravley
In the 1970s, we had Happy Days. In the 1980s, we had Bryan Adams’ “Summer of 69.” In the 1990s, we had That ’70s Show. In the 2000s, we had a post-punk revival. In the 2010s, ’90s nostalgia became so big that Nickelodeon started a programming block titled NickRewind, which was...

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