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The 22 Best Things to Do in Dallas This Week, Nov. 18-24

1 year ago by Dallas Observer Staff
Monday, November 18 The Funky Knuckles If The Funky Knuckles aren’t a part of your weekly jazz intake, they should be. The Funky Knuckles have been together for nearly seven years. The fusion jazz band released an album called Meta-Musica in 2014 that climbed to No. 1 on iTunes’ jazz...

DFW Quotes of the Year 2018

2 years ago by Stephen Young
The Observer owes a lot to those who just come out and say it. Whether it's the outgoing congressman lamenting that new Texas residents cost him his office because they just don't understand the state, or the leader of one of the city's biggest churches explaining why it's perfectly OK...

What the Cowboys Have to Get Right to Contend In 2018

3 years ago by Stephen Young
Like the 2008, 2010 and 2015 Cowboys, the 2017 Cowboys were supposed to be different. They'd learned the lessons of a largely successful yet bitterly disappointing 2016 and were ready to play in the Cowboys' first NFC Championship Game since the 1995 season. They weren't different. The 2017 Cowboys, doomed...

The 10 Best Concerts of the Week: Future Islands, Modest Mouse, Ben Folds and More

4 years ago by Diamond Rodrigue
This week's music lineup is the most impressive we've seen in a few months, spanning everything from Dallas-bred alt-country to experimental music and bubblegum pop. The former Dallasites of Dark Rooms return to town for a show at Club Dada on Monday, former '90s boy band Hanson proves it's still...

Every Act Playing Coachella This Year, Ranked

5 years ago by Andy Hermann
After you've decided to start ranking all the acts on the Coachella lineup, there comes a moment when you realize you've made a terrible mistake. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is way too big, too ambitious in scale and scope, too sonically diverse to be reduced to a...

This Week In Dallas Music History: The Education of Michelle Shocked

10 years ago by Daniel Hopkins
This week in 1996, Unfair Park's Own Robert Wilonsky got down to brass tacks with Texas singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked, whose career was unexpectedly started a decade earlier.In the story, Wilonsky retells the somewhat widely known story of Shocked's hijacked beginnings. "She recorded the songs on a fan's weak-batteried Walkman only...

How Self-Appointed Experts Rule the Autograph Industry

7 years ago by Jake Rossen
At his cluttered kitchen table in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, surrounded by hundreds of trading cards and discarded foil wrappers, Steve Sterpka finally found what he'd been looking for. The CVS Pharmacy manager had sifted through 15 boxes of Upper Deck baseball cards, hoping to encounter one of the coupons...

MP3 Premiere: Fox & The Bird -- "Floating Feather"

10 years ago by Pete Freedman
Two years after charmingly bursting onto the scene with their fellow Dallas Family Band cohorts, it seems Fox & The Bird is finally ready to release their debut album. "I guess we're the last of the main Dallas Family Band groups to release an album," says Dan Bowman, one-fifth of...

Girl Talk Cancels July WinStar Casino Gig. Tonight's Granada Show Is Still On, Though.

10 years ago by Pete Freedman
Picked up your fresh-off-the-presses print issue of this week's Observer yet? No? Well, go do so right now. We'll wait.Got it? Good! Now, flip the issue open. Not far, just right there after the cover. Yeah, page 3. There, you'll notice -- it's tough not to -- a massive, full-page,...

Giveaway: A Pair of Tickets To Tonight's Appleseed Cast Show at Lola's Sixth in Fort Worth

11 years ago by Pete Freedman
Quite the show at Lola's Sixth in Fort Worth tonight with The Appleseed Cast rolling through town. Should be kind of a special show, too: The band performing, in entirety, its seminal releases Low Level Owl 1 and 2, back to back. It's an interesting decision--especially since, as Aaron Ladge...

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