I Want To Party With Randy Travis

Jeff Prince
I’m diggin’ up bones / I’m diggin’ up bones Exhuming things that’s better left alone Country songbird Randy Travis dug up more bones last night. That makes at least three run-ins with area police t...

Cliburn Video Contest Winner Announced

Kristian Lin
I got so caught up in the Olympics that the Van Cliburn’s Amateur Piano Video Competition slipped under my radar. Rather than make weak excuses, I’ll just note that the contest was won by Kristin Anderson, an organi...


Live Oak Re-branding

Anthony Mariani
Hiring Kinser and Knight, Live Oak owner Bill Smith said, is part of an overall re-branding of his venue/restaurant/bar.   Blake Barker, former general manager of Scat Jazz Lounge, has been hired as the new manager of oper...


UPDATE Blackbox Booking Live Oak

Easily the biggest deal in the local music scene since Lola’s Saloon came along in 2006 was the opening several months ago of Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge. Hailed as a sort of Kessler West, the intimate and finely appoint...

Old-school nu-school rock from North Texas: Tabula Rasa.

Tabula Rasa Reunites

Back in the early ’90s, Dallas ruled rock. Not just in North Texas but arguably the entire Southwest. Dallasites Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, Tripping Daisy, and Course of Empire had gone national, and after they to...

Marvin Hamlisch, 1944-2012

Four Obituary Notices

Kristian Lin
A number of people whose work has caught my interest over the years have passed away recently, and while I let a couple of them slip, I thought I’d take note of them all in this post: Robert Hughes The Australian art crit...

Expect some changes in programming at the Near Southside venue.

New Booking at Live Oak

The beautiful new Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge and its in-house booking agent, Clint Simpson, have parted ways. “Basically, it just wasn’t a good fit, and I think that [Simpson’s] forte is really managing bands on the...


Randy Travis Arrested Again

Jimmy Fowler
Randy Travis is a very talented, even legendary country artist, but the last couple of years he’s been on a downward spiral of “bad-worse-worst” publicity. The Tioga, TX resident first made headlines with nasty protracted...


UPDATED Comptroller Storms Lola’s

Anthony Mariani
For the second time in about a month last Saturday, agents from the state comptroller’s office stormed Lola’s Saloon (2736 W. 6th St., 817-877-0666) and performed a limited seizure, taking available cash to put toward outst...

Don’t You Forget About Mimir

Kristian Lin
Due to an oversight, I neglected to mention the Mimir Chamber Music Festival in this week’s print edition, so I’m here on Blotch to redress that. The festival starts on Thursday and runs through the 13th at TCU̵...