Archive for September, 2010

You+Pics : The Drums

Posted by    |    September 28th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

The Drums at The Loft – Dallas, TX

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Fell In Love With A Band

Posted by    |    September 28th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

The Drums front man Jonathan Pierce

It’s hard not to notice Jonathan Pierce.  Resembling cocky villain Johnny Lawrence from The Karate Kid, (who I used to have a huge crush on BTW) his red satin bomber jacket is literally glowing under the blue and yellow lights of the Palladium’s neon signage.  Even in his Freddie Mercury Tribute Band t-shirt (which is hilarious since he is often chastised for acting like the Queen legend on stage) rolled up high waters and beat-up converse, The Drum’s lead singer still stands out among a crowd of hipster kids in virtually the same outfit.

The Drums crept into my iPod last year when their Summertime! EP was released. As much as they probably hate to hear their music described as “dreamy 50’s surfer pop mixed with post punk 80’s synth-pop“, I hated to admit that I was falling in love with them.  But I was. And so are you.  “Let’s Go Surfing” has been on repeat all summer, you’ve been snapping your fingers and whistling and doing that awkward head bop in your car and you know it.  (more…)

Listen to The Orbans

Posted by    |    September 28th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Peter Black’s voice is just as melodious over the phone as it is on his band’s first full-length album, When We Were Wild. Check out what he had to say about his Fort Worth-based band, The Orbans.

If you could tell me one thing about the band that no one ever asks – what would you want people to know?

No one ever asks, “are you guys all friends?” or anything like that. But yeah, it’s kind of weird, we don’t really argue. If there’s an argument, it takes about fifteen seconds to go away, and I think that’s one of the things that makes it easy to get around. I think that’s one of the exciting things about this project — making future records and being together.

Naturally, your band name cannot be found in the dictionary. What does it mean?

[Laughs] It’s been really fun with that name, a lot of people come to us with different meanings, saying, “I think it means this, is it this?” and they’re actually much more interesting then the way we arrived at it. There’s an old piece of audio gear in studios called Orban compressors. After about three weeks of thinking, we kept coming back to it. The funniest [story] that someone has come to us with is back in the medieval times, it was the name given to traveling magicians. We also get,  “were you big Roy Orbison fans?” and yes, but that’s not it either. It’s fun to hear what people come up with.

You guys have such a unique sound.  Who do you look to for inspiration?

Our keyboard player, Justin, said it best when he said that it’s basically a culmination of all the music that [we] listened to growing up.  It could be a throwback to The Beatles, or something that’s Tom Petty about this or that. It’s a lot of classic elements. (more…)

Well Versed

Posted by    |    September 27th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

The minute I received the invite to Well Versed, I immediately marked my calendar before even looking at the line-up of artists.  Frankie Garcia III knows how to throw a party and even better, pick out an amazing group of artists to feature.  Just take a moment to look at the following list of artist and thank me at the show.

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Catching up with Kina Grannis

Posted by    |    September 27th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Kina Grannis is driving from Portland to San Francisco, and I’ve got her on her cell phone – hands free, of course. I caught up with the Southern California singer-songwriter to ask a few questions of her most recent album, Stairwells.

Stairwells is a beautiful album with many songs about relationships you’ve had. Now that you’re busy on tour, are you finding your upcoming songs deal with different situations?

I would say that [the songs] do change, but it’s not too drastic. Throughout life the songs will change slightly because you look at the world differently. I tend to revisit the areas of my life – the issues that you always kind of have for yourself.

Tell me about your songwriting process.
It’s pretty weird like that, if I sit down and try to write a song, it’s impossible. When they’re ready they just kind of come out. They usually come out in an hour or so without me really trying. I find them more than construct them.

Which song of yours means the most to you?
I feel like they’re all my babies; they all have a special place my heart.

You’re a rock start at keeping up with your fans.
I love being able to connect with them and talk with everyone. I spend the majority of my day doing it. I love being able to talk to anyone, and I feel really guilty when I can’t do it. My fans have been everything since day one; it’s only naturally to respond [to them]. (more…)

What we really get

Posted by    |    September 27th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

My poor sense of direction has gotten me in trouble before; it’s fortunate that my car is equipped with a GPS to guide me through North Texas. On a recent excursion fueled in the wrong direction by an East and West mix-up, I was listening to my newest CD purchase, What We Want, What We Get, by a beautiful singer-songwriter named Dave Barnes. I could have stayed lost and jammed on my steering wheel instead of eventually turning in the right direction – he has a voice that makes me want his multiple studio albums perpetually on repeat. (more…)

O.A.R. at the House of Blues

Posted by    |    September 23rd, 2010 at 1:00 am

O.A.R. at House of Blues in Dallas, Texas

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The Dirty Heads at the House of Blues

Posted by    |    September 22nd, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Reggae Rock from Long Beach, California! The Dirty Heads at House of Blues in Dallas, Texas

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Addison Circle? I could have sworn I was in Munich…

Posted by    |    September 22nd, 2010 at 4:34 pm

What started as a huge wedding celebration back in 1810 has now turned into an annual tradition – and not just for Munich. Our very own Addison throws a pretty awesome version. So awesome that it has been named one of the top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations by USA Today

I braved Addison Circle on Saturday night with best friends + 2 children in tow. Crowds were larger than usual (what recession?) so moving around with ease and buying food/drink/ride tickets proved to be a difficult task. The 30,000 square foot Spaten tent was no exception – but while annoying to navigate, it really didn’t bother us much. (If I can handle 3 days at Coachella surrounded by 150,000 people, I can handle anything.)

The energy in the tent was so amplified this year that it made the chanting, singing and dancing a little more authentic actually – definitely didn’t feel like you were in Addison Circle.  The brats and German sausage were spot on, the beer lines were moving quickly and the little ones were jamming out to polka music and doing the chicken dance.  Good times. (more…)

In the House: Drew Waters

Posted by    |    September 22nd, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Productivity drops sharply in the You+Media offices when Drew Waters stops by. The guys all want war stories from the set of his NBC drama, Friday Night Lights. The girls just get a dreamy stare and smile. Frankly, it’s awkward.

But that’s Drew. Raised in Orange, TX, he was a track and field star who passed up a scholarship to Rice to work with F-14 jets in the Navy. After his tour, talent scouts saw those baby blue eyes and modeling jobs flowed in from Ralph Lauren, Prada, and Hugo Boss. Magazine ads and covers from GQ, Esquire, Vogue, and Men’s Journal. Then photographer Bruce Weber told Drew he should try acting. Sure, why not? 20 films and six TV shows later, Waters decided to try producing, too. He has 2-3 very cool projects in development right now, and we hope he’ll share his talents with You+Dallas as well.

No matter what, Waters’ best role is as devoted husband and doting father. Eschewing the so-called ‘glamour’ of Hollywood, Waters is most content on his North Texas ranch with his family and his horses, just like his boyhood days in Orange. The man is a star.