Archive for March, 2011

Dallas International Film Festival and You+Dallas

Posted by    |    March 29th, 2011 at 10:24 am

What better way to kick off the Dallas International Film Festival than a YouPlusDallas trailer featuring Dallas’ own Josh Blaylock?

This year, our trailer will air before each and every DIFF film between March 31 and April 10. And with our trailer comes Josh Blaylock, an local actor you may recognize from the 2007 film No Country For Old Men. Since this young actor acted in a successful film, we thought he would be a great candidate to grab your attention at an important event, and to spread the word—we tell the stories of Dallas.

In the trailer, Blaylock plays a local boy who sees a poster of a beautiful woman at the movie theaters and imagines her coming to life. Since films allow us to leave reality and enter our world of dreams, so will the DIFF festival happening in our very own hometown.

The trailer airs on YouPlusDallas this Friday. So stay tuned, check out the YouPlusDallas Arts & Entertainment network, and follow us on Twitter @YPDinsider for your red carpet updates.

Monte Montgomery Melts Faces at the Granada

Posted by    |    March 28th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

It’s been a while since I had last seen good ole Monte.   But it didn’t take me long to re-discover why he is in my  Top 5 Favorite Guitar Players of All Time list.

Ever since my Dad took me to see him back when I was a junior in high school, I have been hooked on his rich chord voicings, fretboard acrobatics, and his melodic phrasings. Much of my own guitar style, especially when playing over pop-rock tunes, is heavily influenced (aka blatantly stolen) from him.

Did you know that South by Southwest awarded him “Best Acoustic Guitar Player” an unprecedented seven times in a row?

Oh ya know...Just doing something crazy on the guitar

Just being viewed as an amazing acoustic guitarist doesn’t do him justice.   Monte Montgomery is a musician’s musician.  But he is also accessible and loved by the non-musician as well. (more…)

The Orbans SXSW Showcase

Posted by    |    March 28th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

The SXSW music festival kicked of Wednesday, March 16, and YouPlusDallas was hanging out at Speakeasy on Congress to see one of our favorite musical acts grace the stage. “We’re The Orbans, we are from Fort Worth, and we’d like to thank you for helping us kick off this kick ass week,” said lead singer Peter Black. (more…)

Rebelution grows a forest at House of Blues

Posted by    |    March 28th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

It appears as though the House of Blues has figured out how to sprout seedlings and grow into a forest overnight. For the amount of fake plants on stage, it looks like a silk factory spun out of control and wove its way around Rebelution’s instruments.

There’s no other way to go about it: this concert smells like a marijuana factory went up in flames and someone unsuccessfully tried to put out the fire with a double dose of Dimetapp. The California band opens with “Green to Black,” and the very creatively titled, “So High.” Rebelution’s music is a byproduct of an exceedingly time consuming hobby. (more…)

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Rebelution at The House of Blues

Posted by    |    March 28th, 2011 at 9:40 am

Rebelution brought their own style of reggae music to The House of Blues in Dallas, Tx. 3.25.11


Interview with Producer Lee Clay for Dallas International Film Festival film, Beautiful Boy

Posted by    |    March 25th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Theirs is the story that no parent ever wishes to tell. A married couple on the verge of separation must endure the numbing news that their only son carried out a mass shooting at his University, and took his own life. This is the story of Beautiful Boy, starring Michael Sheen and Maria Bello. YouPlusDallas talks with Producer Lee Clay about his film, which will screen at the Dallas International Film Festival this Spring.

Tell me about your reaction when you found out Beautiful Boy would be screening at DIFF.

I was extremely excited, being from Dallas, I was very happy to be able to kind of bring the movie home, so to speak. Dallas is a great secondary market for distributors, and I feel like this is a movie that will hopefully speak to the Dallas community and possibly shine a light on parenting kids in the Dallas community. (more…)

The O’s SXSW Showcase makes us want to book trip out West

Posted by    |    March 25th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Picture how a Western movie feels, and the exposition for this article is set. Stephen F’s Bar at the Intercontinental Hotel makes me feel like I left my corset and bouffant hair at home. Not that I have a go-to bouffant hairstyle, because I don’t. But if I did, this would be the place to bust it out.

Climbing the spiral staircase, a man with the stature of Ulysses S. Grant stands at the top. “Are you Taylor?” I ask, having never before met. The O’s visited our YouPlusDallas studios the previous week, but I wasn’t able to meet them due to geeking out at SXSWi. Taylor tells me about their time at our office – learning about the building’s history as the former location of Dallas Observer, a car showroom, and a radio station – where the news of JFK’s assassination was spread.

“I’ve never seen you guys play before, so you better do a good job,” I tell him. “Well then we’ll put on a good show for you. We were going to do a mediocre show, but now we’ll put some effort into it,” he jokes, and goes to help John, his musical other half, set the stage for their SXSW showcase. “We’re The O’s from Dallas, Texas, and we’re very pleased to be here. I like to think of us as a couple of classy dudes, and this is a classy place. Thanks for having us,” said Taylor. (more…)

The Soldier Thread + The Prophet Bar = This Friday

Posted by    |    March 22nd, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Indie Austin Pop Band The Soldier Thread plays on the roof at 512 on 6th Street in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2011. Coming to Dallas this Friday to play The Prophet Bar.


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Posted by    |    March 21st, 2011 at 8:54 pm

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It’s a perfect night for the SXSW Music Festival to kick off – YouPlusDallas is at Lustre Pearl talking with Nelo about their band bond, and how they liken it to using the bathroom. (They said it, not me.) Lead singer Matt Ragland is rocking a new haircut, a contrast from our acoustic interview a few days prior. “I’m screwing it up, aren’t I?” he says of YouPlusDallas’ continuity. Never. (more…)

Astronautalis takes over SXSW and leaves his laptop at home

Posted by    |    March 21st, 2011 at 6:37 pm

With a name like “Easy Tiger,” you’d think the venue would be simple to locate, but you’d be wrong. Found on the far East end of 6th Street, the only signal that we are in the right place is a tiny sign above a doorway that spells out the name in unlit block lettering. A guy in glasses stands below it, texting, and I know YouPlusDallas is at the correct venue. “Of all the artists I am speaking with at SXSW,” I say to the man in horn-rimmed glasses, “I am most interested in talking with you.”

SMU grad Andy Bothwell, known onstage as Astronautalis, is playing his SXSW showcase tonight. Standing before the camera, about to ask a few questions of my fellow Mustang, it looks like we coordinated outfits. “Hey, you guys are both wearing indie clothing,” our cinematographer points out. “Yes, we do look very independent,” Bothwell jokes. I can rally for an artist who pokes fun at the English language even more than I do, which is exactly what Bothwell does for a living. A champion wordsmith, Mr. Wordplay himself, Jason Mraz, is a fan of Bothwell’s verbose styling. (more…)