Archive for April, 2011

You + Pics: The Kills at Granada

Posted by    |    April 27th, 2011 at 3:54 pm


Jessie Frye’s Sophomore EP ‘Fireworks Child’ Released Today

Posted by    |    April 26th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

“Hurry up/I am ready,” sings Jessie Frye on “Red Angel White Devil,” and so is the North Texas music scene. Frye’s Sophomore EP entitled Fireworks Child is an edgier, sassier departure from her 2008 EP, The Delve. Frye harnesses a sophisticated brand of pop music that simultaneously achieves a mature lyricism and fresh, youthful melodies.

The slow, gripping guitar on “Fortune Teller” is composed with young-adult angst and recorded with an overflow of attitude. This collection of songs chronicles experiences that all 20-somethings must deal with, like a post-schooling play-by-play. “I have not left you yet/I still got the scars to prove it well,” Frye confesses on “Sleeping Tornadoes,” a hypnotic track that evokes lying in bed all day, ruminating on the aftermath of a relationship gone wrong, and imagining how the other person has moved on. Coupled with melancholy piano, Frye’s truthful spite reverberates throughout the five-track EP, available now.

Listen to this:Prepared

Jessie Frye will be performing Friday May 6 at Dan’s Silverleaf and Friday May 13 at LaGrange

If Couture Could Sing

Posted by    |    April 25th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

If Marc Jacobs, Coco Chanel and Louis Vuitton stitched their proficiency and perfection into songs instead of haute couture garments, they would sound just as seamless as KT Tunstall’s live performance.

This past Saturday at Granada Theater, Tunstall played a solo performance showcasing newly recorded, fingerpicked songs from her upcoming EP, The Scarlet Tulip. “Confide in me darling/ for secrets are rocket fuel,” she sings on her new song, “Patience,” an open-hearted lullaby that resonates from her stunning lower register. Tunstall proved she’s a legit badass musician by showing off her guitar skills during “Madame Trudeaux” and “Push That Knot Away” from 2010 album Tiger Suit. (more…)

It Might Be Monday, But There Are Still Things to Smile About

Posted by    |    April 25th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

The holiday weekend is over, and it’s raining on Monday (which sounds like the title of a poorly written broadway show). We feel your pain. You’re already counting down the hours until Friday, but you don’t have to wait for the weekend to be thoroughly entertained. Tonight, Smile Smile is playing new songs from their upcoming album at 9PM at The Libertine Bar.

It won’t feel like paperwork. It will be free. It might sound a little bit like this.

Whales for Hire

Posted by    |    April 21st, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Trying to label the Freelance Whales is a bit like a kindergartener trying to pin the tail on the donkey; they always end up sticking the teacher instead.

Hailing from Queens, and assembled via Craigslist, the Freelance Whales have been compared to Arcade Fire for their notorious instrument switching and chorale of band members. Each Whale is well versed in a variety of odd instruments, (harmonium, anyone?) and the pauses between songs during their show at The Loft weren’t met with witty banter, but rearranging the ratio of band member to instrument(s).

If you’re unfamiliar with the Whales-for-hire; think, The Postal Service, for their airy vocals and youthful love songs; and hailing from the borough next door, Matt & Kim, for their brightly patterned tracks. (more…)

The Kills @ The Granada Theater

Posted by    |    April 21st, 2011 at 8:18 am

Springtime, rites of passage, North Texas: for the music fan it means spending an evening in a sweaty concert hall. Hopefully the music is good and the drinks are cold. The Granada Theater provided the venue and the cold drinks as it became ground zero for Dallas’ hipster scene for a few hours this past Tuesday evening. Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart, better know as The Kills, provided the sweat thanks to a full house of adoring fans. And the music was, in a word, good.

Everybody say ‘Cheese!’

Posted by    |    April 20th, 2011 at 5:20 am

Welcome to the National Portrait Gallery

We hope you’re grinning for this next update- ArtBabble is pleased to announce the partnership of the National Portrait Gallery, a Smithsonian Museum from Washington, D.C. The NPG launches with 22 videos about the acclaimed and controversial exhibit Hide/Seek, and a special Happy-Birthday-to-you video for Conan O’Brien.

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Half the initials, all the impact

Posted by    |    April 18th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

This is the most docile event I have attended in the past year. There are no horns blaring in the parking lot. There is no rush to be nearest to the stage. No one has spilled a drink on my feet. The Verizon Theatre crowd at the first and third initials of CSNY is happily chatting mid-beer gulp, and waiting for their adolescent guitar heroes, Graham Nash and David Crosby, to walk the temporarily carpeted stage.

Upon text to my father to inform him of my whereabouts (as he would appreciate my being at a concert he would have attended at my age; his long wavy hair and hippie vest come to mind) his response is a simple, “Old guys rule!”

“There he is!” an excited audience member yells out as Crosby emerges from the wings, followed by a barefoot Nash. The crowd rose to their feet before either one of them played a note. The two living legends, 50 feet in front of me, should be on display in some hall of fame glass case, next to Olympians, and those who EGOT. (more…)

Spring time is happy beat time

Posted by    |    April 16th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

We arrived at The Granada just in time for Ben Kweller’s “My Apartment” and the place was completely packed. With his long curly locks and his skinny jeans, Ben Kweller rocked it up on the stage solo. Just an acoustic guitar and a voice that makes both men and women swoon, it made me wonder why I wasn’t blessed with such raw talent. Every strum and note he sang was perfect and had everyone dancing. How can someone be so naturally amazing at singing and playing the guitar? He made what could have been a very calm and almost boring setup with just one guy and one guitar and a stool something incredible. Maybe it’s just me, but I could listen to Ben Kweller all day long. He ended with “Wasted and Ready” and shocked some of the audience with his switch to rocker-esque riffs and head banging. I will definitely be catching his next show in Dallas—which probably won’t happen anytime soon, as he informed us. Sad.


Casual Wednesdays with The O’s

Posted by    |    April 15th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Quick wits are not quick enough for the speedily keen minds of John Pedigo and Taylor Young. The bar at “Renfizzle’s,” as Pedigo so lovingly refers to Uptown’s Renfield’s Corner, is virtually empty. Most likely because it’s 8pm on a Wednesday, and still socially taboo to throw back cold one after cold one. The O’s are setting up their plethora of instruments as the YouPlusDallas crew tests our audio and prepares to interview the classy dudes.

The O’s have toured Europe, and will be heading overseas again this summer. So, what are they doing playing in a bar on a Wednesday night? “We’ve only been around for about two and a half years now, so when we first started playing, we played at Barley House every Wednesday for a while. And to me, this is taking us back to Barley House, which is scary, but a totally fun environment because it’s really small and everyone can cram in and have a good time,” says Pedigo. Which is exactly what happened; the bar proceeded to mold into a tightly packed sardine can as fans surrounded the stage. (more…)