Archive for May, 2011

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Homegrown Festival

Posted by    |    May 31st, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Homegrown Music Festival 5.14.11


YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Cage the Elephant

Posted by    |    May 31st, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Cage the Elephant at Palladium Ballroom 5.29.11


YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Sleeper Agent

Posted by    |    May 31st, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Sleeper Agent at Palladium Ballroom 5.29.11


The Maine Rallies to Teenage Screams at House of Blues

Posted by    |    May 31st, 2011 at 11:34 am

All right, I have to admit it. I had never heard of The Maine before seeing the name attached to the likes of Augustana on the poster for the “Boston” band’s summer tour. A fan of Augustana’s since 2005’s Stars and Boulevards, I wrote The Maine off as just some other act that was touring with a band that I was compelled to see in concert. Cool, I thought. If they’re opening for Augustana, they must be good. After ample research, I found that The Maine is a) co-headlining with Augustana (and closing the show, at that) and b) has over 77,000 followers on Twitter. Where have I been? Is some type of cultural phenomenon going on, perpetuated by iTunes, completely escaping my genius recommendations? I still don’t know. But I do know that, after seeing The Maine tear apart the stage at House of Blues Dallas, they kick some serious ass, and deserve every one of those tens of thousands of Twitter followers.

Current album Black & White harnesses a more mature sound departure from their first album (2008 Can’t Stop Won’t Stop) which is weird to say because members of The Maine are so young, I can’t imagine a three-year younger version of them being legally allowed to work. (more…)

Dredg at Granada

Posted by    |    May 30th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Two nights ago I saw Dredg put on a show at the Granada.  Unfortunately due to family time this Memorial weekend I missed out on the opening acts, The Dear Hunter, Balance and Composure, The Trophy Fire. But I heard they all rocked the place like crazy.

I had never seen Dredg before, and with the suggestion of a past bandmate and good music aficionado, I jumped at the chance to see these guys live.

Holy crap.  I didn’t know Arnold Schwarzenegger played drums for them!    Dino Campanella, who also showed off his multitasking skills on a few songs by playing both keyboards and sick beats simultaneously, stole the show for me.  And I mean that in a 100% non-homosexual way.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that).


My Chemical Romance at House of Blues: Still Waiting for The Black Parade

Posted by    |    May 25th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I’m certain that Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge didn’t leave my Toyota Highlander’s 6-CD changer for the entirety of my sophomore year of high school. This was probably before I owned an iPod, or had a subscription to Rolling Stone; but I knew my Converse sneakers, inked with sharpie-drawn checkerboard patterns, reflected the type of music found on the 2004 album that drove around with me every place frequented by sixteen year-olds on Wednesday afternoons. (Like, student government meetings.)

This past weekend, My Chemical Romance invaded Dallas for two full days, parading in alternative garb across the House of Blues main stage for back-to-back nights of danger and darkness. Frontman Gerard Way sounded brilliant (save for retreating to his lower register during “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”), but lacked a certain deranged energy that I imagine usually pairs with MCR shows. As I was present for night two of the Dallas excursion, Way may have exhausted his adrenaline during Saturday’s show. I guess I expected to see the whites of his eyes a little more. (more…)

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: ComicCon

Posted by    |    May 23rd, 2011 at 9:46 am

Dallas ComicCon at the new Irving Convention Center 5.21.11.


Wildflower! Through The Lens Of A 12-Year-Old

Posted by    |    May 23rd, 2011 at 2:32 am

Rain, shine, or rapture – the wildflowers were in bloom at the annual Richardson Wildflower! Festival this past weekend. The music and arts event was under constant threat of severe weather and the impending Rapture through the whole weekend. As it turns out the rain never fell during festival hours and either the Rapture didn’t happen or we both drew a short straw. (more…)

TACA Lexus Party on the Green is Tonight

Posted by    |    May 20th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

The Dallas Symphony OrchestraNasher Sculpture Center, Rock of Ages and Cabaret, countless galleries and homegrown musicians – our city is filled with art of the highest caliber and most engaging quality – and there is an organization that supports the continuation of art in our community.

The Arts Community Alliance Annual Lexus Party on the Green is taking place tonight at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek to celebrate our fabulous arts community with live music and fine dining. The Party on the Green raises money for TACA, which raises money for the arts. And seeing as how TACA is the largest benefactor of performing arts in North Texas, Dallasites can expect good things to come for the future of arts in our hometown.

The event begins tonight at 7pm at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.

Laura Stillo is the Arts & Entertainment Editor and Creative Social Media Producer forYouPlusDallas.  Follow her on Twitter at @laurastillo.

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Seryn

Posted by    |    May 20th, 2011 at 10:59 am

Seryn at Homegrown Music Festival in the Main Street Garden 5.14.11.