Archive for August, 2011

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: The Burning Hotels

Posted by    |    August 31st, 2011 at 9:58 am

YouPlusDallas covers the Burning Hotels at Club Dada 8.25.11


YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Air Review

Posted by    |    August 31st, 2011 at 9:42 am

YouPlusDallas covers Air Review at Club Dada 8.25.11.


Album Review: Burning Hotels

Posted by    |    August 30th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Remember how excited we were after the Burning Hotels CD release party at Dada? We essentially had one of the greatest nights of our lives, made even better when Chance Morgan handed us a copy of his band’s latest self-titled album, released today on iTunes. We spent the weekend with it on repeat, and you’re about to do the same.

The eight track album is a rush of 80’s new wave, featuring cool, happy tracks like “Beard” bearing dance-infused choruses making it impossible to not shake your shoulders. Their sound is a consistent follow-up to 2010 album Novels with chill, catchy hum-along songs you’ll sing without really knowing what you’re saying.

“Shattered visions of what we had/Those days are gone” sing Morgan and Mooty on “Days Are Gone,” a lament on an invulnerable youth run dry. Track “Allison” could be the opener of a John Hughes film, Molly Ringwald dancing in her room as she gets ready for prom, dressed in a John Galliano poofy enough to mask the flask fastened to her thigh. (more…)

Air Review and the Burning Hotels Pack Club Dada, DOMA Oozes Everywhere

Posted by    |    August 26th, 2011 at 11:33 am

MAN, last night’s show at Club Dada REEKED of the Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees (better known as #DOMAXXIII on the Twittersphere). And when I say reeked, I mean the air was stained with the sweet sweet fragrance of a badass music community (that, and incense).

Air Review and the Burning Hotels packed Dada for the CD release of the Fort Worth Sex Wave band. In terms of DOMA nominees (and in general), this is how much awesome concertgoers were surrounded by last night:

Club Dada

Parade of Flesh (Talent Buyer – Dada)

Spune Productions (Talent Buyer – Dada)


Josh Florence

Local Music Advocate (City Tavern, Dada, Homegrown Festival)

Air Review

Group Act

Best Song “American’s Son” (video aired today on KXT)

Indie Act

Burning Hotels

Indie Act (more…)

Dallasite/SMU Grad Cary Pierce visits Troubadour, TX

Posted by    |    August 24th, 2011 at 1:18 am

Dallas-based producer/singer/songwriter Cary Pierce, half of the acoustic pop duo Jackopierce stopped by the Troubadour, TX Studios to entertain an appreciative crowd on a hot August night.

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Sublime With Rome

Posted by    |    August 17th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

YouPlusDallas covered Sublime With Rome at Gexa Energy Pavilion last Saturday night 8.13.11.


YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: 311

Posted by    |    August 17th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

YouPlusDallas covered 311 at Gexa Energy Pavilion last Saturday. 8.13.11


Wallpaper. at the Prophet Bar

Posted by    |    August 16th, 2011 at 10:46 am

I have no idea what color Ricky Reed’s eyes are. The frontman for Wallpaper. wears his signature fedora and sunglasses in promotional photos, and his stage presence is no different. Though any personality emitting from his eyes is shielded, his stage presence is off-the-wall hyped-up ridiculousness.

At the Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum, Reed and his bandmates are using the stage as a trampoline; tuck jumping and rebounding in figure eights from behind the microphone stands. His synchronous drummers are each rapping upon half a drum set as Reed transitions into a military march to the beat in his TOMS shoes.

Sounds like: 3OH!3; Chingy circa 2003.

Looks like: 1985 called and wants its parachute pants and neon T’s back.

Deep Ellum reminded me of New York City on the night of the concert. As I turned a corner nearing the venue, the tiny entryway was surrounded by people dressed in dark clothing; smoking cigarettes, nonchalantly draped against the building façade. I made my way into a large room full of people, all gathered for a similar cause. The Wallpaper. concert was like watching the band perform in a garage: two drummers, prerecorded instrumentals and a hell of a good time. (more…)

311 & Sublime With Rome at Gexa Energy Pavilion

Posted by    |    August 15th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

RomeAfter forty consecutive days of triple-digit heat here in Dallas, 311 and Sublime With Rome brought the cooler weather and great vibes on that Saturday night.

Doors opened at 6:30PM and shortly after Sublime With Rome surprised the audience when they walked onstage well before their scheduled set time. A lifelong Sublime fan, I was curious to see how the crowd would react to Sublime With Rome, the reconstructed version of the California band, after the death of lead singer Bradley Nowell.

Sublime With Rome blew the doors off with Sublime song “Smoke Two Joints” to the delight of the crowd. They played a couple new songs off of their new album Yours Truly with the same reggae jams that fit the expectations. There were the same characteristics of Sublime with their style, audience and two-thirds of the band members. It was an awesome concert, but for me, Sublime was way more edgy with their lyrics in comparison to Sublime With Rome. (more…)

Interview with Singer Krystal Hardwick

Posted by    |    August 15th, 2011 at 10:18 am

Electronic, acoustic soul singer Krystal Hardwick has been influenced by a variety of genres, eventually landing her a unique sound. “Recently I’ve heard a lot of people mixing genres because I think they want to sound different,” she says, “how can you make your mind up about music?” We talked with the singer to find out more about her sound and her album The Tale of Two Fish.

Tell me about how you first fell into music.

My mom and I, we used to watch Showtime at the Apollo together; Star Search and stuff like that. On top of that I always loved singing along to songs. It was SWV and TLC, you know, three letter girl bands. I always listened to hip-hop, and I always thought I was really good at it. I knew I could sing okay, so I got involved in choir.

Your album is called The Tale of Two Fish.  Are you a big fan of the astrological? 

Not by choice – everybody seems to point out that I’m a Pisces like it’s a bad thing. Why I’m always somewhere else; why I kind of don’t pay attention as much when people are talking to me. I might be all over the place. I guess I just find some truth in it. (more…)