Archive for October, 2011

Deer Tick at Club Dada

Posted by    |    October 27th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Whoever said indie alt-rock kids don’t like sports clearly never visited Deep Ellum during the World Series. (Someone has said that, right?)

Monday night, while you were sitting at a bar, your cohorts were at Club Dada, standing at a bar, watching our Rangers kick some Cardinals ass; following the epic win with some pretty epic music, while you probably just stumbled home, in silence.

Rhode Island band Deer Tick’s music combines various genres to produce a full-fledged, salt-of-the-earth rock & roll sound that filled Dada’s packed house.

What was said to me before I attended the concert: “You know what a deer tick is, don’t you?” I mean, other than a tick that resides on a deer, I guess I haven’t given much thought to it. I was wrong. “They kill pets,” is the response I received. Anyway…

What you missed: Lead singer John McCauley opening a bottled Budweiser with his teeth, or the definition of manly; really good parking spots.

Wearing a Boston Red Sox hat, McCauley addressed the audience. “Oh yeah, our [expletive] album came out today, what the [same expletive],” he said, referring to the band’s fourth effort, Divine Providence.

McCauley spoke in the same raspy twang as his singing voice, and drank beer like water. The band opened with gritty call-and-response tune “The Bump,” and McCauley promptly declared Texans to be some of his favorite people, aside from porn stars. Glad he clarified. (more…)

Two New for You!

Posted by    |    October 27th, 2011 at 5:20 am

Welcome to the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Tang Museum at Skidmore

ArtBabble is excited and proud to announce two new additions to our ever-growing list of partners. Museo Nacional del Prado, our first partner from Spain, and the Tang Museum of Skidmore College in New York will now be contributing content to ArtBabble. On behalf of all of the partners, welcome to the family!

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Toni Braxton and Seal: Times When I Agree with My Manicurist

Posted by    |    October 26th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

This morning was a little hectic, so I used my lunch break to retreat to every girl’s secret hideaway: the nail salon. (Not to make myself sound like the epitome of a cliché or anything.)

In the duration of my manicure, three crucial songs spilled out of the tiny nail salon’s overhead speakers: Seal’s “Love’s Divine,” Missy Higgins’s “Where I Stood” and Toni Braxton’s “Un-Break My Heart.”

I listened to my manicurist hum the chorus to each song, matching the lyrics simultaneously scrolling through my own head. No doubt these songs repeat on a daily basis at the salon, but she still seemed pretty in to the lyrics. When, for the third song in a row, she sang along to Braxton’s melodious lament, I said to her, “This is a great song, isn’t it?”

Mind you, I hardly ever say words when I get a manicure, aside from “No, I don’t mind paying you now.”

She replied, “These are classics. It’s like, no matter how many new songs come out, these will always be good.”

Okay, maybe it wasn’t the world’s most eloquent statement; but my point is, she had a point. It won’t matter how many times I click “purchase” on iTunes in the coming years. I’ll still crank the volume louder upon hearing “Kiss from a Rose.”

Times when I don’t agree with my manicurist: Paraffin wax treatments. That wax is REALLY hot.

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Deer Tick at Club Dada

Posted by    |    October 26th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Deer Tick @ Club Dada 10.24.11


“Take this Lollipop”: A Funny Yet A Real Potential Threat In Today’s World

Posted by    |    October 25th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

The Internet is an open form that allows anyone and everyone to access information from sites dedicated to all areas of interest.

However, there are ways of “hiding” information from those outside our social groups.

Facebook, Twitter, and many other social media and blog sites provide users with an option to allow their sites to be viewed privately or publicly.

Despite what many people may think, privacy settings online don’t necessarily ensure you full privacy from the public.

There are ways that the private information you post on the Internet could still be reached by other Internet users. Not only could they find out your friends names, but your location, phone number, and some times bank information.

Nothing is really ever private with concern to the World Wide Web.

Take This Lollipop…for example.

Watch this video and see how information posted on social sites could easily fall into the hands of someone with bad intentions. (And, also, enjoy the reaction from Anthony while he watches. Good stuff.)

Regardless of how public or private you make your content; everything you post will forever be on the Internet, whether you like it or not. Unfortunately, that is a reality we all have to face in today’s technological world.

Word to the wise: If it’s information that you wouldn’t want your mom knowing, it’s best not to publish it online for chance it might just come back to haunt you in the future.

Uptown Village at Cedar Hill Celebrates Their Annual “Harvest Fest” 
& “Trunk-or-Treat”

Posted by    |    October 25th, 2011 at 6:00 am

What Are You Talking About?: Celebrate the changing of the seasons at the “Harvest Fest” and Annual “Trunk-or-Treat” events.

When? When? When?: Saturday, October 29; “Harvest Fest”: 5p.m. to 7 p.m; “Trunk or Treat : 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Why Should We Bother?: This free event offers fun activities for everyone from two-legged toddlers to four -legged furballs.  Enter your furry friend in a dog costume contest, gorge yourself in a pie-eating contest, decorate pumpkins with the family and much more.

Where Do We Go?: All “Harvest Fest” events will take place at the Village Green, located across from Barnes & Noble Booksellers. “Trunk or Treat” will take place in the parking lot near Black-eyed Pea.

Uptown Village is located at 305 West F.M. 1382 in Cedar Hill.

For more information click here.

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Blitzen Trapper and Dawes at Club Dada

Posted by    |    October 24th, 2011 at 10:57 am

 Blitzen Trapper & Dawes @ Club Dada 10.13.11


Team Edward vs. Team Jacob with The Belle Brigade

Posted by    |    October 20th, 2011 at 6:00 am

The Belle Brigade will open up for Grouplove at the Prophet Bar (small room) this Friday, October 21; which is a lot of talent to cram into that tiny room, but hey, it’ll make for a killer show.

Barbara Gruska, the female half of sibling band The Belle Brigade, talks with us about the recording process for their latest album, the live music scene in Texas, and whether she’s Team Edward or Team Jacob. Or if that really even matters.

Your self-titled album, I absolutely love. Tell me a little bit about the recording process for you and Ethan [brother, male half of The Belle Brigade].

We went to Capital Records for about four days and did all of the drums, bass, and acoustic guitar tracks.  Ethan plays the guitar and I play drums and our friend Graham played bass. And then we went to our co-producer Matthew Wilder’s studio at his house in Malibu every day for the next three weeks – we were pretty much done recording within three or four weeks. 

What was the most difficult part about recording the album?

I’ve only been a part of recording a handful of records. This is probably the smoothest that it’s ever been. So, probably, when we record our next album, it’s going to be a train wreck. A train wreck all over the place.

You and Ethan have a song coming out on the new Twilight soundtrack. Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Oh man. You know what, I don’t feel qualified to make a true answer because I feel like, in order to answer that question, you have to really be hardcore Edward or Jacob, but I’m just going to say Edward.  (more…)

Mono-diets, Lazy Susans, and the Healing Power of Acupuncture: an Interview with Mickey Church of White Arrows

Posted by    |    October 19th, 2011 at 10:47 am

I have to preface this article with a disclaimer. This is perhaps the strangest and simultaneously most intriguing interview I have conducted to date. Mickey Church, of the Los Angeles band White Arrows, is very good at rambling. This isn’t helped by the fact that he had needles strategically placed into his face throughout the duration of our phone conversation.

White Arrows is opening for tomorrow’s sold-out The Naked and Famous show at the Granada Theater. Church has only been to Dallas once, and has an unfortunately skewed view of what this city has to offer. So please, for the sake of our reputation, someone go take this kid out for a drink after the show.

And now, the interview. Presented to you in dialogue format. You have been warned.

Laura Stillo: Hey Mickey, how’s it going?

Mickey Church: I’m good. I’m actually horizontal right now. I have acupuncture needles in my face.

LS: You have got to be kidding me.

MC: Nope, I swear. I have a sinus infection and an ear infection. We’ve been traveling so much, we’ve deemed our RV ‘The Infirmary on Wheels’ or the ‘Rolling Mausoleum’ because we are just sick all the time. It’s insane. It’s been a three-week process of getting sick and getting through it.

LS: I am so sorry. Wait…do all of you have needles in you at this present moment?

MC: No, that’d be pretty funny. I can just imagine psychedelic indie rockers all laying in the same room with our pressure points being pushed.

LS: Whilst giving an interview. Are the needles actually helping you? Have you done acupuncture before? 

MC: Yeah. I do acupuncture pretty much every other week when I can.

LS: Is someone physically sticking needles into you right now?

MC: Right now.

This is the part where I remember that we’re supposed to be talking about music instead of needles.

LS: If you guys are all sick, what’s going to happen at the show on Thursday? (more…)

Kindle Fire: To Buy or Not To Buy?

Posted by    |    October 19th, 2011 at 9:24 am

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Listen up techies: Amazon has decided to throw its hat into the great tablet race by introducing the Kindle Fire. On September 28th, CEO Jeff Bezos introduced the world to the new Kindle and the tablet continues to pull in 20,000 to 50,000 pre orders a day. While it isn’t designed to go head to head with big names like Apple and Samsung, but the Kindle Fire does make us wonder as consumers what sets this tablet apart from the others like the iPad?