Archive for April, 2012

Tomorrow Night, Deer Tick at The Loft: An Email Interview with Rob Crowell

Posted by    |    April 27th, 2012 at 9:40 am

In a recent email interview with keyboardist/saxophonist Rob Crowell of super band Deer Tick, hilarity ensues. I laughed, I cried, I learned that tequila by itself is more powerful than tequila in a fancy drink, and I defended the amount of fingers that I possess.

Deer Tick will perform at The Loft on Saturday, April 28th along with Turbo Fruits and Telegraph Canyon. The author would like to stress that she does, in fact, have the normal amount of fingers.

On your most recent album, Divine Providence, which song was the most rewarding to record?

I liked recording “The Bump” the best. It was written immediately before we recorded it, and was spontaneous and pretty raw. Good times.

Which song of yours is the most fun to perform onstage?

“Funny Word” is always a good time, between the fact that it’s really high energy and the stage antics that usually accompany it.

You had an amazing 2011, making it on to Paste’s ‘Best Albums of 2011′ list and performing on Letterman. What has been the highlight of your career as a band thus far?

DudeSmash will be the highlight for sure. If you don’t know what it is, you’ll be able to Google it soon.

How often does guitarist Ian O’Neil get compared to Andy Samberg?

More often than he gets compared to Cher, less often than he gets compared to Bob Dylan. (more…)

Freakiest Golf Tournament in Dallas!

Posted by    |    April 24th, 2012 at 10:29 am

The Dallas County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® and local 70’s cover band Le Freak are partnering for the fourth annual Caddyshack for the Cure™, a one-of-a-kind golf tournament where participants take a trip back to the 1970s complete with retro golf and disco attire.

There are tons of reasons to make it out to Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas on Thursday, April 26 for this fabulous tournament. Shall I list a few for you?

  • You love to golf
  • You love disco classics (from bands like Le Freak!!)
  • You love to dress like the cast of Saturday Night Fever or Caddyshack—whichever direction you choose
  • You love at least one woman – mom, sister, daughter, friend

Yes, we’ll be dressed like we’re in the Decade of Disco and perhaps even some Caddyshack inspired attire. But it is 2012, and we need to educate and support women in our own neighborhoods about breast health. That is what Komen Dallas County is all about. Of the funds raised, 25 percent goes to find a cure and 75 percent stays right here in Dallas County, helping the women in our lives prevent and beat cancer. (more…)

Green River Ordinance at the House of Blues

Posted by    |    April 19th, 2012 at 9:21 am

Highlights from Green River Ordinance’s March 2012 performance at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas. This video uses the studio track of Dark Night from GRO’s latest release Under Fire with permission from the artist.

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Video shot and edited by giovanni gallucci. © 2011 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States License. Attribution required.

Kina Grannis at The Kessler Theater

Posted by    |    April 16th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Former Austinite Kina Grannis stopped in Dallas on her In Your Arms Tour for an intimate evening with a capacity-crowd at the Kessler Theater. During her show the singer-songwriter was charming, sweet, and at times a little bit goofy. The crowd loved every ounce of her. (more…)

Getting to Know Starlet Kina Grannis

Posted by    |    April 14th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Kina Grannis performs at the Kessler Theater Sunday, April 15, Doors at 7, Show at 8pm. The below interview was conducted in October 2010, when Grannis appeared in the Cambridge Room at House of Blues.

Kina Grannis is freezing. The green room at the House of Blues, which is adorned with funky wallpaper instead of living up to its namesake, is entirely too cold for the month of October in Texas, and Grannis’s thin black sweater isn’t helping very much.

It’s the Fall of 2010 and Kina is getting ready for her performance in the Cambridge Room, a cozy environment perfect for her fans that take her lyrics to heart. The audience will be able to get close enough to the stage to shout out their requests and see her fingers fly across the frets.

We begin the interview, and within moments, she and I are talking like old friends. Put two California girls in a room in Texas and they’re bound to bond over the lack of palm trees in the Lone Star state. After a stint in Austin, Kina can relate.

Photographer Emili Carmichael is taking pictures of Grannis during our conversation. “I feel like that light is probably doing scary things to my face!” she laughs as Carmichael’s flash emits a blinding light and the camera shutter clicks open and closed. It is pretty much impossible to make this girl look anything but gorgeous.

The first time I heard Grannis’s voice, I was casually listening to The Sixty One, browsing for new artists to add to my self-professed awesome collection of underground singers when I stumbled across her cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence“. My ears have forever submitted to her sweet voice and talent powerhouse. Her music is a comforting blend of honesty and hope. Grannis, the eternal optimist, has a way of writing the most dismal affairs into positive, uplifting melodies. (more…)

Tonight at the Loft: Bowerbirds

Posted by    |    April 12th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Indie duo Bowerbirds, comprised of lovebirds Phil Moore and Beth Tacular, have had an interesting couple of years. Beth almost died due to an unsolvable illness and the two broke up before realizing that they needed each other. These hardships brought the art rock band closer together and brought us a beautiful third album, The Clearing. Tonight the band is playing in Dallas at the Loft. We caught up with Moore to learn about the toughest thing about dating a bandmate, and what you wouldn’t expect the pair to do in their free time.

Your most recent album The Clearing came out a month ago. I’ve been reading about the hardships that you and Beth went through before making this album; is the title in response to these events?

That was a time right when we started writing this record and things settled down. During that time we worked out a lot of our issues with each other.

What is the most difficult thing about being in a band with someone who you are also so close with on a personal level?

I think it’s mostly just being able to switch from work mode to relaxation mode. It’s hard to not continue to talk about our band and the work to be done. It’s hard to know when to stop and talk about the weather, or something like that.  (more…)

Who Is Clinn Rippy?

Posted by    |    April 12th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

This film is the story of the legendary North-Texas musician who set the bar for the music industry over the past 25 years. In this documentary we finally meet the man who so many know but know so little about! Featuring interviews with Ben Folds, Janice Ian, Henry Rollins, Sinbad, Jack Ingram, Pat Green, David Wilcox, & Pam Tillis — only to name a few.

A legend in his own time Clinn Rippy is a mystery to many. Even assigning a title to the man is … difficult. He is a musician who is respected by the industry, a performance artist who baffles the art community and a human being the critics have a field day with. This film is the first ever to discover the human behind the artist.

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Cleveland Rocks!

Posted by    |    April 11th, 2012 at 5:20 am

Welcome MOCA Cleveland

Today we have a new partner – Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in Ohio. Currently between buildings, the Museum launches today on ArtBabble as they prepare for a grand reopening in their new building in October 2012.

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Tonight: Jonquil at Prophet Bar

Posted by    |    April 9th, 2012 at 11:40 am

Oxford, UK quartet Jonquil, notable for their  afro-indie pop beats, is embarking on their first US national tour supporting their recently released album Point Of Go. We caught up with frontman Hugo Manuel to chat about the band’s time at SXSW, how they use accents to their advantage, and that time sheep flocked to their recording studio.

You recently wrapped up a stint at SXSW 2012. How was the SXSW experience?

Very tiring and slightly stressful, but completely rewarding and excellent. I think this year what defined it for us was the abundance of swimming. We had a nice pool and a bit of time off…so we managed to get some good swimming in every day. Lots of Marco Polo and underwater handstands. That’s what we’re all about.

Have you been to Dallas? What comes to mind when you think of Dallas? 

Never been before. I wasn’t sure it was a real place. I thought it was a TV show. (more…)

Bricks & Bunnies at Legoland Discovery Center

Posted by    |    April 3rd, 2012 at 5:46 pm

You’re in for an EGGxcellent time at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine this Easter at their Bricks & Bunnies event! The fun takes place Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 and again on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. Doors open at 10 a.m. Activities include a festive scavenger hunt to find hidden eggs throughout MINILAND as well as Easter-themed model builder workshops to build Easter eggs.