The Submarine(s)-shaped Alarm Clock

Posted by    |    May 4th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Waking up in the morning is like flossing. You do not want to do it. At all. Like, you’d rather pay bills than floss. But you know you have to get out of bed. Otherwise, you’ll probably miss your organic chemistry class. Or get fired. Or (if I’m still sticking to the flossing allusion) wind up with gingivitis.

Point is, I know of something that will get you out of bed, subsequently keeping you from missing class and/or being terminated from your cubicle-ridden existence. It is a happy little band called The Submarines, and their sound is like sunshine packed with an extra dose of Vitamin D. If you have a difficult time rising and shining, The Submarines are the natural caffeine that has been missing from your morning routine. (more…)

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: The Submarines

Posted by    |    May 4th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

The Submarines at The Loft 5.4.11.

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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…)