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Posted by Caitlin Clark | October 31st, 2012 at 2:43 pm
Isn’t Kate Nash the cutest? I’ve been obsessed with this adorable Brit’s piano-driven pop melodies since I first heard “Pumpkin Soup” a few years back. My holiday was officially made when I received a little Halloween greeting from Miss Nash herself (or at least her publicist) wearing a tomato costume and a link to her new song “Fri-end?” which she has confirmed is the correct spelling on her twitter (“p.s new song title is actually Fri-end? with a question mark at the end & said slow cause like you know they are totally not your friend”). You said it sista.
The title ain’t no Monster Mash, but the video is very Halloween-y… so enjoy! Also, feel free to get addicted to her amazing blog.
Happy Halloween! May you eat all the candy you desire and avoid those pesky Almond Joys.
Posted by Laura Stillo | 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…)
Posted by Laura Stillo | 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…)
Posted by Laura Stillo | February 10th, 2012 at 4:51 pm
Falling in love is never accompanied without a soundtrack. It’s the times when you are driving alone in your car, thinking about that certain someone, listening to Rihanna’s lyrics, wondering if you, too, have found love in a hopeless place.
Valentine’s Day is approaching, making citizens of the United States, and those who stream Hallmark commercials online, feel the need to be falling in love with someone; a significant other, a dog, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. We’re all looking for any lyrics that can be manipulated to fit the current goings on in our life stories.
Here’s a Valentine’s Day Playlist that will get your heart pumping and your brain thinking thoughts of love, or at least, lust.
1. “Mercy” – Matt Nathanson. Nathanson’s songs are always pulsating with sexually-charged lyrics, and “Mercy” lands within these boundaries. This time, he wants “a real love/ to let me in”. And then, of course, that love should let him between the sheets. At least he wanted to be in love first. (more…)
Posted by Laura Stillo | January 11th, 2012 at 3:00 pm
As we recently named Fort Worth outfit Burning Hotels’ single “Beard” to be our top local song of 2011, we haven’t been able to stop crushing on them in the New Year. This Saturday, January 14, YouPlusDallas will be at Granada Theater catching the catch-all at the Local Edge Presents Burning Hotels with Mon Julien, Air Review and Menkena. Our camera crew will be hovering just below the stage, an arm’s-length away from Chance Morgan and Matt Mooty’s shiny shoes, capturing the glory on film for you, our darling audience, and transforming it into a certified Artist Interview Session.
We’ve hung out with Burning Hotels a lot, but have yet to devote an Artist Interview Session video to the sex wave rockers, until now. Here are some fun times we’re currently reminiscing on as we anxiously await this weekend’s events. Check it.
Posted by Laura Stillo | December 21st, 2011 at 3:39 pm
It’s been a remarkable year of local music for us here at YouPlusDallas; we’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with a variety of talented Dallas/Fort Worth songsters. Here are our Top 5 Local Songs of 2011.
5. Seryn (This Is Where We Are) – “We Will All Be Changed”
Seryn’s vocal harmonies never cease to will listeners into a comatose serenity. A favorite of Paste Magazine and fronted by Dallas Observer Music Awards Best Male Vocalist winner Trenton Wheeler, Seryn’s “We Will All Be Changed” should make you cry tears of emotional ecstasy, and we promise to not judge you. (more…)
Posted by Laura Stillo | November 16th, 2011 at 2:40 pm
By now, you’ve inevitably heard of up-and-coming band Young the Giant; and if you haven’t, dude seriously, where have you been? They blew audiences away at this year’s VMAs, they’re hot off a tour with Incubus, the band’s single “Cough Syrup” is currently at the #2 spot on Alternative Radio, and they recently announced their first heading tour, kicking off in 2012. In short, they’re blowing up faster than a premature stick of dynamite.
The band is in Dallas right now. And we have two VIP passes for you, our dear readers.
Young the Giant has two special Windows Phone shows in Dallas, tonight and Thursday, at 7pm. Complimentary food and beverages will be served, meaning alcohol will be present; ergo, the show is 21+ with a valid ID to get in. Capacity is extremely limited, due to the extreme awesomeness of the event, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early.