Ra Ra Riot @ @ Granada Theater 11.3.11
Posted by Cory Allison | November 9th, 2011 at 2:44 pm
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Posted by Laura Stillo | November 3rd, 2011 at 8:46 pm
September and October have come and gone faster than a Kardashian marriage, and ‘concert season’ has come to a close in a calendar-like fashion – except at Granada Theater.
Ra Ra Riot is on the agenda tonight; The Sounds and Rhett Miller will grace the historic live music venue next week, and Dave Barnes and This Will Destroy You the following week, among others. It can’t quite be considered the end of the season.
Tuesday night, East coast outfits the Static Jacks and the Postelles opened for Liverpool natives the Wombats, whose latest effort, The Wombats Proudly Present: This Modern Glitch, was released this April.
To commemorate their first time in the Big D, the band played Good Day Dallas earlier on in the day. “Think we did ourselves justice,” they noted.
“We’re the Wombats this is our first ever show in Dallas. We’re a long way from home,” said drummer Dan Haggis, approximating the 4,000-some odd miles the Granada stage is from England. (more…)
Posted by Laura Stillo | October 27th, 2011 at 12:03 pm
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…)
Posted by Cory Allison | October 26th, 2011 at 1:14 pm
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Posted by Laura Stillo | October 17th, 2011 at 6:25 pm
It’s bands like Blitzen Trapper and Dawes that keep me continually jazzed about music. Currently on tour as co-headliners, the two bands stopped at Club Dada last week (Dawes’s fifth time in Dallas) to rock a back porch party on the outside patio, courtesy of the freakin’ amazing nighttime weather North Texas is privy to well into the month of October.
Alt-country indie-rockers Blitzen Trapper took the stage first, playing “Evening Star,” “Astronaut” and murderous “Black River Killer;” the songs fading into one another over the feedback.
It was a pretty non-stereotypical night, until drummer Brian Adrian Koch started the inevitable “Deep In the Heart of Texas” chant, which everyone sang along to like a call-and-response.
“Is that annoying?” lead singer Eric Earley asked.
It may be, but it always works. If we were truly annoyed, no one would sing along. But it’s like a sixth sense for Texans; someone starts the song, and we can’t help but clap along.
You might be surprised to know: They didn’t play “Furr”
You won’t be surprised to know: Bob was present, in all his Deep Ellum, keyboard-toting glory
Posted by Laura Stillo | October 7th, 2011 at 5:33 pm
Granada Theater may look a bit haggard for a seven-year-old, but it’s got the musical aptitude of a child prodigy.
Last night, Portland indie folk sextet Blind Pilot headlined Granada Theater’s Seven Year Anniversary Party along with Dan Mangan and Telegraph Canyon.
Earlier in the day, the humble band took to their Facebook page (which is the purest form of sentiment) to say, “It’s good to be back at the Granada in Dallas.”
The venue resonated with dreamy harmonies “Keep You Right,” “Two Towns From Me” and “The Story I Heard.”
So anyway, those photos of Blind Pilot:
Posted by Cory Allison | September 30th, 2011 at 5:53 pm
Posted by Laura Stillo | September 30th, 2011 at 4:26 pm
The weather made for a perfect California vibe along with the outdoor setting. Indie rockers Young the Giant must be getting used to the heat by now from spending so much time in Texas as of late.
They kicked off the evening with stand-out songs “I Got” and “Guns Out.” The way lead singer Sameer Gahdia sings “yeah” in the twelve tracks that make up their self-titled album, I’d say about anything to make him agree with me.
“This is called ‘St. Walker,’” Gahdia said, sounding more tired than the band’s explosive ACL performance, cutting long notes with ravaged screams.
“Come on, it’s a[n] [expletive] rock concert, you paid money for it!” Was Gahdia’s encouragement, asking the audience to stand up for their closing song, “My Body,” or that song that you know even if you think you don’t know who Young the Giant is. (more…)