Posted by You+Dallas | May 21st, 2012 at 12:47 pm
Posted by Laura Stillo | 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.
More often than he gets compared to Cher, less often than he gets compared to Bob Dylan. (more…)
Posted by Jennifer Buxton | 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?
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…)
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 Jennifer Buxton | February 26th, 2012 at 9:49 am
On Thursday, March 1, Mockingbird Station will present its first Spring Concert Series, a free outdoor music series on the Mezzanine Level in front of the Angelika Dallas Film Center. The series will feature a diverse lineup of local artists from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, beginning with Club Wood on March 1. The performances, aimed at the after-work crowd and suitable for all ages, will begin at 6 p.m., adding to an already vibrant schedule of activities at the Station throughout the season.
Posted by Laura Stillo | February 23rd, 2012 at 5:08 pm
We’ve been overly spoiled the past couple of days in Dallas, our smart phone weather apps resting at a steady 75 degrees. This time last year, we were wearing thick pea coats and warm scarves; so, naturally, worry takes over that these dreamy temperatures won’t last, and we will be subjected to freezing cold temps come morning. Well, quit worrying and go see a concert. Need ideas? Of course you do.
Tonight, Thursday February 23: VNV Nation is at Trees. The Irish/English rock duo, composed of Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson, released their eighth studio album last fall. Tickets are $22 at the door.
Saturday, February 25: The Ton Tons are playing Doublewide Bar. They have a sexy, smoldering rock vibe; like if Macy Gray actually knew what she was doing. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Have fun out there, Big D.
Posted by Brad Holden | February 16th, 2012 at 3:41 pm
Kelly Clarkson at Verizon Theater 2.10.12
Posted by Laura Stillo | February 16th, 2012 at 6:00 am
The Homegrown Music and Arts Festival is like Christmas, Summertime, and your birthday sealed in a bottle of premium spirits and capped with a little beach umbrella. As you open said bottle, confetti explodes and the soundtrack to your favorite local band plays. It’s a little slice of musical heaven here in Dallas, and it’s back for the third consecutive year on Saturday, May 26, in Main Street Garden Park.
A few acts have already been announced, including: Octopus Project, Ume, Girl In A Coma and Mystery Skulls. More announcements will come next month, so stay tuned folks.
Last year, YouPlusDallas was on the scene at Homegrown, doin’ our video thing, capturing the experience so you can make a judgment call as to whether or not it looks like a fun event worthy of your precious time (hint: it is).
Homegrown Music and Arts Festival Part I
Posted by Laura Stillo | February 9th, 2012 at 4:27 pm
For those of you looking for the anti-Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day, I know a good place to sulk in a corner, think about your non-existent relationship, and blame your sadness on the holiday that Hallmark invented. Dan’s Silverleaf invites you to hang out with our neighbors to the North in Denton, Texas. Here, you’ll find a lovely (though not too lovely, this is anti-V-Day, right?) band by the name of Breathe Owl Breathe, currently touring with Laura Gibson, supporting their half-and-half children’s book-slash-vinyl 7″ entitled The Listeners/These Train Tracks. Sounding on the pangs of indie day-dreamers A.B., Elliott Smith and Alexi Murdoch, the Michigan trio has taken artistry in a new direction, combining literature, lyrics and music, with art. We caught up with percussionist Trevor Hobbs to get the story behind the story.
Tell me about how the idea of a writing a children’s book in tandem with your music came to be.
A lot of the effort was really Micah [Middaugh, guitar/vocals]’s creation through and through. He grew up always having songs and stories nearby. One of those stories is one day he was mowing the lawn up at the cabin where he lived, and he was keeping this pocketbook next to him all the time. He’s mowing the lawn, and he is just doing one row and then the next, and then the next. He had this vision of these train tracks, and these train tracks turn into a ladder, and this ladder into a caterpillar, as the story goes. The book started out in pocketbook form and existed that way for quite a while. I think the pocketbook idea was something that he grew up doing – like making small flipbooks with his brothers when they were young.
Right around the same time, we were creating little songs without really much of an intention of having them exist together. Once this idea of making a children’s book came about into a more realistic sense, it was kind of a natural fit that these songs would go with these stories and write them around each other. It was a long journey – I think it took a couple of years to settle on the lyrics and how their arrangements were finally made. We’re really happy to have it out, to have it done. (more…)