Posts Tagged ‘dallas music’

Dallas’ Bean Named BMI’s “Pick of the Month”

Posted by    |    February 22nd, 2013 at 12:05 pm

bean BMI - Pick of the Month

Since shooting her first House of Blues show last summer, we’ve been prepared to expect big things from local artist, Bean. We saw an effervescence and a joy behind her music that would help her float effortlessly among the sea of pop hopefuls. And while she still has a ways to go before hitting T. Swift status, it’s been remarkable to watch her journey so far.

Her newest accomplishment: being named BMI’s “Pick of the Month” this February. She’ll perform tonight, February 22, 2013 at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. BMI’s “Pick of the Month” has been designed to showcase hand-picked, up-and-coming artists, exposing them to the music industry and the public through a top-notch venue and discounted admission.

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Erykah Badu Hosts Birthday Jammy at Granada

Posted by    |    February 12th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Come celebrate the birth of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and Dallas-born Erykah Badu on Tuesday, February 26 at Granada Theater. Why? Because The Cannabinoids are hosting. Because her birthday is called “It’s the Damn Jam.” Because it’s Erykah freakin’ Badu!

erykah badu granada 

What: Erykah Badu’s Birthday Jammy



Date: February 26, 2013



Time: 7:00 p.m.



Location:  Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Avenue, Dallas 75206

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International House of Blues Foundation Spotlights Young Local Musicians

Posted by    |    November 13th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

The International House of Blues Foundation hosted their annual Action for the Arts Bringin’ Down the House competition last night. Eleven promising high school bands took over House of Blues’ largest stage to compete for a $500 Guitar Center gift card, 10 hours of studio time at Crystal Clear Studios, and some serious street cred. Dallas producer Picnictyme played MC for the evening, introducing the acts and judges like Marjorie Owens of Pours le Corps Records and 35 Denton booking agent Matt Goodman.

International House of Blues Action for the Arts

Molina Garage Band

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Mockingbird Station Debuts First Outdoor Spring Concert Series

Posted by    |    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.

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Dallas is Going to the GRAMMY’s!

Posted by    |    January 27th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Well, not all of you. Just one of you. Recently, Dallas-based singer-songwriter Cameron Ernst received what is probably the most exciting news he’s ever received in his entire life (that’s just a guess, though). He will be packing his bags and heading to sunny California to perform onstage during the upcoming GRAMMY Week.

In reaction to the amazing news, Ernst says:

I can’t even believe I’m typing this right now. I was selected as the RUNNER-UP in the Hitlab/Grammy Contest (www.hitlab.com) and I get to go to LA to play at GRAMMY Week on Feb. 10th AND attend The GRAMMY’s on Feb. 12th!!!!!!!! Unbelievable. I’m BEYOND ecstatic…

Congratulations to one of our own! Curious to learn more about this lucky Dallasite? Check our Artist Interview Sessions piece below, and read the full press release here and click here to read about YouPlusDallas’ involvement with Ernst in the ‘Love is Louder’ campaign.

Top 5 Local Songs of 2011

Posted by    |    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…)

Dawes and Blitzen Trapper at Club Dada

Posted by    |    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

Sparklehorse, The War on Drugs, and How to Get Carter Tanton’s Attention: an Interview with Member of the Former Band Tulsa

Posted by    |    October 14th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Carter Tanton really cares about how his music sounds. Which is probably a good thing. Because it means you’ll get a quality show. Only, he may not acknowledge you. Formerly of the band Tulsa, Tanton put touring on hold for 18 months. This Fall, he is kicking off a tour with The War on Drugs to promote his new album, Freeclouds, out November 15. We caught up with Tanton to talk about Sparklehorse, his new album, and how you’re supposed to get his attention.

You have received praise [NPR and Refinery29] for being a wonderful live performer. What do you like most about performing? 

It’s been a while actually. This tour will be the first batch of shows I’ve played as my own band in a year and a half. I was kind of on cruise control; I didn’t feel like I was putting that much into the live shows, so it’s hopefully going to be like rediscovering what I like about it this time around. What I’ve liked about it in the past is, it really has to do with the people that I’m onstage with. This isn’t a slight on the audience, but I don’t really connect with the audience. From night to night I don’t feel like, “oh that audience was really good, that one wasn’t good.” It’s more like the people that I’m onstage with are the people that I feed off of instead of the crowd.

Is there something the audience could do to make you feed off of them?

I’m serious about this – I don’t even look at the audience. A whole show will go by and the people I’m playing with will say something like, “did you notice that guy in the front row who had that crazy t-shirt on?” and I’m like, “no, I didn’t” because I really don’t look up.

What happens if I’m a huge huge Carter Tanton fan and I’m so pumped to see your show and I’m right up there next to the stage and all I want to do is make eye contact with you. What then?

I’m sure it would happen. I mean, eventually anybody could get my attention.  But I don’t know, you’d probably have to yell. (more…)

Interview with Young the Giant Guitarist Jacob Tilley

Posted by    |    October 13th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Lady Gaga captivated virtually everyone’s attention during this year’s VMAs with her gender-bending performance of “Yoü and I”. But Mother Monster’s power chords are not what were stuck in my head as the show ended and the credits rolled – it was up-and-coming act Young the Giant‘s performance of “My Body.” Their energy; hell, pure enthusiasm for being onstage at the VMAs pretty much blew my mind, and I haven’t been able to stop listening to them since.

A couple weeks back, the Southern California guys opened for fellow west coast band, Incubus. I sat down with YTG guitarist Jacob Tilley to hear about future plans, why their debut album is nothing like hit single “My Body,” and his penchant for a certain North Texas artist. Oh, and he has a British accent, so have that in mind whilst reading.

Young the Giant has had an incredible year performing at the VMAs, Lollapalooza and ACL. Now you’re touring with Incubus. How does that feel?

This year has really freight trained into absolute craziness. We played our first festival at Sasquatch [music festival], and there was a great turn out for that. At that point, I was like, wow this is totally worth taking time off school. All the sweat and blood we put into it; hopefully we can maintain some of this momentum for a while.

Have you had a moment yet where you thought, ‘this is real, everything is finally happening’?

I guess the VMAs. I guess Sasquatch, really. That was the first festival I had ever been to and the first one I had ever played. That was already like Oh my God, I just got back from a whole month in Europe and now I’m playing a huge festival and thousands of people are watching us on the main stage. That was enough for me, but it seems to me to have continued upwards from there. (more…)

Tim Halperin, American Idol Alum, to Live In a Cage For 28 Hours. We’re Not Joking.

Posted by    |    September 22nd, 2011 at 8:09 pm

If you have ever wanted Tim Halperin to be locked up in a cage, you’re about to have your exact wish come true. Except there will probably be more people around than you’d originally hoped.

As we mentioned in our recent interview with Halperin, he will end his American Idol contract on the same day his debut album Rise and Fall is released, which is this coming Tuesday, September 27.

To promote the release, Halperin will live in a cage at the Shops at Legacy in Plano, 7201 Bishop Road, from Monday, September 26 at 5am until Tuesday, September 27 at 9am. Seriously. He will live in a cage for 28 hours.

A stationary metaphor for ‘American Idol Jail’, this is probably the only time sweet Halperin will ever be behind bars.

He has not exactly been quiet about his discontent with his American Idol contract, stating:

“Due to my American Idol contract, I have not been able to sign with a record label, so this release is independent and I am relying on my support network to get the word out.”

Hence, the cage.

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