Posts Tagged ‘Dallas venues’

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Joe Satriani at the Granada

Posted by    |    January 19th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Joe Satriani at the Granada Theater in Dallas, Texas 1.18.2011.

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The following boys are responsible for my recent plethora of iTunes purchases

Posted by    |    December 14th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Matt Duke, Tony Lucca, and Jay Nash. Friday night at The Prophet Bar, I’m passing up my usual weekends of vodka soda rendez-vous with friends in favor of a voice I found two years ago at the zenith of a terrible break up. “Tidal Waves” was the nicotine patch to a year-long cigarette addiction in the relationship ashtray. Matt Duke, whose smooth voice is of the Tyrone Wells/Jason Mraz/Chris Thile/Matt Nathanson genre, is killer. Like death by dark chocolate.

The trio set up without a word to the audience and launched into “Stranger in a Strange Place”. The three talented guitarists teamed up last year for the first TFDI tour, and are at it again through the end of the month. The bromance trio yielded the mic to one another, making sure they each had ample time to showcase their specific style. (more…)

Alive With the Glory of Love for the third time in one year

Posted by    |    December 10th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

In high school, I openly declared the Foo Fighters to be my favorite band. Six years since, and I can’t bring myself to listen to The Colour and the Shape for more than twenty minutes without being over it. I put too much pressure on Dave to wow me on a consistent basis, which still breaks my heart a little every time I try to listen to Hey, Johnny Park!. Since my ears and Dave’s vocal chords have a love/hate/love/despair/really-like-a lot-but-still-not-completely-healed relationship, I’ve been weary of using term “favorite band” like the Cowboys have been afraid of scoring in the 2nd half.

Say Anything is the runner’s high to my musical repertoire. They are one of the few bands that my brothers and I completely agree on; siblings in our early twenties, this is the only concert that we have attended together. I love this band more than I can convey in the English language: I’ve seen them three times in the past twelve months. At three different venues. In two different states. Which probably sounds a little obsessive, but their concerts are always served with a side of youthful catharsis that most likely works better than any Olay product.  (more…)

Graduation

Posted by    |    December 3rd, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I first fell in love with Needtobreathe at a good friend’s party where The Heat was blaring from the speakers. I spent a good portion of the evening texting the lyrics to myself as each song shuffled to the next, promising that I would Google said lyrics upon my return home. They’ve been an iPod staple ever since.

House of Blues Dallas frequenters, this year Needtobreathe graduated from the Cambridge Room and moved on up to the Music Hall where they sang “Let Us Love” and “Lay ‘Em Down” to a packed house. Lead singer Bear Rinehart’s voice is so unique; it reminds me a little bit of Creed’s Scott Stapp, but way way, way, way better. Did I mention his voice is better? Oh by the way, his voice is better. (more…)

Motion City Soundtrack smells really good

Posted by    |    December 1st, 2010 at 9:12 pm

The guys of Motion City Soundtrack like to have clean clothes. I know this because my freshman year at SMU, they performed at McFarlin Auditorium, and were later spotted in the Virginia-Snider dorm laundry room washing the tour bus smell out of their Ts. This was very exciting for all of the building residents, and became somewhat of a bragging point in the weeks to come. This memory sticks in my head for two reasons because a) I have an innate curiosity in regard to what would happen if I were to rub a dryer sheet on Justin Pierre’s hair and b) I have no idea how they got in the building without a keycard. While I may never find the answer to either of those inquiries, I did have the privilege to see them perform at the Palladium this past November.

Named one of Spin 25 Best Fall Tours, co-headlining with Say Anything, these guys live up to the title. Their beats will make you jump and wish you had the gusto to crowd surf. Their lyrics are straight out of the doodles in your 9th grade Geometry book. It’s as if they examined your high school soul and wrote about your visible angst from under the microscope of your Chuck Taylor-ridden existence. (more…)

Someone please inform me if I’m trapped in 1950

Posted by    |    December 1st, 2010 at 1:18 pm

“Are you taking notes?” A handsome guy asks me of my incessant documentation. “Yep, it’s my job,” I reply, “who are you?” “I work with Matt.” Alright, you have my attention.

I’m talking to Danny Garcia, Matt Costa’s guitar player, stage left in the Cambridge Room as Everest wraps up their set. “We’re dangerous together,” he says of his friendship with Costa. I believe him.

Matt Costa is unpredictable. He enters the venue from the front door, leading his band up to the stage which appears to be set in the 1950s, or the 1860s, depending on how you look at it. The drummer looks so soda shoppe, I feel like ordering a chocolate malt from him. “Hello everyone,” Costa said upon approaching the mic. Something about him makes me feel like I’ve been working on the railroad. Also, I’m wearing plaid and I look like a roadie. (more…)