Posts Tagged ‘deep ellum’

The Dallas Observer Music Awards are Back!

Posted by    |    November 6th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

The 24th Annual Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase invades Deep Ellum to unite music lovers and celebrate the local talent who have helped make Dallas a thriving, dynamic music community.


Index Festival at Trees in Deep Ellum 10.5 – 10.6

Posted by    |    September 13th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I love a good music festival, especially when I don’t have travel out to the desert to see it (Coachella…) or a field in Tennessee (I’m lookin’ at you Bonnaroo). Index festival is happening right in the comfort of my own city and it looks awesome. Held at the very cool Trees in Deep Ellum, it’s two days of music including Cold War Kids, Grimes, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Washed Out, Air Review, Portugal. The Man, and more.

The name “Index” is the combination of ‘indie’ and ‘next’. The festival showcases indie bands that you already have on rotation as well as up and coming indie acts. Come to see some of your favorite bands and leave with a  whole new list of songs you’ve Shazam-ed.

See you there!

PARK(ing) Day 2012

Posted by    |    September 4th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

It always excites me when I can see how a space can be transformed into something completely different than it was before and that’s why I’m so happy to announce that on September 21st Dallas will be hosting its second annual PARK(ing) day.  PARK(ing) day is a worldwide event where the parking spaces of various cities are transformed into spaces such as pop-up museums, performance stages and reading lounges. The goal of this day is to promote creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, unscripted social interactions, generosity and play. The Dallas PARK(ing) day will be taking place in the Main street district,Thanksgiving Commercial Center and Deep Ellum. Anyone can register to be a part of PARK(ing) day and receive space to transform so come out and see the creativity of Dallas citizens at work!


Interview with Matt Pelham of The Features

Posted by    |    January 26th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I don’t know exactly what it is, but there is something about a man with a southern accent that drives girls mad. Tennessee band the Features will arrive in Dallas tomorrow, January 27th, at the Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum, in support of their new album, Wilderness (8 out of 10 stars by SPIN Magazine). Along with a refreshingly eclectic sound, attendees will surely experience an earful of charming southern twang as lead singer Matt Pelham engages his audience. I caught up with Pelham to chat about friends Kings of Leon and find out what exactly you should buy him at the bar.

If you could write the future for the Features what would you want the band to accomplish in five years’ time?

Mainly, if we could just get to a point where we’re able to tour and record records, not have day jobs and just be able to play music, that would be ideal.

Kings of Leon proclaimed your band to be “the best undiscovered band around”, what does that feel like?

It’s extremely flattering. It’s nice of anyone to say that [laughs]. It’s quite a compliment. I don’t know that it’s changed anything, we still just do what we’ve always done. (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

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: The Burning Hotels

Posted by    |    August 31st, 2011 at 9:58 am

YouPlusDallas covers the Burning Hotels at Club Dada 8.25.11


Air Review and the Burning Hotels Pack Club Dada, DOMA Oozes Everywhere

Posted by    |    August 26th, 2011 at 11:33 am

MAN, last night’s show at Club Dada REEKED of the Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees (better known as #DOMAXXIII on the Twittersphere). And when I say reeked, I mean the air was stained with the sweet sweet fragrance of a badass music community (that, and incense).

Air Review and the Burning Hotels packed Dada for the CD release of the Fort Worth Sex Wave band. In terms of DOMA nominees (and in general), this is how much awesome concertgoers were surrounded by last night:

Club Dada

Parade of Flesh (Talent Buyer – Dada)

Spune Productions (Talent Buyer – Dada)


Josh Florence

Local Music Advocate (City Tavern, Dada, Homegrown Festival)

Air Review

Group Act

Best Song “American’s Son” (video aired today on KXT)

Indie Act

Burning Hotels

Indie Act (more…)

Wallpaper. at the Prophet Bar

Posted by    |    August 16th, 2011 at 10:46 am

I have no idea what color Ricky Reed’s eyes are. The frontman for Wallpaper. wears his signature fedora and sunglasses in promotional photos, and his stage presence is no different. Though any personality emitting from his eyes is shielded, his stage presence is off-the-wall hyped-up ridiculousness.

At the Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum, Reed and his bandmates are using the stage as a trampoline; tuck jumping and rebounding in figure eights from behind the microphone stands. His synchronous drummers are each rapping upon half a drum set as Reed transitions into a military march to the beat in his TOMS shoes.

Sounds like: 3OH!3; Chingy circa 2003.

Looks like: 1985 called and wants its parachute pants and neon T’s back.

Deep Ellum reminded me of New York City on the night of the concert. As I turned a corner nearing the venue, the tiny entryway was surrounded by people dressed in dark clothing; smoking cigarettes, nonchalantly draped against the building façade. I made my way into a large room full of people, all gathered for a similar cause. The Wallpaper. concert was like watching the band perform in a garage: two drummers, prerecorded instrumentals and a hell of a good time. (more…)

Rock & Roll For Your Soul Invades Deep Ellum Tonight!

Posted by    |    April 8th, 2011 at 11:04 am

Former KoRn guitarist and current Dallasite Brian “HEAD” Welch co-headlines a show tonight with GRAMMY® nominated rock band Decyfer Down in the big room at The Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum on the latest stop of their “Over My Head” tour. Slated to open the show are The Letter Black and emerging band The Wedding. (more…)