Posts Tagged ‘Denton’

Pixar and Sarah Jaffe: A Match Made in Heaven

Posted by    |    January 11th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Here at YouPlus, we really like Sarah Jaffe. A lot. When her cover of Drake’s “Shut it Down” came out, we listened on repeat.

sarah jaffe mannequin woman

It’s been an amazing experience watching the Dentin native take on the music world with such awe-inspiring force. She’s come a long way from our first interview with her in 2010. Jaffe’s kicking off 2013 in a big way, premiering her music video for her critically acclaimed The Body Wins single, “Mannequin Woman,” directed by Sundance celebrated Richard Krouse, Toby Halbrooks, and David Lowery. The visually stunning video can be watched exclusively at Entertainment Weekly.

In addition to the video premiere, Jaffe recently announced her contribution to Disney/Pixar’s upcoming short “The Blue Umbrella” which will be paired with Disney/Pixar’s Monster’s University set for release in June 2013. According to the Wall Street Journal, the short film’s director Saschka Unseld had been a fan of Sarah’s for quite some time and had even scored an animation test on his iPhone to her voice.

To keep up with all things Sarah Jaffe, head to Get a sneak peak and exclusive stills from “The Blue Umbrella”  at The Wall Street Journal.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Sarah Jaffe and the Kessler Theater

Posted by    |    December 4th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

kessler theater new years eveBack in 2008, Denton’s hometown hero, Sarah Jaffe, was predicted “…to be the next Big Thing to come out of Texas.”

Well, some predictions are spot on. So gather your friends, make some predictions of your own, and ring in the New Year with Jaffe at the historic Kessler Theater. Jaffe’s new album, The Body Wins, has been praised and admired by both critics and fans.

“The whole album makes the sound of an emboldened singer in complete command. Jaffe has completed the transition from ‘musician’ to ‘artist,’ and she wears it well.”Stephen Thomspon, NPR First Listen

“Jaffe is blessed with both a trenchant lyrical pen and a vocal instrument perfectly suited to mainlining her effortlessly crafted, heartbroken tunes straight to the soul.”Paste Magazine

Tickets on sale at or directly at for $22.50 to $37.50.

Story Time with Breathe Owl Breathe: Interview with Trevor Hobbs

Posted by    |    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…)

TONIGHT: Deleted Scenes at Dan’s Silverleaf, Interview with Matt Dowling

Posted by    |    January 31st, 2012 at 3:11 pm

When band members can sing, play instruments (and play them well, at that) and have a riotous sense of humor, it doesn’t go unnoticed. Matt Dowling (bass, keys) of DC-based band Deleted Scenes is one of those triple threats. Not to mention he also started his own company aimed at helping others. Helping people. Plenty of decent people don’t volunteer ever, and this guy is dressing the wounds of the bleeding whilst struggling to make a name for himself music-wise.

Deleted Scenes’ Sophomore LP Young People’s Church of the Air, released last fall includes intricate, circuitous songs such as the melancholy “Nassau” and eerily haunting “A Bunch of People Who Love You Like Crazy.” We caught up with Dowling to find out what the DC songster thinks of Texas, and about the hypothetical outcome of a Deleted Scenes vs Deleted Scenes flag football game. 

On your Sophomore album, Young People’s Church of the Air, which song was the most rewarding to record?

I think the start-to-finish process within the studio for the recording of “English as a Second Language” was pretty amazing to be a part of. That song was the least developed going into the studio and the initial takes of it were pretty abysmal. We had to try a number of different experiments, such as recording the vocals to tape and messing around with tape speeds, in order to get it right. To see how bad the initial takes were and then see how good (at least we think) the final product was, it made that song particularly rewarding to record.

What terrifies you most about Texas?

If one state could secede from the Union right now and self-sustain is would have to be Texas. In some sense, that is the most terrifying about Texas. Texas could secede and start a war against the rest of the US and probably fare pretty well. Also, the whole Waco – David Koresh thing was pretty freaky…..but also kinda awesome.  (more…)

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: The Hope Trust

Posted by    |    August 2nd, 2011 at 2:53 pm

The Hope Trust at Club Dada 7.30.11

We spent Saturday night toasting $4.75 Heinekens at Club Dada and fell in love with Denton band the Hope Trust. Their sound is made up of equal parts rock & roll pop-blended songs such as the title track off new record Light Can’t Escape. It’s a truly madly deeply scenario.

We may or may not have purchased both of their albums at the merch table post-show, and may or may not be rotating between the two in our car stereos presently.

Also, they’re not bad to look at.

For the 22 tracks they have to their name, the band played a decent-sized set into the wee hours of the morning, counting down to the final song, making sure the petite audience need not worry about being handed a short set for their money. “We’re not going to Kings of Leon on you,” lead singer and guitarist Kelly Upshaw jested, referring to the train wreck that occurred last Friday. Aww, see, look. They’re funny too.

Catch the Hope Trust Thurs 8.25.11 at Dan’s Silverleaf and Sat 9.3.11 at Hailey’s



Ferris wheels and funnel cake at the North Texas Fair

Posted by    |    September 5th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I’m shelving my high heels and replacing them with flats in preparation for strolling through fairgrounds and riding rides that exploit Newton’s centripetal force. The North Texas State Fair is calling my name for multiple reasons: a) proceeds help send many young people in the community to college and b) I have a serious affinity for roller coasters of all sizes.

Time for some rides. I approached the Ferris wheel by myself, which you wouldn’t think would be a problem, until ticket takers told me that I couldn’t ride solo. Um, what? I was totally Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed, until two UNT students offered to sit with me. I might as well have been the four-eyed kid in the corner of the elementary school cafeteria pitifully approached by the token nice girl on a dare from the popular kids.

My newfound friends and Senior Eagles, Catherine and Mark, (spit-ball shielding me from the school bully) told me about their first-time experience with the fair. “We went to the rodeo, it’s one of the biggest attractions they have here,” Mark noted, and Catherine added, “It’s been fun, the rodeo was a pretty neat experience.” I thanked them for accompanying me on the wheel o’ couples, and proceeded to the Budweiser stage, where Max Stalling would soon be performing. (more…)