Posts Tagged ‘Emili Carmichael Photography’

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Pat Green

Posted by    |    May 7th, 2012 at 9:27 am

YouPlusDallas covers Pat Green at the Real Texas Festival in Mesquite.


YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Green River Ordinance

Posted by    |    April 2nd, 2012 at 4:31 pm

YouPlusDallas covered Green River Ordinance at the House of Blues 3.30.12


YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: FUN.

Posted by    |    March 22nd, 2012 at 2:46 pm

YouPLusDallas covered FUN. at the House of Blues. 3.21.12


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.

Here are Halperin’s words to his fans: (more…)

Q&A with Boyce Avenue

Posted by    |    September 19th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

YouTube sensation Boyce Avenue is masquerading as a highly successful label-driven trio. The reality is, they are a do-it-yourself, break-out-the-elbow-grease, up-hill-battling band that relies on word of mouth and music video re-posts to get their name stuck in the interwebs.

Honest vocals and beautiful covers of popular songs (think “Umbrella” and “Lovestoned”) naturally caught on with the YouTube generation, making the band name wildly recognizable.

The band of brothers, Alejandro, Daniel and Fabian Manzano, are as genuine and sincere in person as they are in their songs (both covers and originals). YouPlusDallas sat down with the trio for a Q&A session the last time they were in town.

Catch them tonight at the Granada Theater, doors at 7PM

You gained recognition for your gorgeous acoustic covers of popular songs; what made you want to start your career that way?

Alejandro: Just a [way] of getting out there. The thing of our time seems to obviously be the Internet. We noticed that there [were] a lot of views on YouTube, and people searching those kinds of songs, and it was something we had already been doing. A lot of musicians start off doing that. People just seem to grab on to it.

You released your album, All We Have Left, last year; what sort of response have you received so far?

Daniel: Good. One thing we’ve always been proud of is that, while a lot of people discover our cover videos, our original music does very well. People rally behind it; it sells just as well as any other album we’ve ever put out. The fans have been really excited about the album. A lot of them were really patient, because it had taken us some time. We do everything on it ourselves – we produce it ourselves, we finance it ourselves – it’s just been a very personal project. I think they appreciate seeing it come to life and finally come together. (more…)

Interview With Astronautalis, and Words That Begin With the Letter ‘D’

Posted by    |    September 13th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I am following Astronautalis around the state of Texas. The St. Paul resident via Seattle by way of Dallas post-Jacksonville indie rapper, née Andy Bothwell, has played multiple shows within miles of my whereabouts over the past few days, and I’ve been getting to know him during the two hour-long catharsis sessions that are his concerts.

If you’re a fan, you already know about his nomad-meets-drifter ways; but if you’re not (yet), well, it’s imperative for you to understand where he comes from in order to envision where he’s going.

Tonight he is performing at Club Dada in Deep Ellum, just after having wrapped a stint at SXSW. A nine-time veteran of the Austin music festival; this year’s showcase marked the first time he was able to perform with a live band, as opposed to the talents of his laptop.

His hair disheveled, Astronautalis works the Dada stage, moving his legs so quickly he appears to be running in place – arms outstretched, like an extra in a zombie movie – as he belts out “The Wondersmith and His Sons [Pomegranate, 2008].” As the song ends, Astronautalis stares at the ground, as if to hold the end of a scene. His eyes still fixated on the floor, he breaks into a wide smile, and Andy looks up, graciously thanking his audience for their applause.

“Let’s do some freestyling, shall we?” Bothwell refers to his signature act, calling upon the audience to suggest random nouns that he will incorporate into a rhyme scheme.

Sweating from a combination of an energizing performance and the Texas heat, he channels Usher, gradually removing his clothing: the suspenders go, then the white button down, all the way to his white undershirt. When he speaks, his vocal fry is tattered and alluring. “They’re pretty awesome, right?” He says of his band, “I’m never going back to the laptop.” (more…)

Interview with American Idol Alum and Singer-Songwriter Tim Halperin

Posted by    |    September 8th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Tim Halperin is startling. The YouPlusDallas team is standing in line for our press passes at the House of Blues box office, when Halperin unexpectedly descends a staircase near our position in line; a bold move for any artist, especially skyrocketed-to-fame American Idol alums. He could potentially encounter a teenage screaming mob at any point in the open. When he catches the eyes of a girl with long blonde hair, she immediately runs up to him upon recognition, freaking out on cue, but this doesn’t shake him. Handling the situation in a professional manner, pictures are taken, hugs are given, and finally, it is my turn to approach the blue-eyed singer. “Hey!” he says, energetically shaking my hand, “Is everything going okay?” Fulfilling our last minute video interview request, Halperin charms the box office into granting us an extra photo pass and we head into the venue to set up for our interview.

His wrists are covered in bracelets, beaded, woven and banded multicolors engulfing his forearms: decoration that will color his time at the keyboard in the hours to come. Wearing a white T-shirt under a puffy brown vest, Halperin guides our team the back way through the House of Blues kitchen and up the freight elevator. The doors open to the exclusive Foundation Room and we settle into a colorful side room, the walls adorned with images of kama sutra poses.

“American Idol,” he exhausts a sigh heavy with the weight of life-changing memories, “good times.” Having recently come off a successful stint on the 10th season of the unflinchingly popular reality television show, Halperin ran into a bit of an issue following the season’s end. “I couldn’t release my own music for a little while and that was hard for me because I had been a singer-songwriter for a couple of years, so coming off the show was difficult; but on the flip side, it was incredible.” (more…)

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


YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Air Review

Posted by    |    August 31st, 2011 at 9:42 am

YouPlusDallas covers Air Review 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…)