Posts Tagged ‘Homebar’

The Trickery of Ryan Bingham

Posted by    |    January 26th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Facebook is a labyrinth of untruths. A tip off from a friend suggested that Academy Award winner and sexpot, Ryan Bingham, would be performing at The Green Elephant Tuesday night. What? You ask. Why is he not performing at a bigger venue? We riddled ourselves the same question.

The Green Elephant is a vacuous wasteland, aside from Thursday nights between the hours of 11pm-2am respectively, depending on what time they kick the college kids out.

My friends and I checked the Facebook invite that seemingly professed a fact: we would be hearing The Weary Kind about 10 feet away from our eardrums in mere hours. We headed to our former college party scene with hopes of hearing the acclaimed 29-year-old’s whiskey drenched vocals.

While opening band Marc Ford’s Fuzz Machine was actually quite good, come 11pm, we were wondering where Mr. Bingham was. (more…)

Escape route

Posted by    |    November 9th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Turn off KISS FM. It is not making you happy. The cookie-cutter pop music infiltrating your eardrums is a kitschy by-product of the Man, and the Man is trapping you in a vortex of auto-tune hell. But there’s an escape exit, and it’s labeled “Nelo”.

The first time I saw Nelo, I was mildly intoxicated. It was my sophomore year of college, where I spent most of my Saturdays at Homebar (known to everyone aside from SMU students as “The Green Elephant”). On a bribe from my Nelo-obsessed friend who somehow had a hold of their first album before it reached iTunes during the pre-2008 era, this weekend was no different.  I remember standing in the front row, Miller Light in my right hand, staring up at Reid and Matt thinking how they were a) insanely talented and b) really, really cute.

Nelo is an Austin-based band with Highland Park roots, with two albums and one EP worthy of perpetually pressing repeat. I could get around life much easier with a portable Nelo IV to cart around on the off chance that my iPod dies. The band could be described as “Diet Dave Matthews” with lead singer Reid Umstattd’s addictive aspartame vocals rounding out their sound. If there were a 12-step program with hopes of achieving Matthews actualization, they’d be step 9. (more…)