Posts Tagged ‘The O’s’

The DOMA Ceremony Keeps It Quick and Funny

Posted by    |    November 14th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Paul VarghesePaul Varghese might be one of the funniest people I’ve ever seen. The Last Comic Standing alum hosted the Dallas Observer Music Awards Ceremony last night at House of Blues and it was not an easy job. It seems that if you get nominated for a DOMA, the thrill is so intense that you end up spending most of the evening glued to the bar. If by chance you actually do win, the thrill intensifies to such a level that you are rendered speechless and can do nothing more than grab your award, mutter a “thank you” and walk away. Varghese’s effortless humor helped move this awkwardness along tremendously.

The night intermixed Varghese’s stand up, performances by The O’s and Luna Doma Awards House of BluesMatte (both backed by The Cannabinoids who took the award for Best R&B act) and Lucero, and of course, the presentation of awards. The actual trophy is unique each year. This year’s was essentially a clear box filled with confetti and a Red Bull (pretty tame from last year’s bottle of whiskey). The many, many awards given last night are a perfect representation of Dallas’ diverse and talented music scene.


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.


SXSW Music Festival: Now & Then

Posted by    |    March 13th, 2012 at 11:14 am

The aesthetics in Austin are quickly changing. Clean cut technophiles who previously roamed the Austin Convention Center whispering ideas about the iPhone 5 and swearing that Google+ actually does have a purpose are disappearing; in their place, music enthusiasts with faux-hawks and skinny jeans wander 6th street, their ears open, trying to discover a new favorite band. The SXSW Music Festival has begun.

This time last year, we really started to get to know the Dallas music scene as we interviewed local bands The O’s, The Orbans, Smile Smile and more. We carried our video equipment all over Austin, interviewing these musicians who so willingly let us stick a camera in their faces and ask them questions about their bands. I’m feeling nostalgic, so, please just watch our videos from SXSW 2011 while I go find a kleenex.

Here’s where you can catch The O’s in Austin during SXSW 2012:

3.14.12 St. David’s Church SXSW Official Showcase

3.15.12 Opal Devine’s – Lagunita’s Sonoma Sound Showcase

3.16.12 -Maria’s Taco Express (Sin City Social Club Party)

Mockingbird Station Debuts First Outdoor Spring Concert Series

Posted by    |    February 26th, 2012 at 9:49 am

On Thursday, March 1, Mockingbird Station will present its first Spring Concert Series, a free outdoor music series on the Mezzanine Level in front of the Angelika Dallas Film Center. The series will feature a diverse lineup of local artists from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, beginning with Club Wood on March 1. The performances, aimed at the after-work crowd and suitable for all ages, will begin at 6 p.m., adding to an already vibrant schedule of activities at the Station throughout the season.


Top 5 Local Songs of 2011

Posted by    |    December 21st, 2011 at 3:39 pm

It’s been a remarkable year of local music for us here at YouPlusDallas; we’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with a variety of talented Dallas/Fort Worth songsters. Here are our Top 5 Local Songs of 2011.

5. Seryn (This Is Where We Are) – “We Will All Be Changed”

Seryn’s vocal harmonies never cease to will listeners into a comatose serenity. A favorite of Paste Magazine and fronted by Dallas Observer Music Awards Best Male Vocalist winner Trenton Wheeler, Seryn’s “We Will All Be Changed” should make you cry tears of emotional ecstasy, and we promise to not judge you. (more…)

Homegrown Just Wins. Hands Down. Period.

Posted by    |    May 16th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

When Dallas strips down, it is just as covered in tattoos as Austin, our musical neighbor to the south. At 73 degrees and sunny, Dallasites showed off their inked up arms, backs and chests for the 2nd Annual Homegrown Music and Art Festival. Girls wore long, floral dresses reminiscent of Coachella, and dudes in graphic tees left their polo shirts at home. (Where they belong.)

Homegrown may have been chided for having a lineup similar to last year’s inaugural fest; but what local artist, sprouted from our soil and blooming in a garden located at 1900 Main, wouldn’t want to play a laid-back music festival involving locals lounging on the grass, swigging Shiner and basking in the perfect amount of sunlight in their very own hometown? Exactly. It was as if Saturday was made for Homegrown. (more…)

Casual Wednesdays with The O’s

Posted by    |    April 15th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Quick wits are not quick enough for the speedily keen minds of John Pedigo and Taylor Young. The bar at “Renfizzle’s,” as Pedigo so lovingly refers to Uptown’s Renfield’s Corner, is virtually empty. Most likely because it’s 8pm on a Wednesday, and still socially taboo to throw back cold one after cold one. The O’s are setting up their plethora of instruments as the YouPlusDallas crew tests our audio and prepares to interview the classy dudes.

The O’s have toured Europe, and will be heading overseas again this summer. So, what are they doing playing in a bar on a Wednesday night? “We’ve only been around for about two and a half years now, so when we first started playing, we played at Barley House every Wednesday for a while. And to me, this is taking us back to Barley House, which is scary, but a totally fun environment because it’s really small and everyone can cram in and have a good time,” says Pedigo. Which is exactly what happened; the bar proceeded to mold into a tightly packed sardine can as fans surrounded the stage. (more…)

The O’s SXSW Showcase makes us want to book trip out West

Posted by    |    March 25th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Picture how a Western movie feels, and the exposition for this article is set. Stephen F’s Bar at the Intercontinental Hotel makes me feel like I left my corset and bouffant hair at home. Not that I have a go-to bouffant hairstyle, because I don’t. But if I did, this would be the place to bust it out.

Climbing the spiral staircase, a man with the stature of Ulysses S. Grant stands at the top. “Are you Taylor?” I ask, having never before met. The O’s visited our YouPlusDallas studios the previous week, but I wasn’t able to meet them due to geeking out at SXSWi. Taylor tells me about their time at our office – learning about the building’s history as the former location of Dallas Observer, a car showroom, and a radio station – where the news of JFK’s assassination was spread.

“I’ve never seen you guys play before, so you better do a good job,” I tell him. “Well then we’ll put on a good show for you. We were going to do a mediocre show, but now we’ll put some effort into it,” he jokes, and goes to help John, his musical other half, set the stage for their SXSW showcase. “We’re The O’s from Dallas, Texas, and we’re very pleased to be here. I like to think of us as a couple of classy dudes, and this is a classy place. Thanks for having us,” said Taylor. (more…)

SXSW Music Festival: It begins

Posted by    |    March 17th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Go on, I dare you. I dare you to dispatch the smile on my face, as if you were a fourth grade teacher in possession of a chalkboard eraser. As if you were an editor with a mean delete button. As if you were a kid sweeping cookie crumbs under the table. You can try your darndest, but it’s not going anywhere.

The SXSW music festival has started, and this is my heaven.

Soon to post: blogs, photos and video from Nelo, The Orbans, Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King

Soon to experience: The O’s and Astronautalis

Currently bragging about: running into Jay Nash, Albert Aguilar and OK Sweetheart in the back of Friends on 6th

Continually excited about: Talking with excited North Texas artists. Why? They are the opposite of jaded. They still care about their product. They have something to prove. The SXSW music gods have spoken, damnit. And they say North Texas sounds good in Austin.

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: The O’s

Posted by    |    March 11th, 2011 at 10:13 am

Local Dallas Band, The O’s, visited You+Dallas for a pre SXSW interview. 3.11.2011