Friday, February 09, 2007

The Weekender: 2/9/07-2/11/07

(with contributions from SR and DL)


The Party w/ Sober, Select, Prince William (Zubar): Three genre-hopping DJs whose sets tend to emphasize, hip-hop, hyphy, bmore, touches of dubstep, house, late 80s old school and just about everything else under the moon. Come see why these guys are so in demand that I can't even creep around the food court at North Park without hearing one of their sets blasting from a store.

Octopus Project/Kingfish /Tha Bracelets
Octopus Project is somewhat of an Austin institution and I'm sure the show will be packed. This gem from the Kingfish bio confused me: "Kingfish challenged the standards of Rock music...". Interesting. I wasn't aware rock music had any standards. Judging by most of these Myspace pages, you'd be hard pressed to make such a case. If there is in fact a standard, I'm not sure if this is the group to "challenge" it. I can only guess. See for yourself at Hailey's tonight. The impossibly happy Bracelets also play and are sure to play a typically energetic live set.

Sarah Reddington/Teenage Symphony (Secret Headquarters): Teenage Symphony will be an excellent fit for the very intimate Secret Headquarters. Last time the group performed it was a semi-acoustic show on the floor of Club Dada. So tonight they won't even have a stage to shun. At their best, the band's sad almost creepy psyche-pop is the sonic equivalent of a manila paper watercolor soaked with a child's tears. Trust me. Sarah Reddington's melodic country rock will be a good pairing.

The Baptist Generals/Theater Fire/Bosque Brown/Doug Burr (Granada): Some heavy hitters at the Granada tonight with a headliner that has kept everyone waiting on a followup full-length for I believe, about seventeen years now. Bosque Brown is like a Fort Worth Sam Phillips, and that's okay since I'm big fan of both. Theater Fire might be the only local group to play both the Granada and 1919 Hemphill. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Bob White and his F-Electrics/Ghost of Ria.../Deep Snapper (Rubber Gloves): Deep Snapper has members of Birth to Burial and is definitely one of the better local no-bullshit rock groups. They utilize a lot of up-tempo chug rhythms, cutting guitars and group shouting all delivered in a very sophisticated style completely devoid of any anthemic cheesiness.


Lemonheads/Vietnam/ The Hero Factor (Palladium Ballroom): Does anyone remember what a cultural phenom Dando was in the 90's? Hard to imagine now. I remember a Rolling Stone magazine article where he gave advice on how to smuggle drugs on airplanes. What an arrogant jerk. Anyways, he could definitely write a memorable melody but it's strange to find myself typing about the Lemonheads in 2007. I remember Vietnam playing with The Rapture about 5 years ago, and I'm surprised it's taken so long for them to get this popular. If anyone knows anything about the Palladium as a venue, let us know.

Current Leaves/Stanton Meadowdale
Interesting setting for the polished Current Leaves to perform. I always prefer to see bands out of their element.

Raised By Tigers/The Grass Fight (Secret Headquarters): Raised by Tigers is a veteran Denton group with pleasantly soft vocals over some complex, almost-virtuoso backing tracks. The Grass Fight are yet another group of dark brooding rock influenced by mopey 80's keyboard bands. I'm sure Ian Curtis relives his hanging for eternity because of how much he's mimicked. Thanks, bands.

Druggist/Sean Kirkpatrick /Tame...Tame and Quiet (The Cavern): Cue hail from Austin and play atmospheric "chamber rock" and a lot of weepy violin. Sean Kirkpatrick is from The Paperchase but you wouldn't know that from his somewhat subdued sets. Tame...Tame and Quiet rock at such weird angles you'll have to cock your head to understand it. But it's a really enjoyable confusion. NOTE: Cue is not on the bill, so that part about them is just like a joke and shit.

Happy Bullets/Red Monroe/Hendrick/J Price (Wreck Room-Ft. Worth): Two darlings of the Dallas scene drive all the way to Fort Worth for this one. Red Monroe always seems to pick up glowing reviews. Catch this show at a venue that's supposedly shutting down, meaning Fort Worth is not immune from the closing venue disease.


Check back with us all weekend for updates and such.


Blogger ytzhang0210 said...

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3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Palladium, I believe, is in the old Gilley's building.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Denton County Revelators
500 Miles to Memphis
The Von Ehrichs


4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Cue is on the bill with Tame..Tame anymore. Also, tonight is Tober Omi, Superstring, iKillCars & The Unbearables at Cavern.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous mc said...

Too bad Cue's not playing. For reference, they are jagged, head-bobbing, and intense, not at all like you described. I guess you need to see 'em live.

And yes, iKillCars is thumbs up from Austin as well. Distorted, crackly, sloppy but not, and fun.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous mc said...

Too bad Cue's not playing. For reference, they are jagged, head-bobbing, and intense, not at all like you described. I guess you need to see 'em live.

And yes, iKillCars is thumbs up from Austin as well. Distorted, crackly, sloppy but not, and fun.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous mc said...


4:45 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

I've never seen them live, true enough... but they sure don't sound that way on record. I'll take your word for it though.

And I guess they must have canceled or something very recently?

4:49 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

ok... my mistake. they aren't on the bill.

4:50 PM  
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4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

palladium is gilly's under a new name. haven't seen the joint yet, but seriously...who wants to roll out after a show ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE NEW DALLAS POLICE HEADQUARTERS?

I mean, for purposes of feng shui and all...

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

denton county revelators in dallas tonight???????!!!!!!!!!

i'm so there.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous am said...

it gets confusing sometimes... the palladium, the angora... i think i have been to the palladium but don't really remember it, although i may be getting it confused with the angora- i remember seeing beastie boys and sonic youth together at one of those venues a long long time ago i think it was for the dirty tour? anyone remember?

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

spitfire tumbleweeds has been added to the current leaves stanton meadowdale show at J&J's

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, because jr is the frontman for teenage symphony and isn't terribly good at masking it

6:29 PM  
Anonymous mc said...

Yeah. Dirty tour, '92, Agora Ballroom (no "n"). Folks hanging from the rafters, perhaps during Youth Against Fascism. I believe Pavement opened. It was somewhere in North Dallas. Which may as well have been OKC for a south FW kid back then.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:29 that comment is so stupid you almost sound like Adub.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

acoustical + distractions = swinedale

10:07 PM  
Blogger kidko said...

The Shins are playing at that gilleys/palladium place March 5. Tix go on sale tomorrow. $22 tho...

10:48 PM  
Anonymous SHQ cody said...

Thanks to everyone that came out to SHQ tonight, & especially thanks to the bands for being awesome people.
Both Teenage Symphony and Sarah Reddington really impressed me tonight - very good sets. And I usually hate everybody's band.


12:36 AM  
Anonymous M-. said...

I think someone from Cue broke their arm, which would suck because they are a force of nature live.

2:40 AM  
Blogger jonofdeath said...

"The Grass Fight are yet another group of dark brooding rock influenced by mopey 80's keyboard bands."

There isn't even a keyboard in the band.

I remember when I read an album review in Readymade of Sonic Youth's "Sonic Nurse." It said something like, "...'Peace Attack' features Kim Gordon yelping..." This was such a strange experience for me because I was listening to the song at the time, Thurston was singing and it was one of the more mellow songs on the album. I kept waiting for Kim to make an appearance, but she never did. I realized at that moment that Readymade should stick to making crafts.

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kidko, the shins suck live, it will be a waste of $22.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Defensive Listening said...

I didn't say they had a keyboard. I said they're influenced by bands that did use a lot of keyboard. You're kind of right. I should have used a different descriptive word for those bands, but I stick by my point regarding their influences.

11:22 AM  
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11:42 AM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

oh thats right... forgot about that. We'll add it.

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the shq show was awesome. it's such a great venue and feels so intimate.

12:06 PM  
Blogger kidko said...

Thanks, but I'll go see them to give em a chance and form my own opinion... plus it's all ages so i can take little sister and do my good deed for the day

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hendrick from Dallas has a site, as well. or

they may not be darlings of the Dallas media, but a lot of people in Dallas show up to hear them play.


1:56 PM  
Blogger Zine-O-Phonic said...

The shins added a guitarist and tamborine/backup vox. So the sound has filled a bit more.

As much as I enjoy their albums, I think they could really benefit with having some sort of light show/video thing for people to focus on. Some bands just aren't the most exciting to watch.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I am at the palladium right now, and I'm giving this place a thumbs down.

Vietnam just ended. I was not a fan. Granted half of the sound system isn't working, and vietnam had to stop once because the fog machine made the fire alarm go off.

4 bux for light beer.only 10 bux for red bull and vodka.

That is the scoop.

10:24 PM  
Blogger creatorlars said...

the ghosts are back.

1:42 AM  
Blogger Defensive Listening said...

I ain't afraid a no ghost.

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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6:27 AM  
Blogger kidko said...

no love for open laptop night?

10:57 AM  
Blogger jonofdeath said...

Man, I was not paying attention at all. That's what happens when I try to do call out's. I am a fool.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what else?!?

2:19 PM  
Anonymous justin said...

brand new theater fire song

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does he say "See the Negro, Say Hello" ?

5:52 PM  
Blogger radiant boys said...

the palladium was way too big for that show. it's a 2000+ seater, and about 300 people showed up. vietnam were excellent despite their set being interrupted by the fire alarm, which was set off by all the pot being smoked by the lemonheads in their dressing room.

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think every single member of the Theater Fire is tone deaf, no shit.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous jeff said...

the lemonheads were meh....vietnam was good too bad they couldn't play more...i could've zoned out to their stuff for longer...i'll definitely see them next time they come through. the new album is really great...i even bought myself a shirt!

i saw them out later at monkey bar and meant to ask them if they'd be playing sxsw but they were too busy talking nonstop to some brunette fox to be bothered with questions...that and they were clearly wasted and two of them looked like they were about to get into a brawl outside.

rock n roll!

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 11:00,

It's true. They are also color-blind.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous schmancy said...

kidko said...
The Shins are playing at that gilleys/palladium place March 5. Tix go on sale tomorrow. $22 tho...

10:48 PM

WITH VIVA VOCE!!! some may have seen anita from viva voce playing with them on their late night tv appearances. If you don't know this band, then DO IT NOW. sooo goood!!!

as for AGORA, I'm pretty certain that turned bomb factory turned deep ellum livish. at least that same block of buildings.

no. I'm real certain.


11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wasn't going to go to see the shins but i'll pay to see viva voce again. damn fine band.

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jeff at 11:10 sound like a major stalker. maybe you should submit your vietnam sighting to

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:43. What a joker. Get over it. It was scoop on the show and a bit more after it. Who cares.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous dave r. said...

maybe "jeff" was that guy I saw bugging the girl they were there with to go back backstage with them..that was funny. some dude followed her from the bar -where we overheard him asking her about them when she was getting a drink- to the door to the backstage area ...walking a couple paces behind her - presumably to pretend he was walking with her....after she walked in the door, he was denied by the big burly guard.

who knew vietnam were such hot items? i remember them playing in denton and no one seemed to there's peeps clamoring to be part of the entourage? ah, such is dallas.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh Dave. R, you are super cool.
Keep your eyes peeled for the poseurs and keep on keepin' it real. How's the new beard workin' for the ladies?

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

entourage?!? surely you jest.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Viva Voce

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