Friday, March 02, 2007

Weekender: 3/2-3/4/07


Bobby Conn/Faux Fox/Laura Palmer (J & J's Pizza): Somewhat big name for a fairly small venue, Bobby Conn might be a glam overload for the dingy confines of J & J's basement. Faux Fox is a perfect fit since both artists seem to inspire strong reactions from their fans and detractors alike. Though mostly well written and meticulously arranged, something about the kitsch of Bobby Conn's music can veer dangerously into Rocky Horror or Bat Out Of Hell territory so proceed with caution. Laura Palmer relies mostly on inside jokes reminiscent of Moldy Peaches projected through a monotone filter that implies she might not even find her own jokes funny. I certainly don't.

Sarah Reddington/George Neal/Daniel Folmer/Chris Garver/The New Science Projects (Rubber Gloves): This Sarah Reddington CD release show is a "who's who" of local singer-songwriters. George Neal is the veteran in this lineup who earned his stripes in Little Grizzly and continues to draw praise for his current solo work. WSJR fave Chris Garver has continued to impress with his live backing band adding a charmingly unbalanced and rough-edged quality not found in his solo acoustic recordings. New Science Projects have employed hand shakers, trumpets and even audience participation to lend a certain uneasiness to the dark, Tom Waits-like growl of the material. Daniel Folmer is probably the most traditional sounding out of this bunch and of course Sarah Reddington will cap things off with or without animal face paint, but certainly with their light and lazy country rock.

Matthew Dear (Minc Lounge): Micro House pioneer (though considerably less "micro" with his alter-ego, Audion) who also co-owns the Ghostly International label. Depending on which moniker he chooses to go by, this set could prove to be either withdrawn and minimal or dark and direct. Perhaps all of the above.


Frenetic Love presents Electro-Acoustic Forum with Berckplage (Terry Horn)/Oveo/Wanz Dover/Sarah Ruth/Echo Toll/Nicholi Bobereus (House of Tinnitus): This show is centered around a broad and loosely defined genre with a diverse cast of performers of various musical disciplines and approaches, from some who spend their time mostly in rock bands to music school intellectual heavyweights. It has been predicted that this will probably be a more laid-back affair than the usual intense volume workouts you might experience at Tinnitus. Electro-Acoustic music can basically mean anything but often includes found sounds, field recordings, electronic sound-scapes and many other ideas outside of the bass/drums/guitar realm. Since the sound samples on these artist pages are everything from lone voice manipulation to what sounds like a gamelan orchestra falling down a flight of metal stairs, the possibilities are endless. Highly recommended.

Maria Taylor/The Dust Congress/The Lemurs (Hailey's): (Hailey's): Maria Taylor is famous for being one half of Azure Ray. Her solo work naturally tends to sound more inward with less emphasis on the electronic flourishes that characterized that duo's output. It will certainly still appeal to sad photo majors in universities everywhere. The Dust Congress is also a solo artist working in a one-man band setup and utilizing accordion, banjo, guitar and kick drum to play his songs. Occasional marimba and musical saw work as bright spots to counter the epic sorrow of the music. The Lemurs, with their slightly distorted singing, standard pop rock and excellent taste in blazers and jeans would have been really good at selling Jettas circa 2002.

Totally Michael/I Want To Kill Every Human/Sydney Confirm/Galuc Dadu (1919 Hemphill): Totally Michael's unbelievably happy electronic pop is so over the top he makes Best Fwends look like Simon and Garfunkel. Galuc Dadu has been compared to Japanther but their complex guitar work negates the comparison. I've not been able to completely figure out what they're going for and their songs are memorable so I'm pretty interested to see them. The song "Down The Hall" in particular is not like most of the pop music you hear locally. It's never bad to be unlike what you hear locally. Keyboard retro duo Sydney Confirm also play.


Dr. Dog/What Made Milwaukee Famous (Gypsy Tea Room): Dr. Dog continues to put out strong work with the release of their newest record, We All Belong, which they are touring extensively to promote. It seems like they were just here. The album pretty much continues where last year's Takers and Leavers EP left off. Though it's a little less immediate than some of their past music, it would be hard for any band to capture the magic of their first two full-lengths. Maybe I have to give it a few more listens. Dr. Dog's live show is a guaranteed joy since the band plays with a conviction missing from much of the cookie cutter performances of their peers. Note: Dr. Dog also perform an instore at Good Records Sunday at 3 PM. Free beer and barbecue, though I hope it's not from Spring Creek.

Documentary: Afropunk + performance by Roman Beats (1919 Hemphill@7PM-Free): This award-winning documentary deals with the rarely explored issues surrounding identity and race relations in what tends to be a mostly white genre. Includes interviews with members of Bad Brains and The Dead Kennedys. Roman Beats is a local beatboxer that will be playing Hailey's, 1919 Hemphill, and Minc lounge all within a month's time. I mention this since I was amused at how these three establishments couldn't possibly be any more different from each other.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

beauxregard / hardin sweaty and the ready to go / curtis glenn heath of the theater fire / comrade at lakewood bar and grill tonight. $5

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no "THE" in New Science Projects.
Don't miss this show.
It will be amazing.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

curtis heath will be doing some new stuff on trumpet and marimba tonight, fyi.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are those awful young people next to the Friday posting? I hate them. I hate them. Wait, perhaps they are only scratch n' sniff stickers! I love them. I love them. I...nope, still hate them.

-R. Javelinn

6:22 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

yay! Beauxregard and Hardin sweaty!!!

7:36 PM  
Anonymous ganglo said...

daniel folmer is about as traditional as a genital wart

8:38 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

hey last minute show at Rubber Gloves tomorrow night.

Alex Atchley, Clint Niosi, and H-rockwell

so umm... post it if you could? if not. .. thats cool. Rock on guys

12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what still no live review for grizzly bear. possibly the best show of the new year for me. actually definitely. despite club dada being a shit hole it was fucking awesome

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't wanna be a drag,
everybody got a bag.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know you know, 'bout the emperor's clothes

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the spot reunion the other night looked like the whole club was thawed out after being cryogenicly frozen since 95'(in dallas). turtle neck with a suite jacket and boots. it was bad ass.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:36 AM  
Anonymous oveo said...

echo toll was an epic beast dancing in the womb of creation.

sarah ruth's siren song took us to sonic oblivion and back

Nicholai's rumbling, clicking, dancing, auditory contortions were mind bending to say the least

Berkplage lulled us to the highest state of orgone accumulation.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how long did you rehearse that

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That "Nicholai" guy was terrible. Just horrible.
The rest was pretty great.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some of it was really fucking annoying.

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rgrs was boring as hell on friday
come on guys....

8:16 PM  
Anonymous not delmore said...

yah, George Neal only had half the crowd singing along to every word and New Science Projects only dumped one box of instruments into the audience and Sarah Reddington only had one cameo by Satan himself... BORING.

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kudos 7:26, my compliments...

1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


i think they pull that kinda crap becuase deep down the music is BORING

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:16, why did you go to the show then, to be bored? weren't you familiar with their music?

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! This is going to be a great threadjack!

Friday @ SHQ-
Nouns Group
Chief Death Rage

Saturday @ SHQ-
White Drugs
Warren Jackson Hearne
Liz McGowen (Silk Stocking)

Wow! That was a great threadjack!

11:47 AM  
Anonymous HIPSTER #2 said...

Man, this music is far too simplistic for my advanced tastes.
Oh wow, did you go to that house of tinnitus show? It was AMAZING. The Milk Jug Flesh Eaters had TWO preamps with three sine waves ALL AT ONCE!
My ears started bleeding with enjoyment from all the feedback.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey hipster#2,

Sorry you don't know anything about music. That's nobody's problem but your own. Go fuck yourself.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats a dam good weekend at shq. Jesus Fucking Christ i'm starting to like all these DIY's.

All these clubs should go out of business so we can get a couple shq's in dallas as well.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous OVEO said...

totally psyched about those shows as well, especially the friday one.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous oveo said...

also, this wednesday at J&J's

Legendary psych act Primordial Undermind, after moving to New Zealand returns to texas.

"recommended for anyone interested in pursuing new and more colorful methods of rock" -MC

also playing:
ethereal planes indian (some of you may remember this dude from the Dead Echoes fest in october)
and oveo.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous mc said...

actually PU are based in Austria right now ... unless Primordial Eric has globe-hopped once again.

I couldn't recommend this show more. A little bummed the Snails couldn't join the fun.

So did Wanz end up performing at HOT? What about Pablo?

1:12 PM  
Anonymous oveo said...

shit, that slip about new zealand must have come from my subconscious fascination with the place.

wanz played, to an unfortunate amount of technical difficulties (defrag that hard-drive!!)

pablo didn't make it, but will be here wed.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dr. dog made me want to quit my band last night.

2:42 PM  
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2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget Fishboy, Mermaid Police and Beauxregard at J&J's Friday fo Free.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous britt said...

yeah. d-dog was the best fucking show ever.

4:13 PM  
Blogger R. Javelinn said...

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1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RGRS ---hmmm when are they closing down? -- I like the venue but the people running suck really hard and seem more into making money than booking good shows

2:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

with the shows they have been booking, i highly doubt rgrs is making lots of money...

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uh, yesh, rubber gloves does not book good shows. wow--how poignant. we all know that, dipshit. that place has sucked for a long time.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous oveo said...


what about these good shows?

Wed Mar 14 (Doors open at 9pm; $8)
Dirty Projectors
Who's Your Favorite Son God?

Tue Mar 27 (Doors open at 9pm; $5)
Church of the Snake
Clipd Beaks(tigerbeat 6 records)
Chief Death Rage

Sat Apr 7 (Doors open at 9pm; $6)
The Undoing of David Wright
Cry Blood Apache
Eat Avery's Bones
Ghost Hustler

I don't know, those look pretty awesome to me.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RGRS looks like the hipster version of bennigans or something with all that crap all over the walls.

oh, and their booking is pretty bad.

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those look like good shows to you because you are under 25.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yah too bad you cant see BIG STAR over and over again

7:00 PM  
Anonymous oveo said...

oh yeah, because when people turn 25, they become a shining beacon of maturity!

I get it. We've turned age into a qualifier here.

well, I plan on going to each of these shows with my 26 year old friend.

but wait... He's too old to go! shit, I sure hope RGRS doesn't kick him out for being over the hill.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, ok, those shows look good to you because you are too young to have already seen a million bands like those.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i doubt you've seen any bands that sound like dirty projectors, or cry blood apache.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, thats probably very true. im not dissing the bands--im just saying that RGRS books VERY FEW good shows. is that better? im not into the local "scene."

5:45 PM  
Anonymous schmancy said...

I was going to retort, but you just outfagged yourself when you posted that last comment, 545p. no more work for me. phew!

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeahim sort of stupid

5:22 PM  
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